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Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

Yes, a lot of it's cultural (many cultures eat feet and heads, for instance, while I'm sure most Americans would be grossed out by that) but I'm talking about the ones to which you yourself have an unreasonable response - you know you're being irrational, but you just can't help retch a little.

We butterflied a chicken and roasted it for dinner the other night. The oven rack was too high so the top got cooked but the meat closer to the bone was still quite pink, so we popped the undercooked stuff into the fridge to cook it up in a stir-fry the next night. We feed our dog raw food, so I butcher raw chicken on a daily basis, but somehow, ripping away the half-cooked flesh from the bones was SO much more revolting. I almost had to wait for my husband to get home from work to finish the job as it was making me sick to my stomach. Spam is the other one for me. I literally got sick once because a roommate watched a Dateline special on a man who ate nothing but spam for a year - seeing his pancake-shaped breakfast spam and his turkey-shaped Thanksgiving spam sent me racing to the bathroom to retch. Seeing spam advertised at the Burger King's in Hawai'i instantaneously made me lose my appetite on the way to our restaurant.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not judging someone else loving Spam. I have no idea why I have such a visceral reaction. I've never even tried the stuff! But it got me curious as to what other people's instant turn-offs were. Anyone else out there as crazy as I am?

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  1. Marzipan (due to traumatic childhood incident - it is the mouthfeel of marzipan, not the flavour - i LIKE almond/almond flavour in everything else).

    The tough bits of Jello. I dont know what causes this (not dissolving the crystals properly?) but as a kid, sometimes Jello would have odd chewy bits in it randomly. I still can't really thinkg directly about that feeling in my mouth without feeling like gagging.

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    1. re: montrealeater

      Hi, montrealeater:

      Beeg +1 on the marzipan. THANK YOU for the remark on distinguishing mouthfeel from flavor, especially. Almonds, almond flavor=great. Marzipan=Run Away!

      I'm also this way with olives. CanNOT eat canned olives whole because of their mouthfeel, but love extra-strong evoo, and chopped olives in and on things. I know this is completely unreasonable, but I need to look away when my wife is snarfing down the take from an olive bar.

      This thread is a good adjunct to "Cowering in Fear" by my friend Kaimukiman.


      1. re: montrealeater

        I can't even think about Jello......shudder

        Seeing the open end of any vein in meat nearly makes me vomit.

        1. re: cleobeach

          Wow cleo! I thought I was the only one! I absolutely can't stand Jello, it's the consistency, it's too unnatural. Any gelatin for that matter makes me gag. Thank God, I'm not the only one. I'm going to take a screenshot of this so I can show it to people when they say "Really??? You don't like JELLO?????" like I'm some kind of pedophile lol.

          1. re: bwinter714

            +2 on the Jello (any gelatin/ jellied/ jello-ish item) and yes on the vein thingy. Actually, anything that gives me the same feeling as when someone touches the inside off my elbow or back of my knee such as veins, chicken wings, offal of any kind, etc.. Instant queasy. :(

            1. re: bwinter714

              My husband hated jello due to it being served too often on Navy ships I suspect. He always called it "nervous pudding".

        2. Canned fruit cocktail. The look, the smell, the thought...just nasty.

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          1. re: meatn3

            +1. and 2. and 3.

            in my food science lab in grad school we had to do a quality control experiment with canned fruit cocktail that included tasting and comparing each component of several brands. fortunately my professor knew that i suffer from fructose malabsorption so i was exempt from the tasting part, but even the odor and appearance was enough to make me gag more than once.

            and another biggie for me - the mere idea of cream of wheat makes me sick because it was pretty much the only thing i could eat after my first oral surgery and i associate it with pain and nausea. of course now that i no longer eat gluten i couldn't have it anyway, but i still shudder when i see it in the cereal aisle at the grocery store.

            but i think the worst is sweetened dried coconut. the stringy texture and the way it squeaks between your teeth and then turns grainy? blurgh.

          2. Mayonnaise. It is not any of the ingredients as oil, eggs, lemon juice etc are perfectly fine in other applications--even together. It is not the texture, because sour cream, yogurt, marshmallow fluff and other white, creamy foods are also perfectly fine.
            But please do not put anything containing mayonnaise near me. As far as I can tell I have had no traumatic experience with it... but after having it a few times I can honestly say it is the only food I regularly encounter that I cannot bear the sight or taste of. Why? No idea.

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            1. re: iluvcookies

              I'm with you on the mayonnaise hate, when it's on its own. I cannot stand plain mayo on a sandwich or otherwise - it makes me retch and gag and just tastes so nasty ad feels awful in my mouth.

              Yet I actually like things like thousand island dressing that contain some mayo, or other sauces/dressings that use it mixed in with other spicy/flavorful ingredients. It's just something about mayo on it's own that I find horribly disgusting and nasty.

              1. re: sockii

                Yep on the mayo. Ugh - I try to avoid sandwiches with them. I'd rather have them dry or with mustard rather than mayo.

                1. re: sockii

                  I'm the same way... plain mayo = gross. a well-flavored aioli = tasty. i know it's weird but that's just how it is

                2. re: iluvcookies

                  Agree! I thought I was the only one! It's slimy...

                  1. re: iluvcookies

                    I hate commercial mayo with the flaming passion of 1000 suns but I can eat a little bit of home-made mayo. It's better if it's aioli or something like that.

                    I've never had a traumatic experience with it but I just really do not like the flavour. I will not eat burgers or sandwiches with it or dips that taste of mayo. Blech. It's the one thing that really turns me off.

                    1. re: petra_reuter

                      I used to work with not one, but two, guys who hated mayonnaise on that level.

                      On a business trip to Germany, neither of them thought to say "no mayo" -- when their burgers arrived (this was at a Hyatt) with a dollop of mayo ON the burger-- I wasn't sure whether to watch in fascination or bolt from the room when not one, but TWO grown men stopped just short of a toddler's icky-icky dance expressing their disgust.

                      I opted for shocked fascination and horror, only because my departure would have meant an even bigger spectacle than they were already putting on. (One of them was the same guy who tried to pay for his McDonald's the prior day with a US greenback, because "McDonald's is an American company")

                      Yeah, it was a looooong trip.

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        Very few things in the world are as disgusting to me as warm mayo. I can't imagine eating it on a burger. Yet I have no problem with Russian dressing on a hot corned beef sandwich.

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          So gently we bicker
                          over ways that we differ
                          of our hatred or love
                          of so grand an emulsion
                          as the gift of the Mayo.

                          Myself be a lover
                          even a slatherer
                          both of burgers and fries.

                          Born of some whip
                          giving blend to the eggs and the oil
                          becomes silk of the beauty of Mayo.

                          1. re: FoodFuser

                            And of course, if I make my own mayo, I can eat it any way I like.

                          2. re: sunshine842

                            I'm not quite that bad but I was also not raised in a barn like those two apparently were. I have never thrown a fit over my dislike. If something like a burger comes out with mayo I'll usually discard the bun and scrap off as much as possible. Especially at a nicer place - at McDonald's I'm sending that badboy back for a remake.

                            1. re: petra_reuter

                              oh, you're too polite! I can't imagine scraping it off and being ok with eating something that might have miniscule amounts of mayo! I worked as a nanny for a while and hands down the most difficult part (of living with a family, travelling, doing everything for a childe) was making sandwiches with mayo on them. I had to touch a knife that was touching mayo!

                              I have a t-shirt - given to me as a gift - that says "nobody likes mayo." It has a cartoon of a ketchup and mustard jar playing soccer, as mayo stands off to the side all alone.

                          3. re: petra_reuter

                            I like mayo okay, but don't like it on burgers at all. I will dunk the odd french fry in it, if I also have a little A-1 sauce to alternate with.

                        2. Sadly, for me it's mushrooms. It's a fungus... with gills. I have a hard time with that, especially big ones like portobellos. I'll eat mushrooms at a restaurant if they are cut up very small.

                          Oh, and the "skin" that forms on the top of homemade pudding if you don't cover it with plastic wrap. I know some people like it, but it freaks me out.

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                          1. re: kathleen221

                            Yep, mushrooms are lower than vegetables, most of which I cant stand - it's both a flavor and texture thing!

                            1. re: tracylee

                              Me too! The combination of texture with that earthy (dirty!) flavor just doesn't work for me. I keep trying again periodically to see if I have changed my mind. Not so far!

                              1. re: jlhinwa

                                Mushrooms are on my list but for the texture only, I actually love the taste. My favourite soup is a bunch of different kinds of mushrooms sauteed and then hand blended (key!) with cream and seasonings, it is DELICIOUS.

                                But that texture, firm but soft, something about the way it feels when biting into it, yeuch.

                                1. re: montrealeater

                                  I can relate- I don't like big portabello mushrooms because of their tough texture. Those mushrooms in Tom Yum soup also have a texture I can't handle.
                                  Buttons and creminis I can eat any which way.

                                  1. re: montrealeater

                                    I'm with you. I used to think I hated mushrooms altogether... until I had porcini ravioli in Roma. So GD delicious! I just hate the texture of big pieces of mushrooms. If it's chopped real small, it's fine.

                                    1. re: Firenzilla

                                      you know who else doesn't like cooked mushrooms? raccoons in the back yard. trust me on this.

                                    2. re: montrealeater

                                      i know this is like almost a year old post, but i'm just wondering about that soup you described...is that something you make or have had made at home? do you have a recipe for it?? that sounds absolutely delicious...i've been looking for a really good mushroom soup recipe lately.

                                    3. re: jlhinwa

                                      Ha! Whenever I read a review of something that is said to have an "earthy" flavor, I think, "So it tastes like dirt?"

                                      1. re: kathleen221

                                        Ha! me too. Earthy is not a good thing, to me. Which is why I'm not a big fan of chard because I taste minerals, like soil.

                                        1. re: kathleen221

                                          Bill Maher says beets should be called "dirt jello."

                                        2. re: jlhinwa

                                          Oh THANK GOD! I had visions of being lynched on a foodie site when I finally admitted my aversion to this fungus masquerading as a gourmet vegetable delicacy.

                                          For me, I'm not sure if it has to do with hearing the oft-told story of how my brother had to have his stomach pumped when he ate mushrooms out of the yard, or if that was just the beginning of my disgust....

                                          At a cooking class in Savannah I did try, (and enjoy!) a mixture of finely diced mixed mushrooms (both dried/reconstituted and fresh of different varieties) in a small stuffed tomato, but wouldn't want to clean, much less cook or eat them at home. Yeah. Not gonna happen.

                                          I don't know whether the slimy texture of cooked mushrooms is worse than the smell, or it's the sight of the gills *gags* that keeps me away, but my throat says "Danger, danger!"

