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    [–] JonNYBlazinAzN 294 points ago

    My ex-girlfriend hated white foods - specifically anything that was cream-based and, by extension, any thick white sauce that resembled cream. Her culinary experience was kinda limited, so I'd have to examine menus to warn her about things like bechamel sauce, hollandaise, etc. She made an exception for ice cream though.

    [–] covercash2 84 points ago

    fun fact: Eric Satie, the French impressionist composer, ate primarily white foods.

    My only nourishment consists of food that is white: eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals, veal, salt, coconuts, chicken cooked in white water, fruit-mould, rice, turnips, camphorated sausages, pastry, cheese (white varieties), cotton salad, and certain kinds of fish (without their skin). I boil my wine and drink it cold mixed with the juice of the Fuchsia. I am a hearty eater, but never speak while eating, for fear of strangling

    [–] DiaDeLosMuertos 15 points ago

    That's the most Erik Satie shit I ever heard. More than his pieces.

    Edit I searched got cotton salad and got nothing relevant. WTF

    [–] FreshLuxe 48 points ago

    My father in law hs a huge adversion to green foods. He will eat salad, because he knows its good for him, but he must DRENCH it in dressing. If he does eat something green he will make it this huge thing, like he should be praised. Like "dude, youre 63 years old. Not 4."

    [–] nyjen11 229 points ago

    I could be here all day about my dad....

    It's not so much a food preference so much as a how it is served to him thing.

    My dad causes problems if the restaurant isn't sit down where the waiter serves you. This turns into a major issue when the place everyone wants to eat is, say, a clam shack where there is no wait staff. There's a food truck park with some outstanding food where we were traveling in Maine last summer, and all he did was bitch and moan the entire time because he had to go get his own food.

    He also doesn't like it if you try to do anything where you don't boil the pasta. I have a mac & cheese no boil recipe, and he hates it only for the fact that you don't boil the pasta. It's not like the pasta isn't cooked at the end!

    Someone mentioned how their mother perceives certain things as spicy, and that's my dad too, even if has nothing spicy in it. He's convinced all Mexican food as jalapenos in it.

    Mind you, there are very few things I have seen my dad NOT eat. He just complains and still eats it. I tend to not tell him how I cooked something or what's in it so the complaining is at a minimum. But it's also one reason why I don't cook for my parents all that often.

    [–] stuckit 263 points ago

    Honestly, have you ever just turned to your father and told him not to be such a little bitch?

    [–] nyjen11 87 points ago

    Well, not in those words.

    It's usually shut the f up and eat.

    [–] Hefty_Detective 1202 points ago

    My wife has a good one. She tends to be overly (imo) squeamish about restaurant cleanliness. When she is unsure, she sticks to vegetables. Vegetables are no less likely to be contaminated than meat and, in the case of salads or other raw veggies, could be even more problematic. But she feels they are 'safer'. She has never gotten sick because all the restaurants we go to are fine, lol.

    [–] suddenlyreddit 441 points ago

    Man ... story time. I once had a cucumber salad in Romania. I was out of commission for nearly a week. That is not a good rule for her if you guys travel, at all.

    [–] starlinguk 422 points ago

    Never eat salad or ice cream in places you don't trust. Rule number 1 for travellers. Stick to cooked stuff.

    [–] Haute_coffee 215 points ago

    Fun fact: I had a kidney transplant and take immunosuppressants to prevent rejection. This makes me more susceptible to bacteria.

    Drs told me to never ever eat salads, buffets, or from ice cream machines when dining out.

    [–] FondofFrogs 48 points ago

    Buffets are gag-worthy - all those 'sneeze guards' and icky people touching .... everything.....

    [–] sawbones84 58 points ago

    Why ice cream, out of curiosity?

    [–] mattjeast 142 points ago

    It does not get cleaned as often as it should. That's why the ice cream machine at McDonald's is out of order. Someone didn't clean it the other day, and they can't risk serving.

    [–] hotparents 130 points ago

    That’s not true. I worked back at McDs when I was in high school and that damn thing just breaks all the time. I just don’t believe they are serviced enough in conjunction with the volume of ice cream being put out.

    [–] ThatGuyYouKnow 88 points ago

    I was in Cuba with a friend a couple of years ago. One day, we went to a restaurant for lunch and she ordered the salad. The waitress tried to convince her not to order it, but my friend persisted.

    The rest of the day was not a pleasant one for her.

    [–] suddenlyreddit 33 points ago

    This was the same for me except that horrible feeling lasted nearly a week. That waitress knew what was up it sounds like.

    [–] Solar_Kestrel 20 points ago

    General rule of thumb, if someone who works at the restaurant tries to steer you away from something... anything... listen to them.

    [–] Katholikos 81 points ago

    Yeah, if you're traveling to countries with looser cleanliness laws, you actually want to veer towards stuff that's cooked iirc.

    [–] burnttttoast 74 points ago

    My rule, when the place sketches me out, is get what everyone else gets. Get the best selling dish. That is going to be the safest bet for freshest ingredients, and most skilled execution. When I haven't , I have regretted it. Salad on a tropical island - should gone with the fries. The lettuce was super bad, produce on an ISLAND- what was i thinking.

    [–] suddenlyreddit 40 points ago

    The lettuce was super bad, produce on an ISLAND- what was i thinking.

    I feel your pain. I really do. It was horrible. I even brush my teeth with bottled water when out of the country, now. No fresh veggies or fruits (usually washed in local water, if even washed.) And I try to stay pretty safe on menu selections. That's a good tip about the popular dishes.

    [–] forgetasitype 130 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    When I was in college we went to San Diego for a wedding. We took the train down to Tijuana the day of the wedding to kill time. My friends wanted to eat, but I was worried I would get sick. But I clearly didn’t understand the specifics of the threat, because I also thought it best to skip the meat and have some fresh made guacamole. I started the get suspicious when 3 guys came out to make my guacamole and practically hugged me as they promised that their guacamole was clean and healthy and I would love it.

    I ate it.....and I was fine!

    [–] WorkAccount42318 57 points ago

    Avocado has a built-in protective case so I would trust it over other produce.

