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Old 05-17-2008, 08:48 PM   #21
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As an addendum to my previous comment, for many years I was highly allergic to cooked/processed carrots. Been that way since an infant. When my parents introduced strained to carrots to me as a baby, I had a violent reaction. Nearly died when in college after eating a meal that included cooked carrots. All through childhood and most of my adult life I had some serious reaction to anything other than fresh carrots. I steered clear of them. Couldn't eat carrot cake, picked carrots out of soups/stews, etc. When "vegetable medley" was on a restaurant menu as a side dish, didn't order it.

My daddy, a doctor, concluded that something in the cooking/heating process altered the carrots and caused my body to react negatively.

It's only been in recent years that I've been able to venture eating cooked or canned carrots. I only eat small bits and have been "lucky" so far. I really like the sweetness of cooked carrots. Especially with a beef or pork roast.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:00 PM   #22
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Katie, I think Popeye had a profound effect on my generation of kids (grew up in the 50s). For those who remember (Babe?), there was a cartoon prior to every movie, especially on Saturday afternoon matinees, which I never missed. I think Popeye and Bugs Bunny had all of us kids eating spinach and carrots. My mom used to serve canned spinach with a little vinegar sprinkled on it. We ate it all up!
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:04 PM   #23
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I use canned corn (sweet and creamed), canned carrots, canned green beans, and canned mixed veggies at times. Just depends on what I am making and budgetary concerns at the time. Of course I prefer the fresh, but to me the canned stuff has its place especially in quick stews and soups or a fast meal, etc.
I won't touch canned peas, spinach, asparagus, or most of the other stuff.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:05 PM   #24
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As an addendum to my previous comment, for many years I was highly allergic to cooked/processed carrots. Been that way since an infant. When my parents introduced strained to carrots to me as a baby, I had a violent reaction. Nearly died when in college after eating a meal that included cooked carrots. All through childhood and most of my adult life I had some serious reaction to anything other than fresh carrots. I steered clear of them. Couldn't eat carrot cake, picked carrots out of soups/stews, etc. When "vegetable medley" was on a restaurant menu as a side dish, didn't order it.

My daddy, a doctor, concluded that something in the cooking/heating process altered the carrots and caused my body to react negatively.

It's only been in recent years that I've been able to venture eating cooked or canned carrots. I only eat small bits and have been "lucky" so far. I really like the sweetness of cooked carrots. Especially with a beef or pork roast.
That is wild, I think I have only heard of a couple of others that have the same problem though not the same veggie.

I can't imagine not being able to eat my baby carrots in brown sugar and butter!!
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:30 PM   #25
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I don't care for canned spinach but have used it, you like it..That's great...Remember that each of us love foods, but each of us are different...I would never eat duck,rabbit,venison, but I'd not fault you for doing so..That would be rude and unkind..We need to remember when we post here that we are not sitting face to face so cannot tell how someone is feeling..Be kind and post your thoughts and ideas, but with the other persons feelings considered...

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Old 05-18-2008, 12:42 AM   #26
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...call me a food snob, but her recipes seem stuck in a time warp. Anyone who's claim to fame hinges on, for example, a cake (gooey cake) that relies on a boxed cake mix -- with butter, cream cheese, and a pound of powdered sugar for good measure -- just doesn't qualify, IMO, as chef. I want fresh ingredients that I can taste, not a pile of sweetened, fatty stuff.
That gooey butter cake and those time warp recipes have made her worth $20 million!
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:18 AM   #27
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I've just now read through the posts that followed a couple of mine yesterday. My impression is that some posters took exception to my opinion regarding the majority of canned veggies and of PD's talent as a chef. I spoke my mind without attacking anyone at all. Wasn't that the point of this thread and the forums in general?

I'm sure that I love many foods and am partial to some professional cooks that others dislike. Doesn't bother me a bit. That's what makes life interesting, IMO.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:37 AM   #28
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It doesn't matter to me... if the carrots are cooked, I generally will not eat them.
Unless they are SO cooked they have no taste, or are in really small pieces.
Canned spinach is just bitter. Don't like it either.

RAW, baby, RAW is the way to go, LOL!

Although I prefer canned green beans.
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:57 PM   #29
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Canned beans - yes
frozen vegies - peas, corn, green beans (trader Joe's) spinach when I'm making dip otherwise fresh.

When we lived in Oregon my mother bought canned Santiam greeen beans and they were decent. Times have changed though and I may not feel that way if I had them today.
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Old 05-18-2008, 06:56 PM   #30
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I hope everyone keeps hating them because maybe the price for them will stay LOW and allow me to buy MORE MORE MORE!!!

Admittedly fresh is always better, but its not always available but the canned versions are and I love them. Even canned PEAS (a canning disaster) are worth having as long as something else is mixed to hide the taste and texture.

Sauerkraut is the best!

Long live canned veggies!


Even if there was a little bit of saurkraut left in the pot and you wanted it, you'd get no argument from me. You can have it!
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