Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It Isn't Easy Being Green

Kermit is absolutely right!

I like to eat green things. Not Kermit of course! I could never eat such a dear sweet frog. However.........shamefully though I must admit, over the course of my life, I have eaten a few of his cousins........possibly even some of his brothers and sisters!

Of course the kind of green thing I'm speaking of, is the green, leafy, cruciferous kind. I love greens. In addition to Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and altough not green, Cauliflower, I usually buy a can or two of mixed greens........turnip,and mustard usually. Last night while shopping, I remembered how long it's been since I had eaten collard greens, another one of my favorites, so I bought a can of them too. I had planned on eating them tonight with my supper, so I opened the can.

Now, because canned vegetables usually have an over abundance of sodium, it's been my practice to pour off the liquid before heating them up. So.......I partially opened the lid on the can of collards, and began to pour off the briny liquid. I poured.........and I poured.........and I poured..........and I poured........hmmm! There is an awful lot of liquid in this can, I thought. I continued to pour. By the time I was done pouring, the can felt extremely light. I resumed opening the top with my can opener, and sure enough, there was but a half a can of greens left inside! My first thought was, "The stingy bastards!" Then I realized I must have gotten the last can of the batch! Still, poor quality control.

But, que serĂ¡ serĂ¡! My luck was rotten, but not as bad as the man who found a mouse in his bottle of beer, the woman who found a thumb in her can of peas, or the hapless soul who found a breaded, deep fried chicken head in their order of chicken McNuggets!

As Teri posted on her blog yesterday, always look on the bright side of life!

Melissa XX


Caroline said...

I once started comparing food processing stories with other students who had similar summer jobs. You could reach a point where you would buy almost nothing!

We did a marvellous range of frozen extras with our peas and beans, caterpillars was the favourite and as for the stench of rotting residue in odd parts of the plant...

We were all poor and many decided to take some excess production away for home testing but I limited myself to cleaning up the strawberry and sugar syrup icicles from the oozing boxes.

I prefer frozen veg with no added sodium but check for extras before cooking.

Caroline xxx

Stephanie said...

Every can of greens we've opened up lately has been like that, half empty/full. They want you to buy two cans.

Anonymous said...

The moral of the story is, buy fresh collard greens! Even around here, greens are usually available fresh during winter, probably from California--mostly kale and Swiss chard, but sometimes collard too. Some people even get them to over-winter in their gardens.

I'll use frozen veggies, but canned? Nein danke! Even if the can is full.

Melissa said...

Except for greens, I normally do buy frozen vegetables, and microwave them just enough to heat them up. Occasionally I will buy a big bag of fresh collards or kale, wash them, and cook them down on the stove top, but I like the convenience of pre-cooked and seasoned canned greens. I buy canned beans for convenience too, because it takes so long to soak and cook dried beans.

Melissa XX

Caroline said...

Cans and beans were made for each other!

Caroline xxx

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with a chicken head in a McNugget? Parts is parts! Besides, we would be even more grossed out if we knew how most sausage is