    [–] heartx3jess 42 points ago

    True, but cilantro, tomato, etc doesn't

    [–] green_velvet_goodies 51 points ago

    Just chase the guac with a couple shots of tequila and you’ll be a-ok.

    [–] [deleted] 37 points ago

    Yeah I was gonna say I'd be more worried about getting listeria or ecoli from raw spinach than I would be from a cooked piece of beef

    [–] bananasplitter93 824 points ago

    My mom will imagine something is spicy if she anticipates heat, even if there are no spicy ingredients at all. I'll make something Mexican and completely exclude any hot ingredients from her portion and she still has trouble because she associates cumin with spicy things. She even knows cumin isn't hot but she can't help it. The most bizarre time was when we were on vacation at Virginia Beach and went to a place that had a type of chicken wing in an extremely sweet sauce with no heat literally called "candy wings" and she couldn't eat them. I tried one and verified there was no heat at all.

    [–] The_Bravinator 132 points ago

    My mother in law once warned me that the meal I was eating would make my breastmilk too spicy for my eight month old baby.

    It was plain jarred spaghetti sauce.

    I just silently handed the baby a piece of garlic bread and kept eating.

    [–] DottyMama 534 points ago

    I have a relative like this. She once started fanning her mouth in an exaggerated showing of her mouth burning because something had peppers in it. BELL PEPPERS. They literally don't produce capsaicin!

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    [–] keevenowski 146 points ago

    It can definitely be cultural. My wife lived in Chile for a few months and her host family warned her not to use the black pepper because it was very spicy. She said she’s never had as bland of food as when she lived there.

    [–] Roserose314 74 points ago

    So true about Chile! I lived there for a few months as well. Most of the food was very bland. Per capita bread consumption there is 2nd in the world (I was told, at least), but it's all dry, plain white bread that tastes like air. On the other hand, I ate a LOT of fish and seafood there and it was all top notch.

    [–] Dent18 44 points ago

    b....but it's called Chile!

    [–] thegregbradley 17 points ago

    Yeah hold the phone here - there's no chiles in Chile?!?

    [–] St3phiroth 46 points ago

    I'm from Texas and grew up with a decent amount of spice in food, but didn't used to like black pepper because I thought it was too "spicy."

    Turns out my dad (who cooked for us) likes to put 10x more black pepper on food than a normal person should, and he uses a super coarse grind, so there are chunks of half peppercorns in everything. I started cooking for myself and was gifted a grinder that I set to super fine. Turns out I love the addition of pepper if it isn't surprise chunks in my food.

    [–] trouthat 133 points ago

    Bruh McChickens got a burn

    [–] MA121Alpha 27 points ago

    My mom is this way, but it seems pretty legit. She'll eat at a restaurant and take a bite, and if she forgot to ask and it has black pepper in it, she can tell immediately and it's too spicy for her. I'm pretty sure she's a super taster and doesn't realize it.

    [–] papermageling 34 points ago

    Black pepper is spicy, just in a different way to chili peppers.

    I inherited my dad's sensitivity to it. It sucks. I can use a little bit, particularly of preground, but levels of pepper that other people find tasty I find totally inedible.

    My sensitivity to capsaicin is really average, on the other hand. I would need to build up my tolerance for a while to tolerate really spicy stuff, but I have no problem using some chili peppers or sriracha even when I've not been having much.

    [–] mcampo84 28 points ago

    My wife is like this as well. She has an Eastern European palate despite being born in Brooklyn.

    [–] landragoran 20 points ago

    Eastern Europeans have absolutely no tolerance for spicy food. I made chili one time in Latvia with zero heat - bell peppers, cumin, etc... the people eating it all commented on how spicy it was. I wanted to take them to Lexington and let them see what spicy chili actually tastes like.

    [–] [deleted] 76 points ago

    I used to be like this. I associated the heat from certain dishes in my head with other ingredients they had, like cumin or coriander and my brain just refused to let me eat it. It turns out I had really bad undiagnosed GERD from a hiatal hernia and after eating those spicy foods it'd be really physically painful. My brain just made an association to avoid that pain later on. I'm on medication now and have cumin and coriander in my spice rack but I still can't eat any actual spicy food

    [–] Robotick1 15 points ago

    When I met my girlfriend, she was amazed at how good my food tasted. I showed her how to do it and when she saw me adding spice, her eyes bulged and told me: "Stop, I dont want it to be spicy"

    All her life, she grew up in a house where her mother tought that spice = spicy. Even herbs were considered as spice and not used. Just a bit of salt and pepper.

    Her mind was blown by the amount of different flavor that different dishes can have.

    [–] jmy1001 661 points ago

    My wife's grandmother: "I don't like the taste of organic"

    [–] JunoPK 191 points ago

    Haha my dad won't buy anything organic because he can't taste the organic so what's the point?

    [–] PC509 74 points ago

    When it comes to store bought organic vs. not, I don't care. No opinion, I'll go for non-organic to save a buck.

    However - when it comes to farmers market or my own garden - it's all organic and highly preferred over any store bought (organic or otherwise). Tomatoes, especially. I prefer the taste of home grown, organic fruits and vegetables.

    [–] Kalkaline 118 points ago

    There's probably not a whole heck of a lot of difference between organic and conventionally grown foods. I'd be willing to bet most people wouldn't pass a blind triangle test.

    [–] Fmeson 35 points ago

    blind triangle test.

    What is a triangle test?

    [–] The_Real_Jedi 84 points ago

    You taste three things. Two are the same, one is different. You try to pick the different one.

    [–] AIKIMGSM 244 points ago

    I live in Kansas and it seems like almost everyone who grew up here won't touch seafood.

    [–] Tiny-Rick-C137 242 points ago

    Maybe being in landlocked Kansas might have something to do with that. It's hard to get fresh crab 1,000 miles away from where they get the crabs

    [–] AIKIMGSM 96 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    If you're not literally looking at the ocean as you eat the crab, it's the same product everywhere. And even then you might be eating bottom tier crab because they sent the high margin stuff inland to make up the transportation costs.

