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Yay! Packaged, processed....?????

Hubby came home from a business event last night with a "gift bag" of packaged foods. Included were a can of soup, a bag of shack mix, a fruit roll-up-type thing, a fiber bar thing, and some cereal.
We eat little processed food and are ingredients-readers. Mostly we eat food made from scratch.

Since these things were free, we decided to taste them. Here are the results:

The soup - Oh, my, does this soup smell bad. After tasting it and rejecting it due to bad/artificial taste, saltiness, and weird texture, we put it down the disposer. Hubby is currently opening the windows (even thought it is 50 degrees outside) to try to rid the house of the terrible smell.

The snack mix - This was the most edible of the group, but we ate only a little because we realized we would soon need a gallon of water to quench the thirst it would produce with its overly flavored- and sodiumed-up-ness.

The fruit roll-up thing - I have never tried this type of thing and never will again by choice. Had a nice nail-polish-remover-finish.

The fiber bar - So this is what gives "fiber" a bad name! A very odd-tasting thing, indeed!!

How about all of you scratch-cookers/bakers - have you any reports of what you've found in processed food land?

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  1. Bars with fiber often taste stale. Today, I decided I would not be buying them anymore unless I needed one for travel. I just don't like them that well.

    I do like commercially produced yogurt (Fage), prepared mayo (Hellmann's) and bread. I don't like or buy salad dressings, dinner kits, or packets of dry ingredients. But I buy salsa, and an occasional jar of spaghetti sauce. If just depends on how stuff tastes. If it doesn't taste good to me, I won't buy it again.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I can honestly say that I have never tasted a Twinkie. I know it sounds odd, but my sister liked them a lot and I kind of rebelled against everything she liked!!!!

        1. re: sandylc

          I can honestly say a Hostess Twinkie is better than a homemade creme-filled yellow sponge cake thingy.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The other day I made brioche rolls stuffed with pastry cream, then rolled in butter and sugar.

              1. re: jennibakes

                Ouch! I was afraid of that! Give me a day or two....I made it up as I went and need to get it written down.....!

      2. Mechanically deboned and processed beef "pink slime", formed into reconstituted burger-like frozen discs.

        They've got ammonia!

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        1. re: FrankD

          I hear a voice-over by a deep-voiced man, "NOW...........with ammonia!"

        2. beef jerky: i live in an apartment and if i attempted to make it at home, im pretty sure my apt would smell like beef for a week (not that I personally would mind, but guests might wonder)

          bread: still just havent mastered this one yet. someday.

          granola bars: only because theyre individually wrapped. i dont eat them very often, so id rather buy them than make a whole batch just to throw out half of it.

          1. I get a kick out of folks (and the TV commercial) that think those Laughing Cow cheese wedgee things are so great. They're about as processed as cheese can get and expensive.

            1. I bought some nice healthy wheat puffs at the health-food store that tasted of exactly nothing, which upon reflection was prolly the lesser of two evils. I have opened National-brand cake mixes that almost knocked me over with their chemical smell. And oh lawd, I have seen...I have seeeeeeeen the horror of processed cheese that looks just.like.plastic.

              1. I once bought a can of chicken broth at Grocery Outlet, the brand was some obscure supermarket chain in the South. When I poured it into the pan, it was oddly yellow-colored. Reading the ingredients revealed why—food coloring! Why on earth would anyone need to add food coloring to chicken broth?

                Otherwise, it tasted just like chicken broth from a can is supposed to taste like.