                                          My daughter LOVES them, I believe, since she always got them off my plate and out of anything I otherwise wanted to eat! I *saved* them for her! LOL

                                          1. re: Kathrynwitte

                                            I gotta wonder if there is something hard-wired in our skulls that the mushroom aversion is so common. I know how to distinguish between a real and false morel, but am scared to chance it foraging on my own. maybe it's like the natural aversion to snakes (might be poisonous!) kinda makes sense.

                                            1. re: hill food

                                              I LOVE to go morel hunting, and to take led mushroom walks, but... eating them? No, thanks! Strange how I won't touch them, but I point them out to others... who then clamor to be my "hunting buddy"...

                                              1. re: Kathrynwitte

                                                don't get me wrong I absolutely love morels, I just second guess myself and leave it to the pros. if I were in your 'hood I'd love to go out "hunting"

                                              2. re: hill food

                                                I both like mushrooms and have no "natural" aversion to snakes. Which either disproves your theory or proves that I'm unnatural. But I do have enough common sense to be wary when I think I might be encountering one (mushroom or snake) that's poisonous.

                                                1. re: guilty

                                                  just remarking on the number of those that do. I have no overwhelming aversion either, while I've never been poisoned or bitten, my caution factor goes towards the roof when I encounter either.

                                                2. re: hill food

                                                  I think it is really hard to mistake a false morel from a real one. The thing I am most scared of when I go morel hunting is not finding them. I just acquired a little log cabin last year with my sister and two friends of ours (our women's retreat) right in the middle of prime morel country in Michigan. It takes a long time to figure out where they grow....... but oh, how delicious those suckers are. Sauteed in butter with a little fresh tarragon and chive.

                                                  1. re: Willa

                                                    We happened upon some once. We were scared that they were false ones, so we put them in the fridge and didn't get our research done soon enough, because by the time we verified them, they had dried up - awkwardly. We are worse than amateurs in the morel-hunting world.

                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                      Oh those experienced morel hunters are a special kind of sneaky. I'm not very good at all. But there really is not another mushroom that looks like a morel. The false morels don't look much like morels. Then there are the "half frees." Where the cap is separated from the stem. Those are a little harder to distinguish. And even the true morel has a bit of toxin in it.

                                                      1. re: Willa

                                                        I've seen comparative photos, and while the surface, uhh furrowing? is distinctive and the hollow vs. solid stem difference is obvious, I can see how an amateur might stumble onto a liver transplant waiting list.

                                                    2. re: Willa

                                                      mmm I could skip even the tarragon and chive.

                                                      1. re: hill food

                                                        Agreed. I was mushroom hunting with some friends in the Huron National Forest, Michigan. They know exactly how to do it and at the end of the day we had a huge bowl full. Our hostess said that she was going to saute the mushrooms in butter, tarragon and chives. If you saw my post about my onion phobia you will understand why my twin and I looked at each other and blanched when she said that. OMG, no! Don't ruin the morels with chives! But they were brand new spring chives and she didn't use many of them. They didn't taste like onions, thank God. The tarragon was lovely. Ohhhh, if only I could find the morels myself.....

                                            2. re: kathleen221

                                              I was going to post the exact same thing about the porotobellos. I had to de-gill them, and I nearly gagged. My pasta dish with mushrooms came out perfect, except that I was too freaked out to eat it.

                                              1. re: kathleen221

                                                Mushroom texture bothers me too...but I love mushrooms sauteed in a lot of butter. As long as they've expelled most of the water.

                                                1. re: kathleen221

                                                  DS is the same about mushrooms, to the point where I wouldn't even have CANS or JARS of mushrooms in the house. I, on the other hand, ADORE them. One time I found big portebellos on sale at the grocer. Hid them in the back of the frig until he was out of the house and grilled them on the George Foreman (his). I relished them and scrubbed the grill clean and removed the wrappers before he came home. Sadly, that was probably the last time I've eaten them at home.

                                                  1. re: kathleen221

                                                    Oh I adore that skin! I prefer the skin part to the actual pudding underneath, lol. I get how it could bother some people though.

                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                      THANK YOU! The look, the smell (gah), the texture and the taste! The most disgusting thing I've ever encountered.

                                                      1. re: donelikedinner

                                                        I've never been able to bring myself to try cottage cheese. I think it's like rice pudding: You either love it or hate it. My daughter loves it, and thinks of it as lumpy ice cream.

                                                      2. re: ipsedixit

                                                        That's okay- more for me. With a tasty cut-up tomato, some shredded lettuce, and capers. Wow.

                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                          Lots of fresh ground pepper and maybe a little hot sauce and I'd eat the whole container.

                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                            trader joe's canned pineapple chunks are the BEST! and eaten with cottage cheese, ithey taste like a delicious dessert, and totally guilt-free!

                                                            and summer tomatoes with cottage cheese and lawrey's seasoned salt….YUM! in off-season, i'll use the "fresh salsa" pico de gallo (grocery store produce refrigerated case) for that tomato hit!

                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                              Yeah, I had that growing up- loved it. For some odd reason my mom would make enchiladas and put a little side of shredded iceberg lettuce, a spoonful of cottage cheese, and a pineapple ring.

                                                              TJ's pineapple- light or heavy syrup? No bias there, just curious.

                                                              1. re: EWSflash


                                                                the label says ingredients are: pineapple, pineapple juice. from the philippines.

                                                                really the best canned pineapple i've ever eaten -- and in fact rivals much of the really good fresh pineapple that i've had.

                                                                in fact, i'm going to be having that for breakfast, now that i'm reminded of my little pineapple stash!

                                                          2. re: ipsedixit

                                                            I've always hated cottage cheese with a passion. Couldn't understand why anybody eats it. Then I started living in another country than the U.S. and fell in love with the stuff. Turns out it's not cottage cheese that sucks. It's AMERICAN cottage cheese that sucks. Real cottage cheese is made of milk and cream. Read the ingredient list on any American cottage cheese and wonder why people who eat it don't all have two-headed kids.

                                                            1. re: emu48

                                                              mine do, and I always say they're better than just the one.

                                                              ehh we could easily spin this off into a diatribe about agro-business. this is funny, as years ago in a different forum (Salon's Table Talk), a US ex-pat in Italy was wondering what to use in place of American cottage cheese... a country with 3000+ varieties in all textures and this, something you can make yourself, you can't figure out.

                                                              1. re: emu48

                                                                I agree ... most American cottage cheese is gawdawful.
                                                                One exception to that (at least here in the northeast) is the FRIENDSHIP brand. Delicious, and no gums or starches added. I love the stuff.

                                                            2. Cooked eggs. Doesn't matter if they're hard-boiled, fried, poached, in an omlette ... It took me a long time to get over the egginess of custard and cream pies as well.

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                                                              1. re: beachmouse

                                                                I also can't stand eggs. I have tried multiple times to scramble them with other foods but it doesn't work.

                                                                1. re: Laurenjo28

                                                                  Oh, count me in. They are gross in all their incarnations, the nasty slimy slithery things. I can cook them for others but can't put them my mouth. And I can't go near hardboiled eggs, not even in the same room. Just vile.

                                                                2. re: beachmouse

                                                                  One more vote for eggs. They are my personal Waterloo. I want to like them, I really do. I live in a somewhat rural area and I have two immediate neighbors who raise their own and sell the extras. Beautiful, fresh, delightful eggs. Can't do it. Not fried, not scrambled, not in an omelet, not hard boiled, soft boiled, or over easy. Can not do it. I do, however, love quiche. No problem there. Must be all the cream.

                                                                    1. re: sherriberry

                                                                      Me, THREE! Can't do them, but I do love quiche. Funnily enough, my ex used to be able to make them so I could eat them, and I WANT to eat them (especially filled i.e., greek omelet...) But I just CAN'T...
                                                                      PS- The egg aversion began during earliest toddlerhood. Had nothing to do with my aversion to the ex...

                                                                    2. re: hilltowner

                                                                      Poached eggs. I have never been able to face them since the hospital served me one an hour after my son was born.

                                                                      1. re: Sallyo


                                                                        I've got a pretty strong constitution, but gimme a break!

                                                                        1. re: Sallyo

                                                                          LOL- I had my son at the hospital where I work. After I had him, after like 30 hrs with no food, the nurse asked me if I wanted a taco salad from the kitchen ( it was 2am and that was the only thing in there besides jello) It sounded like the best thing on earth and I snarfed it down, and then threw it up. Didn't exactly seek them out in the cafeteria when I went back to work.

                                                                      2. re: beachmouse

                                                                        another one against eggs. if they are scrambled well (past soft, past firm, starting to brown) or hard boiled i can deal with them. When I was a kid i even liked hard boiled... with enough salt. or maybe i just liked the salt? sunny side up? over easy? omg no, no, no. people talk about soft creamy eggs on toast and I wanna run screaming from the room. Not fond of custard unless it has other overwhelming flavors added. Strangely though I enjoy a good egg salad sandwich. Must be that other ingredient... mayo... no wait, that is eggs... can't be. double negative perhaps?

                                                                      3. Raw birds (turkey, chicken, duck, etc.) gross me out. It takes a supreme act of will for me to be able to clean, butcher, dress, etc. a bird that started out whole. In all honesty, I am not too crazy seeing any formerly living creature that is recognizable for what it originally was (i.e., fish with heads on, etc.).

                                                                        Oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits, and the like are disgusting to me. Texture issue, mostly.

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                                                                        1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                          I used to be freaked out by raw birds, until one Thanksgiving I made it "dance" on the counter for my young daughter. Now I'm okay with it. =)

                                                                          And I'm with you on the oatmeal. I really want to like it, but I have a hard time with the texture.

                                                                          1. re: kathleen221

                                                                            I am the opposite about turkeys. I never used to have a problem until one Thanksgiving day when my husband,who had gone deer hunting early in the morning, came into the kitchen carrying his freshly killed turkey, unplicked and blood dripping from his neck. I still served the turkey I already had in the oven since family was coming over, but have never been able to bring myself to cook one since. We now have steak and lobster for Thanksgiving dinner.

                                                                            1. re: sherriberry

                                                                              Steak and lobster - nice! I'm coming to your house for Thanksgiving! ;-)

                                                                              I've only ever prepared birds from the grocery store that already had all the icky innards removed. If I'd had to clean a freshly killed bird like that, I think I might have ordered pizza delivery.

                                                                              1. re: kathleen221

                                                                                I made hubby clean it and we froze it for later. When I finally cooked it, after soaking in buttermilk(a tip from a friend who cooks a lot of game), the smell was overwhelming. Don't know what that bird at in his lifetime, but it wasn't going in either of our mouths. The cat was happy.

                                                                                Not too keen on venison either after having a few deer butchered in my garage. I guess I'm just a big wuss.

                                                                                1. re: sherriberry

                                                                                  game birds neeeeed to be hung and dried before plucked and then they still have earned the term 'game'. not mild. "toasted acorns anybody!"

