Potato's Going Bad! I'm So Mad!

United States
September 15, 2012 6:48pm CST
I bought #10 of potatoes and I had to throw them all out...grr. I had good intentions on using them but forgot them under the counter. I was trying to keep them in a dark safe place and they went bad. I couldn't figure out what I was smelling and kept checking the garbage, but nope, it wasn't that. I checked under the counter on the shelf but the potatoes looked perfectly fine. I let it go until the next day, then it was a bit too much. I picked up the bag of potatoes which I had sitting in a aluminum pan, and sure enough, there was the brown goop underneath. I had to take them out and stick them in a few plastic bags so they didn't leak and take them out to the garbage..yuk. So that was a nice waste of money and I was really upset...it seems they went bad too quick. I eat a lot of potatoes because it is high in potassium, which I need. This time I was eating more rice and noodles and forgot about the potatoes. Don't you hate when you waste money like that?
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11 responses
• United States
16 Sep 12
I try to use up any food that we buy. It's not just a matter of wasted money; it is also a matter of not being a part of the huge problem of food waste in this country. I stick to buying small amounts of potatoes from the farmers' market. We can use those up quickly without having to worry about them going bad. Of course, I really haven't had an issue with losing potatoes except for when we were in the very hot and humid Florida; there, I ended up losing almost an entire bag of potatoes, because they turned bad far faster than they should have--and would ever have here in the North.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
My problem is I just completely forgot about them. I usually don't do that. I don't have a car so I have to buy my groceries when I can. I sometimes stock up too much. This time I was eating more rice and forgot about the potatoes which I wanted to make some soup with. But, they did go bad pretty quickly and I imagine that was from the warmer weather we had too.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Sep 12
I tend to pick up potatoes on the fast use aisle at my local store, and then I do use them fast. I get lots of good deals on produce often because it does not look perfect. I try to always be sure to buy what I need and use it quickly. I pass the store on my way home from work.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Yes, I have throw out my share of potatoes and other food that goes bad before I can use it up..But here is a tip next time you have too many potatoes, cook them either by boiling or baking them and then refrigerate them. I have done this when I notice my potatoes starting to go bad and by cooking and refrigerating them, it preserves them a little longer..
• United States
16 Sep 12
Antique lady mentioned that too..she keeps hers in the fridge. I usually use them up pretty quickly but wanted to have some rice instead this time, and I also made some macaroni. I just plain forgot about them down below in the cupboard. These just seem to have gone bad pretty quickly. I will try what you say if it happens again..lets hope not.
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• United States
17 Sep 12
Actually what Antique Lady said was she stores hers in the fridge, I don't do that, but noticed my neighbor does. No what I meant was, say I have a bag of potatoes with like 10-15 potatoes in it, but they are starting to go bad. I cook them up and then put them in the fridge, that way I can make potato salad, or mashed potatoes or any kind of potato and not have to cook it.
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• United States
18 Sep 12
You're making me hungry with just the thought of potato salad, haha. I knew what you were saying, I just worded my comment wrong. I've already made a huge batch of mashed potatoes when I thought they were going to go bad. They lasted quite a long time too. I don't know why I didn't think of doing what you mentioned.
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Mmmmmm....I LOVE potatoes! And I'm guilty, too. Right now I have a little bag of Fingerling potatoes and if I don't cook them pretty soon they'll be gone. I like making Irish dishes with them. But it seems to take too much time to fix them and since I found mylot.....I think you know what I mean. I do so much stuff on the net I haven't even got time to eat anymore. :-( I'm living on vitamins. I had a great potato cookbook I got from a catalog years ago but can't find it. You know what I've been buying? Trader Joe's has frozen mashed potatoes. I know, I know. Fake potatoes. They're really real. They're a little bigger than appetizer size meatballs. All you do is throw 'em in the microwave, heat 'em up and mix in some butter and milk. Yeah, that's me. Cook it fast, eat it quick and back to the puter. For somebody that's into natural health I sure have bad eating habits, don't I?
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• United States
16 Sep 12
See, I reminded you to cook your Fingerling's, haha. I used to buy the frozen "real" potatoes but they have quite a bit of salt in them and I'm trying to keep my BP down. So, I decided to buy the real thing over the last year or two and just plain messed up this time. I always ate everything and never watched if it was bad or not. That was much more fun! I think I was better off doing that and enjoyed my food much more. I love Trader Joe's but haven't been there in a long time.
