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(News.com.au)   Australian greengrocers get tough on stalk snappers   (news.com.au) divider line
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2020-05-28 6:46:40 AM  
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2020-05-28 10:17:55 AM  
Mind that snapper!

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2020-05-28 10:18:59 AM  
Oh, and every store around here sells broccoli crowns separate and for a higher price.  That's an easy solution for them if their produce guy has a knife and cutting board.
 
2020-05-28 10:55:43 AM  
The peeled stalk is the best part.
 
2020-05-28 11:15:02 AM  

NINEv2: The peeled stalk is the best part.



Raw, yes.  But if you're steaming, the florets are the winners.
 
2020-05-28 11:21:17 AM  

UberDave: Oh, and every store around here sells broccoli crowns separate and for a higher price.  That's an easy solution for them if their produce guy has a knife and cutting board.


We get in shipments specifically of broccoli crown. Our stalked broccoli is more expensive because it's organic.

We put up signs asking customers not to shuck corn and not to sample cherries (because people spit out the pits everywhere) for other shopper's and employee health. Since Covid started we've seen an increase in customers complaining about people touching produce in any way. It's difficult to police other people's hygiene constantly and the general public are gross.
 
2020-05-28 11:36:04 AM  

UberDave: Oh, and every store around here sells broccoli crowns separate and for a higher price.  That's an easy solution for them if their produce guy has a knife and cutting board.


It's like 20 cents per lb more here, and I confess I've spent WAY too much time trying to figure out if it's worth it.

I guess I should suck it up and weigh some stalks.
 
2020-05-28 11:37:36 AM  

azn_firebug: UberDave: Oh, and every store around here sells broccoli crowns separate and for a higher price.  That's an easy solution for them if their produce guy has a knife and cutting board.

We get in shipments specifically of broccoli crown. Our stalked broccoli is more expensive because it's organic.

We put up signs asking customers not to shuck corn and not to sample cherries (because people spit out the pits everywhere) for other shopper's and employee health. Since Covid started we've seen an increase in customers complaining about people touching produce in any way. It's difficult to police other people's hygiene constantly and the general public are gross.


I've noticed there is a lot less activity/mess than used to be in the produce area (worked supermarket produce when I was a kid (safeway).  Back in the day, we would get in boxes of everything and have to process it ourselves including trimming of everything - I trimmed and wrapped enough iceberg lettuce for a lifetime.

I don't get the corn thing.  I mean, I understand one doesn't want a bad stalk but fark - when it is 6 for a dollar, just buy an extra dollar's worth.  Or get the already shucked package.  Personally, I like to grill mine where it essentially steams in the husks so I *can't* open it if want consistency.
 
2020-05-28 11:44:55 AM  

FrancoFile: NINEv2: The peeled stalk is the best part.


Raw, yes.  But if you're steaming, the florets are the winners.


I'll take em both
 
2020-05-28 11:56:08 AM  
FTA: "It's not about the cost, it's the principle of being forced to pay for a stalk that won't be used. Similarly, at the butcher I always ask that any excess fat is trimmed off."

and the butcher still charges for the full weight before trimming the fat
 
2020-05-28 12:30:58 PM  

UberDave: I've noticed there is a lot less activity/mess than used to be in the produce area (worked supermarket produce when I was a kid (safeway).  Back in the day, we would get in boxes of everything and have to process it ourselves including trimming of everything - I trimmed and wrapped enough iceberg lettuce for a lifetime.

I don't get the corn thing.  I mean, I understand one doesn't want a bad stalk but fark - when it is 6 for a dollar, just buy an extra dollar's worth.  Or get the already shucked package.  Personally, I like to grill mine where it essentially steams in the husks so I *can't* open it if want consistency.


We probably do more produce trim than most companies, but yes, lot less work than what it used to be and any trim we do have gets composted or sent to a feed lot.

The corn thing is weird, lots of customers also break the stalk when they shuck it. I prefer keeping the whole thing in tact so corn stays fresher until I cook it and there's still something to hold the corn with. The people who buy about 20-40 ears at a time are also the ones doing the most of the corn shucking.
 
2020-05-28 12:32:16 PM  

petec: FTA: "It's not about the cost, it's the principle of being forced to pay for a stalk that won't be used. Similarly, at the butcher I always ask that any excess fat is trimmed off."

and the butcher still charges for the full weight before trimming the fat


Yeah, we do! Also charge the full weight of the fish before it gets skinned or the head is removed.
 
2020-05-28 12:34:11 PM  
Our local store sells broccoli heads at a different/higher price than stalks of broccoli. Vwala.
 
