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Jan 29, 2011 09:29 AM

My, how could that taste so awful?

ok so don't shoot me I was in the mood for a can of soup and bought a Campbells Light Chunky Vegetable soup. It was gross. A dry texture in the mouth (too many turnips) and just tasted disgusting and flavorless. I can't believe it passed quality and taste control with the powers that be at Campbell's.

What have you eaten that is really yukky from a can or packet and can't understand how the recipe got to be mass produced?

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  1. Amy's Organic soups. My God, these are disgusting. I have tried several varieties and without exception they are completely devoid of flavor, mealy and gross.

    Another thing I bought by mistake--no-salt cottage cheese. Who knew there was salt in cottage cheese, and that it was so important? I won't do that again!

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    1. re: travelmad478

      I have had no-salt cottage cheese, I sympathize....

      1. re: libgirl2

        That might go well with Ethiopian dishes.

      2. re: travelmad478

        Dunno, I liked the "chicken' noodle one I tried.

        1. re: im_nomad

          That is the only one I eat. The rest are awful.

        2. re: travelmad478

          Yep, those soups are horrid. And it's really strange, because Amy's frozen dinners and burritos aren't bad at all. I have been able to salvage the lentil soup by adding some sherry and a ton of black pepper. I just don't think anyone can make a decent canned soup, though.

          1. re: Isolda

            They're hit-and-miss, but some of Amy's soups are good. I remember I liked the split pea one.

              1. re: pinkprimp

                But so, so much worse than the Progresso version. I'd rather buy organic but seriously Progresso is a 1,000 better than Amys and doesn't have anything nasty in it.

                But Amy's tomato soups are pretty tasty, a lot less sugar than Cambells, and harken back to the Campbells flavor palatte of my youth.

                1. re: JudiAU

                  But I don't think Progresso is as vegetarian-friendly.

                  1. re: piccola

                    Progresso lentil is vegan. The rest if their soups are horrid-- wasn't endorsing them.

                  2. re: JudiAU

                    I'll have to try that. Homemade is easy, but sometimes I just want a fast alternative. I hate sweet tomato soup.

                2. re: Isolda

                  I like the Wolfgang Puck tomato soups. IMO way better and more of a tomato taste than Campbell's tomato soup, which I find sicky sweet to the point of being inedible.

                  1. re: beachmouse

                    Agreed on the Campbell's thing. Actually, 90%+ of canned tomato soup seems to be loaded with sugar. These days, I just make it myself from canned tomatoes. Quick and not as nasty.

                    1. re: beachmouse

                      That's probably why I can drink them now. I never used to want to drink tomato soup as a child because it burned my throat too much, too acidic or something.

                  2. re: travelmad478

                    made that mistake also. lots of salt in cottage cheese, actually. i also once got high moisture cheese instead of low. WOW that was gross. id never had high moisture cheese so it was a total shock to me.

                    also agree on the amy's products. i dont like any of their stuff. though ive not tried their veggie burger patties.

                    1. re: travelmad478

                      Amy's canned Potato & Leek soup was really quite good, but apparently has been discontinued- I guess they decided it was too tasty to suit them... The Black Bean soup is not bad; I tweak it a bit with hot sauce, cheese, and a butter swirl.

                      1. re: travelmad478

                        Have to agree. I was really surprised how bad they are.

                      2. Whatever the stuff is that's used to grease up microwave popcorn. It tastes like the bastard child of motor oil and burnt Tupperware.

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                        1. re: small h

                          I don't understand how anybody eats that. My son received soome pop secret in a goody bag the other day so I threw a bag in the MW for him and his friends. OMG - the smell alone almost killed me and my son refused to eat it. The rest of the box went in the garbage.

                          1. re: flourgirl

                            My son adores that stuff. He actually adds extra butter and salt. The rest of us have to leave the kitchen when he nukes his popcorn. The smell is indescribably awful.

                            1. re: flourgirl

                              i bought an old fashioned pop corn popper and we love it. trying to stay away from the nuked stuff.

                                1. re: maggiedev

                                  I bought my husband a big popcorn popper for his birthday one year. Best gift idea ever! He loves popcorn, and now, so do I. The smell of microwave popcorn is enough to make me want to leave the room. A friend of mine I used to work with would make a little bag of diet microwave popcornvalmost every afternoon. I'm glad those days are over!

                              1. re: small h

                                The local good movie theatre has real butter for their popcorn. But they also offer the fake kind for people who prefer it. How sad!

                                1. re: small h

                                  I bought an individual microwave bag of popcorn from a Brazilian market - a brand name I'd never heard of. I put it in and popped it for the reccomended amound of time and a terrible chemical smell filled the kitchen. I took it out, it looked fine, so I ate a piece and it had that same chemical taste. I have no idea what was wrong with it, but I've kind of been off popcorn since.

                                  1. re: Japanecdote

                                    This reminds me of when I was in high school... it was a very small school, only about 80 kids. We had a single microwave and every day at the 3 PM break one girl would go in and make a bag of popcorn. The smell wafter through the small building, hanging in the air for the rest of the afternoon until school et out at 4:30. I hated the smell and I still can't stand it!

