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post #61 of 77
I won't eat food at potlucks unless I bring it or it is something like a veggie tray made at the grocery store.

Have you ever seen the Hoarders shows? That is one of the reasons I won't eat food made by others. A lot of those people seem so normal when they are out in public, but go into their house and beware. Also, once I went to a Christmas party at a beautiful, sparkling clean, million dollar house. There was a spiral ham on the counter. They had a cat who jumped on the counter and started gobbling the ham. The hostess just pushed the cat off, grabbed a knife and hacked off a chunk of the ham. She said to us, "there, good as new." My husband and I left soon after that and stopped at Panera on the way home.
post #62 of 77
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I won't eat food at potlucks unless I bring it or it is something like a veggie tray made at the grocery store.

 


I worked briefly as a cake decorator at a national chain grocery store in a high end neighborhood and after what I saw there, I will never, ever eat anything prepared, cut or sliced at a grocery store. That includes ground beef as I personally witnessed the butcher picking up raw meat off the floor and then running it through the grinder.

post #63 of 77
Ugh! Then what can we buy other than whole produce? I'm not interested in becoming a vegetarian. Sigh. My anxiety is going to be ramped up next time I go shopping. Why can't people just be clean and honest?
Edited by SecretAgentCakeBaker - 7/28/13 at 7:21pm
post #64 of 77
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I started gagging the moment I read 'legs' and still haven't stopped. Oh my gosh, that is so revolting!!!

 

I trust restaurants more than most people's homes, at least there are rules to follow, and most at least try to stick to some of them, lol. In someone's home, there is nothing.

 

There's a lady who sells shish kabobs at the local farmer's market, her truck broke down one day and she only lives a few minutes away, so I offered to help her drive all her equipment and stuff to sell.

 

We go into the house to collect stuff, and she is 'marinating' the skewers of meat on a giant painting tarp on her living room floor. she just skewers the meat, tosses it on the tarp, dumps the oil/spices on top and lets it sit for 24 hours. Totally uncovered, at room temp.

Oh, did I mention she has a cat?

 

I don't eat anything from the farmer's markets now, unless it is mine or I know the person and have been in their kitchen.

That is horrifying! I bet that meat is super tender though, half rotted like that. :P

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post #65 of 77
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I won't eat food at potlucks unless I bring it or it is something like a veggie tray made at the grocery store.

 


I worked briefly as a cake decorator at a national chain grocery store in a high end neighborhood and after what I saw there, I will never, ever eat anything prepared, cut or sliced at a grocery store. That includes ground beef as I personally witnessed the butcher picking up raw meat off the floor and then running it through the grinder.

Cook it really good, and it'll kill the germs ;-)

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post #66 of 77
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Cook it really good, and it'll kill the germs ;-)

Yes, and sterilize any of the roach droppings that might have stuck on the meat. I know even Julia Child told people to pick stuff up off the floor and use it, but I bet she wouldn't have wanted anything of that particular floor.

post #67 of 77
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Yes, and sterilize any of the roach droppings that might have stuck on the meat. I know even Julia Child told people to pick stuff up off the floor and use it, but I bet she wouldn't have wanted anything of that particular floor.

Anything that comes from a factory had a certain amount of "allowable filth" in it. That includes bug parts and rat/mouse droppings.

Yum!
post #68 of 77

At my school we did everything with our hands. Especially sponges, because if you can feel the lumps of flower, it's easier to fold. It's more efficient.

 

I guess it's gross if you aren't a clean person. In foodsafe, our health inspector said he was more comfortable with bare hands, because when your hands are bare, you know when they are dirty. With gloves, you don't feel anything. You forget. And you still don't wash your hands because you figure "oh I just had gloves on, they're clean."

 

But the loose hair is definitely something.

post #69 of 77
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At my school we did everything with our hands. Especially sponges, because if you can feel the lumps of flower, it's easier to fold. It's more efficient.

 

I guess it's gross if you aren't a clean person. In foodsafe, our health inspector said he was more comfortable with bare hands, because when your hands are bare, you know when they are dirty. With gloves, you don't feel anything. You forget. And you still don't wash your hands because you figure "oh I just had gloves on, they're clean."

 

But the loose hair is definitely something.

people should know that they need to wash there hands after using gloves and gloves are task specific. when they think that way it makes me crazy. not you,just people.

