Every time I go grocery shopping, I think: Who buys this and what the heck do they use it for?
This is my list of foods that I think should NOT ever exist and be sold to consumers, even if it’s “convenient” and “time-saving”.
PRE-MIXED EGGS IN A CARTON
You have to be really… really… lazy to not want to crack open eggs, and would rather crack open a carton to pour our some liquefied eggs.
I don’t even care that you buy the eggs in a carton that are egg whites only, that is just …wrong on so many levels.
What is the purpose of this food additive? To make your coffee whiter? It’s just for colour?
Why not add milk (plant or animal-based)?
Even with the new coffee whiteners that let you add toffee and caramel flavours, that just means what you’d really like is a toffee or caramel drink but don’t want to buy one.
INSTANT MASHED POTATOES
Okay, so boiling and peeling potatoes takes some work, and so does mashing them… but I think this is an abomination on the shelf.
When I cook potatoes, I can’t even freeze them because when I go to defrost them, they taste mushy or spongey, or a weird mix of the two.
How can they make dehydrated potato flakes taste remotely delicious unless they add a lot of fat or salt?
PRE-COOKED HARDBOILED EGGS
You can’t make hardboiled eggs in 5 minutes? It just takes water, heat and some time.
Then you just peel them. This has to be preferable to pre-cooked, slimy, chewy pre-cooked hardboiled eggs in a bag.
PEELED POTATOES IN A BAG
..AGAIN. Just use a peeler on some real potatoes. Why do you need to buy them in a plastic bag after a factory has peeled them?
You have to really be frickin’ lazy to buy these.
PRE-CUT FRUIT UNLESS YOU ARE IN A RUSH AND STARVING
Have you ever seen how much pre-cut fruit costs? A lot.
I go into Loblaws and marvel at how people (could) just pick up a little tub of mixed pre-cut fruit, and think to myself:
Is it really THAT hard to buy a box of raspberries or blueberries, pick up a fresh apple or an orange and eat them?
The only fruit you should be buying pre-cut when you are in a rush is something like a watermelon or a pineapple which requires a knife and a cutting board.
Otherwise, get the fruit yourself, bring it home, slice it up and bring it to work in a Tupperware box.