Cutting to the chase, I was looking up the reason why raw potatoes should not be refrigerated. My search brought up the same answer repeatedly: -it will discolor -it might change texture -it will convert the natural starch into sugar That last point is the one I'm hoping to focus on. Later on, I was contemplating a roasted beet borscht, and found plenty of recipes. Many called for the potatoes to be roasted as well. The reason? : The starch will convert both of the veggies starches into natural sugar. My question: If you put aside that someone might not care about texture and discoloration of refrigerated potatoes, do you really have to throw them out? How are they "ruined"? Doesn't hot potato equal the same as cold potato given the end result of roasting? By the way, I'm bored today.