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'Staple' foods you just don't like

I don't mean stuff like salt and pepper, or flour or sugar. Stuff that EVERYBODY likes.

Mine are peanut butter, hot chocolate and cereal. I will have a pb&j maybe once a year, hot chocolate is the same. I'll have a bowl of cereal maybe once every 3-4 months. I just don't enjoy them.
I had a boyfriend that didn't like macaroni and cheese.

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  1. I don't really care for eggs and beef, although the meat is not what I consider a staple. In fact, it was my impression that staple items are things that you use to make other dishes like butter, flour, milk, etc.

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      I agree with your definition if 'staple' I just couldn't find a better word for what I meant.

    2. Ice cream. Doesn't do much for me.

        1. re: magiesmom

          Where is this a staple? My bet is that most Americans (where I am) don't even know what quinoa is and most will never have it pass their lips.
          ps... I never took a shine to it either.

          1. re: monavano

            It is getting quite popular.

            I'm not a fan.

            1. re: monavano

              It's been a staple in my house for about 10 years now.

          2. Hard boiled eggs?
            Raw carrots?
            Canned soup?

            Not sure if I have the idea of staple down as you mean it.

            Perhaps basic or mainstream North American foods?

            1. This is easy for me. Eggs. They are why I never ate breakfast for many years...Now I order steak and eggs...Sometimes I'll taste the eggs, but not always!


              1. I don't like raw vegetables other than the occasional salad... I much prefer them cooked. And I really don't like 'dead cow' very much, even though I'm not a vegetarian or anything - I just don't like the taste and texture of beef compared to chicken and pork. Occasionally I'll get a yen for it, but I'm done about two ounces into a steak. Beef stew is great, but to be honest, it's the slow-cooked tomato sauce and vegetables that I like, the meat is surpurfluous.

                  1. re: luckyfatima

                    Interesting about carrots -- my daughter LOVES them raw, but HATES them cooked. Of course, even as a baby she would happily chew away on any kind of raw vegetable, particularly the stem parts of cabbage.

                  2. Nut butters
                    Goat cheese
                    Orange chicken
                    Sweet and Sour
                    Overly chocolate things
                    Mint flavored desserts/candy
                    Dried fruit (most)
                    Chex mix/Trail mix
                    Crispy cookies
                    Jalapeno flavored things
                    Peppers in general
                    Candy in general

                    1. Eggs because I hate the taste, don't even like the smell.

                      Beans because of a texture issue. The only ones I can sort of stomach are chickpeas/garbanzos.

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                      1. re: juliejulez

                        Yuck same here.

                        Eggs in any form. Only use them for baking. You couldn't pay me to eat eggs in any identifiable form. Won't even do eggy baked things like bread pudding.

                        Beans... I have no words.

                        Also seafood. In all its forms. Sometimes it looks and smells good to me, especially fried shrimp at a restaurant or my mom's glazed grilled salmon. I've ALMOST taken a bite, but I'm going on 20 years without eating any seafood and can't bring myself to break the curse.

                        Along those lines... tuna. Canned tuna? Oh my god, vile. Vile, vile.

                        And I stopped eating sausage when I was a kid after an unfortunate incident with a Delta airlines sausage patty. Prior to that, I was a sausage eating machine. Now, sausage of any kind makes me weak in the knees and not in a good way.

                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          Heh I'm not a big seafood fan either. I like firm white fish like halibut or mahi mahi but that's about it.

                          1. re: nothingswrong

                            You sound like an awesome candidate for vegetarianism! ;)

                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                              I was a vegetarian for most of my life. It wasn't ideal. I basically ate pasta, bagels, and cookies for like 10 years.

                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                When I was a vegetarian (over 15 years), I called myself a "dessertarian" (from an old Calvin & Hobbes cartoon--remember it?)

                                Now: seafood, mac & cheese (rarely), brown rice.

                                1. re: pine time

                                  No, I don't remember that C&H but that sounds about right for me too :)

                                  It's interesting how many people don't like mac & cheese! I could eat the stuff for lunch and dinner everyday.

                                  Is it a textural aversion???

