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« Reply #30: August 27, 2009, 05:10:37 pm »

along with canned spagheti and meatballs.

You took the words right out of my mouth. Chef Boy-ar-dee was developed by Satan to further his conquest of the Earth. The mere concept of any form of pasta in a can is anathema.
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« Reply #31: August 28, 2009, 12:20:57 am »

you will not eat? Not fast food like Mickey D's, but stuff that would go in your pantry to trot out if you need a meal in a hurry.

I hate most food that comes in a lot of packaging or cans. I refuse to eat Ramen. If I ever reach a point of unemployment & destitution that it's Ramen or starvation, I will dumpster dive before I'd eat it. Same goes for canned spaghetti or tuna. The smell of canned tuna makes me involuntarily start to retch. 

I make it a habit to only shop on the perimeter of the grocery store for food - produce, bakery, dairy, meat. My one exception is canned Great Northern White Beans because I loooooove beans, but my husband won't eat them and I can't make slow-cooked southern-style beans up in the crock pot in good conscience because they'll spoil before I can eat them all.

For all you canned-veggie haters, just buy frozen. I've used frozen green beans, brussels sprouts, peas & lima beans & had good results with all of them (as long as I stick to generic - for some reason, the generic store brands usually don't have any additives - and they're cheaper, while the Jolly Green Giant people & their ilk put salt, artificial coloring, weird cheese sauces, etc. in their packages). Texturally, frozen veggies are usually pretty firm, the coloring stays bright and they have natural flavor. (The only lackluster performance I've gotten from frozen veggies has been the 'stir-fry' & 'California' mixes - frozen veggies just have too much water in them for stir-frying). Plus, if you're just cooking for one or two, you can choose how much you want to cook at one time.
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« Reply #32: August 28, 2009, 07:56:50 am »

(The only lackluster performance I've gotten from frozen veggies has been the 'stir-fry' & 'California' mixes - frozen veggies just have too much water in them for stir-frying). 

The other thing I think makes those less successful is that those particular mixes seem to tend to contain things like zucchini and peppers--which, unlike broccoli or green beans or etc., tend to get all soggy and limp when thawed.  (Somehow they both get soggy and release their moisture.  Wonders of science.  Not great for stir frying, where you want your veggies to be all crisp.)
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« Reply #33: August 28, 2009, 09:17:53 am »

I make it a habit to only shop on the perimeter of the grocery store for food - produce, bakery, dairy, meat. My one exception is canned Great Northern White Beans because I loooooove beans, but my husband won't eat them and I can't make slow-cooked southern-style beans up in the crock pot in good conscience because they'll spoil before I can eat them all.

Freeze 'em. Seriously. They freeze well if they're put in those plastic freezer containers and used within a few months. You'll want to put them in with their cooking liquid.

I use the canned beans (rinsed like the devil), but there are times I have to just break down and put a pot on the stove.
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« Reply #34: August 28, 2009, 11:59:45 am »

Unlike every college kid out there, I managed to go all four years without having to once buy the delightfully cheap square package of Ramen. I don't do most canned veggies, save creamed corn and diced tomatoes. 

Does Ramen even count as food?

Actually, Ramen is quite good if you don't use the seasoning pack that comes with it (which doesn't taste like it's suppose to and has a ton of sodium).  I like to dress it up so it really becomes a cheap base to an okay meal for one.  You can toss it with some veggies and cooked meat, for example.
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« Reply #35: August 28, 2009, 12:02:10 pm »

you will not eat? Not fast food like Mickey D's, but stuff that would go in your pantry to trot out if you need a meal in a hurry.

I can't believe that neither I nor anyone else has mentioned this one yet.

Spam.
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« Reply #36: August 28, 2009, 12:04:10 pm »

I can't believe that neither I nor anyone else has mentioned this one yet.

Spam.

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« Reply #37: August 28, 2009, 12:09:41 pm »

I can't believe that neither I nor anyone else has mentioned this one yet.

Spam.

That's cuz it's not food. It's "something posing as meat."  Grin
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« Reply #38: August 28, 2009, 12:14:04 pm »

That's cuz it's not food. It's "something posing as meat."  Grin

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« Reply #39: August 28, 2009, 04:05:54 pm »

I can't believe that neither I nor anyone else has mentioned this one yet.

Spam.

Oddly enough, if I could eat meat, I rather like Spam, in ramen, Hawaiian style.  I blame Ginger and Hahn for feeding it to me during my formative years.
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« Reply #40: August 28, 2009, 04:06:48 pm »

Oddly enough, if I could eat meat, I rather like Spam, in ramen, Hawaiian style.  I blame Ginger and Hahn for feeding it to me during my formative years.

I secretly crave Underwood deviled ham.
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« Reply #41: August 28, 2009, 05:35:26 pm »

I secretly crave Underwood deviled ham.

I openly crave it.  On crackers.  With nasty, meatless, chemical bacon bits.  Or in sandwiches, with butter and lettuce.

Underwood deviled ham is a 'sneak-food' from midnight snack-fests with my mom when I was a kid.  That and radish sandwiches make me feel like she's sitting beside me complaining with me about all those people who mistake night time for sleep time.

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« Reply #42: August 28, 2009, 06:01:24 pm »

I secretly crave Underwood deviled ham.

I secretly crave ramen. *dodges*
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« Reply #43: August 28, 2009, 07:05:56 pm »

you will not eat? Not fast food like Mickey D's, but stuff that would go in your pantry to trot out if you need a meal in a hurry.


Canned vegetables except tomatoes (fruits!) and beans.  Everything else is FOUL.  I forget who said it, but it's the texture.  Revolting.

I gotta say, though, I crave Ramen or Spaghetti-Os sometimes.  I have super-low blood pressure, and love me some salt.  (Luckily, my high blood-pressure husband hates those "foods," so my stash is safe.  *g*)  Also, Dinty Moore Beef Stew.  I grew up on this crap, so it's total comfort food to me.  I've even found myself gazing wistfully at... Spam.  OH YES, I WENT THERE.   
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« Reply #44: August 29, 2009, 12:15:07 am »

I secretly crave ramen. *dodges*

I make no secret of my love of ramen, but...  *with a foodie, there's often a but at the end of these statements*

I have to add stuff.  Open the package and there's a bundle of noodles and packet of seasoning and that's it.  Some of the new flavors have a smaller packet of either chili sauce or sesame oil to add, but yeah, no. 

We must add egg, spring onions, some peas, Spam, fish balls, crab meat, sesame oil, seeds... How about a little nori?  Some bean stick?  Mushrooms anyone?  Some julienned carrots?  Chili sauce or a little tamari?  Maybe we use the seasoning packet, maybe we toss it in the cupboard and swap for dashi. 

And if I can get real ramen, fresh ramen, I'm in heaven.  Hand-crafted pulled ramen noodles are amazing.  I have no problem eating the packaged ones, either, but the real deal is just so damned good.
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