Do you have the strange habit of eating some foods raw which are usually cooked?

@thea09 (18327)
Greece
August 6, 2009 3:52am CST
Some people eat some strange foods raw which are normally only associated with being cooked. My son often likes to snack on raw spaghettis sticks, I have a friend who likes to eat raw potatoes sometimes, myself I can only eat raw tripe not cooked tripe. Have you got any strange habits like this?
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
6 Aug 09
Let me think about it...I don't think so... I like to eat sashimi (raw fish and seafood). Does raw dough or batter count? My husband like to eat those, I personally think it is yuck... but he loves it very much!
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi mermaidivy, is sashimi the same as sushi. I've never had it and am dying to try it and have been promised a home made uncooked meal of it soon and I know I'm going to love it. But no, it does not count, way too normal. Dough does not count either. Now you're the first one to come up with raw batter. Do you mean like pancake before it's cooked or the stuff you make to fry things in?
@jonakyl (493)
• United States
7 Aug 09
Sashimi is just the fish, sushi is the fish with that sticky rice they use. Both can be quite tasty.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
27 Aug 09
A friend of mine used to order extra of a certain fish bait so he could give me some to eat, imagine using prawns for fishbait!
• Romania
6 Aug 09
the dough... I like to much it a little that's why my aunt or mom chase me out of the kitchen when they bake something. Another thing is the yolk with sugar.. but I'm sure many eat that as well. I like to eat some vegetables raw : except potatoes. I always eat cabbage raw also cauliflower, in italy they offer also raw meat, very thin sliced it's quit good. If you like it and able to digest then there's not strange at all.. expect for the ones seeing you eating XD
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi sunchild, well I don't thnk the dough is an unusual habit. If we're talking biscuit dough here I eat much more of that raw than ever makes it into the oven as it is so good. Then I usually only half bake one tray of biscuits so I still have that dough taste instead of the meant to be crispy way the others like. Italian raw meat - not sure if that counts as it's a sort of traditional thing there. Now egg yolk with sugar, I think that definitely qualifies as a strange habit so well done
• Romania
6 Aug 09
I'm talking about every type of dough from biscuits till pizza and so on. Also I sometimes eate a small amount or cocoa powder. Also there's a type of pasta so thin that it needs less than 1 minute to boil and i like to eat it raw too. Ok now I'm geting hunry here...
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
27 Aug 09
I can't think of a food usually eaten cooked that I eat raw... My younger sister used to eat raw potatoes when she was little. I don't know why she did that, but she seemed to enjoy it.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
27 Aug 09
Ah unadventurous here I see Stvasile, still you've got all those nice herbs to munch on, do you find them less offensive cooked or raw, at least it's easier to pick out the raw ones. I expected to hear of some Romanian delicacy here but yet again all I get is raw potato.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Aug 09
I love raw broccoli and yes i like to eat raw potatoes, always did even as a child but raw meat,no never its just not safe as raw meat of any kind carries a lot of nasy bacteria on it. I love to eat raw green peppers too.raw veggies are good for you really as long as they are well washed.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi Hatley, there is nothing remotely strange in eating raw vegetables, they are very good for us. My young son eats a whole raw green pepper every day, whereas I prefer cooked red ones after they've been blackened. You are quite right that it is risky to eat raw meat, though one game chap on here has admitted to raw pig skin.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
6 Aug 09
My Mum likes to eat raw potato while she's chopping it up, but I've never cared for it myself. I do like raw cabbage and brussel sprouts though. I think they taste sweeter when their raw so even when it's cooked, the lesser the better for me. I'm not a fan of tripe at all either, so the thought of it raw isn't very appealing for me. I love raw fish too if it's good quality.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
6 Aug 09
Oh, so THAT'S how it is then is it? Personally I'm exceptionally adventurous when it comes to food and I'll try pretty much anything within reason. A few examples are snake, ostrich, emu, crocodile, kangaroo, witchetty grub, duck fetus, sea urchin, snails and pigs ears..... None of these were raw at the time mind you!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Oh, so THAT'S how it is then is it? Personally I'm exceptionally adventurous when it comes to food and I'll try pretty much anything within reason. A few examples are snake, ostrich, emu, crocodile, kangaroo, witchetty grub, duck fetus, sea urchin, snails and pigs ears..... None of these were raw at the time mind you! + - ! Well I really thought that Hiccup had the most strange thing to eat so far, water buffalo. That was cooked too. I'm going to let you and Hic off the raw bit as you really do eat some strange things over there in Aus. Actually though I thought witchetty grubs were meant to be eaten raw, I've seen them eaten on TV quite a few times but always raw. I can match you on snails, but I did eat my sea urchin raw not cooked, it was delicious but I had someone else cut it open for me.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
6 Aug 09
I ate the sea urchin raw too actually now that I think about it! It wasn't something I overly enjoyed, but I'd eat it again. The witchetty grub I ate was cooked, but the Australian Aboriginals do often eat them raw. The one I ate tasted just like egg.
@glesil_00 (1147)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
The food i eat that should be cook is the uncooked rice. When i am in my hometown i am fond of it every morning and afternoon. I don't feel anything good but i love eating it, and my mother will prohibit me of doing it. Another is the shrimp. A fresh shrimp is tasty for me and some small fresh small fish. In some vegetable i eat raw vegetables like carrot, cabbage, and radish.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hello glesil, well there's nothing remotely strange about eating raw vegetables or shrimp, in fact I've never heard of anyone actually cooking a radish and carrots and cabbage are of course raw when they go into a yummy coleslaw. But you've definitely got the strange habit with the rice, how can you eat raw rice, I hate it even when I test it in the pan to see if it's cooked properly and it isn't. So yes a definite strange habit.