                                  1. re: julesrules

                                    I eat the same way now basically. Pasta, bagels, cookies.

                                    I'm only not a vegetarian for three reasons:
                                    -Chicken stock
                                    -Thanksgiving turkey
                                    -And about 5 times per year I buy a $40 filet tail from my local butcher and savor every bite of that damn cow

                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                      I kinda figured. My veg friend has a limited diet (potatoes and cheddar cheese are staples) and I know if she went back to meat for whatever reason her diet would not expand that much.

                            2. re: juliejulez

                              Used to hate garbanzos for the same reason.

                              1. re: melpy

                                Garbanzo texture turns me off. I just puree it in hummus.

                                1. re: monavano

                                  I have to peel them first for best hummus texture.

                              2. re: juliejulez

                                Oh also would like to add that I don't like drinking milk, or putting it on most cereals.

                              3. Cold butter on anything!

                                1. Oranges and tomatoes out of season.

                                  Ick.Why do big-box grocery stores even try to stock them???
                                  Both tend to be mealy and tasteless.

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                                  1. Eggs. I've never liked them. It can make budget/diet plans a little challenging.

                                      1. Rice
                                        Any and all noodle or vegetable casseroles- too much moosh
                                        Hard boiled eggs

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                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                          Agree with you on rice. I'm okay with it in soups, and I do like rice balls, but as a side, yech. Especially the sticky white rice. Gross.

                                        2. I haven't had a pb&j sandwich since the early 1970's. Same with a bowl of cereal.Just to much of it when I was younger.

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                                          1. re: emglow101

                                            Oh- that's like me and bananas, raisins, and apple juice! I just had a life time worth by the time i was 12.....

                                            1. re: emglow101

                                              That's so interesting about cereal. You're the second person I've seen here say that recently.

                                              1. re: emglow101

                                                Not a fan of cereal either. I loathe milk. I use almond milk if I have to.

                                                1. re: emglow101

                                                  I'm not a cereal person either, although it's more profound indifference than active dislike. If I were hungry and had no other options I'd eat it and be fine, but there's no conceivable circumstance where I'd say "hey, a bowl of cereal would be nice right now."

                                                2. This is tough because I am not a picky eater and enjoy many foods, but I bet I can think of something....

                                                  Ok, as I mentioned before, I like peanut butter, and I like jelly/jam, but I don't like peanut butter + jelly. I don't hate it, and will eat it if it is in front of me, but it is not my favor.

                                                  I also don't love macaroni and cheese. Don't get me wrong. I like well made mac and cheese. I just don't like the ones from supermarket.

                                                  Let's see. I also don't love blue berries. I will eat them, but I don't understand why they are so popular. People go crazy over them.

                                                  1. Cereal. My mother claims she never got so much as a spoonful past my lips when I was a baby, and I haven't ever eaten it willingly. I will eat Chex mix, but that's because it's coated in salty spicy buttery goodness. Sweetened cereal, covered with milk? VILE.

                                                    I used to feel the same way about beans but I have come around as an adult and I really like most varieties, with the exception of kidney beans. Ugh. Those tough skins make my teeth crawl.

                                                    Ketchup and anything cola-flavored are other common foods I despise.

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                                                      1. re: laliz

                                                        I love every bean except kidney and canelli beans. It's so strange, but I just don't like them.

                                                    1. Sugar (sodas, ice cream, candy, sweets, etc)
                                                      Cheese (except parmigiano)
                                                      Meat Fat (including skin)
                                                      Ready-made food (pizza, t.v. dinners, etc)

                                                      ...and yes, cereal, pb&j, hot chocolate (or chocolate milk) as well.

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                                                        1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                          lol ...are you trying to say that you love all the things I hate? Ok then, bye... and give my best to your cardiologist :-)

                                                        2. re: acssss

                                                          I love everything on your hate list. I wish I didn't.

                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                            I wonder if it is genetic. Because my kids don't like it either. But it could also be habitual, because I didn't grow up on it neither did my kids.

