Friday, June 18, 2010

Picky Eater?

By Heather

Does every family have a picky eater? Mine does. A couple of them. Including, well, me.

There are things I’m just plain stubborn about trying—not sure why, I just am. Things like okra, eggplant, liver, ugli fruit, lamb (no, no, definitely no, ugh, and that face!).

And I’m really picky about flavors. I like it or I don’t. There’s very little wiggle room. I’m definitely not a fan when a company decides to tinker with a recipe. For years we used Fleischmann's margarine, then one week it was different. It’s easier to accept a whole new brand than try to reconcile with taste buds that the flavor it associates with a favorite brand is gone forever.

Last week I drove to Chicago, a five hour drive. Planning ahead, I packed a package of Skittles—one of my favorite road trip snacks. I knew something had changed immediately. The flavors were different, a lot more pronounced. Color me unhappy. Now, I have zero proof that Skittles has changed their recipe, but I know. I’m hoping that maybe that one bag was off, a production error. Because if not, bye-bye Skittles. I want what I like.

Now I know there must be some of you who understand this. All you Coke fans, maybe, who experienced the formula change a few years back. Did you stick with the new taste or quit Coke forever?

Has one of your favorite brands ever disappointed you? Are there foods you just won't eat?



Dru said...

I'm a picky eater and I have so many food rules:

-won't eat cooked fruit
-won't eat wet bread
-won't eat doctored fruit, that's right, I won't eat chocolate covered strawberries, bananas, cherries
-if I'm served a dish and it look visually appealing, I won't eat it if I'm told the ingredients and it includes something that I don't like
-I think the phrase "hold the..." was meant for me because I'm always asking restaurants to not put certain items in my food.

I also won't eat cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, most vegetables, sushi,

Katie said...

I don't eat onions, mushrooms, peppers (unless its green pepper raw), I don't like meat with spaghetti sauce on it (though make an exception for meatballs).

I used to eat Spaghettios a lot (blame it on Gram!) and they've changed the recipe and I'm not a fan :( I still eat them once in a blue moon, but its not the same.

shelley galloway said...

Heather, I'm with you on the Skittles. Don't touch my junk food!

As far as food choices...hmm. The older I've gotten the more I'm willing to try new things. This is solely because of my husband.

However, I've also gotten a little pickier about things I like. For example, I used to love any vanilla icecream. Now? Give me Graeters or Haagen Daz (sorry for the spelling!)Nothing else seems worth the calories.

Babs said...

I can not stand soggy bread I would rather starve. I can't stand eggplant, rhubarb, sushi, mushrooms, cauliflower, fruitcake, liver and onions.
Blame it on the south, but the only mayonnaise I can eat is Dukes I can't stand the rest.

This will be interesting to see what else no one likes.

I have noticed the older I get there are things I use to not like but do now.

caryn said...

Another person here whose stomach turns with soggy bread-and I carry it over to items that are batter fries-like fish and thick crusted izza.
Often with fried stuff like the fish served at most fish fries during Lent, there is they disgusting layer of gummy stuff betweent he crisp outer layer and the fish. Ick.
While I generally would love thich crusted pizza, I've found that often the dough in the middle of the pizza doesn't end up rising right leaving it gummy as well. double ick.
As for ice cream (which our family considers one of the basic food groups...), it's the whole deal with the higher butter fat content and natural flavors-real vanilla etc. If I'm going to eat ice cream, it's going to be the real deal.
Caryn in St.Louis

WonderBunny said...

I'm not so much a picky eater except that it has been sort of forced on me. I can have milk products (except aged cheese) or soy products so that means that coffee shops are pretty much an out because while tea is good, I don't want to pay $5 for cup of hot water. I also have to be very careful of processed sugars (I think that is what does it) because they can make me feel skittles are very out along with starbursts.

I don't like mushrooms, green beans, or eggplant. I've never had liver but I image it isn't something I'd like. I don't care of steak either. I like meat just fine but if someone suggests going out for steak I'm likely to decline as it just doesn't appeal to me.

Lorna Barrett said...

Whew! I'm glad I'm not the only one who shudders at even the THOUGHT of soggy bread. (Cannot eat English Trifle because of that.) I WILL NOT eat liver, eggplant, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, white gravy, and I don't like coffee, either. If I thought about it, I could probably come up with a MUCH longer list.