                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                      Obviously, I had no idea what I was doing and DH was so proud of himself for getting his first turkey that he took it to a fellow hunters' barn to dress. Guess he got some bad advice. Still, I don't think any amount of hanging would have helped that particular bird.
                                                                                      DH was equally proud of his first wild boar. He strapped it across the handlebars of the 4 wheeler and proceeded to make the rounds to his buddies houses. Then, for good measure, with it still strapped in, went to Bob Evans for lunch. When he got home, the neighbor's dog about went crazy. That animal (the pig, not the dog)went to the slaughterhouse and I have no aversion to pork. The only problem was that an overzealous friend who "knew how to cook boar " was entrusted to cook some at a BBQ and salted the heck out of it. Others raved-I thought it was an inedible salt bomb. Next time, I do the seasoning.

                                                                                      1. re: sherriberry

                                                                                        Wild boar makes the most delicious stew on the planet, with wine.

                                                                              2. re: kathleen221

                                                                                our first Thanksgiving in Europe, I was very proud of myself for having sourced a whole bird for our holiday meal (on Saturday, since we had school and work on Thursday!) -- organic, free-range, and butchered to order (which translates to blimming expensive, but oh, one of the best birds ever)

                                                                                (n.b. -- turkeys are well-known in Europe, but because there is no Thanksgiving celebration, the birds are raised to be butchered in time for *Christmas*, so finding a whole bird a month early is a task and a half -- no Butterballs in the freezer section here!)

                                                                                Drove to the farm to pick it up on Friday, where we found it still had the head and feet attached -- no problem, that doesn't squick me out too much. Hubby wasn't so impressed that night when he opened the refrigerator door only to have the head loll out of the door at him. (after the initial shock thought it was hilarious, though)

                                                                                On Saturday morning, according to strict family tradition, I was starting to prep the bird (bare feet, pyjamas, and a cup of coffee to hand -- these is the rules, folks!) and reached in to retrieve the giblets. Much to my surprise (and a little to my horror) they were still. attached.

                                                                                My husband came downstairs just as I was retrieving the last of them from the cavity, and so had a knife in one hand, giblets in the other, and a fairly impressive streak of turkey blood down my arm....his eyes nearly popped out of his head, he ran to the paper-towels and gasped oh geez -- I'll go get my shoes and the car keys.

                                                                                He thought for sure (in his groggy, caffeine-deprived state) that I'd managed to cut myself severely and was going to need a trip to the emergency room for stitches.

                                                                                We laugh about it now -- and now that I *know* how things work here, it doesn't faze me -- but it was a bit of a surprise the first go-round!

                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                  That must have been fun (not). Similar experience when my husband wanted goose sort of out of season, and came across one in a Chinese market, frozen and marked "Confucius style". Thought it must be a trademark or something. I got it thawed, and then noticed it was intact (no opening where the giblets and neck should be all nicely tucked inside). It had been frozen with everything still where nature put it...husband bidden arise from slumber and eviscerate said goose. It roasted fine but the morning's events rather detracted from the pleasure of eating it.
                                                                                  Since then "Confucius style" has been noted as a do not buy marker. (I think it may be prepared this way for ritual use - would like to know if I'm correct in this assumption.)

                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                    I've noticed frozen ducks at a local asian store labeled 'Buddhist style'. Now I know to avoid those : )

                                                                                    1. re: babette feasts

                                                                                      Yup. I don't have problems with the head and feet on, but the guts, no thank you.

                                                                                    2. re: buttertart

                                                                                      it was a little startling!

                                                                                      Just for the record, it was *just* the "normal" giblets - heart and liver -- she'd tucked the gizzard back in for me when I said I wanted it.

                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                        Pulling guts from the poultry perhaps could make someone queasy
                                                                                        But I'm pretty much in there with fish, game fowl, and deer, pretty easy.

                                                                                        When it comes to frozen factory farmed chickens dressed on assembly line
                                                                                        I thank the professional eviscerators
                                                                                        reaching deep with deft hands
                                                                                        to pluck organs right at the aorta
                                                                                        and place them in convenient cellulose bag.

                                                                                        Also glad that they don't disturb the kidneys
                                                                                        that lay next to backbone in the thigh.
                                                                                        Two inches long, dull reddish grey
                                                                                        They constitute offal epiphany.

                                                                                        1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                          much as I love your poetry, FoodFuser, most commercial chicken producers gave up using people to do the evisceration a long time ago.

                                                                                          It's now a large plastic screw that bores the innards out. Ugh.

                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                            I need more to believe that. How else could the giblets emerge intact, and packed in their bag?

                                                                                            1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                              they are withdrawn on the blades of the screw, gathered up, separated from the stuff that people won't eat and packaged -- the giblets in the little bag might or might not be from the bird into which they're stuffed.

                                                                                              (I wouldn't believe it either, but I've seen it with my scarred little eyes)

                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                  Heh. I finally realized this when I got a chicken whose bag had four hearts and no liver! It had never occurred to me that the bits inside the chicken might not be that chickens' own bits! Which is really very strange on a whole 'nother level...

                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                    Any idea why sometimes there is a bag of goodies in the chickie and other times there is none?

                                                                                                    My sister used to be a game hen eviscerator in Arkansas back the seventies. Terrible business and the smell!

                                                                                                    I may have to break down and get my own flock. I have been fighting it, but ICK.

                                                                                              1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                I must confess: I love kidneys. Kidneys! Especially lamb kidneys, pan deglazed with mustard and cream.

                                                                                      2. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                        +1 on the raw poultry, especially chicken.

                                                                                        1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                          Ditto on the raw animal flesh. I fully embrace the fact that it was a formerly living thing and I try to always be thankful for the creature that gave its life for the meal I'm about to prepare (I don't like the people who try to pretend meat magically appears cleaned, wrapped, and pristine in the supermarket by magical fairies), so it pains me to admit it but watching me try to prepare raw meat is a comedy in my household. I spend the entire time having an extremely irrational, one-sided, conversation with the carcass, much to the amusement of my family "Eww, ew...what the..? Oh my...gross...what is this?!" It relieves my anxiety, but I sound hella crazy in the process. :P

                                                                                          1. re: Tovflu

                                                                                            Tov - the important part is that you understand it's not just a prepackaged "thing" found on a shelf.

                                                                                            so let 'em think you're nuts. now holding up a raw slab of ribs to your torso and asking "which was your right and which was left? huh? huh?"

                                                                                        2. I'll eat just about anything, but somehow I find it completely reasonable that I am unreasonably grossed out by natto. >.<

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                                                                                          1. re: inaplasticcup

                                                                                            Natto? Would it be the smell or the texture?

                                                                                            I happen to love natto, but not at first.

                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                              I think it might be the stringy slime. But on the other hand, I eat okra and nopales with no issues. The funny thing is I love miso and dwenjahng which are both fermented soybean products. Somehow natto crossed over the line of funky fantasticness to ewwwww.

                                                                                                1. re: uwsister

                                                                                                  I do, which will make my distaste for natto all the more inexplicable now...

                                                                                                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                                                                                                    It's probably texture then? I don't care for either, and I know it's b/c of the taste.

                                                                                                    1. re: uwsister

                                                                                                      sometimes it's purely visual, with natto that's the grossout for me- especially after i read about it in thesneeze.com, the subcategory is 'steve don't eat it' or 'don't eat it steve'. Then scroll down to natto, read and throw up a little bit in your mouth while you're laughing.

                                                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                First week in Japan. An American colleague to me to make okonomiyaki.
                                                                                                She mixed up some natto with mayo, as top dressing
                                                                                                as if she was was thinking
                                                                                                Might as well jump-stary this gaijin deep in the cuisine.

                                                                                                One week later, at traditional breakfast,
                                                                                                My benchmates were whipping their natto.
                                                                                                The chefs hadn't served me any. I pointed and asked for it.

                                                                                                Warm rice, raw egg atop, natto with gossamer threads
                                                                                                flakes of crumbled nori.
                                                                                                I jumped on early to natto's gossamer threads.

                                                                                                1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                  Awww. Gossamer threads of natto... You almost make me want to try it again. :)

                                                                                              1. re: lilgi

                                                                                                I agree! I know it's un-American, especially here in the PNW, but aside from a small bit of smoked salmon occasionally, I can't stand the stuff.

                                                                                                1. re: tracylee

                                                                                                  For me, any version except sushi. Everything about it, and the countless weddings and functions where it's included in the menu. Why it's recommended to people who want to start eating fish is beyond me, salmon is pretty strong. I love all kinds of fish so it puzzles me.

                                                                                                2. re: lilgi

                                                                                                  I do NOT enjoy cooked salmon - but give me some salmon sushi and I'm a happy camper!

                                                                                                3. A good friend who eats anything at all surprised me the other day. I told him about a dessert I saw on a menu that intrigued me: bacon ice cream root beer float. He made this ridiculously twisted face and a gagging noise. No, it wasn't the bacon that freaked him out. It was the root beer! Apparently root beer is positively disgusting to him!

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                                                                                                  1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                    me too on root beer. same with licorice. I want to like them but I just can't.

                                                                                                    1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                      I always feel like a lone root beer hater, stuck amid connoisseurs. Glad there are others. I am a person who will try/eat virtually anything, and honestly has few dislikes beyond personal little political or petty snob issues about this food or that. But root beer sends me over the edge. It's my Kryptonite. I can't even smell it. And yes, I have tried and tried and tried. I keep feeling like I'm missing out, as it seems like an intriguing and complex brew. Those with palates I absolutely respect enthuse over it. But it definitely reaches the point of *unreasonable response* for me, as just reading the words makes me feel a little queasy.

                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                        Related taste (to me, at least) that I absolutely abhor - wintergreen. Yuck. Dreadful excuse for a flavor.

                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                          When I think of wintergreen, I can't help but picture a cotton ball hanging by a string from the wire shelf in the fridge. If things ever got skunky smelling in the fridge, my mother would soak a cotton ball in wintergreen oil and hang it in the back of the refrigerator.
                                                                                                          (And remove the offending odor producer.)

                                                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                            Anything mint like is totally repellent to me! I'd forgotten ghastly wintergreen!

                                                                                                            1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                              I love mints but not the appalling wintergreen.

                                                                                                          2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                            Absolutely agree on the wintergreen as well. My grandfather was a wonderful man, but it was always difficult to be around him even as a child because he carried a bag of those Pepto-Bismol pink colored wintergreen lozenges in his pocket all the time, and I couldn't tolerate it.

                                                                                                            As a wintergreen-averse person, I've learned to be suspicious of new-fangled chewing gum flavors. Wintergreen used to announce itself frankly as a flavor; now it's hidden in names like "Polar Ice" and "Arctic Blast" "Or Weasly Little Damp Wind from the North" or some such. I'd far rather chew actual polar ice than wintergreen under a pseudonym. I think I'm a lost cause on wintergreen, honestly.