                                                            1. re: acssss

                                                              You know, we didn't eat seafood much growing up- just the occasional trip to H Salt. Now as an adult I won't touch seafood of any kind in any capacity…On the other hand, to contridict myself, I also never grew up with Indian or Middle Eastern, and those are two of my favorites.

                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                Oohh... Love Indian/Middle Eastern/Italian food - and I didn't grow up with it either.
                                                                I wonder though, if you give a young child corn with or without butter, which one will he choose. Or... soda vs. water. Or... bacon vs. a piece of freshly cooked turkey (no nitrates). Or... a piece of squash/carrot vs. a piece of candy (actually when I was little, I picked the former - as did my kids).
                                                                I wonder if our kids (and we ourselves) eat junk because we were told it is tasty or because it is actually tasty... or because commercials tell us it's cool. It may be like smokers who "love" smoking until they stop and then they can't stand it :-)

                                                                1. re: acssss

                                                                  I actually believe people have inborn preferences. My first kid acquired a taste for many supposedly unhealthy (and healthy) items once exposed enough, but still does not like fatty meats. My youngest, like myself, will totally eat the fat off a pork chop or steak.They both love butter though.

                                                                  I can totally accept that some people really don't like sugar. I see them in families of sugar-lovers so I don't think it's purely habit. I think it might even have a genetic component.

                                                        3. I also dislike peas unless they are fresh and in season when cooked. But canned, no way. Frozen, I might let one or two slip by if they are mixed into something. But I am one of those people who picks out peas if they are in something and so my plate looks like it belongs to an 8 year old with the little pile of icky peas pushed to the side.

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                                                          1. re: luckyfatima

                                                            Lol. I hated frozen peas until I was given a method/recipe, can't remember where it came from, but it had me buying peas in extra large bags and eating them daily with dinner.

                                                            From frozen, toss them in a skillet with some melted butter over medium/low. Cover and let steam for a few minutes, shaking the pan. Add the tiniest bit of minced garlic or even garlic powder, shake again, and let cook just long enough to take the bite off the garlic. Total cooking shouldn't be more than 5 minutes.

                                                            Off heat, toss with minced fresh basil or mint.

                                                            So f*cking good.

                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                              I snack on them all the time. Love them. Although I make mine without butter - just S&P - and sometimes I roast them. They come out crunchy that way. I always gave them
                                                              to my kids as snacks instead of candy.

                                                              ...and I second your last statement

                                                            2. re: luckyfatima

                                                              I also dislike peas. I have had the same 8 oz. box of frozen peas for an unspeakable length of time and only break it out to make qeema matar when I am not feeling creative. In the spring, however, I actually look forward to qeema with shell peas. It is a whole different experience when you make the lamb with barely cooked English peas that pop with sweetness.

                                                              1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                My plate looks just like yours. LOL

                                                              2. Mac and cheese
                                                                Mashed Potatoes
                                                                Hot dishes
                                                                hard boiled eggs

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                                                                1. re: TCtoothpick

                                                                  Is quinoa now regarded as a mainstream staple, not just in South America? In any event, I don't like it either. I've tried, but it just didn't click with me.

                                                                  I'm sorry, I see that monavano already raised this question.

                                                                    1. re: SaraAshley

                                                                      But mixed is ok? :)
                                                                      Just kidding.

                                                                      Although, I do like the packet of Hidden Valley Ranch that you mix with milk and mayo to make dressing. A friend bought ranch because she didn't trust the homemade version. Now I'm stuck with this stupid bottled dressing.

                                                                      1. re: melpy

                                                                        Well obviously milk is in a lot of things, and once incorporated, you can't pick it out. Mayo is more easily recognizable as an ingredient in things, but I can still eat most things that contain mayo. I can even eat a lot of cold salads that use it as the base for a dressing. I just cannot have it smeared on my sandwich, and if a dish is especially mayo heavy, can't do that either.

                                                                      2. re: SaraAshley

                                                                        I'm with you. I'll usually have milk in the house for cooking and occasionally on cereal but I cannot remember the last time that I drank milk.

                                                                        Mayo is the spawn of Beelzebub and I am repulsed by the smell of it.

                                                                        I also hate peas in any shape or form.