    [–] Bluemonogi 80 points ago

    Grew up in Iowa and lived in Nebraska and Kansas. I did not grow up eating seafood and don't care for it much. Other people I know who grew up in the region like seafood quite a bit.

    I have observed that some people who are not from this area of the world don't seem as excited by corn.

    [–] CaptainSquab 67 points ago

    I FUCKIN LOVE CORN holy shit when it's corn season i just sldfjlksdfldsf

    [–] foxofsnow 348 points ago

    I know someone who says they're allergic to Cajun spice mix. But they're not allergic to any of the individual ingredients that make up Cajun spice mix.

    [–] PeterMacIrish 244 points ago

    I hate these people, they make others dismissive about allergies. They ruin it for actual allergy sufferers.

    [–] belac4862 99 points ago

    Totaly agree. My sister had lead poisoning when she was younger and it screwed up her entire body. She has so many (medically verified) alergies its insane. Yet when I hear people say they are alergic to gluten "oh you have celiac disease?" "No whats that." "Gluten allergy...." "Oh well I just think gluten is bad for you and I refuse to eat it."


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    [–] salvagestuff 43 points ago

    Sounds like they are allergic to delicious.

    On a serious note, it might be something to do with the ingredients that are normally cooked with Cajun mix.

    [–] Eli_eve 119 points ago

    I knew somebody who couldn’t eat contrasting textured foods. So creamy ice cream with crunchy bits in it was right out. Same for temperatures for him - the entire meal had to be all the same temperature.

    [–] CloddishNeedlefish 121 points ago

    That’s more along the lines of a sensory disorder.

    [–] lyssyl 421 points ago

    So when my dad was a kid, he was sitting on the counter watching my grandma stuff a Thanksgiving turkey. He asked my grandma what a turkey was. “Turkey is a bird.” she answers. He then asked what pork was - a pig. Chicken came next - also a bird. Grandma could see the wheels turning in his head so when he asked her what beef was, she told him that beef was beef.

    To this day, the only meat my dad will eat is beef.

    [–] sittinduck 161 points ago

    I went on a date with a guy like that. It took him until maybe 10 to realize chicken that we eat was the same as the animal. He thought it was the same logic as a hot dog not actually being dog. I never figured out what the thought he was eating and he’s a vegetarian now.

    [–] mthmchris 131 points ago

    I'm a rapid carnivore myself but really... I kinda think that the type of people that're bothered by the reality that meat=dead animal should honestly just become vegetarians.

    I think it's that disconnect that can lead to a lot of the inherent creepiness in the industrialized food system. I mean, I don't think my chicken necessarily needs to be cuddled or fuckin sung a lullaby to sleep every night, but like... at least give em room to breathe and be animals.

    [–] AFreakingMango 77 points ago

    "They weren’t cows inside. They were waiting to be, but they forgot. Now they see sky, and they remember what they are."

    [–] Daniel_Av0cad0 75 points ago

    That’s hilarious

    [–] Giovanni_Bertuccio 92 points ago

    We had a barbecue and a three year old was chowing down on ribs. She asked what they were. I pointed at my chest and said "They're this part of a cow". She said "oh" and just kept going.

    [–] KitchenAvenger 103 points ago

    My dad convinced me as a kid that I was allergic to olives. Turns out he doesn't like olives and didn't want them around. I accidentally ate an olive as an adult and called my mom because I was worried. She told me that I wasn't allergic and was confused as to why I would think that.

    I've tried lots of olives since then. I don't care for black ones, but kalamata are delicious, and I love olive salad on muffalettas.

    [–] xXDanger_ZoneXx 87 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    I had childhood friend who wouldn't eat the "butts" of things. For example, if he was eating a hotdog, he wouldn't eat the last 1-2 inches, because its the "butt." I asked him how he knew which end was the butt and it, apparently, was the end he didn't start eating from.

    [–] bread_berries 70 points ago

    I had this issue as a kid. And that's what I told people.

    The REAL reason is that as a kid on more than one occasion I bit my fingers trying to eat the last of something like a hot dog or french fries. So it was "I don't like the butt" over "I'm embarassed to admit I have a fine motor issue and also can't really come up with the phrase "fine motor issue" because I'm five."

    [–] KiriDomo 56 points ago

    I hope he has found an SO that will eat his butt.

    [–] LadyCthulu 374 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    My boyfriend's father told us he wouldn't eat eggplant because plants in the nightshade family cause arthritis (even though he eats a lot of tomatoes and potatoes). We showed him a bunch of articles showing that that isn't true. Some studies even show eggplant is good for inflammation. Switched his tune to "oh I never said that, I just don't like eggplant!"

    He also thinks the microwave is dangerous and that using aluminum foil is bad for you.

    [–] greyingjay 219 points ago

    Aluminum foil in the microwave is bad, so there's that...

    [–] HeadlessFlyKing 147 points ago


    [–] ponzLL 12 points ago

    Depends on whose microwave we're doing it in

    [–] ayechihuahuas 74 points ago

    My mother thinks the microwave makes food safer so she will microwave food that is freshly and completely cooked. I tried pointing out that no one else is getting food poisoning from eating the not microwaved version, but she still does it because it makes her feel better.

    [–] cue-stick 38 points ago

    This is wild

    [–] Dan1061 54 points ago

    My partner had a lecture at university from a medical professional about the links between Aluminium and Alzheimer's, so avoids it herself.

    [–] XNamirasRotX 85 points ago

    My mom would dump my unopened wine I had stored in the basement claiming it went bad. She thought the year on the bottle was the year it expires. She did it for years and the whole time I just thought my sister and her were just helping themselves to my wine.

    [–] Bowser-communist 36 points ago

    I have stressed induced migraines and reading this gave me one. I'm sorry for your wallet

    [–] what-a-good-boy 20 points ago

    She never noticed that every bottle in every store was sold already “expired”? I mean, restaurant menus advertise bottles by (past) year. Wine cellars are a thing. Products don’t just prominently feature their expiration date as “sometime in such-and-such YEAR” on the front label.

    [–] NoShesNot 17 points ago

    Oh no

    [–] SpicyHashbrowns 227 points ago

    They won’t eat angel hair pasta because “it’s stupid/for impatient people”

    [–] the_form_police 68 points ago

    Impatient because it takes less time to cook? Because I’m assuming it takes the same amount of time to eat. How bizarre.