                                                                                                            What do people use it for anyway, besides lozenges and gum?

                                                                                                            1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                              and those stupid chalky lozenges are a treasured childhood memory for me -- my great-grandmother used a treadle sewing machine, and kept a bag of those pink lozenges in the drawer of the cabinet that held the machine.

                                                                                                              Those were referred to as Sewing Mints, and came out ONLY when she was sewing - and I still think "Sewing Mints" when I see them hanging in the bags on the rack.

                                                                                                              I didn't like them, truthfully (although I do like wintergreen) -- but those were a special candy shared with Great Grandma and Grandma when I became a Big Girl who could help with the sewing.

                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                I loved those pink wintergreen lozenges as a child, too. Also the white peppermint ones. My grandfather always had a full candy dish of both of them and he used to get quite a kick out of how fast they disappeared when I showed up.

                                                                                                                1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                                                  The peppermint ones ("English mints" - solid discs of opaque mint candy, with a dusting of powder of some sort, cornstarch I think) weren't safe around me either.

                                                                                                              2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                I've had those Bad Gum Experiences too. I don't want to know what else it's used for. My aversion doesn't stem from Pepto, either, we didn't have that when I was growing up in Canada.

                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                  Is wintergreen the same thing as spearmint, as a flavour, for example, in gum? I've always hated spearmint gum (not enough bite, too sweet, uck), and am wondering if it's the same as this wintergreen you speak of.

                                                                                                                  1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                                                    No. spearmint is one of the mints (I like it but prefer peppermint, it's definitely a sweeter taste than peppermint). Wintergreen has a minty taste but is made from the fruits of an evergreen plant that I hope I never get near. There are (were?) wintergreen Lifesavers (Wint-o-green, I think) if you want to give the taste a whirl. Pepto-Bismol's original flavor is wintergreen. Who knows, maybe you'll like it - my normally sensible husband does.

                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                      and wint-o-green lifesavers make sparks if you chew them with your mouth open in the dark.

                                                                                                                      (I cannot begin to count how many rolls of wint-o-green we ate in the bathroom with the door closed and the lights off to watch the show)

                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                        my grandmother ALWAYS had a roll of Wint-O-Green Lifesavers in her purse (right next to the folded plastic rain bonnet) so it has a nice connotation for me.

                                                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                          L O V E wintergreen; thinking it must be genetic, so do my children.

                                                                                                                        2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                          No way! I am seriously going to have to try this. What a riot!

                                                                                                                          1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                                                            it's right up there with Mentos and Diet Coke (only not as messy!) for food-based fun.

                                                                                                                          2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                            Really? I'll have to check this out for myself!

                                                                                                                  2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                    Yup! I hate wintergreen and spearmint! I have awful memories of getting carsick as a child in the back seat of our family car while my dad ate piece after piece of those little green spearmint jelly leaves. The smell was overwhelmingly nauseating and whenever I get the slightest whiff of it, I start heaving....

                                                                                                                  3. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                    you have no idea how happy I am to learn that I am not alone in my dislike foro rootbeer! DH LOVES it. I cannot even smell it. the thought of it just made me shudder. It's so bad, if DH has root beer, he must brush his teeth before coming near me.
                                                                                                                    I also can't tolerate shredded coconut - you know the garbage in the bag in the baking aisle. I am starting to realize that REAL coconut is different, and have enjoyed several dishes - even cooked with coconut milk. I still cannot bring myself to eat fresh raw coconut, but I may get there some day!

                                                                                                                    1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                      For years I avoided coconut (my main exposure being candy bars and *less-than* renditions of pies). I slowly realized my aversion was to the sweet, versus the savory applications of coconut. Cookies and confections weren't necessarily for me, but the coconut dishes of SE Asia certainly were. Now, I'm okay with the occasional coconut sweet, even. It's an aversion I'm glad I overcame, as it opened up my cooking and coconut milk has become a regular player in my kitchen. I don't particularly groove on the coconut meat itself, but the milk is indispensable now in many things I cook.

                                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                        yeah, i've gotten to the point where I can order a dish described as containing coconut milk, just not the meat. ugh.

                                                                                                                  4. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                                    Root beer is the king of soda. But I will force it on no one. And I'm not fond of peppermint, but used to inhale LiveSavers wint-o-green. I had to quit.

                                                                                                                    1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                                      I hate black licorice but love root beer. It's only been the past couple of years that I figured out they have a similar taste, but that doesn't change anything. Black licorice just makes me gag.

                                                                                                                      OTOH, bacon ice cream root beer float sounds fabulous!

                                                                                                                    2. Sweetened Condensed Milk... I have no idea from where this originated. All I know is back when I was in high school, I was using it in a recipe, pulled a jar off of my mother's shelf, found that it was really thick and slightly orange-brown in color, and believed that it must be old. I dumped it. I drove all the way to the store for a new jar. I got home and opened it and found that was the 'real' consistency of Sweetened Condensed Milk... gross.

                                                                                                                      Also: meat (except fish)--especially ground meat. Ground meat really, really grosses me out. Brains, livers, and other animal organs. Chicken feet (the dish, an item at some more authentic Chinese restaurants) also gross me out.

                                                                                                                      1. It's been funny reading this thread, because many of the foods mentioned are ones I disliked as a kid. Mayo, mushrooms, cottage cheese, grits, cream of wheat, salmon, and organ meats. Luckily, none of them traumatized me enough not to try them as a teen or adult, and I like or even love almost everything I once abhorred. Except liver when cooked and cold. I cannot deal with the combo of firm texture and liver flavor. Yeesh. Don't know why, but the last time I tried, I had to suppress the urge to gag right there in the restaurant. Embarrassing.

                                                                                                                        1. Most fish makes me gag when I smell it cooking. I will not allow it to be cooked in the house. I eat shellfish, tuna tar tar I know not logical. Other fish I gag. I can get it down if at a friend's and they serve it. But I have a hard time. I grew up eating liver and onions. When I married and had to cook it myself I gagged looking at it. It was like something still aIlive. I can't eat liver now.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Janet

                                                                                                                            I can't stand cooked fish, but it's because my Dad always grills it until it's dry, dry, dry. Now, any cooked fish takes on that flavor/texture to me. I love raw ahi tuna and other sashimi, but unless I cook it myself, I won't order seared tuna in case they've cooked it too far.

                                                                                                                          2. canned cream corn. Sure it seems harmless enough but I was force fed it once by a mean babysitter and I still gag just thinking about it.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: orangebloss

                                                                                                                              and you STILL possess your liver? (there's a reason why I don't work child care)

                                                                                                                            2. This might sound odd and most likely heathen to many chowhounders, but I cannot do fresh tomato. I can maybe slice one up, if under duress to do so, but the smell and texture just do something terrible for me. I have an exceptionally strong stomach (I have been known to go and happily eat lunch after some, ahem, interesting things have occured during bowel surgery in theatres) but somehow tomato does something terrible to me. I still have traumatic memories of being forced to cook a tomato pie for my family and vegetarian cousin who had come to say with us. I was a young teenager at the time and I dutifully did my best, but that was the most revolting thing I have ever cooked in my life. What made it even more insulting was I was so focused on getting the damn thing made and on the table that I didn't even realise I'd forgotten to make myself something to eat until I'd sat down at the table with the family. Awful, just awful.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                                                it took me years to get OK with raw tomato (god bless you Caprese with balsamic vinegar)

                                                                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                  Yeah, my mother tried to get me into raw tomato when I was 8 by telling me that cherry tomatoes tasted just like cherries. I knew she was lying (for some reason she always thought I was and still am stupid), but she forced me to eat it. I then got in trouble for retching at the table (I don't know what it is, but it actually sets that reaction off in me. And as I said I can stomach some of the nastiest things you will ever see at work) and had to wait for permission to spit it out. No wonder I turned out the way I did...and I don't think I can ever be ok with raw tomato. But good for you for giving it a go.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                    Ha, same here. I've just recently come around to raw tomato... I think I can credit Caprese with balsamic too. And finding out the HUGE difference in flavor between an organic, in season tomato compared to anything else. The snotty part still grosses me out a little though =x

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Firenzilla

                                                                                                                                      you mean the part that josé andres celebrates -- you call it snotty?

                                                                                                                                      >>>"""One final note about tomatoes and their humble seeds: Most people discard them when cooking tomatoes. But trust me, they are a hidden treasure. To harvest the "filet" (as the cluster of seeds is called), take a sharp knife and slice off the ends of a ripe tomato. You'll see there is an exterior wall of tomato flesh around the circumference of the tomato and interior walls running into the tomato's center that separate it into segments. Gently cut through the outer wall of the tomato and one of the dividing walls. Carefully peel back the outer wall of the tomato to expose the seeds. Slide your knife underneath the seed mass and remove. Your aim is to keep the pulp of the seeds together to create tomato-seed "filets."

                                                                                                                                      This seed mass, or what we sometimes call "tomato caviar," can be a new way of adding tomato flavor to a dish. It offers small, bright bursts of pure tomato flavor encased in an amazing natural gelatin and is super refreshing. I like to use them in salads or as a garnish for gazpacho."""<<<< http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                        Agreed, of the gelatin enwrapping the seeds.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                                                    y'know, tomatoes seem to trigger some of the most seeming-irrational reactions -- and no, I'm not laughing at you.

                                                                                                                                    I used to work with a woman who would NOT eat a slice of tomato on a sandwich -- but she's happily tuck into a plate of tomato salad with onion and basil.

                                                                                                                                    My son wouldn't eat a tomato if his life depended on it...but you'd never believe it if you saw him suck down tomato sauce on pasta, or chili...

                                                                                                                                    I'm kind of fascinated by seeing how people will follow a "this, not that" with tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                    I'll eat them however -- up to and including devouring them in the garden with the juice running down my chin.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                      ok 842 - I'm getting an image from Stephen King's short story basis for "Lawnmower Man"

                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                        You're completely right, tomato does provoke interesting responses. I am one of those weirdo's who will happily eat tomato based pata sauces, pizza sauces etc., but I cannot do fresh tomato. If it's served to me in something I just pick it off, but I am fortunate enough that I actually live in a tomato free household. Even the dogs won't eat them, which just makes them even more awesome in my mind :D

                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                          My 'not on a sandwich' food is lettuce. I like salads quite a bit if the lettuce is fresh and of good quality. But if it's trapped inside a hot sandwich, it gets slimy by the time it gets to the table, and for cold sandwiches, it seems to kill the flavor of everything around it.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: beachmouse


                                                                                                                                            I'm exactly the same way with lettuce.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                            I am also weird about tomatoes. Love tomato flavor and tomato-based sauces, even love ketchup. The more whole it is, the less I like it...no doubt a texture thing again. The seeds also are very unappealing to me. Salsa typically needs to be more on the liquid side of things than chunky and I am not a pico de gallo fan because of the chunks.