                                                                        1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                          I used to be really grossed out by mayo until I worked at a restaurant owned by French Canadians. They would dip their fries in mayo, and one time I loudly voiced my disgust. They convinced me to at least try it before I decided I hated it. And thus began a love affair that has only gotten stronger through the years...

                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                            Thank God you ended up trying it after yucking their yum. I'm French-Canadian and mayo goes with fries way better than sugary tomato paste!

                                                                            1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                                              I can't eat French fries without mayo now! It's just so perfect with hot, salty fries!!!

                                                                      3. I don't like whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, Ranch dressing, Italian dressing, Miracle Whip, smoked turkey, smoked ham or deli ham.

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                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                          Hate whipped cream and Cool Whip too.

                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                            Cool Whip is okay if you ignore the mysterious chemical origins and eat it still frozen like icecream... but I will happily pass on whipped cream - I ask for my food without it, or pass it directly onto my DH.

                                                                            1. re: Kajikit

                                                                              Ooh, I haven't run across anyone on here who doesn't despise Cool Whip. My mom used to keep tubs of it in the freezer for me as a teen and I'd eat it frozen with a spoon too. So good. I still have a soft spot for it and on occasion will grab a frozen spoonful.

                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                I like cool whip. I also like whipped cream, though. Anything cream based I have to have whipped cream with instead of cool whip (think custard pies, ice cream, etc) non cream based desserts, I can use cool whip for (think pumpkin pie, strawberry short cake, etc). I can usually sub whipped cream for anything I'll use cool whip for, but not vice versa.

                                                                          2. re: prima

                                                                            I'm with you on the Ranch dressing; Miracle whip, smoked turkey, and smoked ham. Add smoked cheeses and smoked nuts.

                                                                            1. re: laliz

                                                                              Miracle Whip is a yuck for me too. Any creamy bottled dressing skeeves me out. I make my own. I do prefer simple vinegarettes more than anything.

                                                                            2. re: prima

                                                                              Also dislike grapefruit juice, and any punch or juice blend containing grapefruit juice.

                                                                              1. Really not a big fan of chocolate. I'll eat it in things (chocolate ice cream is pretty good, and I like brownies a lot), but by itself? Eh. Milk chocolate is better than dark chocolate, since it tastes less like chocolate and more like delightful cream, but I much prefer caramels. The saltier the better.

                                                                                1. Too weird. I don't care for peanut butter, chocolate, or cold cereal. My man doesn't like mac n cheese.... (insert theremin music here).

                                                                                  Thing is, we both like EVERYTHING else.

                                                                                  1. For me it is black licorice in any form. I like almost everything else. Ouzu, anise, sambucco, candy... Yech!! Interestingly my Mom loved it and told me once that she ate a lot of it while she was pregnant with me.

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                                                                                    1. re: pasuga

                                                                                      Interesting! I don't like cantaloupe, and my mom said that's what she craved and ate every day when she was pregnant with me.

                                                                                      1. re: OhioHound

                                                                                        I like it with salt and pepper. That weirds people out.

                                                                                      2. I used to hate eggs except for in omelets. I mastered omelets because I grew up on Julia Child. Recently I tried an over easy egg and fell in love. I had never had anything but hard fried or over cooked scrambled, so I thought I hated them. Now I put them on everything.

                                                                                        1. Cheese in any form, other than ricotta cheesecake. Not even on pizza.

                                                                                          1. Maple syrup
                                                                                            Roasted red peppers
                                                                                            Sundried tomatoes

                                                                                            1. Common foods:
                                                                                              Ketchup (though I love barbecue sauce)
                                                                                              Miracle Whip (I love, love, LOVE mayo)
                                                                                              Canned vegetables, except for beets
                                                                                              Any of the Campbell's Cream of ____ soups
                                                                                              Peanut butter
                                                                                              Jellies and jams
                                                                                              Donuts (except for those chocolate covered yellow Entemann's donuts)
                                                                                              Red (tomato) pasta sauce

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                                                                                              1. re: MysticYoYo

                                                                                                I could do without ketchup and red pasta sauce, too.