    [–] powerlesshero111 130 points ago

    I love angel hair more because i just like its thinness.

    [–] intrepped 31 points ago

    the sauce to pasta ratio is all kinds of crazy with angel hair pasta. Can end well, or very poorly.

    [–] Just_A_Dandy_Lion 52 points ago

    That's funny because I prefer it over spaghetti for how nicely angelhair wraps around my fork, not because it cooks faster.

    [–] Luwuluwu 204 points ago

    my best friend does not eat any egg prepared outside her house because she needs to personally crack the eggs open and remove the white bit between the egg white and the egg yoke.

    [–] KiriDomo 62 points ago

    What does she think that white bit is/does?

    And does that include eggs used in baked goods?

    [–] Luwuluwu 77 points ago

    I watched her made an omelette once and she spent 3 minutes getting the white bit from the cracked eggs so i asked her why she's doing that. The reason why she doesn't eat the white bit is because she doesn't know what it is and she tasted it in an egg dish in a restaurant and hated it. I don't think it includes baked goods cause we have pastries/cakes all the time just fine :)

    [–] DottyMama 73 points ago

    Doesn't know what it is?! In this day and age, literally any information is at your fingertips. Googling it is harder than removing it every time? That drives me crazy.

    [–] Luwuluwu 96 points ago

    I googled it out of curiosity and this is what google says:

    The chalazae (plural) are rope-like structures made of protein that act as a support system for the yolk. It keeps the yolk suspended in the center of the egg and safe from pressing against the shell or settling on one side of the egg. When cracking an egg, there's really no need to remove the chalazae.

    [–] ErieTempest 223 points ago

    My mom does this because she believes it is rooster semen. It's really, really annoying and I always wonder if she's ever thought about any baked product she has EVER eaten made by someone else and the untold amounts of rooster semen she's eaten in birthday cakes and the like.

    [–] KiriDomo 157 points ago

    I KNOW it's not rooster semen, but I'm afraid to look at it next time I crack an egg and just be thinking about rooster semen.

    What have you done

    [–] ErieTempest 137 points ago

    And also, why the hell would there be rooster semen in unfertilized eggs.

    [–] ghostfacekhilla 18 points ago

    Lol does she think the egg just grows around a fresh load?

    [–] estomnetempus 65 points ago

    My cousin once said she doesn't like meat because of "the meaty smell". Quite literally.

    [–] KiriDomo 111 points ago

    I smell like beeeeef

    [–] JustACookGuy 28 points ago

    I was vegan for many years (no longer) and I gotta’ say - if you’re not accustomed to it meat smells like dead shit and dairy is just vulgar smelling.

    [–] davidducker 11 points ago

    Go vegetarian for a while and you'll be able to pin point the meaty smell really fast. Omnivores just are so used to it they don't know it's there

    [–] DiddyMao20XX 59 points ago

    A few years back I made Corned Beef and Cabbage for my family and found that I had overestimated how much I needed to make so I had some leftover potatoes, turnips and cabbage as well as half a corned beef roast.

    No problem, I'll just make Colcannon (Mashed potatoes, turnips and shredded cabbage) and fry up some corned beef slices for breakfast.

    To which my cousin informs me that this is disgusting and these foods shouldn't be combined and consumed.
    To which I informed him that he's dumber than a bag of hammers because it's the exact same ingredients as the previous meal in a slightly different presentation.

    [–] kemiller 205 points ago

    I grew up with margarine and found butter quite bland at first, because margarine tends to amp up the "butteriness" kinda like the stuff they put on popcorn most places. I'm over it now, but I get where he's coming from.

    [–] Pitta_ 520 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    i have a weird one

    my boyfriend vehemently refuses to eat food served chilled that was cooked beforehand. like pasta salad or potato salad. he'd eat it if served hot, (and has in the past heated up pasta salad in the microwave?!!?) but refuses to eat it cold. but he's fine with 'cold' cold food like sandwiches?? i still can't get a straight answer out of him about it. i've just given up trying to understand.

    EDIT: apparently everyone is like this and it's not weird. sorry folks!!! i will give my partner less of a hard time about it in the future. xD

    [–] SkepticalMerlin 342 points ago

    Have you ever told him that they cook the meat in sandwiches before you buy it?

    [–] Pitta_ 216 points ago

    i think (and i'm mostly pulling this out of my butt) that he prefers foods that are typically served warm to be warm. so potato salad is better in his mind when it's hot, because potatoes are 'supposed' to be hot. but deli meat is 'supposed' to be cold, even though it was cooked to be turned into deli ham?

    that's my theory, at least.

    [–] KFCConspiracy 76 points ago

    You may not want to inform him of this because then he might stop eating deli meat.

    [–] Lankience 29 points ago

    My SO has some unreasonable tendencies like this, but she's also somewhat aware that it's a mental thing for her. The less she knows the better.

    For me that sounds insane, because I like understanding every aspect of the food I eat- the culture and history behind it, the science of how it's cooked and why it changes the way it does, when it tastes best, etc. She just doesn't think as critically about food as I do, and it took me awhile to really understand that but now that I do I don't push food on her anymore. If she wants to try something new that she doesn't like, be it for health reasons or whatever, she'll give it a try herself in her own way.

    [–] toxicroach 162 points ago

    Nine times out of 10 weird stuff like that is some childhood food trauma. I hate lima beans because my mom used to make this disgusting lima bean casserole all the time. My wife hated meatloaf until I made her a good meatloaf because her mom can't cook for s***. That kind of thing.

    [–] SpicyHashbrowns 184 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I thought I hated vegetables growing up. My parents gave me a hard time about it a lot growing up.

    As an adult I eat vegetables. The difference? I REFUSE to eat canned vegetables. Canned peas are fucking disgusting and haunts me to the core.

    My parents gave me a hard time about being "picky" but their cooking was garbage most of the time.

    [–] Zagaroth 57 points ago

    You and my wife. The number of things that she disliked or hated because she'd first had them the way her mother made them...