                                                                                                                                            I have been experimenting with tomatoes again and am introducing them in smaller chunk, trying to work up to bigger pieces. It's slow going....

                                                                                                                                          3. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                                                            I also dislike the texture and flavor of raw or tomatoes cooked in slices or served raw. I had them once in Ecuador where I liked them, and I don't remember how they were served that I actually enjoyed them, even though I was just being polite when I ate them. Sauce, pureed salsa, etc. are just fine, and the flavor is benign enough that I can pick it off of things and the food isn't ruined, unlike onions or bell peppers.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                                                              Me, I love raw tomatoes -- assuming they are direct from the garden, not store-bought chunks of red wood -- but I worked for a guy once who couldn't handle tomatoes, or indeed any red-colored food. He was especially disgusted by strawberries, and believed that their tiny little seeds could choke him to death. He was 6'5"...lol.

                                                                                                                                              Tomatoes, mushrooms olives...many of the things some people are averse to are among my favorites.

                                                                                                                                              Some people like their fried eggs over easy, or even sunnyside up. When I see runny egg whites I nearly pass out with disgust. Liver in any form -- same thing. Uncooked flesh, whether sushi, steak tartare or what have you -- yecccch!

                                                                                                                                              And as Axisgoddess says below -- BABY CORN! The horror, the horror...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: ptrichmondmike

                                                                                                                                                +1 for runny egg whites. I love runny egg yolk for dipping toast, but undercooked egg whites make me lose my appetite.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kathleen221

                                                                                                                                                  +1 on the runny egg whites for me too.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                    I separate the white and yolk and lightly poach the yolks for toast. I toss the white since it smells like a dirty chicken coop.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ptrichmondmike

                                                                                                                                                    ahahahaha I love your expression of "BABY CORN" it made me laugh so hard I nearly choked on my tea. I agree-if it is in a dish-even when I can pick it out easily, I just CAN NOT eat the dish. *shiver* blechhh.

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                                                                    I love tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes on a pizza, but raw tomatoes are things that should not be eaten. They should be turned into tasty things, like sauce.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Terrieltr

                                                                                                                                                      Are you talking about supermarket tomatoes (which are crap)? Can't imagine anyone sinking their teeth into a Brandywine and not loving it.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                        The idea of biting into a raw tomato gives me the heebie-jeebies. It's a texture thing, not a taste one. The skin, the firm flesh, the goo. Combined, it's disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Terrieltr

                                                                                                                                                          I agree and totally understand. Love then in salads, burgers, sauces, cooked with cheese........but sinking into a whole one give me the goosebumps too. I have figured it is the seeds and the gooey stuff they are attached too. I am getting better at eating them.......I just have a lot of disecting to do when I do eat them.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                                                                      My boyfriend is the same way with raw tomato. A month or two ago, I was slicing tomatoes in the kitchen when he came home from work. He gagged from the smell, and left the room with his forearm covering his nose and mouth, with muffled curses aimed in my direction. It's funny though, he can eat them cooked (he loves my tomato pie), and even barely cooked if I marinate them first (which I have to do for his favorite pizza). This is a man who will eat almost anything, and politely refuses the rare things he doesn't like . . . but a raw tomato undoes him completely.

                                                                                                                                                    3. Baby corn makes me want to heave. I love chinese good but anything with baby corn is off my personal menu. Even reading that it is part of the dish makes me sick. Something about baby corn looks alien and other worldly to me or as if it were some sort of insect centipede you would find under a rock. Also, for months now I cannot stomach eggs all I can think of is baby fetus. That and I read somewhere that scrambled eggs taste like brain. Ugh baby scrambled brains!

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Axlsgoddess

                                                                                                                                                        Sorry Axls - I just had the thot of Tom Hanks in 'Big' trying to eat the baby corn row by row in the movie. Then he had to wipe the caviar off his tongue, leave the party and go get a milkshake. Sorry you don't like baby corn and eggs.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Cutting up a ripe, juicy tomato. Must come from a childhood experience, but I can't bear to watch my hubby eat a really ripe tomato, I just gag a little. It's that juicy/jelly stuff that holds all the seeds that I have a problem with. I am trying my best to get over this by starting with cherry and grape tomatoes, less offensive stuff in those due to their size!

                                                                                                                                                        1. mine is, bizarrely, baby octopus. I like octopus sushi, and have no problem with any of the other cephalopods (and would walk a mile for grilled cuttlefish) -- but I have a bizarre mental hangup with whole baby octopi. Even *I* laugh about it, but I can't shake the thought that they'll somehow grab my tongue and never let go.

                                                                                                                                                          (Cut 'em up, though, and I'll wrassle ya for 'em!)

                                                                                                                                                          1. I am seconding the cottage cheese.

                                                                                                                                                            I'm also repulsed by ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard. I can EAT mayo if it's mixed into something, and I've handled ketchup in a burger, but if it's very visible and I can SMELL it I start gagging.

                                                                                                                                                            My number one things, though, have to be olives and pickles. If I find a pickle in my sandwich, I can't just take it out and eat the sandwich. That sandwich is done for me. And if I find an olive in literally anything it's worse. I start gagging and spitting things out and I have to wash my mouth and it's a huge turn off the whole meal. I'll eat it, but I have to remove the few inches that were around the olive because the flavor permeates everything. I like strong olive oil and I like kalamata olives, but regular green olives are probably the grossest thing ever in my mind.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. Turkey legs ... I have no idea why ... maybe cause they are so big.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Meatloaf. I will make it for my dh but when it comes time to take it out of the oven, slice and serve....I'm outta there.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sydneyeats

                                                                                                                                                                  I totally agree with you on the meatloaf! My mother used to make us finish our plates of her nasty meatloaf and I will never forget the horror. I can cook it for others, and I am told I do it well, but I can't stand eating it myself.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Rice pudding. Don't even point it in my direction, risotto, too. I love it steamed, in pilaf, maybe it has to do with trying to "creamy" it up being an abomination to my palate, but it's about as close as I get to gagging.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. another great topic - interesting too
                                                                                                                                                                    i cannot eat that slimy deli ham from those pkgs at the supermarket -- goes way back to boating and seasickness.

                                                                                                                                                                    also - the idea of hardboiled egg and the cooked poultry meat in one dish (like a chef's salad) is too much for me.

                                                                                                                                                                    anything that looks like what it did when it was alive is gross too (like fish w/ heads on)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I cannot look at a fiddlehead without flinching. Those things scare me!

                                                                                                                                                                      Whenever I order softshell crab I have to kind of deconstruct it before eating. Otherwise, it's just to....literal.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Molasses! I can eat it when baked/cooked into something but when I open the jar I just heave. Mayo is just nasty. I also don't eat any fish - I just find it repulsive.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Mushrooms. I want to like them. I do. I feel bad that I love food so much and that also I hate them.

                                                                                                                                                                          I had a terrible experience when I was little though... a Dairy Queen around where I grew up serves fried mushrooms. (Pretty sure they just fried the ones out of the can. Yeuckugh.) My mom LOVES them. They look yummy from the outside, like a cheese curd! I begged for one, and when I bit into it, it was the most awful rubbery squeaky earthy soggy thing I've ever putty in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                          I've tried them so many times. I am persistent. I have stopped gagging for the most part, but I have never had one that will make me want to eat another. :P

                                                                                                                                                                          Also, mayo. It is disgusting beyond words and the smell or it makes my stomach to flips.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Fat. I have skills of a surgeon when trimming meat. If I get a piece of fat in my mouth I gag, can't stand the oogly texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                                                                                                              I'll take that oogle if you don't want it. :)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                                                                                                                What a great word! ....oogly.....love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                                                                                                                  I am the same way about fat. I really like beef but rarely eat steak cause the grocery doesn't trim them well enough and I don't like having to perform surgery on my dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Also the gobs of fat on Publix chicken breasts gross me out. The Perdue ones don't have as much fat.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                                                                                                                    My husband is positively rediculous when it comes to any kind of fat or gristle. You should see the sorry excuse of a "steak" when he is done hacking away at it. He also blames the aversion for him not liking meat on the bone-any meat-because the probability of feeling fat and/or/ gristle touch his teeth is exponentially higher if he is eating meat directly from a bone. I'm really glad to see he is not alone in this thinking-it drives me up a wall!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sjahns

                                                                                                                                                                                      We could get our husbands together to finish off dinner. Mine looks longingly at any fat that's set aside on my plate, and I won't let him eat it. Sooner or later, that stuff will catch up with his arteries. He loves all the gristley oogly stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sjahns

                                                                                                                                                                                        I completely understand your husband's feelings. I was the same way. It took me quite some time to "prep" steak before I could eat it. I would inspect the entire piece over and over again and trim away any suspect area. My dinner would have been ruined if I chewed a piece of fat. Honestly, I am getting a little uncomfortable typing about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I am much better about it now. Once I had a child, I became very aware of some of my food issues and in attempt to set a good example for him, I keep my fat trimming to a reasonable level.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Seitan! That stuff should be spelled s-a-t-a-n. The texture is just gross. Close second: tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I know this stuff is healthy and, for some people, essential but can I just say ewwwwwwwwwwww.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rainey

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tofu is the most disgusting thing in the world that isn't boiled or fried eggs. And for some reason, there's a class of tofu-eating douchebags who find it necessary to threaten to sneak it into your food "and you won't even realize you ate it." Nobody else does that. It makes me hate tofu lovers as much as I hate tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                          As gentle as tofu is, gift from the bean, it's hard to find hateful. Such strength of your feelings is your own cross to bear.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                                                                                                            An old pal of mine, Charles J. Waggon from Cuello Rojo, Texas, once said of tofu...

                                                                                                                                                                                            "Heck, yer tofu's just beans for people what got no teeth."

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                              I really, really like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                              All praise to them have-nots who lack proper dention.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tofu dressed with tamari is God's gift from Heaven
                                                                                                                                                                                              A slurp of them beans for the toothless.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep, I really do like that,
                                                                                                                                                                                              And somehow extra points since it came outa Texas.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodFuser: "As gentle as tofu is...it's hard to find hateful."