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post #70 of 77
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Cook it really good, and it'll kill the germs ;-)

A few places where I've worked have called it the five-second rule:  It's OK to pick it up as long as it just momentarily touched the floor.  If it's on the floor longer than that, toss it.  An old manager of mine was adamant not to waste anything because waster = money lost.  As long as it wasn't visually dirty, it was OK.

post #71 of 77
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But the loose hair is definitely something.

Ugh, I know! I always pin my hair up, cover it totally with a tied handkerchief, put on a clean apron, clean my work area, and STILL my family found a hair in a cookie this week....glad it wasn't for a customer, but things like that make me soooo nervous. What else can I do? And these shows don't even TRY to cover their hair - you know there must be hairs that get in the cakes. So gross.

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post #72 of 77

OK...here's my gross story.

 

I taught a cake-decorating class and a really stinky lady took the class.  She smelled like old coffee and mega-cigarettes.  I also worked at the same place she did and she smelled at work too.

 

One day, she came into my office at work to show me a picture of a cake she'd made.  I tried to find the positive points of the cake to be encouraging, and to point out a few changes to improve her final product.  It was a Halloween cake, and on one corner was a large fondant ghost.  Smiling, I said, "Oh, that ghost is cute.  But I probably wouldn't have put him on the corner where he could fall off."  She said, "Oh, I had to put that there.  My cat licked the icing off the corner of the cake and I didn't have time to fix it before taking it to the party so I am using the ghost to cover the bare corner!!!!!"  Wh-wh-wh-what???????? 

 

Not that I would have willingly eaten anything she made anyway, but after that, I quietly warned others.  Suffice it to say, whenever she brought baked goods to work, most of the trash cans were full of her cupcakes.  Blech!

post #73 of 77
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Cook it really good, and it'll kill the germs ;-)

A few places where I've worked have called it the five-second rule:  It's OK to pick it up as long as it just momentarily touched the floor.  If it's on the floor longer than that, toss it.  An old manager of mine was adamant not to waste anything because waster = money lost.  As long as it wasn't visually dirty, it was OK.

When I took food safety, the inspector giving the class asked if it was okay to serve food off the floor, and there were people who said yes, if it is rinsed, or cooked after. The inspector said no. 

 

I can tell you that for my own family, if I drop a whole packet of nuggets on the floor, before I cook them, or a $6 a piece steak falls on the ground, it is getting the pick through test and getting cooked and served, or rinsed and grilled, and I'm gonna eat it. 

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post #74 of 77
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OK...here's my gross story.

 

I taught a cake-decorating class and a really stinky lady took the class.  She smelled like old coffee and mega-cigarettes.  I also worked at the same place she did and she smelled at work too.

 

One day, she came into my office at work to show me a picture of a cake she'd made.  I tried to find the positive points of the cake to be encouraging, and to point out a few changes to improve her final product.  It was a Halloween cake, and on one corner was a large fondant ghost.  Smiling, I said, "Oh, that ghost is cute.  But I probably wouldn't have put him on the corner where he could fall off."  She said, "Oh, I had to put that there.  My cat licked the icing off the corner of the cake and I didn't have time to fix it before taking it to the party so I am using the ghost to cover the bare corner!!!!!"  Wh-wh-wh-what???????? 

 

Not that I would have willingly eaten anything she made anyway, but after that, I quietly warned others.  Suffice it to say, whenever she brought baked goods to work, most of the trash cans were full of her cupcakes.  Blech!

That is nauseating!

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post #75 of 77
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

When I took food safety, the inspector giving the class asked if it was okay to serve food off the floor, and there were people who said yes, if it is rinsed, or cooked after. The inspector said no. 

 

I can tell you that for my own family, if I drop a whole packet of nuggets on the floor, before I cook them, or a $6 a piece steak falls on the ground, it is getting the pick through test and getting cooked and served, or rinsed and grilled, and I'm gonna eat it. 


Oh I have a totally different set of food handling rules for my husband and I than I do for everyone else, haha. There is a big difference between making the call to rinse off a steak for yourself and serving a customer a cake licked by a cat.

 

The cat thing grosses me out so badly, I've heard a few stories about cats and cake. What if someone like my dad, who is severely allergic to cat saliva, got the corner piece? A lot of people are allergic to it, now I'm angry. lol.

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