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Are You Quirky About Food? 
 
Jun. 12, 2009 6:59 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2009 9:54 am
I asked this question once on the Recipe Exchange and got some really fun answers!  What are your funny or strange food quirks?  Here are some of mine:

~ You know those little white stringy things that are attached to either side of the yolk of a raw egg?  They TOTALLY gross me out!  I have to remove them from every single egg I use, except hard boiled eggs.  I don't care if a recipe has one egg or a dozen.  If I don't get all those little things out of there, I can't eat the finished product.  Why?  Because they remind me of an umbilical cord!  I know that's not what they are, but that's what they look like and I just can't get my brain to move past that image :-)

~ Marshmallows - The only ways I can eat marshmallows are frozen, stale (hard), or toasted/melted, as in s'mores.  It's not the taste...it's the texture.  Just thinking about the texture of fresh marshmallows gives me that gagging feeling in the back of my throat.  Also, marshmallow creme, or "Fluff", is NOT the same thing as melted/toasted marshmallows!  It still has that fresh marshmallow texture to it.

~ Skittles, M&M's, Smarties, and any other multi-colored candies - As soon as I open a package of any of these candies, I sort them by color.  I then line them up in rows, two rows for each color, and immediately get rid of any odd candies.  This usually means giving them to the kids.  I would eat them, but that makes me feel uneven and nothing I do can fix that feeling for quite a long time.  After lining them up, I eat them in order of my least favorite to my most favorite flavor/color, but I MUST eat them two at a time.  With Skittles, I take this OCD moment a bit further and actually line the rows up according to rainbow order.  This obsession was what triggered one of my posts on the Recipe Exchange, because someone had made a beautiful cake decorated with Skittles and their photo was in one of the top spots on the main page of AllRecipes the next day.  The problem was that the Skittles were not in proper rainbow order and it was driving me nuts LOL!

Okay...now it's your turn!  Anyone out there willing to share how quirky they are?
 
Comments
Dianne 
Jun. 12, 2009 8:12 pm
I eat things in layers. Pecan Pie, for instance. First, I eat the pecans off the top. Then, I eat the crust. Finally, it's time for the goop! My husband always eats pie crust-first, including pizza. We were made for each other! :)
 
Jun. 12, 2009 8:52 pm
Thank goodness I am not the only "crazy" one who sorts her candy by color and has to have an even number. My husband says it takes me longer to organize my candy than to actually eat it.
 
Jun. 13, 2009 6:43 am
I love Whoppers, but i secretly 'really love' the stale ones that squish and don't crunch. AND with Skittles i like to eat 2 of the same color each time to get full flavor. AND i always literally 'gnaw' the nougat bottom off of a Snickers and then eat the carmel nutty part. I could go on and on....i am very quirky about food.
 
figgy 
Jun. 13, 2009 8:43 am
I know how you feel about those little white stringy things in the eggs. Ych! I don't even like to touch them.
 
Paige 
Jun. 13, 2009 8:54 am
No food can touch, no mixing allowed. And I can only eat one food at a time, I eat it all gone, then go on to the next...Is that weird?
 
Rae 
Jun. 13, 2009 10:31 am
I can't stand my food touching on the plate. I can and will mix them, you know like a bit of meatloaf and a bit of potatoes on the fork. But if anything touches I don't eat where they touched. Weird. Oh and I can not have a fried egg on the same plate as any other food. IHOP hates me ;) Oh and by the way until I read your post on the exchange I was fine with the little white things in the eggs. Now every time I see them I get all yucked out. So thanks for that one :) haha!
 
Jun. 13, 2009 2:47 pm
Some of you are related to my 6 y/o grandson. He eats in layers and do not let any food touch another food on his plate. Nope, not a good idea. We say he's OCD (not really but sometimes it's a circus!). We use plates that have the little sections which has helped beyond measure. IHOP nor any other restaurant within a 50 mile radius that serves coffee wants to see me coming. When I order coffee, I do not want to see the top with a slick oily shine to it. THAT is NOT fresh coffee. It has had to sit long enough for the coffee to break down and leave it's oil in the hot liquid. And, when I can walk into a restaurant and smell coffee that I know is more than an hour old, please don't insult me by saying you just made it!!! Round One is about to begin!
 
Jun. 13, 2009 3:42 pm
my husband eats one thing at a time on his plate. For example- he will eat his mashed potatoes til their gone, then his steak then his green beans. It drives me crazy but his whole family does it!
 
Keri 
Jun. 14, 2009 7:36 am
Oh GAWD! I'm NEVER eating another egg again. Thanks Deborah B! LOL!!! Thanks for sharing, everyone! I got some great giggles out of several of your stories :-) And rae - You're very welcome for your new food quirk ;-)
 
Jun. 14, 2009 11:24 am
I only eat purple and red skittles and red and green m&m's. I scrapt the filling out of pies and eat the crust. I eat yellow mustard with a spoon out of the bottle (gross, I know). I eat dry cereal in a bowl with a spoon as if there is milk in it. I eat the chunks out of ice cream and leave the rest. Every once in a while my ex-husband would have to throw away about 10 ice cream only jars of cookies and cream! Haha, it was fun reading other people quirks.
 