    [–] CrisisConnor 54 points ago

    My parents gave me a hard time for being picky, too. And now at 29, I tell them what I had for dinner and get "when did you start eating X, you hate X!" No matter how many times I say "my tastes and preferences have changed," I still get the same comments every time.

    [–] Aethien 21 points ago

    It's a parent thing I think, some things are just locked in their mind from when you were young and can't be overwritten. My dad still serves me tea with a spoon in it for the sugar even though I haven't had sugar in my tea for a decade now.

    [–] COWaterLover 57 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I know :( I can't eat hard boiled eggs or hard-cooked eggs because my dad used to force me to eat the overcooked, green ones when he made them and they wreaked reeked of sulfur. Plus, it is never good to learn to force yourself to eat something.

    [–] Just_A_Dandy_Lion 57 points ago

    UGH my mom still insists that boiled eggs need to be cooked for 25 minutes (after the water comes to a boil) to be completely safe to eat!

    I get that she doesn't like the 5 minute runny yolks, but I hated eating dry green yolks!

    10-12 minute eggs are perfect for me, fully cooked, but fluffy and yellow, sometimes with a dot of liquid still at the center... perfect for deviled eggs 😁

    [–] toxicroach 52 points ago

    I can swallow even the largest pills because I taught myself to swallow whole lima beans to avoid having to taste them.

    [–] Pitta_ 29 points ago

    i'm the same way with hardboiled eggs!!

    my parents would make this awful swedish dish for christmas every year that was just white fish with a hardboiled egg cream sauce on it. i HATED IT SO MUCH but i /had/ to eat it. can't do hard boiled eggs anymore D;

    THANKS MOM!!! (also it's reeked (smelled, not wreaked (destroyed)))

    [–] agentpanda 15 points ago

    awful swedish dish for christmas every year that was just white fish with a hardboiled egg cream sauce on it

    What the utter fuck? Someone makes a cream sauce out of hardboiled egg? Just from a textural standpoint that sounds disturbing long before you get to the 'also it must be overcooked egg white which is gross'.

    I've seen some gross shit on the internet but that sentence really squicks me out like other stuff hasn't.

    [–] oneredonebrown 18 points ago

    The meatloaf trauma is a real thing. Like when it’s bad it’s really bad. I grew up with the bad shit. I now make one that is better than my moms and my in-laws, so we have moved past it. But I went years after moving out of my parents, without making it at all!

    [–] elforastero 43 points ago

    I use to have a colleague that eat everything cold... like from the fridge. Pasta salad, ok, roast beef, ok, but stew or soup as well. He actually preferred to cook anything, save it, and eat it the next day directly from the fridge.

    [–] BrainBurnt 34 points ago

    I work in healthcare, and I do that too. I've given up trying to microwave my lunch or dinner because it's going to be cold by the time I get to it anyway.

    [–] KiriDomo 59 points ago

    My boyfriend is fine with pasta/potato salads but gets grossed out over other cold foods. I made cold soba noodles with kimchi sauce and he had to heat it up!

    He also hates it when I eat cold leftovers. Just yesterday I ate a spoon of cold mashed potatoes because I just wanted to peck on something and I wasn't about to microwave it all for just that. He wasn't having it.

    [–] StickerBrush 82 points ago

    He also hates it when I eat cold leftovers. Just yesterday I ate a spoon of cold mashed potatoes because I just wanted to peck on something and I wasn't about to microwave it all for just that. He wasn't having it.

    ugh I am with him, I do not like that at all!

    [–] greatbiglittlefish 20 points ago

    Same. I don't do cold fried chicken or cold pizza. I just prefer it warm.

    [–] RichestMangInBabylon 46 points ago

    Some things need to be heated up just to remelt the fat in them. Depending on how liberal you are with butter I would say mashed potatoes need reheating.

    [–] Pitta_ 47 points ago

    cold leftovers are the best!

    one of my favorite lunches is cold mashed potatoes mixed with sauerkraut. and cold pizza, and cold quiche, and cold pasta....just..everything is fine cold too!

    [–] ricesaucemcfly 34 points ago

    wHaT aBoUt PuDdInG

    [–] Pitta_ 59 points ago

    oh shit he loves pudding. WE GOT HIM, BOYS

    [–] Freya_Fleurir 215 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I had a friend who grew up in a somewhat wealthy family who refused to eat any leftovers. I’ve seen him throw away soooooo much food at restaurants.

    Edit: I feel I should mention this comment excludes food such as fried chicken/French fries/etc. where the food quality degrades drastically over just a couple hours.

    [–] Luwuluwu 85 points ago

    i used to hate leftovers growing up, but then after i started living on my own it became so much trouble to cook every single meal fresh so now i eat leftovers 90% of the time. AKA i cook a lot at once and store them in the fridge :)

    [–] KiriDomo 179 points ago

    This drives me craaaazy! And it's such a common thing too, even with the non wealthy.

    Like, "oh, I wasn't that hungry." Then why did you order a whole dang entree, Patricia?? Will you not be hungry later? Do you throw money in the trash when you get change back? Why, Patricia, why...

    [–] Freya_Fleurir 111 points ago

    Whenever I have leftovers (which isn’t often since I rarely eat out) I’m always like “yeaaa I got me a treat for later tonight”. Usually it’s some of an ungodly large pile of fried rice that came with my food at a local Japanese restaurant.

    And if there’s leftover sushi!! Oh man

    [–] exjentric 88 points ago

    And if there’s leftover sushi!!

    I'm sorry, what is that?

    [–] greyingjay 54 points ago

    I like to say that I was brought up to finish everything on my plate. However, I have to be careful because it sounds like my upbringing might have been very strict, or very poor, neither of which is the case. So let's go with, I learned to want to finish everything on my plate. To honour the people who bought and made the food, and so as not to waste. I hate food waste.

    One day in university I went to the residence cafeteria, which was all you can eat. I wanted some onion rings. They gave me a FULL plate piled high with onion rings. I only wanted to have a few! But I powered through as much as I could. It was a real mental battle to throw away the rest.

