A.J., who reads my column in the Linton Daily Citizen, recommended that I read an article on the Internet titled “10 things I will never eat and why.”
It was written by a food expert who in my opinion has assumed the title. The author named several foods and places where he shall never eat.
Buffets. There are times when I teeter on the brink of agreeing with him. He says there is an unacceptable level of uncleanliness involved in buffet eating such as how the food is prepared and length of time on the serving line. I often wonder how much dirt, dust and other microbes flit along on the air currents caused by people passing by and then settle on the food.
Raw sprouts. I agree with this. I don’t eat alfalfa sprouts or sprouts on old potatoes especially if they are biodegrading.
Undercooked ground meat. I agree with that. I won’t eat meat that still bellows when I stick it with a fork. Meat that is still red or bleeding will not enter my gullet.
Raw oysters. They are rife with vibrio vulnificus bacteria. What is that? I don’t know but I don’t like it. I will only eat oysters that have been boiled or steamed until the shells open. Cook them until they are pale and firm and then I will eat them.
Sushi. I agree with this more than I can express. Raw fish! Ugh. All I can think of is a carp from the dregs of White River or a catfish that has been bottom feeding for three years in the Chatahoochie River in Southern Georgia. Please. I won’t touch that with an 11 foot pole let alone a fork or my fingers. Fish that is well seasoned and gently cooked, sautéed or steamed is nutritionally rich and food safe. Sushi sends up a flag so red and large it could be used to entice Babe The Blue Ox to charge a matador.
Packaged deli-meats. He says they have too much salt and preservatives and the potential for listeria borne mono-cytogeneses illnesses. I have no idea what that means. I see ads for Listerine all the time.
Potluck Dinners. Humbug. When I see tinfoil covered dishes that is a good thing. On a recent Wednesday night we attended a potluck dinner at church. We came home grunting, carrying all of that wonderful food in our stomachs.
The next morning we went to another potluck dinner at church. We are in a group of folks called The Golden Glows. We eat, travel, worship and support worthy causes. There was a plethora of food items that ran the gamut from soup to nuts. He raised some real issues with food at potluck dinners such as the hygienic practices of those who prepare the food, animals living in the house and was it properly cooked. Food transportation, hepatitis, flu, HPV, herpes, Norovirus or E-coli were cited? Wow I never thought about that.
Bah humbug! When I see tinfoil covered dishes come in the door that is a good thing.
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