Jun. 14, 2009 7:22 pm
It was fun reading about everyones quirks.. I can't think of any I have other than growing up I'd put ketchup on all foods.. Rice, mashed taters, eggs, chicken.. etc! My husband does eat all his french fries first when we eat at a burger joint.. Says they're not good once they get cold! :)
 
Jun. 14, 2009 7:40 pm
keri there are doctors that can help.. Just kidding... I don't think I have quirks.. wow how boring am I.
 
Jun. 14, 2009 8:46 pm
Interesting blog-I don't have food quirks, but my husband also eats one thing totally off his plate, then another, then another-I hop around from one to another & I like to have desert a couple of hours after dinner.
 
Jun. 14, 2009 8:58 pm
I'm an equal opportunity eater. I eat everything in no particular order. I eat eggs in all forms, squiggly things or not, I do sometimes sort my candy by color, I will admit to that and of course eat an Oreo cookie in sections. Usually the cookie part first and then the big shortning based "cream" layer in one piece so that it melts on my tongue. I guess that is pretty weird now that I read it.
 
Jun. 15, 2009 9:54 am
When I was a kid, I used to ask my mom to cut the crust off my bread like all my other friends. She refused. Something about wasting food! Anyway, I would eat the crust first by either tearing it off or eating around the edges (I would even do this with burger rolls). To this day I still do that. I cannot eat a sandwich or a burger roll without removing the outer crust first. Thanks mom for making me weird!
 
Jun. 15, 2009 2:09 pm
I can't eat shrimp because they look like embryos
 
Nmb3 
Jun. 15, 2009 2:47 pm
I will not eat chicken drumsticks, they disgust me... I eat white meat and sometimes chicken thighs, but drumsticks I will not touch!!! And I can't eat the skin on an apple, it makes me gag. And I hate dealing with raw eggs (while cooking/baking).
 
Jun. 15, 2009 3:25 pm
I have to eat things evenly; I have to plan the size of each bite/sip of each item (for example burger, fries, coke) to make sure everything finishes at the same time. If I notice at any point that I´ve miscalculated, I get very upset with myself.
 
Heidi 
Jun. 15, 2009 3:42 pm
I've never been one to care about my food touching, although I used to when I was little. The only weird things I can think of...I like to pick the membrane off of the orange section then eat the tiny little sections bit by bit (but only if I have time). I eat most things in a bowl when it makes sense. When I eat M&Ms I do a survival of the fittest contest; I slam two together, the weaker of the two will crack and I eat it, and give a nod to Darwin then continue with the next contender.
 
Jun. 15, 2009 4:38 pm
I don't eat blue food, like blue M&M's. I know , your going to say what about blueberries. Well, my answer to that is, smash one one your white shirt and what color is the stain. Purple! If you look it up there in no natural occuring blue food. Thats why I don't eat anything blue.
 
Jun. 15, 2009 4:47 pm
When my son was younger he wouldn't eat "broken" food. If I put a cracker, chip, or cookie on his plate that wasn't whole, he would not eat it. This also applied to carrots and bananas. Fortunately, he got over it.
 
Jun. 15, 2009 4:50 pm
I eat candybars in layers as well. I don't eat pork chops with bones in public because I have to eat them with my hands. I don't eat coconut, oranges & other foods because they leave pieces in my mouth but I love popcorn. Totally weird? no. But totally me!
 
Layney S 
Jun. 15, 2009 5:08 pm
I loathe mint- cannot be in the same room as the mint toothpaste(I only use the kiddie stuff), refuse to kiss my boyfriend if he's had a mint and gag when I smell it. I don't know why though the rest of my family loves it. I eat the red, orange and purple skittles only. The rest tend to get passed on to whomever I am with at the time. The jolly rancher candies I only eat the cherry and green apple and if its the hard ones i will eat the grape too. Pies unless the crust is nice and soggy or my moms recipe I refuse to eat the crust- give me the filling alone anyday and I am a happy camper. My sister likes the crust but not the filling so we trade off usually.
 