@glesil_00 (1147)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
That vegetable maybe not that strange habit but among us five i am the one who can eat that vegetables and shrimps without salt or vinegar, or mayonnaise in vegetable. First time i eat raw vegetable that was a salad, and there is nothing to dip, but i like it. Radish is cook and can be eater raw and we put vinegar in it with salt, sugar and ground pepper and onions, but even without them i can. I am not the only one that can eat raw vegetable like this.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi glesil, a good radish should be hot and peppery enough to eat raw but I'm not having much luck this year, they don't seem to b.e hot at all, so maybe I'll try your idea of vinegar on it
@samson1967 (7422)
• India
6 Aug 09
Before Invention of Fire our ancestors used to have everything raw.... Being thier heirs humans got tendency to consume somethings raw!!! Well I consume onions, pork skin, small prawns, and all sort of edible roots that grow beneath the earth.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hello samson, well I'm with you on the onions and the prawns, in fact prawns raw are heaven when dipped in mayonaisse or a lemon and olive oil dip. They are things though that are often eaten raw wheras your strange habit of raw pork skin has got to be a first. Do you pluck the hairs out first? I couldn't do that one, I suppose it resembles human flesh a bit too much.
• India
6 Aug 09
It is very tasty, here they burn out the hair and wash the skin with hot water, before slicing and marketing.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
gosh that's interesting, I never knew that. wish I'd looked to see where you are from before starting this response now. I thought you were talking about a personal habit of eating raw pig skin,not something done on a large scale. It raises the question though that if the pig is raw it isn't really pork, as pig only becomes pork when it is cooked. Not sure about that though. And also when they burn the hairs off it's sort of cooking it, or at least singeing in.
@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
8 Aug 09
I like to eat carrot and tomato raw, other things I do not have raw as such. My son loves eat raw uncooked noodles.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
10 Aug 09
Hi yogambal, I wonder where our children get these strange ideas from such as eating raw noodles. When my son started helping himself to raw spaghetti sticks I worried a bit that it might not be good for him but he came to no harm. Carrots and tomaotes definitely don't count as strange foods to eat raw though, everyone does it, probably because they are better than cooked.
• United States
8 Aug 09
My kids like to eat uncooked hard noodles as well. I guess squash if that counts? I just cut it up & dip it in dressing or add to a salad raw... I've only really ever seen it served cooked.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
8 Aug 09
Hi snugglebunnies, I don't think squash counts, I think any vegetable can be eaten raw without being considered unusual. In fact I think it would be an improvement raw, I've never eaten it myself but used to buy butternut squash and steam it when my son was a toddler and give it to him, it looked most unappetising but toddlers aren't that fussy. Now raw noodles definitely count but I have to add a yuck to it,
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
6 Aug 09
not me so much but my daughters will grab a handfull of spaghetti (pretty much only when i am going to be cooking it) and snack on them. i dont really eat anything like that though.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hello cher, so your daughter shares the same odd eating habit as my son, I thought he was the only one. I really can't see the attraction myself of snacking on raw spaghetti sticks but it doesn't seem to do any harm. It's more annoying than anything with the continual cruching and then the little bits of spaghetti pieces which break off and land all over the floor.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 09
My oldest son use to eat biscuit dough back when i made biscuits,buy frozen ones now. He also would pour raw oats in a glass & fill the glass w/milk & EAT THEM LIKE CEREAL, YUCK. I can't think of anything i eat in an untraditional way. I'm pretty boring, .
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi Jo, if you classify yourself as boring for not eating strange foods raw you'll be joining the majority on here, there's only been a few daring replies so far. The raw biscuit dough is not in the slightest bit strange, I often do it myself and much prefer it to baked as it's meant to be. Now the oat thing I would classify odd if your son ate them neat but by putting milk on them then they are just normal
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@GardenGerty (102535)
• United States
6 Aug 09
I have a friend who says she eats a raw potato daily when she gets home from work. I think she craves minerals. I like zucchini raw, but I like it cooked as well. My son as an infant ate raw green beans from the garden. He still likes raw peas.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi Gerty, zucchinis are courgettes i believe, nothing at all strange about eating those raw, they are really tasty either way. Over here we batter them and fry them in olive oil as an appetizer. Raw beans and peas, nothing strange there at all. I'm still in agreement though that eating raw potatoes is a bit strange though when we think about it they often dug them up and ate them raw in times of famine.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
6 Aug 09
Good morning Thea. I love mushrooms any which way, but I adore them sliced raw in a salad. I'm not a great breakfast person. but I have to eat something in a morning to take about 8 tablets with. I usually spread some cream cheese on a roll and top it with sliced raw mushroom and fresh parsley. Delicious!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Morning Sandra, come on I really expected more, raw mushrooms are not in the slightest bit strange unless they've started to go slimy. Now think back to what they are eating in Spain at this moment, there must be something unusual there which other cultures would squirm at, I'm going to have to expand this topic to not what you would eat raw but what do people you know eat raw, everyone here is coming across as normal
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