Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Jicama help

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03-22-2010, 02:44 PM
How do I keep my jicama from going bad? If I buy a small one I can eat it in one sitting. I've learned that if I put in the fridge it goes bad really fast. If I leave it the plastic produce bag it goes bad-like slimy.
If I leave it on the counter, it lasts much longer but still not as long as say like a potato or something. I'd like to buy a few a week but they go bad before I finish eating them no matter how I store them.

So what's the secret?

Sarah in MD

03-22-2010, 03:20 PM
I did a quick Google search and found kind of what I expected. Since these are similar to potatoes, it suggests storing it in a cool/dry area. I would think dark would help, too. There are other sites, too. Just search "jicama storage" or something similar.

03-22-2010, 03:21 PM
Sorry, just realized you were asking about cut jicama. I'm sure you could search that as well.

03-22-2010, 03:33 PM
I guess the jicama I buy must be not very fresh. I've tried the bag in a cool dark space and I've tried wrapping in plastic wrap the cut pieces. I did find that once they are chopped it's best store them in a water with lemon juice. Maybe that's what I'll do. Go ahead and chop it up and put it in acidic water.