Jun. 15, 2009 6:08 pm
I am totally grossed out my the inside of tomatoes and I always gut them no matter the recipe. It reminds me of snotty unhatched tadpole eggs. I also refuse to eat lamb as a choice, its not right to keep the from getting to much exercise and not wean them so they taste better to us. No raw eggs either, I freak if any of my kids try to eat raw cookie dough =)
 
Heather 
Jun. 15, 2009 6:51 pm
I can't eat bananas at all because one time I watched a Shocking Asia and they were eating a MONKEY and when they got to the stomach they said it tasted like a hot fruit cocktail. It has been like 20 years and I still can't get that image out of my head!! SICK>>>
 
Jun. 15, 2009 9:06 pm
This is an awesome blog-so many great stories! At least we all now know we're not the only "weird" ones! I am the same about colored candies in separating and eating by color. Ironically, I will not eat anything my father prepared for me as a child-over easy eggs, T.V. dinners, frozen burritos, etc. I'm also very touchy about leftovers and due dates. If I had a dime for every time my husband moaned "But it's fine!" well, I'd be pretty well off. I have to agree with Soccor Mom about the tomato "guts." Sorry, but they remind me of snot. It's funny how we all have our strange "quirks" and how so many of us share them! Perhaps it is not us who is quirky after all!
 
Bonnie June 
Jun. 15, 2009 10:26 pm
I have always saved the last bite of my food for the one I like the best. My mashed potatoes have to contain corn in them, since I have been doing that as a child. I hate beige food.If there is no color, I won't touch it. If a raw onion has touched anything on my food, I will not even consider eating it. Nasty stuff!!!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 7:49 am
Oh my gosh - I SOOO have OCD! Most of my quirks are related to textural issues and/or saving the best part for last, and a few miscellaneous oddities. Some of the ones relating to texture I have, thankfully, outgrown; they were much worse when I was a child: My Grandma used to run my oatmeal through a food mill, because I couldn’t stand all those little lumpies in my mouth (ooooh, shudder, icky-icky!). I’ll eat it normally now, but I actually bought a food mill like Grandma’s, off of eBay, just in case... Well, and also you just can’t beat them for making home made applesauce! I would methodically pick up my peas one at a time, squeeze the insides into a little pile on my plate, throw away the skins, and then eat the pea guts. I still won’t eat apples unless they’re peeled, even cooked ones. I still peel the membranes from orange sections; Mandarin oranges are okay, though. Eggs - oh, those yucky membranes! Yep, they have to go. I used to have dogs that would wait in the kitchen when I cooked. I’d drop those off the fork right into their happy little mouths from above; sometimes I’d miss, hee-hee. Payday candy bars - I’d nibble and pluck the peanuts off the outside first, then eat the yummy nougat middle section last. Reese’s peanut butter cups (two cup package) - I like to bite all around the outside edges first, then stack the middles and eat them in two or three bites (how do YOU eat a Reese’s? - LOL). Sandwich creme cookies, especially the Girl Scout peanut butter Savannahs - twist them open, scrape out middles and save them all until the package is empty, either eat the cookie part first or save for recipes, then eat the creamy insides separately. Cheese sandwich type crackers - I do them exactly the same way as the cookies. Cake - If I have a choice, I won’t take a slice of cake; I’ll scrape up the frosting and gooey cake stuff off the cake plate. If I do have a piece of cake, I’ll save the frosting and the little bit of cake it’s spread on for last, and mash it all up with my fork. Hmmm, I’ll bet THAT’S how Cake Ball Truffles were invented! Great recipes owe a huge debt to someone’s OCD! Multi-colored candies such as, Tic-Tacs and M&M’s - separate by color, collate so that each group has one of each color, and eat the smallest groups (the ones that don’t have all the colors) first. The biggest groups, that have one of each color, I eat one whole group at a time. Smarties for some reason are just the opposite. I separate them into each individual color and eat my least favorite color/flavor (usually grape) first. Any meal - I try to compromise with my OCD; I won’t let it control my whole meal, but at least the last bite has to have one of each thing that was on the plate. :) Peanut butter - When I was a child, I used to take a butter knife and carve the first initial of each of my immediate family members (thank goodness we were only a family of four!) into the top of the new, freshly opened peanut butter. Then I’d try to get all the initials in one smooth move onto my knife, and make a peanut butter sandwich. The men in the white coats are here for me now... maybe if I’m lucky, those white coats are really chefs’ jackets!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 8:31 am
Wow! And my friends call me quirky! I do have some oddities. I cannot eat any meat, chicken or fish with bones in it. If I see a bone I will not eat it! I love fish, but the first bone that enters my mouth is the last bite I will take, even if it's the first one. Bones gross me out, like the chicken egg membranes that gross some of you out. That doesn't bother me. Another thing my husband thinks is weird it that I dip my grilled cheese sandwiches in ketchup. I also dip my Kraft macaroni and cheese (you know, the kind that comes in the box with the powdered cheese substance) in ketchup. But only that kind. I usually make my own mac and cheese because that stuff in the box is really aweful. Probably why I have to have ketchup with it!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 8:49 am
I agree on the dates. No cooked or raw meat is kept after the 3rd day in my home... ever, no exceptions. Lunch meat is tossed the morning of thr 5th day and milk (with 3 kids that very rarely a problem) is dumped the day prior to exp. I know you can test but its just gross to me. I will use nothing thats due to expire the next day. I know waste not want not, however it is better to be safe than sorry.
 
