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posted 6/23/2007 7:25:48 PM |
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Did you ever buy something new at the grocery store (food or drink packaged in multiple servings), take it home, put it away, and when you finally get around to trying it find that you don't like it? What do you do?

I bought a bottle of name-brand fruit juice (64 oz) a few weeks ago, and when I poured my first glass I discovered I didn't like the flavor. What did I do? I finished the glass and left the rest in the fridge for later. I was raised to be a 'saver', to not 'waste' food or drink, to 'value' the cost of things, and mostly to accept that I might have to eat or drink things I don't like every now and then.

Today I am going grocery shopping again. I looked in the fridge to take inventory and see what I 'need' and there was that bottle of juice, missing one serving, staring back at me. So what did I do? I took it out, removed the lid, and poured it down the sink! And it felt great!

So I'm wondering...

Does anyone else have this weird aversion to throwing away food/drink that is perfectly good, just because you discovered you don't like it? And no one else in the house will eat/drink it?

Inquiring minds (well, one at least) want to know!

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Jun 23 @ 9:08PM  
Wish I knew about it before you poured. I'm trying to launch a forum about this kind of thing. I probably could have helped.

Jun 23 @ 10:17PM  
Yep! I know exactly what you mean! Being raised poor and on the farm out in the middle of the boonies you just didn't waste anything! It's really hard for me now to throw out anything or waste anything regardless of how nasty we thought it was!

Jun 23 @ 10:34PM  
If its canned goods or staples ... I wait for the annual food drive and donate all the stuff I accumulate in this manor... I can usually find two or three shoping bags worth.

Jun 23 @ 11:44PM  
I like ladybootscooter grew up the same way and like gryghost the boyscouts usually come around once a year so if i have bought stuff cause it was on sale and used a package and dont like it it goes into a big rubbermaid container until the food drive where i bag it up and give to them Now if its something like juice well when my kids were little i use to take juices that they didnt care for mix it with flavored koolaid they liked add 7 up and they drank "punch" today when i live a lone i buy in small containers and if i dont like it i just pour it out.

Jun 23 @ 11:49PM  
Sorry for the delay in posting comments. I actually did go do my grocery shopping after posting the blog, and I didn't realize I would only get mail messages and have to approve them if someone commented. Fortunately the e-mail allowed me to change settings so anyone can comment. I hope that applies to any blog I write from now on.

Anyway, I'm glad I'm not the only one. And Dom, in this case there was a flavor in the juice that I didn't like. Mango maybe? I don't know but I don't think mixing it with anything would have done anything but make me not like what it was mixed into! Which would only make the problem worse. But I like your forum!

Jun 24 @ 12:09AM  
Of course I have purchased something new only to discover I don't care for the taste. My only resort is to attempt to make it into something actually edible. Onions and garlic are great for changing the flavor of just about anything.

A great many of of come from humble beginnings. As one of 7 kids my parents would shop the railroad salvage. This meant cases of can goods would be lableless. All you really knew was the contents contained vegtables or fruit.

My Mom got so good at this she could shake a can and tell you if it was peas, corn, green beans or peaches. She never got it wrong and in later years she was never allowed to play the "guess the content" game at a baby shower

Jun 24 @ 7:54AM  
heh... I sometimes argue about this with my mother-in-law. When she says "I hate to waste," I ask her whom she could possibly help by saving her cold french fries or unfinished hash browns or her flat soda. Portions play way too much of a role in determining how much we actually eat. Waste is really a natural consequence of purchasing foods in predetermined portions, and most of our leftovers can't successfully be shipped to Africa to save the starving.

btw, you can click "settings" up top, then "comment settings" to set your blog comments to auto-approve.

Jun 24 @ 7:54AM  
^^^oops. you figured that out already

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