May 29, 2010

Keep It Real

It's pretty sad that acquaintances identify food snobbery as my most dominant characteristic, but I guess I brought that on myself. I shouldn't be so condescending, but I feel that if people only knew how bad/gross/synthetic the food they're ingesting is, they'd soon change their ways.

Take store-bought ice cream for example. There's no excuse for buying most of that stuff. There are some premium brands that are very good, but even those don't compare with homemade.

I recently cleaned out my freezer, and I had peach ice cream left over from my Baked Alaska experiment. The stuff was past its prime (it was never that good anyway) and had to go.

Food Club Peach Ice Cream

I set the ice cream carton on the counter, thinking that it would be better for me to melt the ice cream and pour it down the drain, instead of tossing the whole thing in the garbage to leak onto my floor. So I set the carton on the counter and waited for it to melt. And waited. And waited.

Food Club Peach Ice Cream

I don't remember how long I left that carton on the counter. After seeing that it didn't melt after a couple of hours, I probably left it out for at least twenty-four, being fascinated at the non-melting properties of this Franken-ice cream. Yuck! That is not something I would eat again.

I saw this related horrifying 12-day Cool Whip experiment. My friends, Cool Whip is not whipped cream! Nasty, nasty stuff.

This also reminded me of the McDonald's hamburger purchased in 1996 that in 2008 looked exactly the same as the day it was purchased! I can't believe there are adults who regularly eat fast food or at all-you-can eat buffets. I'd suspect most employees who work at those "restaurants" don't know anything about cooking. I'm sure they have other life skills. This winner worked at Lin's Chinese Buffet.

I don't think I'm a food snob. This is a better way to live.


Janeheiress said...

I've been tempted recently to stop eating altogether. I wish I had the time and means to raise my own chickens and vegetables!

Allison said...

I understand...but what about Rosa's Tacos? Are they safe?

Mel- If you ever raise your own chickens, I would love to watch :)

Kimberly said...

I happily break my no fast food rule every time I go to Rosa's. Mmmm. Taco Tuesday.

The Cooking Librarian said...

I would say rather than "food snob" that you are "refined in your food tastes".

Re: ice cream, I remember when I started to cut HFCS (4 years ago), I couldn't find any ice cream that didn't use it until I got Target's brand of plain vanilla.

I'm thinking of making sorbets when we get back from ALA.

When are we going to open our bakery?