msTyger 
Jun. 16, 2009 12:23 pm
anything served in a bowl (cereal, pasta, etc) is eaten in a clockwise manner while the rest be untouched. of course the separation of candies, odd ones are eaten first :) i save the best for last, i eat the crust first. i take the veggies off my burger and eat whats left first, and then eat the veggies. i scrape the frosting off of my piece of cake and dont eat it unless its cream cheese frosting. any condiment i put on my sandwich has to be on the opposite side of the cheese, usually next to the veggies or meat depending on whats on it. i eat or drink nothing i think might, maybe, could be, starting to get old. no questions, i just throw it away. if canned foods have no expiration date i wont eat it. :)
 
Jun. 16, 2009 12:51 pm
Haha, I have a few of these myself! I don't like my food touching. I cannot eat anything out of a Styrofoam bowl (the sound makes my skin crawl), I have to sort all my candies by color and I can't eat bread crust xD The texture makes my mouth feel funny!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 1:06 pm
This is a great topic! My food quirks are plenty indeed. Whenever I eat a hamburger I eat around the outside of the burger and leave the center. (I don't know why.) If I am eating a burger and fries, I have to have a little bit of both in my mouth at the same time. I am very "texture aware" and if something feels weird on my tongue I'm probably not going to eat it. (My oldest daughter is the same way!) Keri, I agree whole-heartedly about the nasty white stuff around the raw egg yolk...it makes me gag to even think about it. I eat all candy pieces color-coded and two at a time. My husband recently made me aware of the fact that anytime I am eating a cracker or something that produces crumbs that I tap the crumbs off it after every bite with my finger. I don't think I've ever just "eaten" a piece of chicken..I disect it with my fingers piece by piece, just in case there's something icky in it. I scrape the chocolate off of Whoppers with my teeth then I proceed to suck the air out of them cause they get really chewy. I only like the outside edges of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I'll stop there, I am starting to feel like a maniac. ;) LOL
 
Keri 
Jun. 16, 2009 1:30 pm
RnRMama, I do the same thing with chicken! I can't STAND to look at a piece I've just bitten into and see a vein sticking out, because that means part of the vein is IN MY MOUTH! BLECH! I'm totally obsessive when cleaning chicken before I cook it myself. Because of this, I refuse to order things like chicken tacos or chicken burritos at restaurants.
 
Jun. 16, 2009 1:43 pm
More with the color-sorting -- eating any multi-colored cereal as a kid (Trix, Froot Loops... can't touch that stuff now!) meant eating the lime, lemon and orange flavored pieces first, leaving the red and blue pieces for last. When Trix came out with watermelon-flavored pieces, those came between lemon and orange. I can't stand ANYTHING artificially watermelon-flavored!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 1:59 pm
I have my hubby disect chicken breasts (the only part I will eat), I can't cut out the yucky stuff and still eat the finished product. I used to pull the squiggly thing out of each egg with a fork for years but I finally got over that one. I also eat one food at a time and things can't touch. I get a lot of comments from people about not eating mayo, alfredo sauce, sour cream, etc. they gross me out. It makes me think of curdled milk. No Walmart hamburger for me, it stays in little strings, ooooh, I know several people that won't eat it either.
 
Jun. 16, 2009 2:12 pm
I think I should change my user name to Captain Quirk...
 
Jun. 16, 2009 2:41 pm
I like to eat the first half of my sandwich/hamburger/hogie etc. regular style (pick it up and eat it), and the second half with a fork. Soda tastes flat in a plastic cup & it's too intense straight from the can, gotta have ice. I like to suck on Nilla wafers until they disintegrate. I eat my pringles upside-down, cuz they taste better that way. I bite the points off of my Bugles corn chips and always give my kids theirs by sticking them on the tips of their fingers. I CANNOT STAND to get mayonnaise on my fingers/hands..I wash my hands several times while making sandwiches. I like to mix 3 kinds of cereal, layering the crunchiest-lasting-longest on the bottom to defend the others from the milk.
 
Jun. 16, 2009 2:44 pm
I don't have hardly any quirks, but I can't eat eggs and chicken in the same meal. Makes me ill. I eat my fries 1 by1 dipping ketchup into them instead of squirting it all over them. That's about it. Pretty boring but am having a blast reading the rest of yours!! LOL
 
Jun. 16, 2009 2:52 pm
Nmb3 just reminded me, I don't eat chix legs b/c of the vein that goes through them! Yuck!!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 2:59 pm
I cannot stand the oily stuff that gets on my hands when I peel oranges, grapefruits and such. I always peel the fruit, then wash my hands with soap, and only then can I start eating the fruit. I hate those little canned fish that come whole - I don't know if you can get such stuff wherever you are, but here in the Czech Republic you get sardines and sprats in a can sometimes with their heads removed, but sometimes you just open the can and there is a dozen or so tiny little fish staring back at you... I always remove all those yucky bits from any meat when I prepare it, and I know noone else will do it properly so I just don't order any kind of meat when we eat out :-) And I also have a tendency to add lemon juice, garlic and soy sauce to any meal I prepare - but that's not a quirk, that's just because they taste so good :-)
 
nymbus 
Jun. 16, 2009 5:01 pm
I love anything that is flavored or cooked using bananas, but I can't STAND raw bananas themselves. The string all over them just freaks me out. I'm also not a fan of chicken veins and generally avoid any meat product that has sinew in it...
 
