Spring cleaning

Maybe you heard NPR’s Talk of the Nation yesterday, when guests nominated institutions and traditions that need to go, all in the spirit of spring cleaning. Things like military academies, cable’s tiered fee system and daylight savings were brought up. My personal favorite? Homework before ninth grade.

The whole discussion got me thinking (that’s the point, right?): What food/cooking items are either ridiculous or just plain obsolete? What would I argue for getting rid of?


Here’s my list. Leave a comment weighing in with your own.

  1. Curly parsley — Wouldn’t we be better off growing something which has a purpose greater than that of just posing prettily on a plate? Not that it even has cosmetic value. Its presence is more like a warning: “The food you are about to ingest is going to keep you up tonight.”

  2. Kid food — You’ve heard my didactic intolerance regarding this one before, but I’ll say it again. The whole notion that kids must eat food that’s the same color as crayons, and with about the same number of natural ingredients, is bizarre. And I would include the grand tradition in this country of school hot lunch.

  3. Herb choppers — Just pick up a chef’s knife already. I admit: before I became more or less handy with a knife, I was easily tempted by pretty, shiny gadgets. Turns out they’re not faster or more efficient. Nor do they properly allow you to unleash a day’s worth of frustration on a heap of cilantro.

  4. Marshmallows on sweet potatoes —  Some seemingly incongruous food pairings make sense, like chili and chocolate. And some are just gross.

  5. Shredded carrots in Jell-O — Same principle. Who’s behind this carrot degradation, anyway? There are far better things to do with carrots than float them in the trembling, transparent mass that is Jell-O. Wait, why don’t we just get rid of Jell-O? Who’s with me?

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  1. 1

    them apples said,

    I was bought a device that’s intended to aerate a bottle of red wine in a short amount of time by gently blowing air through a probe inserted into the bottle.

    It’s utterly, utterly useless. I can taste no difference between a bottle of red that’s undergone the treatment and one that hasn’t.

    I’m there with the sweet potatoes and marshmellows…revolting.

  2. 2

    tiff g. said,

    LOVE IT! Go Trish!

  3. 3

    sarah said,

    Oh my, Utah would be so mad at you – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1156021.stm

    I vote to remove all cheeses in cellophane wrappers that must be pried off like wallpaper.

  4. 4

    I nominate pancake mix. Seriously, it’s flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder or soda. How hard is that?

    And I could definitely live without canned peaches.

  5. 5

    Trisha said,

    Them apples: Thanks for weighing in. Nothing crowds an already crowded utensil drawer than a pointless utensil.

    Tiff: Thanks!

    Sarah: Too funny! At least that clip is old news (from 2001), and if Utah gets mad, I have back up — my parents live there. : ) And so true about the cheese!

    Camille: Good ones, both of ’em.

  6. 6

    finsmom said,

    What a beautiful photo!

    I am laughing my head off at your post! I agree with them all!

  7. 7

    Elisa said,

    I heard that segment on NPR, and I most definitely agree on the homework point! And I agree with your food suggestions as well. Can I add just about anything found in SkyMall or with the words, “As Seen on TV” stamped on the side? You know, those products serving one purpose and one purpose only–which can generally be completed without the aid of such clutter-producers. Deluxe bagel slicer, anyone?

  8. 8

    Trisha said,

    finsmom: Thanks! Glad to get you laughing.

    Elisa: yes, those single-purpose items are space and money hogs. Who needs that?

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