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Nov 13, 2012 07:59 AM

Things you wish you could "Untaste"?

For me, there's been two things recently:

1. The "classic" Thanksgiving string bean/ mushroom soup/ fried onion casserole.

Somehow I've managed to get through my whole life up to now, never having tried this. Too bad my luck didn't hold out. I was at Costco the other day, and they were handing this stuff out as samples. I figured, "hey, how bad could it be?" I simply could not believe how horrid it was -- I actually had to grab a napkin and spit it out.

Now granted, I'm sure it's better if you use fresh string beans, scratch-made mushroom soup and homemade onion rings, but really, who does that anyway? Besides, for me at least, the flavor and texture combo is a huge fail, and wouldn't be much improved by fresh components. Amazing that this seems to be a popular dish.

2. Scotty's Butterscotch Soda (found at one of those old-timey soda and candy shoppes - in all fairness, my expectations were not high):

Words completely fail me in describing how utterly vile and disgusting this concoction really is. The closest it has come to a stick of butter, is the rendering of said stick on the bottle label. Speaking of things rendered, I'd sooner drink from a rancid fast-food grease-trap than sample this chemical abomination again. (In case that sounded ambivalent, I could add that the ink used to print the label would probably taste better than the soda.)

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  1. Canned asparagus. For years---years!--as a child I thought that this was how asparagus tasted...slimy and sulfurous.

    Now I love asparagus and often eat a handful of spears raw, while prepping.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      My mom had it around for snacking,no one else would go near it.It smelled vile,foul and I never have tasted it.Just thinking about it equals gag.Never understood why when we had fresh asparagus in season.

      1. re: pinehurst

        My mom would serve this cold, topped with thousand island dressing.

        1. re: KrumTx

          I love Thousand Island Dressing, but there isn't enough of it in the world for canned asparagus. I would not, could not, anywhere.

          1. re: pinehurst

            My mom was an awful cook, needless to say, so we ate out at least 5 nights a week. So sad! Us kids would sneak all we could to our Weimaraner during meals at home. Poor dog!

      2. Cilantro first and foremost. I rarely eat Mexican food in restaurants because even if I ask for it to be left off, somehow it never is.

        A vile disgusting turkey burger that they were sampling at Costco. Somehow soft and wet yet overcooked with a weird wet dog smell. I spit it out but the memory perserveres.

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        1. re: baseballfan

          Sounds like Costco got two thumbs down so far. You and OP Steve

          1. re: suzigirl

            You never know until you try. I do find it pays to try because it keeps you from making a mistake. I currently have a gross of corndogs that I thought my kids woul love but it turns out not so much. Now I try to pawn them off on unsuspecting neighbor children and have eevn resorted to occasionally givign them to the dog. He gives them 2 paws up.

            1. re: baseballfan

              Well sweetie, the dog licks his butt so two paws up doesn't say much I love corndogs though. What brand and does your refined palate like them or not?I just got a Costco and want try them.

              1. re: suzigirl

                LOL!! They are the Wienerschitzel brand. I am not a corndog aficianado so I haven't tried them. I am located in So Cal and they have been in Costco since the summer.

              2. re: baseballfan

                man, it took me about 6 rounds of that particular brand of insanity to wise up.

                You're at Costco, doing the shopping, the kids ask if they can have a sample...OH MAN, this is GREAT, Mom! Can we GET SOME OF THESE?

                So you add the box/bag/carton to your cart.

                You get home, make them the Greatest Snack Ever, and they refuse to eat it. Ever.

                *sigh* -- another lunch of stuff you didn't really care for, but you're eating it to keep from pitching it.

                I was a slow learner, but I eventually wised up.

                To be fair, I've also bought quite a bit of stuff at Costco that I wasn't sure would be worth the price and having a big-ass bag of...but the samples were enough to decide yes or no.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  I think we have all gone down that road. One particular incident comes to mind. About 10 years ago, my 2 boys sampled a peach/apricot preserve on crackers that they thought was the best thing ever. I was skeptical as it was about a gallon of this stuff but they swore up and down they would eat it for breakfast, on pb&j's etc. I gave in and bought it and on day 2 they decided it wasn't very good after all and refused to eat any more.

                  I fed as much as I could to my husband before he started to complain and I didn't like it. Thankfully it came in a cool glass jar so I dumped out the preserve and it now houses cotton balls in my bathroom.

                  I think of that now if I am on the fence and I usually try to not to repeat my mistakes.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I realized this past week. I don't mind cilantro, but I don't like fresh parsley! I was eating some herb-roasted veggies from the salad bar at work and they tasted awful. they were covered in parsley.

              2. re: baseballfan

                I cannot stand cilantro also. Taste like plastic to me. I am a parsley person. Like my Grandfather, I often keep a sprig tucked behind my ear for good luck when working in the garden and around the house.

              3. Just can't........the things over the years with either MiracleWhip or CoolWhip as a key or distinct ingredient.So far all Jello brand concoctions.

                AND a cheese that had been wrapped and aged in tobacco leaves,I still shudder

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                1. re: lcool

                  Tobacco leaves? Are you serious? That sounds very emperor's new clothes to me. Aren't they poisonous? I know that if you grow them, you can't grow anything else in the same place for years.

                  1. re: Isolda

                    you don't eat the tobacco leaves - they impart flavor (good or bad, depending) into the cheese.

                    1. re: Isolda

                      Verona,Italy,many of the small producers of Amarone and Ripassa wines also make tiny batches of cheese.One they consider very special,rare and rarely brought out is the one wrapped in tobacco leaves.I'll pass.I simply loath the foliage on all nightshades even the tomatoes,eggplant and others I grow.Getting past the feel and smell of the plant is only for the fruit.The foliage,toxic,not very,in what quantity on which plant may matter but the old wives tale a tomato leaf will kill you is just that,an old wives tale,exaggeration.
                      The flavor? not much of a change from without,the smell? to me god awful,it's just a stinky nightshade and maybe the only cheese I don't eat.

                  2. Uni that was not quite perfect. Perfect uni is sublime. Not perfect uni is horrid.

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                      1. re: JudiAU

                        You took the words out of my mouth. Gag!

                      2. Undercooked deep-fried pork ribs that caused me serious food poisoning. I was hospitalized it was so horrid. That was about 20 years ago when I was very young and I can STILL taste those darned ribs. Thankfully the incident did not turn me off pork but I have not had them deep fried to this day (which is a good thing!).