Jun. 16, 2009 5:07 pm
Wow...my family and friends call me the King of OCD, but I really feel better now (hahaha)! I have only a few "food issues" that I can recall at the moment. First, when I eat burgers/sandwiches, I put them back onto the plate upside-down after taking a bite. To me, the action of flipping the sandwich toward me for another bite makes more sense than lifting it straight from the plate. (I explained this horribly, I know.) Second, the smell of vinegar makes me vomit. Seriously. Third, I like Coke when I eat food but Pepsi when I'm not eating food. To me, Coke is less sweet, so it's better suited to food. Fourth, I won't eat veal, but that's for humane purposes. I'll update if I think of anything else, but reading these other quirks is hilarious!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 5:27 pm
I used to be a very picky eater as a child...when it was salad bar day, everything was seperate--lettuce, croutons, bacon bits, etc. each had their own little pile and I'd eat them all seperately. Now, I eat yellow and green Skittles together in twos, sometimes I'll throw an orange in there, but I always eat purple and red ones seperately. The strangest thing I ever saw someone do was this woman I used to work with--she would eat popcorn with a spoon--she said she didn't like getting her fingers all greasy. Hilarious and weird, but kinda made sense.
 
Jun. 16, 2009 5:30 pm
Okay, just realized I spelled *separate* wrong--*many* times--it's just one of those words for me..I tell ya! ;)
 
ChopsticksAreTricky 
Jun. 16, 2009 5:42 pm
For some reason, I can't eat a whole french fry. I can eat half of each one, but never one in its entirety. It doesn't matter if I've touched it or not- It's just my idiosyncracy. Friends tease me for the pile of "fry butts" that are left on my plate... but some of them don't mind eating my leftovers!
 
MamaBear in HI 
Jun. 16, 2009 7:27 pm
Hahaha what a kick! My quirks are many! I take the puffed cheetos and smoosh them against tthe roof of my mouth, then chew. I don't like things touching on my plate unless they'll taste good in the same bite, like I take a sep. salad plate cuz I don't want dressing all over the other stuff. I blot the grease off pizza. I have to eat a whole roll of sushi even if its too big, because if you bite i in half, it breaks. I eat a 3 Musketeers by eating all the choc. 1st, then i eat the nougaty stuff after. the top wafer of an ice cream samich goes 1st too, then I eat the rest like an hors d'ouvre (did I spell that right?) I don't eat much meat because I feel better when I don't, esp. my mother-in-laws cooking bcuz meat gets left out overnight then re-heated again.... hello we live in a tropical humid place, things get rotten alot faster here than say, Fairbanks! If I can't identify what part of the animal the meat came from, I won't eat it. I love blue cheese due to the moldy lumps, but I hate ranch cuz its all mayo??? I love raw fish, but a chicken drumstick is yech!! Chicken & eggs in same meal just seems wrong, I saw someone else had that one too.
 
darice 
Jun. 16, 2009 7:28 pm
I am a 'wet' food eater--everything has to be drenched in something: rice with butter or soy or worchester sauce; grilled cheese dunked in tomato soup or chili; rolls or bread with butter to dunk in stew or pasta sauce; etc. I wont even touch raw chicken or turkey, and I, too, am totally grossed out by the veins--I refuse to eat chicken wings. Coffee has to be Colombian, strong and FRESH--I wont drink it if it sits for more than 15-20 minutes. Just the thought of eating shellfish gags me--I can't even be around anyone eating any. I hate pine nuts--tastes like eating a Christmas tree--yuck. And raisins don't belong in cakes or cookies! I'm sure there are more, but can't think of them now. This blog is a fun read--thanks!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 7:33 pm
well, i dunno if this is considered quirky..lol but when i make tuna noodle casserole i have to use cream of mushroom soup because that's how mom made it and i pick every single little ity bity piece of mushroom out into a little pile on the side of my plate (ewwww hate mushrooms but tuna casserole doesnt taste the same without it) , also i wont eat what i consider "cute" animals like rabbit, deer,duck, veal( cause its baby stuffs) ect ect..lol you get the picture.
 
courtkin 
Jun. 16, 2009 8:29 pm
I only eat eggs cooked in something--like cakes, cookies, etc. I hate the smell of eggs cooking. I don't eat any kind of beans or peas except green beans, but only in my moms vegetable soup. I not only will not eat mustard or mayonaise, but I can not even touch the jars--even in the store. I make my son brush his teeth and use mouth wash before I can even talk to him after he eats mustard. The smell of canned tuna makes me vomit, and mints make me sneeze. Does sound kinda odd, LOL.
 
mis 
Jun. 16, 2009 8:58 pm
i love eating condiments. i eat gravy and ketchup and honey mustard with a spoon. i eat lettuce with my hands and all my food with the tiniest spoon possible. i never eat the chunks in soup, only and always the broth. tsk tsk!
 