                                    1. re: Miri1

                                      I once travelled by train from Québec City to Montréal sick with gastroenteritis (not fun in itself). Compounding the joy, microwave popcorn had been recently invented and was even viler than it is today. And the train was full of a highschool group. And there was a microwave on board. And every one of those kids just had to get the microwave popcorn. Suffice it to say it has never quite appealed to me since...

                                      1. re: buttertart

                                        buttertart, I feel your pain! When my sister stays at my house she likes to have it while we watch movies. I've told her I'll be happy to air pop the stuff but she WANTS the microwave one. UGH!

                                    2. re: Japanecdote

                                      That's the burned Tupperware. Maybe it's called something different in Portuguese. I think I used to have a higher tolerance for that chemical-y taste than I do now. Recently, I had breakfast delivered, and the toast was margarine'd instead of buttered. I thought I'd been poisoned. And I really have nothing against margarine, philosophically.

                                    3. re: small h

                                      My college roommate loved microwaved popcorn. I never understood why. Personally, I make mine on the stove with some oil, the way God intended.

                                      1. re: Terrieltr

                                        There really is no accounting for taste. I can see choosing microwave popcorn because it's portable, easy to prepare, and a cinch to clean up. But I'd much rather open a bag of Cheetos.

                                        1. re: small h

                                          My students eat microwave popcorn like it's going off the market next week. I bet, in my school of 60ish kids, there are 15 bags of popcorn made a day. Me, I think it tastes like greased aluminum foil, but like you say, no accounting for taste!

                                          1. re: small h

                                            I sorta get why she ate microwaved popcorn, but I found it so nasty that I preferred to go without.

                                            1. re: Terrieltr

                                              this all seems kind of silly to me. if you get a normal bag of microwave popcorn- sans all the fake butter or cinnabon flavourings or whatever, it is totally fine. all youre doing is popping kernels with microwave generated steam.

                                              i suppose most people that complain about the odor are speaking to the artificially overly buttery stuff, but why the hate for regular old microwave popcorn?

                                              1. re: monpetitescargot

                                                I think all microwave popcorn, even if it's just plain and salted, tastes like aluminum foil, maybe from sitting next to the aluminum foil in its sealed packaging for however long it's on the shelf? I wish I liked it -- it's very convenient -- but I just can't eat it. De gustibus...

                                                1. re: LauraGrace

                                                  I think Cook's Illustrated did a popcorn test and Microwave was actually the winner...

                                                  1. re: LauraGrace

                                                    im not aware of any microwave popcorn brands that are encased in an aluminum packaging. plastic or paper, i believe.

                                                    i do, however, think that jiffy pop (right?) comes in an aluminum pan, but that is a stovetop product.

                                                    1. re: LauraGrace

                                                      Microwave popcorn sealed in aluminum foil would make your microwave catch on fire......

                                              2. re: Terrieltr

                                                i hate that smell, for the most part, some brands are far worse than others. I especially dislike the ones that smell like burning paraffin.
                                                I have a cheapo stovetop pot with a stirring paddle from Target that makes great popcorn. I add less oil than I should, and right as I add the corn I drop in a little butter. Doesn't burn and adds just enough butter flavor.

                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                  That's a great idea! We used to have one of those whirly-pop thingies, but at some point the interior got coated with oil that turned rubbery and I couldn't get it off no matter what I tried, so I tossed it. Has this ever happened to you? Any tricks on cleaning the interior, since a couple family members of ours have the same kind? I'm definitely passing on the melted butter trick.

                                                  1. re: khh1138

                                                    Oven cleaner - do it outside though. Wear rubber gloves and it should wipe right off.

                                                    1. re: khh1138

                                                      I soaked the pot in dishsoapy water for a few days and to my amazement, it washed right off. I was surprised, actually.

                                                2. re: small h

                                                  AND it has been associated with lung disease in the plant workers that have come in contact with it!


                                                3. In a moment of great weakness I purchased Olivieri pasta (tortellini I think it was - don't want to recall the filing). Talk about insipid! What was I thinking???

                                                  1. I tried those Cambell's Soups too. I thought I could get a quick lunch and not worry so much about salt, calories and all...I had no idea that it would taste so bad. Threw out 3 cans!

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                                                    1. re: Renee Fontes

                                                      Did you at least cut off the Label for Education and donate that to your local elementary school? Makes a lose/lose into a lose/win at least. Just joshing with you Renee.

                                                    2. I was craving guacamole and decided to buy jarred guacamole that was on sale. DISGUSTING.

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                                                      1. re: Eat.Choui

                                                        Gah! Seconded. Although it's the texture that gets to me, more than the taste.

                                                        1. re: Eat.Choui

                                                          Given that even my podunk grocery store has 3-4 different types of prepared guac that are 95% or more avacado, I'm not sure why the sour cream with 'avacado flavoring' variety of guacamole is still a viable product in terms of sales.

                                                          1. re: beachmouse

                                                            Price, price and price... couple that with a cheep populace that has been raised on tasteless packaged food, and that is why it usually has more shelf space.

                                                          2. re: Eat.Choui

                                                            Oh man- guaranteed disappointment.

                                                            1. re: Eat.Choui

                                                              Wholly Guacamole tastes pretty good. We keep it for impromptu nachos.

                                                              1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                wholly guacamole is worlds from jarred! jarred is gross. wholly guacamole is a fresh avocado product.