Kelley said...

Hmmm, I am pretty much on the same page with most of these. I don't eat onions, mushrooms, peppers of any color, sushi, broccoli, cauliflower, cooked spinach (unless it's in a dip or lasagna) and coffee. In fact, I can't stand the smell of coffee, it turns my stomach.

I love most fruit though and sorry Lorna, I LOVE white, cream gravy :) And I guess I like soggy bread, because I love gravy on bread. Unless, does soggy bread, mean coated with other food (like jelly, gravy) or wet? Not sure why anyone would eat wet bread.

I have gotten better over the years though :)

BJ said...

Heather, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who noticed the taste difference on Fleishman's butter! YUCK, it's horrible now. Your right in that it did change practically overnight. I finished one tub and then went to the store to buy a new one and WHAM, what is this stuff. Here's my list of foods I won't eat: mayonnaise, sour cream, fish/seafood, bananas,any yogurt other than Cherry flavor, cottage cheese, peanut butter. There are a lot more, but those are the things I WILL NOT eat!!

Rural View said...

My mother was the picky eater in our family. She just couldn't believe she gave birth to a daughter (me) who loves everything except okra and eggplant, although I might like the latter if it was cooked properly. My husband told me when we got married that he likes everything, no problem cooking for him - hah, he has a looong list of things he absolutely will not eat or even try.

Leann Sweeney said...

No fish, especially salmon. No Brussel sprouts (and we've had that conversation before). No mayonnaise on ANYTHING. There are many more but someone mentioned Spaheghettios--that they changed the formula. Well, that formula is a problem. They've been recalled!

Denise Swanson said...

My previous cat, Purrcie, loved a certain brand of cat food. Suddenly he wouldn't eat it any more. I did a bit of investigation and they had changed the recipe. So even cats don't like it when they mess with a good thing. ;)

CindyD said...

I won't eat chicken wings and I don't like ribs or T-bone steak. I thought it was just me but I have found two other people who don't like meat on a bone (hard to explain but if you're the same you'll understand!). Yes, I eat bone-in chicken breast, but my husband always finishes mine unless we're in public!

Shel said...

Ok, well I found two things to agree with. I won't eat liver, I don't like green pepper (I thought I was the ONLY person who didn't eat green peppers), and I don't like olives (green OR black). However, most anything else is fair game. Okra is one of my favorites! It's my husband who is the picky eater here. No mayo, no sour cream, no cheese on meat (unless it's pizza). No mushrooms, and very few veggies.

Kate Collins said...

My rule is: More than 4 legs, it doesn't get onto my plate. I can't eat shrimp. Too many legs. Ugh. Then there's the no legs rule: If it was alive but has neither fins nor legs, it doesn't get onto my plate -- oysters, clams, mussels. Not gonna happen. I'm picky and proud of it.

Laineshots said...

Kate, I never thought of it, but my "critter list" is much like yours: depends on the leg count! Shel, like you, I cannot STAND green peppers. And I HATE celery. I hate ketchup. I hate salted fish. And I have tried, honestly tried many times, to like sushi - at highly-rated sushi places, too. I give up - I just cannot like it. Ugh. To me, raw fish always has been, and still is, bait.
Picky eater? Me??? Naaaah!

Jan said...

Wow, what's with the eggplant hating? (just kidding). I won't eat Mayo other than Hellman's (Best Foods out west), only Skippy PB, no tomatoes unless it's homemade pasta sause or salsa. I don't eat cows or pigs either. But my hubby is the ulimate- the only green things he'll eat are salad and chilies! :)

Jan said...

Wow, what's with the eggplant hating? (just kidding). I won't eat Mayo other than Hellman's (Best Foods out west), only Skippy PB, no tomatoes unless it's homemade pasta sause or salsa. I don't eat cows or pigs either. But my hubby is the ulimate- the only green things he'll eat are salad and chilies! :)

Allison said...

-won't eat bananas.
-won't eat enchiladas made with flour tortillas (they get slimy and mushy).
-Pepsi is NOT a substitute for Coke.
-the peanut M&M's must be a new recipe and I DON'T LIKE THEM NOW.
So, those are a few of my food foibles. :)

Heather Webber said...

Seems like we all have similar dislikes!

Katie, uh-oh on those Spaghettios (couldn't help myself!). I hope it's been a while since you had some.