                                                                                                                                                                                              Unless, like me, you find it hateful.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                I dunno I used to HATE tofu with almost as much vehemence, then I learned a technique of rolling cubes in seasoned cornstarch and frying it and it's really good. other tofu-haters snarf it down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                but I would never sneak it in or claim it was anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did that recently, marinated them in soy, ginger, garlic, rolled in rice flour and fried, ate over red curry sauce. Yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tracylee

                                                                                                                                                                                                    i have some extra firm cubes in the fridge now. and i love them fried. i like your idea, tracylee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just love the extra firm, and it's hard to find, for me. The Asian stores seem to never have it (like it's a hissing and a byword?) and I can't remember where it was that I did find it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                        in the Ozarks only Kroger seems to have (weird place otherwise - well that could be read many ways)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jay F, you make me sad. I love tofu but would never foist it on anybody.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Buttertart, you are cool on so many levels, I believe you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for the rest of you, I guess I should have known better than to actually answer the OP truthfully.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                      no you were right to say it Jay. the sad one is the person you quote - "you won't even realize you ate it." now there's an attitude the grosses me out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah- yu hould know what you eat, whatever itis. Fooling people with food is a shamelessly horrible trait (although I did it once)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The first posts I ever had removed here (I think) were my reactions to people who were actually proud that they had snuck things into their family's food. I find that kind of behavior sociopathic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sociopathic, definitely. To that I would add "criminal."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think that's a bit harsh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a friend who is really closed minded about food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              To the point of - if he doesnt like the *sound * of the name of the food, he won't try it. Ever.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              He loves most beans.....but has never and will never (knowingly ) eat a "Kidney bean"

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another example of his ridiculousness was how shocked, appalled, and disgusted he was by my eating and enjoying a jar of banana baby food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I tried to explain it was just :Fully Ripened Bananas, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Big deal. It tastes delicious, smooth and sweet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nope, he would not hear of it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The thought of eating *baby* food is equal to eating puppy chow in his mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              One day, I am planning to concoct some kind of dessert using banana baby food, and feeding it to him without him knowing. Just to prove how silly he is being! I'm sure he will find it palatable!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's not like the guy doesnt like bananas - he eats one a day, in fact.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you think this would be "criminal" of me?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I didn't make the original comment, but FWIW I think that of course that's not criminal. But it is kind of a jerk move. It doesn't hurt you that this guy doesn't want banana babyfood, so what do you gain by sneaking it by him? Even the kidney bean thing, which I agree is ridiculous and childish assuming it's based ONLY on the name, isn't fair game to disrespect someone by trying to get them to eat it against their will. It's unkind and smacks of one upsmanship.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ErnieD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It may be silly and sneaky, but I don't think it's a *jerk* move either...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I actually told him I was planning to do this, so it may not even be sneaky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What do I gain?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wouldnt gain so much, but maybe my picky friend would gain an openess that would benefit him in the end~ he'd gain a new perpective

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you, Nellynel, that's the kind of person I have a short fuse with. The guy needs some banana baby food foster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks EWSflash, I agree!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It really is frustrating!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone would have thought I was eating baby vomit, with the way he reacted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He is a 31 year old, lawyer, so not a child either...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great friend, but never *partner* material! I'd go bonkers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would probably end our friendship if you snuck tofu into my food. What gives you the right to do that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As I stated, the guy eats bananas...loves them in fact.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      His aversion is only to the name "baby" food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Its not like I want to sneak some food that he is really disgusted by into his food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lighten up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wouldn't want to eat baby food, either. Pureed, processed stuff-in-a-jar kind of grosses me out, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll "lighten up" if and when I want to "lighten up."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just an update on my friends *quirky* eating -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made some salted caramels for V day, they taste prett darn good -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            but I found out he doesnt like *chewy* food...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also asked him to try my famous tiramisu recently, (I've been told it's the best EVER)...he also doesn't like *soggy* food.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OYe Vey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ha to the "chewy" and "soggy" ..... my hubby doesn't like "dry" food - except his definition of "dry" is a bit different: He says that peanut butter is too dry, for example.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  so, would PB w wet jelly be ok?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oy vey, indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd have stopped cooking for this one a LONG time ago. I'd cook what I want to eat, and if he can deign it edible, great -- if not, I'll program his GPS to find McDonald's for him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  doesn't like salted-butter caramels? That's like saying that you don't like breathing because it's just sooo repetitive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think at first I did want to make it my mission to introduce him to new things, but at this point, I just want to make things that he likes better than he's ever had before...but even that it a struggle, because - even if it's way **better** than his version, he will still like his version, because that's what he likes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought salted caramels were a sure bet because, well, they are F*ing delicious!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And because i have made salted chocolates and cookies, and he has always said he likes the salty sweet contrast...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Darn, I really thought it was a shoe in!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will say that even though this situation is annoying and frustrating - it is still less so, than when I was married, and my hubby had NO reaction to food...no dislikes..but no LOVES either...just quiet "This is fine" all the time..UGHH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THAT was worse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ugh. The word "fine". Hubby learned long ago that the answer to "do you like my new dress?" is NOT "it's fine."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        heh -- even better. Then he can make 'his version' and you can make yours -- and see who's hungry and snitching the other one's leftovers first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hee hee -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To be clear, we are just really good friends...and we work together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A few of us single ladies started a cooking club..we each take turns cooking for each other. It works out great!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He sort of got involved, making some fab lentil soup for me one day...it's kind of evolved from there..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had a little think after what I wrote about my ex earlier, and I sure if I had to live w this guy - it would resort to violence!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never had salted butter caramels, though I like salt, butter, and caramel (one of my favorite dessert flavors--I like caramel more than chocolate). But I definitely didn't like the texture of the caramels you could buy at candy counters when I was a kid. They stuck to my teeth, which I thought was kind of gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But salted butter caramels? I think I need to try those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They really are delicious...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As a matter of fact, I'm kinda annoyed about it today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everyone is RAVING about them- I mean RAVING.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are soft, buttery, salty sweet - really delicious!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here is the recipe - they were easy too!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He, on the other hand, actuall told me last night "They are king of gross, stick with what you know"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL - Jay - he did say add that he doesnt like things that stick to his teeth!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "stick with what you know" -- he actually SAID THAT to you?!?!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i'd be wanting to "stick" something…where the sun don't shine. and i sure as heck would NOT be COOKING anything for the dolt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            have some self-respect, girlfriend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok, so -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yesterday, I made mini Baily's Irish Cream choc. chip cupcakes, with Irish Cream buttercream, for the office.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Everyone was loving them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Big hit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Said picky guy ate one while standing at my desk...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There was no comment. Silence. Ouch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I sent him an e-mail saying "Not impressed?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He calls me and says: "Not my thing."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (I said I knew it when he didnt say anything and he said "Well, i know if I don't have anything nice to say, I won't say anything"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a charmer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh dear lord!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whats not to like?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He said he didnt like the taste of the Baily's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's the thing -I'm kind of a determined type - the more things he doesnt like, the more it makes me want to make things he does like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Am I just fighting a losing battle here?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NellyNel


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What did you want him to do? Lie? That's not an answer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So be glad he has enough social graces to not tell you that he didn't like them -- and no, you shouldn't have chased him down via email to get confirmation of what you already knew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And yes -- quit trying to please someone who has made up his mind to not like anything you make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never try to teach a pig to sing - it wastes your time and annoys the pig.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Robert Heinlein

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh, I hope my rants don't come across as serious..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am just venting my frustration, but it's really, all in good fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We are very close, indeed, and our relationship is such that it's ok that I chased him down to get an opinion...and it's okay for him to tell me he thinks my food sucks. It's all good humored indeed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would never really want to cook for someone sour about it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He claimed today, that he finds most of my food to be "delightful". So with that, I will keep cooking and baking for him..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just as a tiny point....I really don't like Bailey's because it tastes too sweet and very artificial to me....could that be his problem with it? Just in case you really are wondering....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      He said he didnt like "the taste"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They definitely taste like Baily's!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But he drinks Irish car bombs - which is Bailys and beer or some such crazy combo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sheesh Nel, what's left in that texture spectrum? a polenta cheesecake? hmm that idea cant be original, but maybe that would be too 'grainy'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ehh I'd eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yeah, I'm sure grainy is off limits too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What is with the "texture people"? There are a lot of them out there......is it psychological, or what?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I don't know!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can say that I do enjoy certain textures, but not that any have ever put me off...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm interested to see how this relationship is progressing, NellyNel, still with this picky effer?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All I can say in my defense is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - it was in the 1970s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - it was my mother's idea, and the person involved was incredibly oblivious to food. My mother was a complex individual, and not in a nice way. but a good cook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - it was a pathologically (seriously) picky eater that 'hated all vegetables' although tomato based pizza or spaghetti sauce wasn't considered a vegetable. snuck him a finely diced eggplant in the sauce and he thought it was great.He never knew. Hed never eaten eggplant before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No one has ever said this to me this except tofu lovers. I have never had anyone say "I'm going to sneak cooked cabbage or hard boiled eggs into your food." Just tofu. It makes me want to lie about cake ingredients to vegans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              well I never will, and if my point is you won't notice, well then what's the point of adding it except for that "sociopathic" edge? Sometimes I do urge some odd side dish (not a main) for trying. but I always describe in full and say "oh just take a small bite and if you hate it then spit it into your napkin, no offense taken"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              anyone who "knows better" is a tiresome bully. I think that is a thread somewhere here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My mom used to try to do this to me with fish, of all things, which I hated as a kid. Like I wouldn't know.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              These days I like fish

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: plf515

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Understandable. My mother was a 'trickster' in general, all of it geared toward making her look good even at the expense of others. Yeah, it's definitely a 'sociopathic edge'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: plf515

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mine did it with liver. alkapal has a thread on that sort of thing where I posted in detail (sorry no immediate link)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    does this include hiding vegetables to get toddlers to eat who otherwise screech at the merest suggestion of consuming plant-based food sources?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not mine, but I have plenty of friends who had to resort to that to get their kids to consume veggies (pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, veggies pureed into pasta sauce)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      good question. I've been successful feeding friends toddlers all sorts of veggie things, but I don't dumb anything down and we eat at the same time, so I suppose maybe there's a trust issue with the kiddos (I'm s'posed to eat this but you're not?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        could be, but these same friends ate the same food at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          horrible children, they only get a card at HS graduation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ehh maybe they'll grow out of it (good luck)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rainey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's interesting. I love both. I can see how tofu's texture is polarizing, but I'd never have thought so much for seitan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Soft shelled crabs sort of gross me out. So do frosted donuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I read this entire thread and nothing resonated. Love spam, scrapple, tomatoes, mushrooms. Don't mind raw birds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Partially cooked egg whites. They must be firm with no gloppy or jiggly bits. Can't eat sunny side up or over easy eggs. Over medium is fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And if I get an omelet with partially cooked eggs, I might lose it at the table. The meal is OVAH!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dee S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are you really Gail Simmons in disguise? :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kmcarr