Jun. 16, 2009 9:15 pm
I don't eat anything with peanut butter in it or on it. (When I was a kid & went to visit my Gramma Rogers, she used to feed me peanut butter & jelly or Burger King. I think the Burger King thing may be the reason for the next one on the list). I don't like the taste of PB & it stuck to the roof of my mouth. But, when I get a craving for it, it has to be extra crunchy on bread with honey and banana. (Once every ten yrs or so.) I do not eat anything that has mayo or salad dressing in it or on it. (One is too sweet & the other is just gross & the reason above). I used to ask for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate ice cream for my birthday growing up til I found out that my mom used mayo in the cake. Other peoples chocolate cake sometimes reminds me of used coffee grounds, so I have two reasons not to eat it. I don't eat cake because the frosting is way too sweet. I don't want to be rude by scraping it off, so I just politely decline. I don't like eggs, but sometimes if I get a craving, I will make egg salad & I have to cook and peel the eggs, slice them, chop them and then smush them really fine with a fork (no big chunks of white). I use very little Hellmans & lotsa mustard. After it's on bread, a touch of salt & lotsa pepper. If I want an egg over easy, I will make it, cut off the white, peel as much of the rest of the white off that I can after I have put it on my toast & then the yolk gets spread around the toast with a little salt & lotsa pepper. If I want scrambled eggs, gotta have lotsa cheese & hot sauce. When I was pregnant for my first child, every morning I would make a drink of milk, two raw eggs & sugar & drink it. I don't eat or drink anything purple, doesn't matter what it is. As a child I didn't like the overpowering taste of grape. I won't go near an eggplant unless my sister makes babaganush (spelling?). I will eat grapes, even the purple ones, but only the insides of the purple ones, the skin gets thrown away. If I want grape juice, it has to be white grape. I eat my colored candy in color groups, the least favorite color first & so on. I will eat a banana but I will not eat dried banana or banana flavored anything. I do not eat fluff or anything with marshmallow in it. Oranges & grapefruit are peeled, all the white stuff comes off & then I open the rest and only eat the pulp. I love to eat lemons this way too. When I eat chicken, if I find a vein, I have to take it off, takes me forever to eat wings. I only eat the white meat of chicken or turkey. As for chicken, the skin has to be extra crispy, otherwise I won't eat it, it makes me gag. I do not eat red meat. I do not eat deer meat, but I will eat deer jerky & rarely jerky from the store. (A big part of my problem is the thought of the animal was once a living being.) When I was a kid I would make a sandwich like this, bread, using squeeze mustard I would put the initial of my boyfriends first name on the bread, turkey or chicken, his middle initial, cheese, more turkey or chicken and then his initial for his last name on the other slice of bread, put it all together & eat it. Yes, I still do this. Sometimes when I want just a slice of bread, I have to squeeze it into a ball and eat it. I don't eat crust from pie or pot pie. It's too dry. As a kid, when mom made box mac n cheese, I would smother it in ketchup, still do if I gotta eat it. Homemade stuff, I don't do that to. I will not eat canned peas (mushy) or frozen green beans (rubbery). I do not eat margerine. Only butter. Explanation: It's all in the ingredients. As I get older, I am finding that I am getting worse, as the thoughts in my head prevent me from eating. When we are at my moms now, my siblings get ribbed by her for their eating habits because they were not raised that way, but she whips out shrimp or whatever for me. Thank you for letting me share. Now that I have taken the time to read it before posting, I realize I am alot stranger than I thought.
 
alafan 
Jun. 16, 2009 9:56 pm
I know this is really gross but when I was a small child there was a man in our church who had the end of his finger cut off. Well since then, everytime I eat a hot dog I have to cut both the ends off because they look just like the end of that mans finger. Also, the egg with the little attachment makes me sick, I pull it out too. When I put silverware in the dishwasher I can't put just one spoon or fork in the slotted basket becasue I do not want one to be by itself. Now the white jackets are coming for me too, but I feel better knowing I am not alone!
 
Jun. 17, 2009 1:47 am
oh man, the candy sorting thing i used to do, but only cuz i liked to eat the less tasty ones first and the tastiest last. i do notice that ii usually pull apart a layered cookie, like oreos. i lick out the cream and then eat the cookie. and i can't stand pieces in my drinks, like orange juice.. this i have had since i'm 4 years old, for 20 years it has been bothering me and i barely ever drink OJ. i also went through a period where i thought something was stuck in my throat, i had a hard time eating stuff, cuz at the end there would be little leftover pieces of food, i was afraid to swallow them, cuz i thought i might choke on them. i also used to chew everything forever. so i could eat bread, but after fruits, ground meat and lots of other things i had to eat a piece of bread or a cracker... thank goodness i mostly got over that, cuz it was pretty embarrassing, at the beginning i would barely eat also when we were eating by other people.
 