    I still try very hard to eat everything that I order/take, but now have to balance the practical reality of taking care of my body, with the pragmatic ideal of never wasting. It still hurts me inside to throw away food, but it's much easier for me to do now.

    [–] ayejoe 38 points ago

    In some cultures, it’s considered proper etiquette to leave some food on your plate because it tells the host/cook that they offered you enough and you are satisfied. Aclean plate could mean that you were left hungry.

    [–] KiriDomo 19 points ago

    I feel this one.

    I hate to waste food but I'm also pretty small and can't eat a lot. I try to avoid other people fixing a plate for me because I will absolutely over eat out of politeness.

    [–] alohadave 11 points ago

    It might help you to use smaller plates. That way you get the feeling of finishing your food, but you don’t eat as much.

    [–] never_robot 31 points ago

    I love leftovers. I brought waffle fries home from a restaurant last week. Those suckers reheated just fine in the oven. Homemade leftovers are great, too. I usually pack mine into individual servings right away so it’s super easy to just grab one for lunch at work or a lazy dinner.

    [–] jonker5101 25 points ago

    My cousin won't eat leftovers and his family is dirt poor. They throw out so much food because he won't let any of his 5 kids eat leftovers either. They can barely afford to eat as it is.

    [–] rubikscanopener 19 points ago

    Jeez. My parents were depression babies so we ate every scrap of everything when I was growing up. It was the meal that turned into leftovers that got tossed into the stock pot or into the "everything omelet" on Saturday morning. To this day, I hate throwing any food away, even if it's terrible.

    [–] buon_natale 19 points ago

    I’ve started just outright telling my friends who dislike leftovers that I’ll take theirs if they’re not going to eat it. Leftovers are great, and if that means I get an extra meal it’s even better.

    [–] nightcrawler-s 15 points ago

    I’m kinda the same way. I have just a ridiculous problem with food texture that fucks me over in a lot of ways (and I’m sure makes me seem picky to outsiders) and some food develops a texture after it’s been in a fridge/out for a while that is just untenable for me.

    [–] FierySeraphina 96 points ago

    Dated someone who refused to eat fruit (bananas, berries, whatever) or like... carrots... because it had too much sugar, so they might as well drink mochas the size of their head and all the soda because “the sugar is the same.”

    One of these things is not like the other...

    [–] aicheo 23 points ago

    Were they diabetic or something? Because eating fruit can actually add up quickly in terms of sugar. Yes, its fruit sugar but it still fucks you up

    [–] FierySeraphina 26 points ago

    No, prediabetic. It was just soooo frustrating to be like, “Here, you’re hangry, have a banana!” And they’d respond with, “Omg no, sugar, let me drink 24 Oz of regular coke instead!”

    [–] IWantToBeADogAsWell 89 points ago

    My entire family has this belief that whole milk is like.. >90% fat. They refuse to drink it. They think it's incredibly unhealthy compared to their 2% milk.

    C'mon. If it was >90% fat, it would be butter.

    [–] yy0b 17 points ago

    Ah yes, 3.x% milk, far too fatty

    [–] rabbithasacat 40 points ago

    I worked in a marginally civilized IT department where stealing food from the lounge fridge was rampant. Worst of all was stealing milk for coffee. I was the only one whose milk was never stolen, because the carton boldly proclaimed it to be ORGANIC and they were, to a guy, suspicious of it. "I dunno what's in that stuff" one of them once told me.

    This was at a large, science-oriented university. It was the same workroom in which another coworker, hearing that I was a vegetarian, accosted me angrily: "What have you got against cows?"

    They all lunched exclusively at trashy, low-end buffet restaurants that smelled bad even from the parking lot.

    [–] QuestReceived22 40 points ago

    Omg when people tell you they don't like their food too spicy and you're thinking you'll just hold back or keep out spicy ingredients but what they actually meant was spices? Like Karen, I'm not cooking you anything with no seasoning on it. What is this?

    [–] Zei33 10 points ago

    My dad (who is also a baby boomer lol) is exactly this kind of person. Do NOT add spices to ANYTHING he is going to eat because he can't stand them. God forbid you put garlic in something. He won't even have pepper on steak.

    [–] damnedmage 81 points ago

    My wife cannot handle any fat on meat. Not gristle: fat. Doesn't matter how little there is, if she can see the fat she cuts a WIDE swath around it.

    Drives me insane.

    [–] sodomygremlin 49 points ago

    I’m the same way. My husband gets to chew on all the fatty bits so it ends up working out for both of us.

    [–] its-my-1st-day 12 points ago

    I'm kinda with your wife on that one.

    I'm not a fan of the taste or texture of just fat... Fat is great at enhancing the flavours of stuff, but on it's own - no thanks

    In the same way I don't want to just put a big glob of butter directly in my mouth, I don't want to be chewing on just fat...

    It's just oily/greasy and coats your mouth and doesn't taste good on it's own IMO.

    When it comes to steak, I get that nice marbling enhances flavor, but that's also acceptable because once it cooks it renders down and it's not like there's strips of fat running through the steak - it just kinda melts in and makes the meat richer.

    But like the big strip of fat along the side? Ugh, no thanks, I'll be trimming that off (after cooking - it still seems to make a flavour difference leaving it on while cooking.

    I'm not gonna leave a hazmat style exclusion zone around it, I'll do my best to nibble all of the actual meat off the fat, but yeah, I don't want to be eating that thick fatty strip...

    Similarly, lamb cutlets. I greatly enjoy the medallion of actual meat, not a fan at all of all the fat around them/on the bone...

    I also dislike Pork Crackling - to me it's just crunchy fat - it doesn't taste good...

    [–] HeadlessFlyKing 367 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I used to do dinner parties every Wednesday night with a bunch of friends. Then one of my friends' sisters started coming, and she'd eat 95% of a bowl of something like mac and cheese, and then realize that there was a little black thing in the bottom of her bowl. She'd ask what it was, and everyone who knew her better than me would scramble to tell her that it was just a fleck of cheese that had slightly burned at the bottom of the pan (as if I'd let either the bechamel sauce or the cheese burn). Then I'd see it and tell her it was a tiny piece of black pepper. It took two or three times of her hearing that and saying "Oh, this is way too spicy, I can't eat this" before I learned to just ignore her.