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nope but I can empathize. I like a properly prepared soft scrambled egg but don't give me those nasty jiggly bits. I also have an aversion to fat, as someone else posted previously. There are some foods I don't like because of texture. Those foods don't provoke the same response as partially cooked egg whites/scrambled eggs though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Someone told me it's because I could be a super taster. Never been tested or anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Dee S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Undercooked egg whites. The worst.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1. I don't like runny yolks either, but undercooked whites are revolting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Dee S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ditto. Don't mind the slightly runny yolks (and I mean very slightly), but those whites better be cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Oatmeal. The one thing from childhood that I would be left at the table until I ate it. Ugh. I find the smell of ketchup really off-putting, try to avoid diners and cheap brunch places that smell like ketchup before you even get in the door. I like my fries with dijon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a coworker once who was truly freaked out by rice, couldn't look at it. Something about resemblance to maggots, maybe? Not sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I've seen a few mentions of mayo. For me it's mayo based macaroni and potato salads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And 'tis the season for those behemoth bowls of "special recipe" salads. They all taste the same to me, and they're not good. But I get really freaked out about things like this being kept at the right temperature, and if you're eating outdoors this time of year, it's not going to happen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And the fact that a lot of people make such huge quantities makes me think that they make a batch, serve some, scrape the rest into another bowl, serve it the next weekend, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me too. People are always telling me I just haven't had a good one. In my mind, there is no such thing. Also, my sense of smell if very acute-I can smell your perfume from across a crowded room. The scent of hard boiled eggs and coleslaw are among those that completely oog me out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Some cured meats give off a formaldehyde odor to me. Soprassata comes to mind. The smell goes up my sinuses and it grings me back to gross anatomy when that smell permeated my every pore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yep, I had to throw away the Soprassata that I got awhile back. Ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Eating chicken salad and getting a piece of cartilage in my mouth. That's it. Sandwich over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too! I hate chicken for that very reason. That nasty cartilage has made me lose my meal on more than one occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I don't get grossed out easily - I'm not a fan of some foods (like natto, for instance) but if I am served, I can eat it without heaving or other extreme reactions. The only thing that makes me literally want to throw up is - bunched up sauteed spinach or other leafy vegetables. Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? There's almost always a "chunk" of bunched up ones in sauteed spinach, and it really makes me nauseous trying to get it down. I have to dissect it leaf-by-leaf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I get very grossed out by the little pools of grayish fat you sometimes get on a hamburger...ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Arktos #1 grossest 'food': SOFT BOILED EGG- I have such revulsion toward it, I can't find the proper words that describe what I feel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OATMEAL- I've been in situations where it was the only thing to eat, and I preferred to go hungry. Must be bad childhood memories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CARROTS- That are Overcooked chunks. With the mushy outer part and the woody, fiberous, spindly center, just can't eat it, gets thrown into the leaves for mice to devour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BLOOD SAUSAGE- I can still taste the ferrous content of the blood which I simply cannot stomach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BEETS- Cooked, raw, doesn't matter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              COTTAGE CHEESE- Just the look of it stops me right there!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CREAMED CORN- OH NO!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CHICKEN POT PIE- The only proper destination for it is the chamber pot, IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BOSTON BAKED BEANS- That cloying molassess and unsually oversoftened beans make me wish Boston was still under British rule.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CANNED POTTED MEAT- Should be renamed 'potty meat', cuz that's what it tastes like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VIENNA SAUSAGE- The mere contemplation of the origins of the meat contents make it a 'NO GO' area for me,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EGGS- Sunnyside-up with the runny yellow yolk crap, the hideous grey pad inedible thing-from-Hell underneath the yolk and the weirdly textured frilley egg white. Just an abomination from start to finish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BANANAS- Mushy, smooshy crap that usually has brown areas that portend things that can't possibly be good.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GRISTLE- Has the ability to make me contemplate becoming a vegan whenever I'm unfortunately exposed to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: arktos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "BOSTON BAKED BEANS- That cloying molassess and unsually oversoftened beans make me wish Boston was still under British rule."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For your personal safety, make sure you don't say this out loud anywhere in the state of Massachusetts, lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "EGGS- Sunnyside-up with the runny yellow yolk crap, the hideous grey pad inedible thing-from-Hell underneath the yolk and the weirdly textured frilley egg white. Just an abomination from start to finish."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While I completely understand how someone can be skeeved out by eggs(I'm VERY picky about mine), this description sounds like an improperly cooked egg. There should be no gray if the yolk is runny, and if you cook the egg at a slightly lower temp, the whites don't get all lacy and rubbery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Lima beans and sea urchin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Traumatic childhood experience with lima beans, my mom used them to make "baked beans" which was a mixture of ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.... I was forced to eat what was on my plate and tried to wash a mouthfull down with milk... it didn't stay down and ever since them I couldn't even look at a lima bean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've only ever tried sea urchin once, the texture literally made me gag.... I get queasy thinking about it to this day

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sea urchin did that to me the first time and it took me about 10 years to give it another shot (and then at a better regarded place) and now I like it, but I would never try to force it on anyone else, it DOES have an odd texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and dang I've told that story twice now. (different thread)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I second this... I tried uni twice and hated it, but was determined to figure out just what it was that made people swoon over it (in a good way!) and on the third try I found out just what they meant. Ocean-y salty buttery heaven on a bed of rice wrapped with nori.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Mint. The smell, the taste. Yuck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Dr. Brothers, I suffer from SPAM trauma.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Twenty-eight days straight, 3 meals a day and no medal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I love reading everyone else's foibles! It makes me feel so much less nutty... =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right after posting this, I discovered another one: peas cooking. I like snap and snow and split pea soup, but I loathe traditional shelled peas, as does my husband - it really is one of the things that brought us together. =P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But my 1-year old won't eat any vegetables he can't feed himself, so I had to buy my first bag of peas ever to get some greens into him. Absolute gag reflex just at the smell of them coming out of the microwave. The stench, the pasty texture...shudder. It's like eating little eyeballs. I guess I feel the same way about tapioca and boba drinks as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hated green peas until our CSA gave them to us last year and I tried them raw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              don't microwave vegetables; that's setting up for failure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gently saute until warmed through ~~ no pasty texture and they are sweet (only buy petite frozen peas, there is a difference)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. White chocolate. I hate everything about it. White chocolate curls on a cake make me gag. I can't even eat the stuff if there's one single curl left.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Sadly, my problem is everything and anything that comes out of water. Fish, shellfish, seaweed, anything. I grew up fishing with my Dad, and we never ate the fish (I guess my parents don't like it much either). It was fun, but dirty, smelly, slimy, you get the picture. To this day I haven't been able to free myself from the gut-twisting revulsion of eating fishy things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had to unceremoniously race, gagging violently, to a restroom in a sushi place once because I tried to "blend in" by having some no-fish-included sushi. Unfortunately, it was wrapped in seaweed and I had no idea it would taste like that. It was horrible, lol. At least I made it to the bathroom before heaving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cmztrav

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ditto on anything from water. i don't even like saying the word "fish". i don't even like looking at it (dead, or g-d forbid, alive)....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Anything at all with a face still attached. Fish, lobster, octopus, duck, roast pig... *shudder*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LoBrauHouseFrau

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes. I don't want my food looking at me while I'm trying to eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. as a kid i was forced to sit at the dinner or lunch table until i would finish the soggy, bumpy, undercooked chicken skin my mom would inadvertently make. gagged and puked, right at the table. it think they finally let me stop eating it after that. love crispy chicken skin. but now, i don't even think chicken skin that's a little bit soggy truly grosses me out enough not to eat it, or gag from it. i can't think of a single other thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ? Nah, nothing fancy with a name. just chicken with rubbery undercooked skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is that the Mexican version of your standard rubber chicken?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That, or chicken with rubbery undercooked skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me, I like the comical image of the rubber chicken. In a Mexican setting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  but only if served to Bumblebee Man or Cantinflas and we get to see his reaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I have never met a cheese I didn't like, but I hate biting into those crystals in aged gouda. It's like eating sand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it's not just gouda. many aged cheeses develop tyrosine crystals - Parmigiano-Reggiano, cheddar, Gruyère, Grana Padano...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very true. But I don't usually eat Parmigiano-Reggiano without grating it and throwing it on something hot, which magically makes the problem disappear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tyrosine sounds like a substance that would useful on the Starship Enterprise. The dilithium crystals are shot, but we might be able to get the engines to run on tyrosine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ha! that's hilarious :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FYI, tyrosine is an amino acid found in casein - the primary protein in milk. the crystals are just a result of protein breakdown during ripening/aging.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BTW, this is clearly a case of "to each her own." i love getting those lovely bits of surprise crunch in good aged cheese!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This whole thread is a "to each her own" fest. I love mushrooms, cottage cheese and runny eggs, although I'm still deciding whether natto is a) disgusting or b) an acquired taste. (I tried this with poi and concluded it is, in fact, disgusting.) Meanwhile, I have a Dutch friend who thinks I'm nuts for eschewing crunchy cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm with you on the shrooms, CC and eggs (in fact, i can't *stand* hard/rubbery eggs or chalky yolks).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  never had the chance to try natto before i had to give up soy, but i haven't lost any sleep over it ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love them too - it's pure bliss! Just close your eyes and savor...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  edit- this seems to have lined up funny - I was responding to the crunchy bits in aged cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Count me in as a crunchy bits in aged cheese lover! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh, how I love an old Comte with crystals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (the CHEESE, folks, not some dried up old aristocrat, although maybe I wouldn't turn down an aging aristocrat if the crystals were diamonds!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      or at least Swarovski crystal anyway

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Eggs...I don't mind them in things, or things like custards, but for some reason I go through "phrases" where boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, or any other preparation where the egg is prominent grosses me out. I really like them otherwise, when they aren't completely grossing me out. The idea of eating eggs also grosses me out, but I still like and eat them. Sigh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. It takes a lot to gross me out. No concerns handling raw meat, fish and poultry but when it comes to eyeballs it is a different story. The squeaky texture gets me. And cottage cheese repulses me. Velveeta and Cheez Whiz are nasty but they do not gross me out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh - just thought of the thing other than eyeballs that grosses me out a bit to cook and that is geoduck. I still manage to do it because I like it but it just doesn't look quite right somehow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Due to a back-to-back vomit episode between my sister and my Dad over a bad batch of clam chowder, I can't stand the smell.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tuna is another one. The smell plus the texture gives me the heeves!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Laurenjo28