Amanda 
Jun. 17, 2009 8:43 am
These are hilarious! My husband makes fun of my many quirks. I can NOT eat boneless, skinless chicken breast unless it is pounded thin. If it is too thick I feel like I am eating a big, thick piece of flesh! I also need the chicken breast to have a sauce or seasonings on it - it can't just be plain white. I can't touch the chicken when it is raw either - my husband has to do that part. When I eat other meats like pork or beef I have to inspect every single bite before placing it in my mouth - if I get a piece of fat or anything else that "feels" weird I am done for. When I am eating sandwiches out at resturants I usually eat about half normally and then start disecting the other half. Usually I end up just eating the toppings and the bread - I must really have an issue with meat! I will also drink pickle juice. I love cheddar cheese melted on my apple pie. I also love saltine crackers with my ice cream (don't knock it til you try it!).
 
deedee 
Jun. 17, 2009 9:27 am
These are too funny! I have a couple I don’t do dark meat at all I just can’t stand the taste. Everything must be separated. My strangest one is I can not stand JELLO the thought of it makes me ill and to see someone eat it just gives me shivers down my spine. My oldest daughter Tricia wont eat anything that drips~ yes I said drips. She never has in 19 years even though I have made her try everything. No mayo, mustard, gravy, ketchup, no spaghetti sauce, salad dressing ect you get the idea.
 
Jun. 17, 2009 10:18 am
These posts are getting weirder and weirder...I keep checking in cuz it's fun but now I just have a lump in my throat and am feeling a little queasy. Alafan, your hot dog/finger quirk really makes me shiver. & Amanda's chicken breast association makes me think of that movie "Alive" where the plane crashes and the Rugby team is forced to make due to stay alive..........eeewww..............but it's still fun to take a peek into everyone's minds, lol, thanks for sharing :o) I wasn't going to say it earlier, but now that we're all opening up...I can't eat a chocolate covered frozen banana in public (like the one's at the fair or the cute candy shops) it's too embarrassing.
 
SIBYLL 
Jun. 17, 2009 11:56 am
I have a problem with textures. I can't eat pudding, jello, custard, oatmeal (or any hot, slimy cereal), and any cream that isn't fresh whipped (if I whip it myself, that's okay). I also eat my skittles and m&ms (no blue ones!) by color, two at a time. And I eat other candy, like kit-kats, in layers.
 
iselin19 
Jun. 17, 2009 12:15 pm
I also have to painstakingly pick off the membranes of oranges and the stringy things on bananas, and I will never eat the last bite of a banana because of the weird black thing that sticks up at the bottom. When I eat prawns, I love to suck the last bite out of the tail because it's the best part, and it seems like such a waste when other people bite it off just above the tail, I will actually pick up their tails and suck the meat out. That goes over well on a date! :) I absolutely believe string cheese must be eaten in strings...and the smaller the strings, the better. No biting! Food with points tastes best, and I feel violated if someone eats the point off of my piece of pie or pizza--it's just not the same after that. I LOVE dry salami sandwiches with no veggies, no condiments...just meat and bread, but then the sandwich has to be squished completely flat. When I was a kid, I used to take the crust off about ten pieces of bread, then microwave the insides to get them warm and soft, squish them up into a tight ball and eat it. I also used to have to chew each bite exactly 6 times on each side of my mouth. And I absolutely will not eat in the dark, like while watching a movie; I have to inspect each bite before I eat it in case there's something funky in there. Wow...I had no idea I had so many quirks! ;)
 
LpnLab 
Jun. 17, 2009 1:39 pm
I work in a bakery and my boss always makes fun of me because I will put gloves on to touch certain batters or doughs (even though I don't have to because they are not baked yet) because some of the textures of them totally gross me out. The reason he makes fun of me is because I grew up on a ranch so I have no problem getting muddy or getting horse poo on me, but for some reason getting sticky apple fritter dough on my hands that won't come off really grosses me out. Weird huh?
 
tracibeth hope 
Jun. 17, 2009 2:23 pm
This thread is hillarious, by the way. Until now, I've only known a few people who have serious 'texture' issues... its why I don't eat most shellfish though... SLIMY! Like Traci B.'s kitchen - I also have a best friend who puts ketchup on EVERYTHING... but still to this day, not just when we were kids. ;) In addition to texture, my biggest issue is hidden ingredients. I don't do well with hydrogenated oils, because of the idea of what it really is! apply the theory of hydrogenation to your arteries... just bogus! I'm part of another site like this, focusing on ingredients & food allergies. Its great, because my family see what recipes I like, and are hip to exactly what i WON'T eat. Mom's a diabetic, and my sister is Celiac (Gluten allergy) - so we can all share and tag foods, recipes, ingredient labels - and best of all - preferred alternatives!! I just found this site... I'm happy to see I am not alone! You can check out the other site I mentioned too, its at www.foodfacts.com.
 