2020-05-28 1:00:14 PM  
eat the stalks.  yum.
i don't shuck or sample, but i have a veryhard time in the produce section nothandling every pear or jalapeno or vidalia or roma... i don't want bad ones, of course, but part of it is a small OCD tic that is usually unnoticeable, but super embarrassing in the current climate.  also, i feel i really must insist that

yakmans_dad: Our local store sells broccoli heads at a different/higher price than stalks of broccoli. "Vwala".

be made the new normal.  :>
 
2020-05-28 1:31:35 PM  
Mom taught me to shuck corn when buying it cause some ears have big ol' worms in them, always at the very top of the ear.  Been a while since ive seen one, but i have found several over the years.
 
2020-05-28 1:58:24 PM  
With apologies to Carlin:

In a world where we can buy edible women's panties, cinnamon dental floss, and cheese in a spray can, are people really breaking their balls to save 9 cents on a farking produce purchase?!?!
 
2020-05-28 2:19:38 PM  

petec: FTA: "It's not about the cost, it's the principle of being forced to pay for a stalk that won't be used. Similarly, at the butcher I always ask that any excess fat is trimmed off."

and the butcher still charges for the full weight before trimming the fat


You might need a new butcher.

I used to be a little embarrassed that my wife pulled off the unusable cabbage leaves before she bagged the head of cabbage.  She didn't care and I got over it.
 
2020-05-28 3:05:34 PM  

rainbowbutter: eat the stalks.  yum.
i don't shuck or sample, but i have a veryhard time in the produce section nothandling every pear or jalapeno or vidalia or roma... i don't want bad ones, of course, but part of it is a small OCD tic that is usually unnoticeable, but super embarrassing in the current climate.  also, i feel i really must insist that
yakmans_dad: Our local store sells broccoli heads at a different/higher price than stalks of broccoli. "Vwala".be made the new normal.  :>


My 30 years in the laboratory, 5 years at CERN, 15 tending the poor of Rio and Mumbai. And what will I be remembered for?
 
2020-05-28 3:14:19 PM  

yakmans_dad: rainbowbutter: eat the stalks.  yum.
i don't shuck or sample, but i have a veryhard time in the produce section nothandling every pear or jalapeno or vidalia or roma... i don't want bad ones, of course, but part of it is a small OCD tic that is usually unnoticeable, but super embarrassing in the current climate.  also, i feel i really must insist that
yakmans_dad: Our local store sells broccoli heads at a different/higher price than stalks of broccoli. "Vwala".be made the new normal.  :>

My 30 years in the laboratory, 5 years at CERN, 15 tending the poor of Rio and Mumbai. And what will I be remembered for?


you fark one sheep...
 
2020-05-28 3:30:49 PM  

SirMadness: yakmans_dad: rainbowbutter: eat the stalks.  yum.
i don't shuck or sample, but i have a veryhard time in the produce section nothandling every pear or jalapeno or vidalia or roma... i don't want bad ones, of course, but part of it is a small OCD tic that is usually unnoticeable, but super embarrassing in the current climate.  also, i feel i really must insist that
yakmans_dad: Our local store sells broccoli heads at a different/higher price than stalks of broccoli. "Vwala".be made the new normal.  :>

My 30 years in the laboratory, 5 years at CERN, 15 tending the poor of Rio and Mumbai. And what will I be remembered for?

you fark one sheep...


vwala!
 
2020-05-28 5:52:47 PM  
A few (maybe more) years ago I noticed people peeling corn and leaving the leaves and silk on the side of the table thing where they kept the corn. The store I guess finally gave in, because now there is a garbage can provided and they charge by the ear rather than the pound.

I like corn grilled so the husk stays until after its cooked.
 
2020-05-28 10:52:56 PM  
My first meal with broccoli with the ex-wife and I see her slicing the husky outside from the stalk and then cutting up the pieces and cooking them too.

I'm like, you can eat that part?  I used to trim the very tips off and toss the rest.
 
2020-05-29 4:01:32 PM  

knobmaker: petec: FTA: "It's not about the cost, it's the principle of being forced to pay for a stalk that won't be used. Similarly, at the butcher I always ask that any excess fat is trimmed off."

and the butcher still charges for the full weight before trimming the fat

You might need a new butcher.

I used to be a little embarrassed that my wife pulled off the unusable cabbage leaves before she bagged the head of cabbage.  She didn't care and I got over it.


Same with things like leeks, asparagus, top-on carrots, etc.  I hate thinking half the weight of the veg is something you will toss.  I have been attempting to save all those scraps for veg stock but it's a pain and the stocks I've made always come out either bland or too funky.
 
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