Food/Food Culture Pet Peeves

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Hello everyone! I thought I'd start a thread just for fun. What is your biggest food or food culture pet peeve?

Mine? Is the two phrases often spoken by my grandma;

"XYZ frozen or boxed item is just as good as fresh"

or (and this one REALLY gets me)

"It only cost [insert low price]."

In the latter example, I think her reasoning is that a certain item is good not because it actually tastes good, but because it is cheap or on sale.

Overall, a lack of concern about food really bothers me. I'm not saying you need to eat $50/pound morels every day, but frozen take 'n bake pizza is most definitely not "better" than home made!
 
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Women of a certain generation often pride themselves about getting something on sale, mostly clothes.  If someone says "oh I like your purse" the woman might often respond by saying "oh thanks, can you believe I got it 50% off?"

It does annoy me though when people tell me they get food on sale, especially meat.  I know a woman who prides herself on getting meat on sale and it usually tastes like it costs.  The other day she found porgies on sale for $1.99 per pound and wouldn't you know it, we couldn't eat them they tasted like absolute nothing.  I like to spend a little extra when I can so that I can get food that tastes like something.  You get what you pay for.
 

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Mine? Is the two phrases often spoken by my grandma;
Everyone has a reason.  Sometimes the generation before us hangs on to habits that we may deem foolish.  It might bug you now, but in the end, it turns out that we're the foolish ones.

My MIL to this day still washes and saves ziploc bags.  We used to give her grief about it but she didn't care.  She just kept on doing it.  Over the last few years we've realized that the world is becoming polluted with plastic.  Hawaii, for instance, acts as a filter for plastics.  Tons of stuff that they've never used ends up on their beaches.

Anyway, while I still don't wash ziploc bags, I try to minimize my use of plastics.
 

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My pet peeve is actually Whole Foods.  For example, they sell Chilean Sea Bass.

My bigger pet peeve is the people who buy Chilean Sea Bass.
 
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Kuan, are you implying that Chilean Sea Bass isn't the fish's real name and that it's an advertising gimmick!?!! O_O
 
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No, but Chilean Seabass is an endangered fish (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?gid=6) and WF shouldn't be selling it, especially considering their "animal welfare" stance... (they do not sell capons, no foie gras, etc...).
Nice catch on this one (no pun intended).  Patagonian toothfish are definitely a no-no for anyone to buy or sell.

To keep on topic...

...For me it is two things, Gormet salt and bottled water. The water thing is just because the water supply locally is overall quite good and to see people cook with bottled water around here is senseless especially when the bottled water is just filtered tap water.  And one last thing is people who say yuck to a food that they have never tried...as the old saying goes, don't knock it till you try it!
 
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My pet peeve is when someone makes their idea of cooking "whatever" good, bad, or wrong and trys to tell others thay are doing it wrong.. We as the animals we are have been eating almost every living thing on this planet from the beginning of time. So when you have to say that people are being cheap because of what they use and that of that we don't know how to tell the difference between good or bad food remember that taste is subjective and what might make you puke may make someone else salivate. Many of the great dishes sold today are meals of the peasants from years ago and many dishes that were once considered top of that food chain have been lost forever..

In my opinion a "REAL" chef makes food that most everyone (because you can't make everyone happy) enjoys and walks away satisfied and when it comes to the ingredients, a good chef can make whatever they have work.. So for all of you foo-foo chefs out there that won't use foods of a certain level remember someday you might have to eat whatever you can catch or kill and then you'll be happy to have it to use..

"Being a good chef is knowing how to cook good, Being a great chef is taking what you have and making something great from it!"
 
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"My pet peeve is when someone makes their idea of cooking "whatever" good, bad, or wrong and trys to tell others thay are doing it wrong..   "

well... if you're "cooking" it wrong, I'll tell you so. Some meats need dry heat, others wet. herbs lose flavour is they're cooked too long etc.  Contrary to what you say, there is a "wrong" way to cook, and i see it all the time. Yes, the measure of a "cook" (not a Chef, but that's another thread...) is their ability to cook what they have... PROPERLY.

