You know the sort of thing. Ripen in the bowl fruit in supermarkets. How
to get the inner part ripe before the outer part has gone rotten.
So far I have tried
RTFM - Instructions - "Place in fruit bowl and leave until ripe"
electric paint stripper
wood burning stove
(I have neither)
Surely someone in here must have cracked it.
Oh yes that's what Waitrose do
they make some claim about being no more expensive for your shopping that
Sainsburys (or whoever)
and when you get there you find out that they are only taking about
Kellogg's cornflakes and Heinz ketchup.
but all the fresh fruit/veg/meat/bread/dairy
which now makes up about 80% of *my* shopping basket, is twice the price
I understand that there can be differences in ready meals based upon price
because the more expensive product might have provided the nutritional value
using "real" food rather than chemical bulking agents. Though whenever I
have tried a pack of "taste the difference?" it's always been more a case of
"no, I can't".
But where's the difference in fresh products across the price bands?
I understand that different varieties can provide better taste but have been
engineered out of the farming process because they produce poor yield/shelf
So, in theory, a more expensive product might taste better because it is
from one of these poor yielding products.
But that is not my experience. IME the difference in price is not because
the famer has used a different variety (or fed it on more expensive feed)
but because he has given the animal a name and tucked it up in bed every
day, before he killed it
Most obviously with apples where you can get shit
which has been in cold storage for more than a year
and that is pretty obvious when you eat them.
We're currently seeing a campaign which claims a day between
tree and the shop, but havent tried any of those yet.
Its certainly true with apples that they get a vastly better
shelf life now than before cold storage and there certainly
are some new varietys we didn’t used to see.
I mostly buy granny smiths and they are still good eating here.
And my other main eating fruit is nectarines and they are still
a quite short life product. With some imported stuff from the
US in our winter at stupid prices, like 5 times the best of the
prices we see during the peak of mid summer.
That’s certainly the way the Japs do it with beef.
my sister claims that it is
I have personally never noticed the difference
I'm starting to think that my taste buds have ceased to work
but if that's the case, why do I still detest the taste of X (a large set of
Not ceased to work so much as not work as well as they used to.
I still notice a significant variation in the taste of the various brews
of beer I make, and still notice that my lemon and lime marmalade
tastes much better than the commercial orange marmalade and
that my tomato and chilli relish is much better than anything I
can buy that's commercially made. And that most commercial
xmas fruit cake is crap compared with the real thing.
I don't get that effect and don't notice that much difference
between the best of the farmers market tomatoes and the
the ones I grow myself, but that's just because he grows
them the same way I do and doesn't use long shelf life
I still get a "shit that's nice" reaction with the best of the
nectarines, but they are a short shelf life fruit anyway.
I still like the best of the apples but don't get the
reaction some get to the alleged awful french
golden delicious, but that may just be because
none of those ever make it here because they
are so awful and no one is stupid enough to
move them halfway around the world and you
lot get stuck with them as a downside of the EU.
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