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuna is another one. The smell plus the texture gives me the heeves!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    just the canned stuff? because the aroma & texture of fresh are completely different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So true, I'll eat a can of imported tonno in olive oil, but it's like I have to race to get the can out of the kitchen. Salmon, different ballgame for me, can't stand it in anyway. I'll tolerate it in sushi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lilgi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a couple of different brands of canned salmon that i love, one is totally lovely with a beautiful smell, the other tastes wonderful but smells like cat food. They're both from Alaska.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Mayo. I think it's due to the smell? I'm not really sure, but opening a jar of it almost makes me sick. I once thought that if I made it at home, from scratch, that it would cure me of my disgust -- but nope. It actually made it worse. Something about the concept of eggs and vinegar or lemon, the sourness mixing with the creamy eggs.. blech!!!! It even looks disgusting! And the FEEL of it, as your eating it -- it's what I imagine eating a glob of lard would taste like...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Canned peas. My dad used to make me eat them, even if they made me vomit, and I'd have to sit at the table until I finished them. When he wasn't looking Mom would send in our dog, she saved me from many a late night at the dinner table. I didn't eat a fresh or frozen pea until I was 40. Also, sauerkraut, still can't eat the stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: debs20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had the same experience with what sounds like the same father and peas. Unfortunately we did not have a dog and cats aren't too helpful with this situation. I had peas for breakfast several times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have had fresh ones which were ok, but the memories keep me from ever seeking them out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: debs20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Canned peas smell like dirty gym socks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ditto on the canned peas. I had to stay at the table, too, until I finished them. One time I finally got smart and stuffed my mouth with 'em, headed for the bathroom and spit them all out into the john.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The thing I never understood about having to eat all the peas was that I ate every other vegetable happily - broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts.... so why make a fuss if the kid doesn't like peas?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I never made my boys eat anything they didn't like. But then, they had a pretty wide range of healthy foods that they did like and that we served regularly, so if they passed on the veggies one day, they'd have whatever I was serving the next day. They still have likes and dislikes as adults, and no post-traumatic food disorders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I never made my boys eat anything they didn't like. But then, they had a pretty wide range of healthy foods that they did like and that we served regularly, so if they passed on the veggies one day, they'd have whatever I was serving the next day. They still have likes and dislikes as adults, and no post-traumatic food disorders.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am the same way with our son. Encouraging a child to try new foods and appreciate a broad range of items is great but I grew up with forced-feeding and I think it is more of a parental control issue than anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My post-traumatic food disorder food is brussel sprouts. I wept for hours (literally hours) at the table because if it took to hell froze over, my dad was going to make sure I finished the amount he thought I should eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: debs20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nobody should feed a child canned peas, it's inhumane.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And it will deter them from trying the lovely frozen, or better yet, fresh lightly steamed peas, which are one of God's greatest gifts to us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The same goes for spinach, beets, and a bunch of other things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heck, as a little kid I LOVED canned peas, frozen ones, too. Still love them, along with spinach, beets, and okra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I still love canned peas and will eat them right out of the can -- cold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When fresh peas are in season, my bunch know that they'll be on the table as often as possible -- stir fries, steamed with butter, in pasta with bacon and cream sauce (yum).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They even show up on the appetizer tray -- wasabi peas rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Canned peas are one of the very few vegetables I'd eat as a child. And put salt on. Things don't get much saltier than that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good! I admit the canned peas and spinach are childhood horrors and my own bias.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I can understand the horror of canned spinach. But personally I would still eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Okay, Ipeople must think I really feel that canned peas and spinach are child abuse- I don't. Just don't tell me to buy or eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On the other hand, I fondly remember the Rosarita folded dog food mini tacos and crave them to this day. Not like I'm trying to be snobbish here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ....people must think I really feel that canned peas and spinach are child abuse- I don't....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm one who *does* consider them to be child, and adult, abuse. I envision the cafeteria in Hell serving Spam, canned peas, and American cheese food product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...Rosarita folded dog food mini tacos...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Best. Laugh. Of. The. Day!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my grandmom used to make orrichette with canned peas, garlic olive oil and chick peas and grated pecorino romano on top, it was delicious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (though IMHO you can put good olive oil and fresh garlic on most anything to make it delicious)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cg - even the Geneva commission would allow your Grandmother's treatment as humane. if the experince of others reflects mine the objection to LeSeuer is it just being plunked and MW'd. as canned peas go they are the ones to bet on. (granted I'd rather use frozen or I'll shuck fresh, but for some time is an issue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: debs20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The old "sit at the table til you're finished..." routine. The classic punishment can (almost) be a good memory. My wife was also someone who would soemhow get the dreaded food (I don't know if it was canned peas) to the family dog when no one was looking. I don't think her mother was in on it in her case.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I probably recruited the dog a time or 2 as well. But I could out-sit anybody, and at least once, just sat at the table through the whole night, and if I recall, sat through breakfasttime with no breakfast, and then they had to send me off to school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope you're punishing them in their old age.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Smoked oysters. My dad used to buy them in tins of oil, and they smelled AWFUL. And they looked like little zombie brains. Just typing this is making me queasy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Terrieltr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My dad would eat sardines and oysters this way-- the memory alone makes me want to hurl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Any Marshmallow product, especially that marshmallow fluff stuff in the jar, call me crazy but you could not pay me to eat a Smore, yuck! Creeps me out. like death by suffocating on marshmallow fluff. Also that black corn smut, Huitlacoche, is totally gross, makes my mouth water and not in the good way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpaumer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          During a prolonged "bug" of endless coughing, I got my first bit of relief after I had coincidentally eaten a few marshmallows as a snack. From that moment, for weeks, my wife encouraged me to stuff in the marshmallows every chance I could, and it did seem to help a little, whether coating the throat with stickiness or whatever. I have no aversion to marshmallows at all, and my wife just recently added the bonus round to my marshmallow "medicine" routine when she whipped up a cookie sheet's worth of Marshmallow Krispy Treats from the original Howdie Doody recipe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kp, you just pressed some positive buttons with your post, but I won't try for a second to win you over to a food that isn't your thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had the same prolonged bout of coughing, so i decided to breathe some chamomile tea. I breathed and breathed and coughed and coughed, and for several days I smelled/tasted chamomile whenever I coughed or blew my nose. I really effing hate chamomile to this day. Didn't do squat, and stinks besides.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you have seasonal allergies, particularly hay fever, chamomile is a no-no, as it's closely related to the flowers and weeds that trigger hay fever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chamomile tea is also primarily used as a light sedative...not so much as an inhalant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mint tea contains a compound that allows the muscles of the respiratory and digestive systems to relax...so breathing mint or even eucalyptus tea will help you more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At our house, we keep a steady stock of an herbal tea that contains mint, eucalyptus, and echinacea...it opens up those clogged passages, soothes irritated tissues, and the echinacea helps boost your immune system to deal with the infection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (yes, I know there are studies saying that echinacea doesn't work...but there are studies that say it *does* work....and even if it's a placebo, it's cheap and effective, has nearly non-existent side effect, and it works for me, so I'll keep taking it)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kpaumer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another marshmallow hater. Those things are bouncy and disgusting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                shh. that leaves more for us to share.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese, if they've gotten old to the point of stinking, are the most vomitlicious nasty foodstuffs known to mankind. I don't care if they're "still good"-- I can and will dispose of the package immediately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's irrational of me, I know, because I love other, intentionally stinky cheeses. Just not mozzarella or cheddar! Ick!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I read through the entire thread hoping I would see my food, but no luck. What I really, really can't stand is melon, especially watermelon. This aversion is due to a "fruit punch" with melon made by my dad when I was younger. He sent it in my thermos to school where it sat in a warm locker. I tried to drink some, and it tasted terrible. Then, the puking started.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What is more unfortunate is that my daughter LOVES watermelon. She looks forward to summer just for the fruit, but I can't stand the smell one bit. I make my husband cut it for her, and wash the plate she eats from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just thinking about this is making me queasy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: iamtheeiceworm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eiceworm, - I can't stand anything about cantaloupe, texture, flavor, taste, wrap it in prosciutto all you want and I'll just lament the waste and wonder "can I rinse this off?". not crazy about watermelon, but it's ok except for the sticky feeling after (oddly I like the smell, in the 90's Issey Miyake had an aftershave that smelled like a cross between Midori and Jolly Ranchers that I liked a lot).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                now honeydew - there's your money melon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: iamtheeiceworm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ya, I'm, not good with melon either, but not quite to the same proportions. I once tried to eat cantaloupe that was served to me at a dinner party. I didn't want to be rude, but sadly the sheer effort and expression on my face gave me away. Thankfully the hostess was a wonderful woman and whisked my plate away before anything too terrible happened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: iamtheeiceworm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Watermelon is my hot button too. I can't be in a room with someone who is eating it because of the smell. I remember being in Italy where I'd pass carts with huge piles of it on them. I'd have to walk on the opposite side of the street and hold my nose/breath. I hate all types of melon - but especially watermelon. I love all other kinds of fruit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Thought of another one: papaya. Unless it's in shake form at Papaya King, I can't eat it. It tastes like it's rotten to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beautifully described as tasting "vaguely unhygienic" in a swell book, "The Fruit Hunters" by Adam Leith Gollner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Papaya, when I cut on in half and look at all those little black seeds, one word comes to mind: fecund.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In Bolivia, when in season, we'd have big slices of papaya, w/ boiled eggs and freshly delivered, still warm, baguette. Papaya in the US tasted different. So does ours befouled chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The papaya in Taipei was wonderful too, it must depend on the variety and handling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think they are shipped here under ripe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll only eat papaya in a green papaya salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Terrieltr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Same here! Green papaya salad is delicious, regular ripe papaya tastes rotten to me... I shudder to think of it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Fresh tomatoes. The inside slimy bit with seeds. I don't do slimy. Also, they remind me too much of the tinned plum tomatoes my gran used to do for breakfast - the way they'd sit there on the plate until you cut into them, then the liquid and seeds gushing out as they deflated... no. Just... no. These days, tomatoes have to be processed or chopped.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The skin that forms on top of custard or rice pudding used to be a treat for the kids at school and they could never work out why I'd refuse it. I'm not sure now, but I think the word 'skin' was dreadfully offputting to a small over-imaginative child.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Most jellies but especially savoury jelly or aspic. See above re: slimy. But I love the jellied stock just under the crust of a good pork pie. I don't understand me, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tiny shrimp. I cannot bear the curled up shape and think they look like mouse foetuses. The feel of an unexpected mouse foet - uh - shrimp on my tongue when I'm sure I ordered the -vegetable- spring rolls can ruin an otherwise wonderful meal for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mushy peas. No idea why because I'll eat dhal until it's coming out of my ears.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. just remembered another one: crunching down on an errant piece of eggshell, whether in egg salad or from a hard- or soft-cooked egg...unfortunately i remembered this one because i just did it. {{shudder}}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For me, the worst part is the noise it makes inside your head. It's so LOUD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Terrieltr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for me, it's the the noise *and* the sensation. i have the same reaction to sweetened shredded coconut - i actually gag if i bite down on it. blurgh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was just browsing through this thread and saw your post about eggshells. Those things are my food nemesis. I refuse to order any whole egg product that I don't fix myself - scrambled are usually ok, but an egg sandwich for breakfast, or egg salad? I'll get the shell - every dang time. And once I bite down on it, I'm done - I don't care if it's my first bite of food or my last - I can't eat anymore after that. I seem to have inherited the uncanny knack from my dad of finding the shell in the egg product, the pit in the pitted cherry and the bone in the boneless fish.