Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NaBloPoMo Day 15: Just say "No" to canned cranberry sauce

Nov. 15: What are the best/worst dishes at Thanksgiving dinner?

Why is this even a question?  Anyone who knows me, knows that there are two things I loathe more than anything in the world and they both come from cans. The first in tuna fish (have you smelled that stuff?) and the second is cranberry sauce.

Even as a kid, I could not get on board with eating something shaped like a can. I mean, seriously people, we live a modern age and there is no reason for our food to be served in the shape of the package it came in! My mother treated it as if the roundness and the lines around the jellied cranberries was part of its charm. She'd even slice it into little perfectly round disks. Ummm, no. That’s just gross.

Nope. No thanks. More for you.
I have eaten cranberry sauce that didn’t come from a can and found it be pleasant enough. I’m not going to go out of my way to go get some, but it was okay. I just can’t wrap my head around  the appeal of the canned stuff. Cranberry sauce real talk: it’s kind of bitter, it sort of taste like metal, and it’s shaped like the.damn.can!

There are plenty of foods that don't belong in cans: whole chickens, bacon, anything involving bread. I'm sure there is a huge list of things that have no business being canned, but I find cranberry sauce to be the most offensive. Why does every other jelly and jam get to come in a jar? What do we have against cranberries?

I don't understand the enchanment with this Thanksgiving staple and I don't think I ever will. I'm not going to create a huge controversy about it at the table (my family provides more than enough of that after the recent election season), but I will quietly abstain. Mostly likley while wrinkling my nose and silently judging everyone else.

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  1. canned food that keeps the shape of the can? never seen it before! maybe they should start making star shaped, or heart shaped cans!


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