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Getting over a food dislike
« on: March 13, 2019, 06:24:10 pm »
Has anyone here ever tried to change their dislike of a food?

I'm thinking of trying this with avocadoes. They're nutritious and versatile, and come up in several cuisines that I'm interested in. But their flavor/texture has always been kind of 'bleh' to me. It's not so bad that I pick it out of food - I'll eat it if I encounter it in a California roll or a salad. I would like to like avocado, if that makes sense.

How would one go about purposely changing a preference like this?
Does anyone else have a food they want to like more?
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Re: Getting over a food dislike
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 08:53:49 pm »
Has anyone here ever tried to change their dislike of a food?

I'm thinking of trying this with avocadoes. They're nutritious and versatile, and come up in several cuisines that I'm interested in. But their flavor/texture has always been kind of 'bleh' to me. It's not so bad that I pick it out of food - I'll eat it if I encounter it in a California roll or a salad. I would like to like avocado, if that makes sense.

How would one go about purposely changing a preference like this?
Does anyone else have a food they want to like more?

I'm in the process of doing this with mustard.

I'm an unrepentant sauce goblin and will go wild with any given condiment (except mayonnaise, too much sour egg butter is too much), and mustard is often promoted as a healthy way to moisturize sandwiches and bring some zest  to food.

I'm still not gonna pour mustard straight into my mouth, but finding things that either... pair nicely with the mustard, or mask some of that pungent vinagery-ness, or finding a nice enough mustard that balance sweet with yum yum peppery horribleness (I can grok honey mustard pretty well, actually) is a process.

Same with spiciness, I'm slowly increasing my tolerance for heat by just. Every time I have spicy, I go for just a little higher than I think I can.

Just gotta be willing to experiment, if it's not an outright revolting texture/flavor.

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Re: Getting over a food dislike
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 09:14:23 pm »
Has anyone here ever tried to change their dislike of a food?

I'm thinking of trying this with avocadoes. They're nutritious and versatile, and come up in several cuisines that I'm interested in. But their flavor/texture has always been kind of 'bleh' to me. It's not so bad that I pick it out of food - I'll eat it if I encounter it in a California roll or a salad. I would like to like avocado, if that makes sense.

How would one go about purposely changing a preference like this?
Does anyone else have a food they want to like more?

What worked for me with turnips (i.e., large yellow rutabagas) was having a small helping - what my mom calls a 'no-thank-you bite', the idea being that if one is a guest it's more polite to take, and be able to ingest, a little of a thing, than to decline it - when it was being served. Those small helpings started very tiny, less than a teaspoon, and gradually got bigger. I'm still not likely to just do turnips as a dish in themselves when I'm cooking for myself, but I can enjoy them quite a lot when someone else serves them to me, and love them as an ingredient in soups and stews.

This isn't sure-fire; there are some things I just don't like, and nothing will change that. And I'm not sure how amenable avocados can be to this approach, especially for someone who mostly cooks for themself (as I think is the case with you?), when there's no one else to eat up all the rest of it.

Two things come to mind as maybe helpful here. One, I've found that avocado really needs a little salt. Not much; a few grains can make a considerable difference, from 'bland and meh' to 'nom!'

Two, guacamole. If you already enjoy dipping tortilla chips into guac, you're most of the way there on learning to like it. If not, it's a good way to add other tastes and textures to avocado, that might make it more appealing. A perfectly legitimate basic guac can just be avocado, some lime juice to prevent browning and because the taste is complementary, and that smidgen of salt, but from there you can go in all kinds of directions.

I'm especially fond of using avocado as part of the binder in protein-salad sandwiches - using chicken-salad as an example, that can be characterized equally well as 'chicken salad with avocado' or 'guacamole con pollo'.

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Re: Getting over a food dislike
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 06:32:33 pm »
I'm in the process of doing this with mustard.

Right there with you. There are only three places I put mustard: on pork before roasting it, in salad dressing, and in cider sauce. Definitely not on a sandwich  :P

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Re: Getting over a food dislike
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 06:39:15 pm »
I'm not sure how amenable avocados can be to this approach, especially for someone who mostly cooks for themself (as I think is the case with you?), when there's no one else to eat up all the rest of it.

Yep, I'm on my own, and a whole avocado might be a bit much to start with. I did notice, though, that my local grocery store has frozen cubed avocado, and that could be a way to go.

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If you already enjoy dipping tortilla chips into guac, you're most of the way there on learning to like it. If not, it's a good way to add other tastes and textures to avocado, that might make it more appealing.

I'm not much of a dipper in general, but I am curious about using it as a spread (which I think is what the current trend for 'avocado toast' is?).

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I'm especially fond of using avocado as part of the binder in protein-salad sandwiches - using chicken-salad as an example, that can be characterized equally well as 'chicken salad with avocado' or 'guacamole con pollo'.

Hmm, that would be a good alternative to mayonnaise, too, for anyone who doesn't eat it.

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Re: Getting over a food dislike
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 08:37:33 pm »
Has anyone here ever tried to change their dislike of a food?

I'm thinking of trying this with avocadoes. They're nutritious and versatile, and come up in several cuisines that I'm interested in. But their flavor/texture has always been kind of 'bleh' to me. It's not so bad that I pick it out of food - I'll eat it if I encounter it in a California roll or a salad. I would like to like avocado, if that makes sense.

How would one go about purposely changing a preference like this?
Does anyone else have a food they want to like more?

Nothing short of starvation could get me to eat green peas. I loathe them with practically every part of my being. They look loathsome with their shiny green sliminess, they taste loathsome, and that loathsome smell...ugh! *shudder*

(And yes, I do pick them out of anything I might be eating, such as fried rice.)

And you know, I'm perfectly fine with that. There are enough other things that I like that more than make up for a green pea-less existence. :)
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