@deazil (4556)
• United States
16 Sep 12
I don't think TJ's potatoes have any salt in them. They probably don't have anything in them except potatoes. Yeah, it's always fun to eat whatever you want. And as soon as I finished that post I forgot all about the Fingerlings until I saw that you reminded me. Hey, if you want salt I think I know a salt you can have. It's real salt - Himala Salt. It's so good. It tastes lighter or something. I can't describe it. Here's the site. Read it. It's really cool. Martha Stuart had it on her show and some Dr. show said it's good for blood pressure. www.himalasalt.com Let me know what you think. I thought it was really interesting. And I found it in Marshall's. Where they have all the food and stuff. It was a little container so I bought it. It's all I use now. I go to TJ's cuz I'd rather have organics and it's not an expensive store. I always spend less money for more food than when I go to Stop & Shop or someplace else. Plus I like their coconut cookies! And I didn't go get any money yesterday. Since I had been up for about 23hrs I thought I better go to bed. So I did. Bye.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
You've been up for 23 hours? Maybe I ask why? That's an awful lot of hours to be up so I hope you have a good reason. I use Salt Sense which is 33% less sodium and so far so good. I really like the taste and do not find myself feeling swollen like I use to. Then again, I've cut down also on a lot of salty foods, like hot dogs, bologna, etc. I will check into this one though just to see what the differemce is if they say. Maybe I missed that part somewhere along reading the description. I was speed reading, lol! Coconut cookies sound scrumptious!
@chrystalia (1209)
• Tucson, Arizona
16 Sep 12
I hate it when I waste money-- whether it's fresh food or leftovers. My problem is flour. If I don't put it in the freezer the second it gets in the house, I forget-- and then it's weevil time. It's especially the case with corn meal, unfortunately. I don't know whether everyone has that problem, but where I live you have to either vacuum pack your flour products (which I have started doing) or freeze them for several weeks to kill all the weevil eggs. It's beyond annoying, because they make the cornbread taste funny LOL. I grow potatoes-- the best way to store them is too put them in a shallow box of sand, shredded paper, or straw, not touching each other, and cover the box. I will be harvesting my potatoes over the next week or two, and I will be eating them all winter, as well as trading with the neighbors for other veggies I haven't got stored. It has been an inconvenient year, because I don't have a stove that will hold my 21 quart canner right now, so I have had to dry and freeze all my excess produce. Luckily I like veggies!
• United States
16 Sep 12
Nooooo, I don't have any problem with weevil's here, thank goodness, and from the sounds of it, don't want to ever, lol! Wow, that sounds pretty cool trading with the neighbors and all. How nice is that! I can do the shredded paper thing and maybe I'll try that one. I usually eat them much more quickly than I did this time. I love all vegies, except Okra..ugh.
• Tucson, Arizona
23 Sep 12
Okra---YECH!!! I am not a fan of winter squash or spinach either-- but I eat them when I have to. Okra I won't eat at all. I trade a lot of different things with my neighbors in the area-- since I have a farm stand during the summer I always have a sign out that says I barter. I have gotten all kinds of useful things from different people, and I have given away a lot too. I have to know how to store potatoes-- I'll be harvesting mine in a few weeks, which means I'll have well over 1000 pounds to use, store and trade with people LOL. I'm Irish, so potatoes are like life's blood to me-- I eat them all the time, and if you grow as many as I do, you have to love them. My big problem this summer was the tomatoes-- we had a cold summer so everything ran late in the gardens and now I have to deal with it all at once, instead of over the period of a few months. I wish I had a root cellar, but I haven't gotten around to building one yet-- I am busy enlarging the chicken coop and the alpaca enclosure, since my three girl alpacas are all pregnant :-). I am very pleased with that, since the fiber is valuable of course.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Sep 12
yes.......right now I am using up everything in my freezer and refrig so that I don't waste it. If I don't do that once in a while things get old and out they go. I did have to throw a whole bag of shredded lettuce as I bought two because they were on sale and only ate one bag....even on sale it's not that cheap anymore.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
Ya know come to think of it, I did have to throw out some lettuce too because it went bad to quickly. I usually eat that up fast too. Nothing is cheap anymore and that's why I hate it when I mess up!
