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Caveat Housewives ~ Potatoes! 
Jun. 18, 2012 8:08 am 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2012 9:57 am
This is just one of the many lessons I've already been learning in the month that I've been married. Potatoes spoil. Not only do they spoil, but they turn black, white, and every shade in between. They turn to mush and take on a very foul odor. 

Unfortunately, my husband and I had to learn this lesson the hard way. 

The very first batch of groceries that we bought and brought home to our new apartment came with it's own set of challenges. We had to find a place to put everything, keeping in mind the fact that we have very limited cupboard and fridge space. Some canned goods had to go up in the hall closet, fresh fruit went into a basket on our baker's rack, and I put the large bag of potatoes that I bought on special on the floor next to the end of the counter. I thought I'd seen my mom put hers in a similar location before, at least temporarily. I figured I'd find a better place for them eventually. No problem, right? Not so much.

My mom came over a week or so after I'd bought the potatoes, and mentioned that it's not a great idea to leave them setting out in almost full-sun like I had them. She said to put them in a cool, dark place, or they would turn green. No problem. By that time I'd moved some things around in the cupboards and was able to stuff the bag of Idahos into the back of a cupboard until I needed them. I was thinking of making a big batch of potato salad over the weekend. 

Fast forward about 5 days, when my husband and I are already running late to get over to his folks' house for a Father's Day bash. As I'm hurriedly trying to get dressed in the bedroom, I hear Steve mumbling something in the kitchen about potatoes... turns out they had completely rotted in the back of the cupboard! By the time I got to the kitchen to see what was going on, he had pulled out the guilty bag of potatoes and they had leaked black goop all over the rest of the pantry. Great! :P Thankfully he's a sweetie and cleaned it all up for me! 

Lesson learned, potatoes need a good home, too!
Jun. 18, 2012 1:06 pm
You will never do that again-but if you are like most people just starting out you will experience a lot more "homemaker" type stuff-live and learn. 35 years later my husband still regales friends and family with some of my early greatest hits,always gets huge laughs!
Jun. 18, 2012 1:46 pm
when me and my wife first set up house we went to the store and bought 2 shopping carts full. we got home and put it all up, looking at the cupboards we decided they were not full so we went back to the store and bought 3 more shopping carts of food. when we got home and put everything up everything was stocked.
Jun. 18, 2012 2:50 pm
What an interesting story, and it really brought back memories of my own early cooking days. It could have been the heat/sun getting to the potatoes that made them spoil. A cupboard is good if it's not too warm, but they do need some air circulation also. P.S. I'm Lindsey's mom, I have to say she is a great cook esp. for such a new bride!
Jun. 18, 2012 7:55 pm
Well that certainly brings back memories and you don't have to be a newlywed. I HATE when you get a potato that goes bad in the bag. Ewwww....
Jul. 29, 2012 9:57 am
I like my potatoes now and then, so living alone, when I buy a whole bag I put them in the fridge. They keep very nicely there, in or out of one of the crispers.
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