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May 13, 2011 12:27 PM

Textural aversions

I've never been able to enjoy macaroni and cheese (homemade or box), pasta with cheesy/alfredo sauce, anything that's too creamy (very high fat ice cream, whipped cream, cream cheese) unless it's in very small quantities or spread thinly on something with a rougher texture.
If I make a quesadilla, it either has a very thin layer of cheese, or I let it cool until the cheese is no longer stringy/squishy- same with pizza. I don't like anything with a mucousy texture either (hot and sour soup).
I'm convinced it's a texture thing, since I enjoy the flavors of all but the boxed mac and cheese, and if they're baked to be crispier, especially in the case of homemade macaroni and cheese, I like them fine.
Does anyone else have a similar aversion to an entire texture? Not liking mac and cheese made me an odd kid!

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  1. I'm just the opposite; I can't handle anything crunchy or crispy.

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    1. re: mucho gordo

      Really? Why? I think of that as the one texture most cultures can agree on in one form or another.

      1. re: tatamagouche

        Crispy / crunchy does nothing to enhance or add to the taste. All it does is scratch my palate and gums while making noise. Crunching sounds emanating from someone's mouth are unappetizing to me.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          Fair enough. Not the case with me, but fair enough!

    2. I can not eat creamy things with soft but chunky bits in them, like rice pudding or tapioca pudding.

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      1. re: maxie

        Great, now you got me thinking about rice pudding -- yum. And I'm nowhere near Rice to Riches.

      2. I don't like slimy, mucous-like things, such as: over-cooked okra and eggplant, purslane or natto. Just makes me want to gag. I can't even chew the stuff, just swallow it like a pill.

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        1. re: arktos

          Judging by your description, I'll bet you wouldn't be a fan of raw oysters, right?

          1. re: mucho gordo

            No, I actually like oysters, they seem more 'intact' than slimy; it's mainly the vegetables I object to.

            1. re: arktos

              I lost that bet. I was sure you'd be eschewing raw oysters.

              1. re: mucho gordo

                You don't eschew oysters, you esswallow them.

                  1. re: CynAmyn

                    I swallow oysters as fast as possible.. I can't stand biting into a slippery fleshy thing. I love the flavor though!

                    1. re: tinnywatty

                      What flavor? The sea flavor of the brine? If you are sucking them down whole you are not tasting the oysters but the brine.

                    1. re: ferret

                      <chuckle>. You do have a way with words, ferret.

            2. I cannot abide water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. That wierd, wet crunch. ugggghhhhhhh

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              1. re: Vetter

                i am with you on BOTH! wow, can't believe someone else feels exactly the same about something so specific.

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  I loathe and despise water chestnuts, but don't mind bamboo shoots. But waterchestnuts, ugggh. Probably my least favorite food on earth.

                  1. re: italia84

                    The fresh ones of each are totally different from the canned. I never liked either one until I had the fresh.

                    1. re: buttertart

                      I didn't mind either until I had them fresh, I adore fresh water chestnuts- so sweet and crunchy- and can't stand bamboo shoot. I bought a fresh one once and when I got home I spent fifteen minutes looking for an electrical fire in the kitchen before I figured out it was the bamboo shoot that smelled like that. They both have a great texture, though

                2. re: Vetter

                  Used to hate them both for flavor and texture, tho water chestnuts don't have much of a flavor. But the bamboo shoots.... crunchy and stringy at the same time. Ick.

                  I like the water chestnuts now and again for the texture, actually. But that's because they are so subtle in flavor. And I do like crunchy. And crispy!

                  1. re: Vetter

                    That's funny-- I think that water chestnuts are my very favourite texture!

                  2. I never liked the texture of canned pineapple, which was often on the menu at my house when I was a kid. I like fresh pineapple though. I'm still not a fan of canned pineapple.

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                    1. re: sueatmo

                      canned fruit has a texture all its own...and it's not a pleasant one. i'm suddenly having school cafeteria flashbacks to canned fruit cocktail...mealy, mushy...blech.

                      1. re: sueatmo

                        I actually like them both. A good fresh one is my favorite, though. I even like chewing on the core.