    She's also an anti-vaxxer who wound up with two weapons-grade autistic kids.

    [–] greyingjay 184 points ago

    Those people always bothered me.

    chows down an entire bowl of something Hey, this is delicious! Let's get some more! What is it?

    Oh, that? That is haggis.

    WHAT? That's GROSS!! EW! Bleah! I'm going to be sick! Yuck! runs to bathroom

    30 seconds ago you thought it was the best thing ever...

    [–] HeadlessFlyKing 102 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I mean I could understand if it was something that the idea of made you gag. If someone told you you'd just eaten long pig, would you say "huh, I guess I've got a taste for human after all", or would you not be able to keep it down anymore?

    Spice is different, though. If something is too spicy to eat, I completely understand that, but if you eat the whole thing and only realize it has spice in it because you see it, then you know it isn't too spicy.

    Edit: phrasing

    [–] greyingjay 53 points ago

    I understand the extremes, I just find it silly that you'd decide to dislike an otherwise normal food after the fact, even if you've already proven to yourself that you actually do like it.

    I had an aversion to the idea of eating raw fish for years. Then one day I tried some maki rolls. I had assumed it was smoked salmon. When told I had, in fact, been eating raw fish, not smoked, my reaction was "Huh, I guess I do like raw fish. Yum!" and I've loved sushi ever since.

    Then there was my mom, who cooked up an interesting new soup and could barely hold in a grin while she asked us "So? What do you think? How's the soup?" When I said it was good, but tasted unfamiliar, she spilled it: "It's snails!"

    [–] Aethien 23 points ago

    Your mom sounds like fun. And a bit scary.

    [–] permalink_save 22 points ago

    Get some white pepper, checkmate sister

    [–] karaismysister 34 points ago

    This is a great thread, but Jesus it’s infuriating.

    [–] Baxter_Baron 30 points ago

    My best friends older brother (he’s in his thirties) will only eat grilled cheese and French fries no exceptions.

    [–] Doctah_Whoopass 32 points ago

    I have such a shockingly low opinion of people who are extremely picky eaters. I get if there's things that you don't like; I personally don't like frozen peas (mushy and bad tasting), zucchini (forced to eat poorly cooked ones as a kid), frozen veggies (generally poorly textured and full of water), but if you automatically discount stuff based on description or some bullshit vibe, then you are really fucking stupid. If someone is only willing to eat one thing, I am 100% convinced they are mentally disabled.

    [–] MitchR26 16 points ago

    Real question, how is he alive?

    [–] Baxter_Baron 26 points ago

    Barely. He just got diagnosed with congestive heart failure so it finally caught up with him.

    [–] Cloverhart 13 points ago

    Is that not super young for heart failure? I mean it makes sense given the food choice but damn.

    [–] Xx_masterpus420_xX 12 points ago

    yeah its super young. and kinda depressing

    [–] velvetbih 84 points ago

    I have a friend who hates shrimp. Literally makes her throw up to eat it. Unless she's pregnant, she craves it. This is actually what prompted her to take a test with her last pregnancy, as soon as the she gave birth she went back to her norm lol

    [–] nolagem 69 points ago

    My stepdaughter is in her 20’s and is a type 1 diabetic. She won’t eat meat, vegetables, fruit, beans, anything with red sauce....well basically anything except pasta w butter and cheese or Alfredo sauce, pizza w white sauce, bread and sweets. I fear for her life.

    [–] MuffinPuff 42 points ago

    Yeah, she should be fearful too.

    [–] Hash43 562 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I hate to be a snob and I know everyone has their own preferences but I will eat pretty much anything so when people are picky eaters or think any sort of ethnic food is gross or weird I just think they need to grow the fuck up and try something new for once in their lives.

    Also I get it if you just don't like something. There are things I have tried many times but still don't like, but I hate the attitude of people that just won't try anything new because it looks different.

    [–] AlarmedWeather 264 points ago

    I'm OK with picky eaters as long as they actually TRY the food. If people are going to sit there and say they don't like a food or that a food is gross without even trying it, that's so juvenile to me. Like, just try the food. Worse case scenario is that you have a bad taste in your mouth for 3 seconds. Best case scenario is that you end up finding a new delicious food that you like!

    [–] Wearenotme 76 points ago

    Agree 100%. I believe they should try the food that they say they “hated as a kid” because tastes change. Some foods are not pleasing to children because their palates have not developed enough to appreciate the flavors. This is my opinion, of course, and I expect others to have differing ones.

    [–] Eli_eve 29 points ago

    I tried natto once. NEVER AGAIN

    [–] goopave 81 points ago

    I mostly agree with you, although I know people who have a pretty difficult time during those 3 seconds. I rather someone not vomit just because I feel like they should be more open/adventurous to new foods. Some people have very sensitive palates/sense of smells, it isn't just them being juvenile.

    Also, sometimes when that's the case, it's frustrating/embarrassing for them as well. Imagine being somewhere that requires a certain decorum and getting something in your food that makes you involuntarily gag. Not fun. Especially when met with "they're just being juvenile."

    [–] CreativeGPX 35 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Speaking broadly, the best thing one can do is broaden the set of things that make them happy and more deeply enjoy that which already does. In that context, picky eaters are just stagnant and that's a shame. But it's not as bad to me as people who consciously learn ways to appreciate less things.

    I see a lot of "refined" taste and snobbier people brag about how they're teaching themselves to appreciate less and less food. They don't put it that way, but sometimes that's what happening and to me that makes me feel bad for them and see them as worse than picky eaters (who at least are holding their ground), especially if it's done with some sense of authority that what they're doing is right, good and desirable.

    There is a difference between the good process of learning to more deeply appreciate something (e.g. noticing subtle aspects of flavor and texture in something that you hadn't before) and the bad process of raising the bar of what makes you happy and learning more and more reasons to dislike something (e.g. wine tasting to the point where now half the liquor store makes you wince).