Kate, LOL on the leg count! No octopus for you. :)

I wonder what it is about bananas that turn people away. The taste? Texture? And if you won't eat a banana, will you eat banana bread? Muffins?

Allison, I know you're not alone on the Pepsi/Coke issue. (Right,Deb? Denise?)

Heather Webber said...

Oh, and when I got married, I switched from Colgate to Crest. Talk about adjustment. Took me forever to get used to it. Now, anything other than Crest tastes weird.

Lisa D said...

My food no no list contains liver, lima beans and a big NO for tuna. I can't even stand the smell of tuna.

I'm a Coke Classic lover no black cherry Coke, vanilla Coke, Coke with lime. Okay...Coke with Rum is a completely different story.

What's up with Kraft Mac -n- Cheese? That used to be my go to "comfort food" but it just doesn't taste the same.

I agree with you ladies, just say no to soggy bread!

Anonymous said...

I have to say that compared to most of you I certainly don't qualify as picky as I will eat almost everything that most of you wont. But soggy bread is definitely a no.

But my 2 yr old grandson is the pickiest eater I have ever seen. They have to send at least 5 things for him for lunch at daycare and a lot of the time he won't eat whatever they send, but he will a bit of some of what other kids have. His Mother, my daughter, was and still is picky but never as bad as Max is.

Vickie said...

Food icks: liver (really any innards but the way my mom makes gizzards), lima and butter beans, wax beans, brussel sprouts, soft fish which occurred while pregnant and stuck with me, but I can eat firm fish like ahi tuna and tilapia...good for fish tacos. Don't like sharp cheddar or some of the funkier cheeses (mooshy kinds)....
There are some textures that freak me out, the whole wet bread gig up above was squigging me out.

Mardel said...

"More than 4 legs, it doesn't get onto my plate"

I totally agree with this - also with the whole clams/oysters thing. They also count as slimy for me, ugh.

Anything you need to acquire a taste for isn't worth eating for me. Why force yourself to like something.

Another thing I'm picky about is steak. Cannot stand rare, or even medium rare meat - needs to be cooked.

I know what everyone means about soggy, wet bread - Gross!

I would add - cooked tomatoes. I like my tomatoes fresh, and from a garden. Yummy!

Debra said...

The night before I gave birth was the last time I had lamb,and the boy is 18yo now.
I have a plan to get over this. On August 30,after we drop our boy at school in Mass we are going to Wells,Maine for a week. Online, I found several sheep farms which sell wool( I knit) and lamb. I'm bringing icepacks and a cooler and am going for a whole leg.
One night at dinner,I looked at the overcooked frozen lima beans on my plate and decided I did not have to eat anything I did not want to eat. It's been a revelation. So like some others I don't like or eat green peppers,they are really unripe red or yellow peppers. I do love eggplant and have some growing out back. I prepare most of the meals in our house so I make what I like and anyone who complains can make their own meal.
I have to say ,my favorite meals are OPC (other people's cooking) especially in the summer. It's just too hot to make big meals.

Heather said...

I'm not a picky eater, I'm merely particular about what I put in my mouth. *g*

Seriously, I can relate on the butter issue. I had this happen a few years back with a brand my family had been bying for years. One summer two out of three containers had a really off taste to them. I returned them to the store, and even wrote the company - from whom I received NO reply. I immediately changed brands.

Ellery Adams said...

I won't let a Brussels sprout within miles of my person. The very scent of them makes me want to run for cover.

Lindy said...

I love pancakes drowned in syrup, and if I can't have the syrup, I just won't have the pancakes. There are certain rules for gravy too. When I got married, my husband's family loved to make gravy from homemade sausage, and made it with corn starch instead of flour, so it looked kind of gelatinous--not something I want to eat, or even look at, early in the morning. Then, if you can imagine it, they put the gravy over pancakes!

Carol in Indian Springs Village said...

Late to this topic, but I don't eat shellfish at all (more of an alergic thing than a taste thing). The flavor of Nilla Vanilla wafers changed a few years ago and now I don't like them anymore. Who would change the taste of a vanilla wafer? My husband had to get used to my 'must have' list of foods though. I won't eat any peanut butter other than Jif creamy; only LeSuer tiny green peas and a few other brands that I'm loyal to.