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Big ol' clump of mud RIGHT in the middle of my bundle of spinach.

What the hell.


** ETA: Alright, this deserves a little more unpacking. See, they sell two kinds of spinach in nearly every standard grocery I've been to here in the big city. There's your normal no-frill twisty-tied bundle of >> SPINACH << , with the barcode and three different corporate labels printed on the tie, what gets misted with all the other veggies like a normal hunk of produce. And then there's the ~Organic Baby Spinach~, pre-washed and in a totally extraneous plastic container.

I've had problems with extraneous packaging since India, where the trash wasn't helpfully trucked away from us every day, but even more than that my gut reaction to this choice is to see it presented as yet another tiny symptom of the growing class dichotomy that's fucking America over. (Yeah yeah. I should just rename this blog The Economist's Daughter.)

So with this bit of fuzzy discontent I opt to get the bundled spinach, knowing that my mother will be annoyed that I'm not feeding myself organic but it's more than twice as expensive, come on. And then, mud. And slimy rotting bits of spinach all embedded in. Super- nice.

This has been another issue of Getting Mad Without A Target.

Date: 2011-09-03 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zenzaan.livejournal.com
grooooooossssss. Still not as bad as squished crop pests hiding between your celery stalks, tho... **shudder**

Date: 2011-09-04 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arks.livejournal.com
Oh ew ew ew - and yet.

Some days I would cringe at that thought and shrink away. Others, I'm all, 'hey, extra protein.' Bugs are different depending on the day.

... Assuming you mean bugs. And not, like, box toads.

Date: 2011-09-04 08:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zenzaan.livejournal.com
Indeed I do mean bugs. Haven't found a vertebrate in my produce yet.

Date: 2011-09-03 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spamchang.livejournal.com
i've always been taught to wash everything before cooking...the joys of shopping at small-scale asian markets, heh.

Date: 2011-09-03 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] urbanberber.livejournal.com
Oh my god sick.

Cae and I found a caterpillar in lettuce that comes sealed in those plastic boxes. You know, the kind that's ready made for salads apparently.

Date: 2011-09-04 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arks.livejournal.com
Aw now caterpillars are your friends! It just wanted to make your salad extra-special.

no but I found a slug in my blueberries in Vermont a couple weeks back, and after that I ignored Dad's insistence that they didn't need to be washed.

Date: 2011-09-04 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] urbanberber.livejournal.com
jkhdsfhghgdf oh my god oh my god oh my god D:

Date: 2011-09-04 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arks.livejournal.com
IT WAS LIVING INSIDE ONE OF THEM. AND ALMOST THE SAME COLOR.

I bet I've already eaten like six.

Date: 2011-09-04 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] urbanberber.livejournal.com
WASHGAJDKGASLDASLHGD YOU ARE DONE

Date: 2011-09-04 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crystal-sun396.livejournal.com
I pretty much expect mud on my vegetables, tiny winged bugs in my (dried) mushrooms, and so on. (Also worms, but that's from poor choosing at the stands.) I guess what I mean is, the first bit of this post doesn't make much sense to me unless you're annoyed at being extra charged for the dirt-mass.

But I hate extraneous packaging too. I tend to horde it in case it wants reusing, somehow, and that doesn't work at all. Probably from Science Camp as a kid and constructing model landfills.

Date: 2011-09-04 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arks.livejournal.com
It's that it was a big slimy lump, with the spinach all around it already going bad. I wash all my veggies and I expect a bit of dirt and sand, but really?

Date: 2011-09-04 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crystal-sun396.livejournal.com
Okay, then I'm probably just not imagining the extent of the grossness well enough. I believe you that it was full of ick.

Date: 2011-09-04 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maggiekarp.livejournal.com
Now I'm kind of worried that I haven't found anything really gross in my food before. WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING

Date: 2011-09-05 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigscary.livejournal.com
It happens sometimes. Misters make it worse. Scuzzy supermarkets make it worse.

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