@koopharper (6289)
• Canada
16 Sep 12
I hate seeing food going into the garbage. I'm really careful with potatoes. Right now the ones in the store are not the keepers. They come later in the season. In the grocery store I always stick my nose in the potato bag and take a good whiff. If they are questionable I will know before I buy the bag. Trust me I have come across plenty of them in the store that were already going bad.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
I do the same thing. I just completely forgot about these and this is my fault. I was eating more rice which was another meal and forgot the potatoes. I do smell the bags though to see if they're ok. These were fine so I'm just taking the blame for it..just aggravating though. I wanted to make potato soup.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Sep 12
I do hate to waste food, and money. I made potato soup today. I had one bad potato, but got rid of it quickly. I had a little bit of ham that needed to be used up so that meant potato soup. It has been a cool day all day today so that was perfect. Potatoes sure can stink when they go bad.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
Yes they do smell but I didn't let it go too far. I thought it was the garbage at first but it just didn't make sense. Now I know why, haha. I do hate to waste money like that and the whole bag had to go..grr. I think my intentions were to make some potato soup but it just sort of slipped my mind. I went to my daughters and she cooked on the grill and gave me plenty of extra food. I was eating all that first and had rice with most of it and forgot about the potatoes that I was suppose to eat.
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@echoforever (5192)
• United States
1 Oct 12
I hate when I forget about food like that too. I think we've done the same thing with potatoes before, even, the smell part too! Darn, those potatoes could have been good for you. I'm sorry to hear about it. I love potatoes but I don't need them that much. I especially love FRIED potatoes and I know that isn't good for me in large quantities
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• United States
1 Oct 12
MMMMMMM, fried potatoes! That makes my mouth water, lol! I haven't had those in a while but I sure do know how they taste, haha! Yes, it was pretty awful when I had to throw these all away. It was completely my fault and I am to blame for it. I kept them in the cupboard down below because I'm hurting for space around here and then forgot about them..duh to me. I'm going to try really hard to keep them in view maybe, somewhere, so I can remember they're around. I like rice a lot and noodles sometimes and then I forget about my potatoes.
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• United States
1 Oct 12
Bummer! I don't know how well potatoes keep but I think you said they need to be in a cool dark place? Well maybe try to keep them in a cupboard you use more often so you will see them when you open it up?
@allknowing (61635)
• India
1 Oct 12
Potatoes really stink when they turn bad. Just one rotten potato can ruin the kitchen. It has happened to me too. I normally keep them in a basked well aired. They get sprouts sometimes but one does not understand why they should go rotten at all. The moment I see one of them going rotten after ofcourse reprimanding my maid that she is not keeping the kitchen clean - poor maid not her fault at all - I quickly use them and make dishes that I have not planned for at all. Rather than throw the potatoes away it is better that one uses them and eats the dishes whether one likes them or not!
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• United States
1 Oct 12
Hi allknowing, and yes, for sure, they do stink when bad! I must have just caught them before they were really stinking horribly, haha! I might try keeping them in a open air basket instead of in the cupboard down below...I thought the darkness kept them better. These were too far gone to do anything with, otherwise, I certainly would have cooked them one way or the other. I won't let this happen again..I don't have that kind of money to waste without a care.
@allknowing (61635)
• India
1 Oct 12
May be you could try getting smaller quantities?
@shaggin (36335)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Ugh things like that drive me nuts. I really hate wasting food hence wasting money. I do this a lot with potatoes. Its just like out of site out of mind until you smell that horrible smell and finally figure out what it is. It smells so bad. I usually just take them outside and throw them over the bank rather then put them in the garbage. We have more land here though then you might. I like to let things that can be put outside decompose naturally. I have a compost pile as well but do not put potatoes in there.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
I know, it does drive me nuts too! I get so aggravated with myself when this happens, and you're so right..out of sight, out of mind. I live in an apartment so if I threw them anywhere, it would be in the guys apartment above me, he's so noisy. Oh, don't tempt me, lol! I wish I had my own yard, that would be so much nicer than this. And I could have my own garden..I'd love it.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
16 Sep 12
YES i REALLY DO. I keep my potatoes in the 'fridge' & they last a good while. I hate to waste money, period but it happens to the best of us, lol.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
Yes, I'm usually pretty good at using it up quickly enough but not this time. My problem is I'm saving to buy a car so I don't have one right now. I tend to buy too much stuff at one time and that's my problem. Or, it would be nice if I could find an apartment close to where I could walk to the grocery store..I would love that. I can't afford to waste money, I just messed up this time and I'm so mad!..grr.