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Fresher produce may just be a pair of pantyhose away. Really!

One great way to help lengthen the life of fresh potatoes -- and creatively store them -- is to use pantyhose. Start with either a new or old, clean pair of pantyhose and clip off the toe end. Tie a simple, semi-loose knot where the toe used to be and insert one potato into one leg from the waistband end. Tie a knot directly above the potato and then insert another potato into the same leg. Tie a knot directly above the potato. Repeat process as needed.

potato storageIf this is your idea of potato storage, read on... Photo: Clinton Hussey, Corbis

Hang the pantyhose from a nail or hook in a cool, dark, dry place -- we suggest inside a cabinet, unless you consider pantyhose-packaged potatoes statement decor. Having the potatoes separated from one another can add time to their life and save you trips to the market. Of course, it's the tiny holes in the pantyhose that allow the potatoes to "breathe", while still keeping them protected.

Once you're ready to use the potatoes, simply untie the toe end knot and remove a potato. And if your spouse or kids look at you funny? No mashed potatoes for them.

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    This works for onions too.

  • Tomy

    Used this for years on onions

  • teltech543

    If you were in the military (at least the NAVY) you had a sock bag. It was a mesh weave with a big pin you would stick all your socks in so they would not get separated. This works just as well and can be hung anywhere.

  • prariemary

    i have a large family there are 8 of us ,i buy at least 25 pounds of potatoes at a time usually 2 weeks
    can't see them all hanging : ) potatoes are still cheap not like other food

  • joe

    Wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy more potatoes. Panty hose probably cost more than potatoes. Sounds nasty, especially with used panty hose.

  • petey

    how pathetic is your life if you actually have the time and interest to do this? what do you do for excitement,watch paint dry?

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