Now, as for cuts/ peasant food? Psssh... it's all in HOW it's cooked. Cod tongues, caribou heart, chicken feet, tripe... it's all good, if the cook knows what they are doing. However, some things are acquired tastes... and no amount of skill on the cook's part will make it palatable to those who haven't grown up with it. Seal meat is one for me... I grew up with it, and i still hate it. Same goes for salt water ducks. Can't stand the flavour.

As for "food culture" pet peeves? I simply hate the bandwagon... today it's pulled pork. Yesterday it was pho. The month before it was butter chicken and naan... now it's anything served from a truck. "Wolf nipple chips!! Wheeeee! They're served out of the back of a rusty old van, how trendy and quaint!" Food culture hatred? I save it all for the Food Network.

That and cupcakes. I freakin' hate the whole cupcake "thing".
 
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My pet peeve is just about any food commercial on TV - they all seem to boast the nutritional merits of processed foods. I usually looks like food for astronauts, then you get a list of 24 vitamins, then they keep telling you it's "Nutritious". Or frozen processed breakfast for your kids to "start the day with a nutritious breakfast" .... etc. 
 
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Quote; What is your biggest food or food culture pet peeve?

I have a small food culture peeve with the use of the words "EVOO" and "proteine". Sounds like something coming from a clinical laboratorium, not from a farm where people put all there love and hard work in breeding or growing fantastic products like olive oil, veal, pork, beef, chicken, quail etc.
 
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mea culpa....i stand guitly as charged with the evoo chris, but only when i'm writing it down as in a recipe or ordering or inventory... never spoken...i simply just say olive oil.....all is forgiven i hope?

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People have a time or two spoken to me like I'm a snob or as if there's anything wrong with me because of the quality of ingredient I insist on buying. But my answer is always this; I'm not buying a certain quality of food, I just make sure that the food I am buying is REAL food.  Things that are cheap or low fat I'm always very cautious about. If you really look at the nutrition facts of such items, you'll find that a lot of them are the nutritional equivalent of sand (I actually believe sand might provide a few essential minerals though.)  Cheap dairy products I find are the best examples of this. 
 
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Ah, pet peeves, i have so many you could fill an entire forum. 

let me see...

- snobbiness about food in general

- when what was considered poison last week is the current big trend and super healthy too

- people acting like SOME people's food allergies or illnesses apply to everyone (from sugar to gluten to salt to milk to wheat to anything good)

- food "health" fads

- When i make a dinner and the guest says "oh I never eat desert" (well, they usually end up eating mine but it still irritates me) - I don't mind those who don't LIKE desert, though they may puzzle me, they don't irritate me, but those who say they never eat it with that tone of virtue...

- And speaking of that, when people feel guilty about eating something or virtuous for not eating it.  I mean, guilt should be reserved for things that hurt others.  If you enjoyed it, why feel guilt - you may regret it, or feel stupid or get worried (for the calories, for the whatever it is you're not supposed to eat, etc), but why guilt?  Why virtue?  what's that got to do with food?

- Related to this is a holier than thou attitude to food - whether eating it or not eating it. 

- When someone offers me "tea" and it's really some herbal thing (drink it if you like but don't call it tea).

ok, i could go on, but that's more than enough
 
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Chris, just out of curiosity, do you have a generic word to describe food products from animal? That's the only time I use "protein" in the sense I believe you mean.

For instance, at our foodways presentations at the 18th century living history museum where we work, we point out that hogs provided the most common protein to the people living there.

How else would you say that?
 
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I love the phrase EVOO! :) .. It's when people actually waste my time by saying Extra Virgin Olive Oil that gets to me. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/mad.gif
 
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mea culpa....i stand guitly as charged with the evoo chris, but only when i'm writing it down as in a recipe or ordering or inventory... never spoken...i simply just say olive oil.....all is forgiven i hope?

joey
My peeves about anything are too small to play a significant role in my life Joey. Life is too short, so, certainly no need to apologize!
 
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Chris, just out of curiosity, do you have a generic word to describe food products from animal? That's the only time I use "protein" in the sense I believe you mean.

For instance, at our foodways presentations at the 18th century living history museum where we work, we point out that hogs provided the most common protein to the people living there.

How else would you say that?
How about "meat"?
 
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