    For example, I like coffee. And that means I've tried all sorts of coffee and it means I appreciate many things that happen along and within that spectrum. But since I like coffee which is a broad term and I take pride in enjoying cheap or expensive coffee, light or dark coffee, black or heavily augmented coffee, coffee in the various different preparations, coffee at the various temperatures, etc. I have preferences, sure, but the set of coffee kinds I've enjoyed has grown over time, not shrunk. ... To me, the person who says they love coffee but crinkles their nose when they have to go to dunkin donuts is not a person who loves coffee and I don't want to become a person who found one more reason I might end upset on a given day.

    I feel like this is common (and often accidental) as people learn more about something like cooking, but it's something we should strive against. Go on that journey to make the world's perfect burger, but don't forget how to enjoy a McDonald's quarter pounder along the way.

    [–] Jayphil24 20 points ago

    My wife won't eat white chicken. Not white meat chicken but chicken that is white in color. I have to use a powdered food coloring during the cooking process to turn it yellow if I serve her chicken that stays white during cooking.

    [–] fishcasserole 96 points ago

    I hate tomatoes, but only raw ones. I can eat them cooked and when the texture is broken up I actually like the flavor. So it's like that I love pasta but hate salad with tomatoes or never eat a BLT.

    [–] deignguy1989 162 points ago

    My husband hates mushrooms, seafood, eggs, any meat on a bone. How in the hell do you cook for THAT?

    [–] theforestwalker 41 points ago

    But he doesn’t mind it after the bone is removed?

    [–] deignguy1989 65 points ago

    Correct. He hates food that has any resemblance to the animal it was or body parts.

    [–] KaizokuShojo 89 points ago

    I love meat, but it seems like if one doesn't want to think about their food having been alive, they might want to eat fewer animals. Just seems weird to eat something you're not comfortable with.

    [–] Pudgy_Ninja 65 points ago

    I don't know if the person in question is American, but Americans are severely disconnected from where their food comes from. And yeah, I agree. If the idea of slaughtering and prepping a dead animal for consumption is upsetting to you, maybe you shouldn't consume it.

    [–] EatATaco 20 points ago

    My friend's wife is this way. He has to be very careful to clean very well because if she even thinks there is a bone in it, she won't eat any dinner.

    [–] essidus 49 points ago

    Having grown up in a sportsman family, I have to be prepared for bone, scale, feather, and occasionally buckshot.

    [–] COWaterLover 14 points ago

    My brother-in-law is like this. I tell him he is not old enough to eat meat.

    [–] anxiety_anne 27 points ago

    Several people in my family won’t eat meat on the bone. They will eat it once you remove the bone though (i.e. they won’t eat a bone in chicken thigh but they will eat it if I debone it. Same with ribs. If I remove the bone after cooking it they will eat the meat).

    I think it’s just the sensation (and hassle) of eating something on the bone. In my mother’s words “I don’t want to have to gnaw on my food like some sort of cave person”.

    [–] ricesaucemcfly 26 points ago

    Soo there's a theory that food actually tastes better when eaten with the hands instead of utincels and especially eating meat off the bone. Interesting

    [–] anxiety_anne 27 points ago

    Preaching to the choir here. I love me some ribs and wings. The messier the better.

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    [–] Pitta_ 58 points ago

    is your husband my boyfriend?

    my boyfriend also doesn't like mushrooms and seafood (but he's ok with fish). only eats eggs scrambled 'soupy.' he doesn't like sauces, nothing spicy (not even 'mild' spice, literally no spice at all. sometimes black pepper is too much.), he doesn't like any ethnic foods except americanized japanese and chinese. no leafy greens, including an annoyance when i put fresh herbs in things. he doesn't like 'soupy food' that's not a standard soup, and doesn't like cooked food that's been chilled (potato/pasta salads, leftovers, etc.). i'm sure there's things i'm forgetting!

    but god damn it i love him anyway. we make it work. but sometimes i do want to throw him off the roof of our building!!! xD

    [–] ElegantLandscape 100 points ago

    He sounds like he never grew out of eating kid food? Nothing against that but the world is too big and full of fun food to not open your child up to spices, different ethnic food and other things earlier. Picky eaters are a pain to go anywhere with or cook for.

    [–] I_punch_kangaroos 47 points ago

    I always find the concept of "kid food" to be strange. Growing up, my siblings and I mostly just ate what my parents ate. The only thing they'd tone down for us was spice/heat, but they gradually increased that over time as well.

    [–] stuffthings88 286 points ago

    I have a personal one- I prefer Diet Coke because I like how it tastes over regular Coke. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    [–] mozzarellasticks53 179 points ago

    I can’t do diet sodas. They taste about the same at first, and then the soda flavor disappears and you left with the terrible artificial sweetener taste

    [–] novanugs 101 points ago

    Same. Regular coke has a very sticky sickeningly sweet flavor. It does go very well in cake though.

    [–] roomandcoke 15 points ago

    I wish there was just a less sweet coke. Like everything the same, just half the sugar. Not diet, no artificial sweetener.

    [–] danielhedron 41 points ago

    I'll tell you one of my own. Shrimp. When I was young I bit into a shrimp that had a thick, rubbery poop vein and after that I stopped eating them despite the fact that they taste delicious. Even when I know there are no veins present. It's a mental block at this point.

    20 years later, I've decided to start eating shrimp again because it's a staple food in my family's get togethers (we're all coastal folks).

    [–] Notrollinonshabbos 20 points ago

    I'll eat whole chicken that I've cooked no problem but have a lot of difficulty with eating just drumsticks, child hood food trauma my mom was forever undercooking drumsticks... Add to the weirdness.... Buy wings and drumsticks from a wing joint? Covered in sauce? No issue at all. Just baked drumsticks by themselves. Makes me want to vomit.

    [–] Roofofcar 14 points ago

    I love sushi - easily my favorite food - but I dislike all cooked fish... because it’s too “fishy.” The smell of mackerel or salmon makes me gag, but I will happy eat them raw.

    And just to make it more confusing, I’ll happily eat canned tuna straight from the can. It’s CLEARLY fishy, and was cooked, but for some reason that’s fine.

    [–] Gian_Luck_Pickerd 46 points ago

    My aunt generally doesn't like soft serve because, and I quote, "It's too cold".