Jun. 17, 2009 4:57 pm
Reading the new additions reminded me of a few other things as well. Someone above mentioned eating just hard salami and bread, with nothing else, and smashing the bread down as flat as possible. I thought I was the only person in existence who did that! (I don't anymore, but I did all the time as a kid.) Someone up above also mentioned making "bread balls" out of white bread...yup, did that too. Some other additions are that I cannot STAND chewy Jello. I always add extra water because, if I get a chewy piece that didn't dissolve in the boiling water, I will not eat the rest of the bowl. Eating Jello at a salad bar is out of the questions, and the mere thought of Jello Jigglers makes me shudder. People above mentioned not liking foods to "touch"--yeah, salad dressing should NOT get on salad-dressing-less food.
 
Jun. 17, 2009 5:54 pm
I don't eat corn on the cob or ribs....hate to eat anything with my hands that also gets stuck in my teeth! I will cut the corn off the cob. Ironically I have gotten to the point where I will eat chicken wings, which really is amazing.....messy! I also eat danish pastry with a fork when I am able to...just not a very "tactile" eater!
 
Jun. 17, 2009 7:15 pm
Ok, got one for you. My husband, who will not eat anything he has to "work at," crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, etc... has 4 fried chicken wings, field peas, and canned green beans EVERY NIGHT FOR DINNER. If we go out to eat, all he will order is chicken fingers, fries, and mayonaise!
 
Jun. 17, 2009 7:25 pm
My family has always accused me of having "peculiar" tastes. After analyzing the lists of what I will and won't eat, the pattern finally emerged. I will not eat invertebrates. I will eat vertebrates (sorry, vegans). No bug, insects, shellfish, snails, etc. Nothing with an exoskeleton. I will eat vertbrate animal meat, but not organs. I wouldn't hesitate to try rattlesnake meat... or tapir, for example. They're not bugs. They have a skeletal system, nervous system, etc. I will also not eat fermented, moldy, fungal, etc. foods. No bleu cheese, mushrooms or truffles, sourkraut, and so on. Yeah, join my family in labelling me as being odd...
 
PeggyM 
Jun. 17, 2009 9:36 pm
I can't tolerate anyone slurping thier food. Soup, cereal, coffee, etc... Sends me through the roof and I will leave the room, usually I have to go outside and walk it off. It is like fingernails on a black board to me. My father wore dentures and was a sloppy eater. Even at a young age, I would have to leave the table, wouldn't finish eating even if I was still hungry. As a teen I couldn't eat in public. I would starve at school all day. I can't eat popsicles with wooden sticks, nor eat with wooden chop sticks, makes my teeth go crazy. I will open sodas so they will go flat, don't like bubbles.
 
Jun. 17, 2009 11:37 pm
gotta have ketchup for my potato chips, peanut butter on saltines with my chili, i eat my baked beans on potato chips, mashed potato & corn volcanoes, and with bean and bacon soup- iroll my bread up into little balls and dropthem in it. If it has a face I won't eat it.
 
Jun. 18, 2009 7:07 am
The sound of chewing and the texture of tapioca pudding are just wrong.
 
Jun. 18, 2009 8:24 am
Egads, there are more! If I drink something from the bottle, soda, milk, whatever, it's seven chugs and eight swallows. When my Grandma owuld make BBQ'd chicken for dinner, the sides were almost always mashed potatoes, corn, and homemade applesauce, so on my plate I'd always stir those three together with the BBQ sauce.
 
Jun. 18, 2009 8:25 am
Oops - owuld = would.
 
Michelle 
Jun. 18, 2009 9:32 am
I can't believe how many people have food quirks. I find it sort of odd, however am sure others would find me odd. :) I will eat just about anything that is considered food. I prefer to eat with my hands whenever possible. (Never really thought about it but a friend pointed it out. I think it's because it gets to my mouth quicker! - haha) I don't like to put too much thought into my food.
 
Jun. 28, 2009 9:54 am
I don't like anything soggy. No sandwiches can be made ahead because I can't stand soggy bread. I don't want souffles or partially baked cakes because they are soggy. And I don't want ice cream on my cake because it makes it soggy. I live in the South and hated grits as a child so my grandmother would fix rice for me for breakfast. I have grown out of it now and I love grits. I don't like mushy things like marshmallows, rice pudding, tapioca. I don't eat cherries/cherry flavored things, mushrooms, rutabagas, turnip roots, undercooked meats, no lamb or other meats that taste too gamey. I always remove the skin on chicken and fat on pork or steak. I don't think I have a lot of food issues it's just texture that plays a main role.
 
 
 
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I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
 
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