What's in My Salad?

@nanette64 (16734)
Fairfield, Texas
September 9, 2017 10:11am CST
I generally eat a fresh, spinach salad with tomatoes and fresh-cut garlic every day. After eating a few bites, imagine my surprise when I spotted something MOVING in the salad. At first I thought it was a spider; which would have been bad enough but NOOOOOO, it was a Green Beetle. I freaked out. Had I scrunched him with the fork, I would have thought while chewing, that it would have been a piece of the garlic. I removed said critter and took him outside; since he was still alive, and placed him in the grass. I then came in and checked the rest of my salad. No critters. I then went to the refrigerator to check the remaining contents in the container for any other 'critters'. I then called the grocery store and they said to bring the rest of the contents and they would give me a refund. I have no idea where that character came from but talk about a close call!!!!! Ewwww!!!!!
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@Corbin5 (96379)
• United States
9 Sep
That was a close call!!! I bet most of us have eaten a bug or two, or three, or four in our lifetime. Protein!!!
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
Dang, I didn't think about that (protein) @Corbin5 .
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@Corbin5 (96379)
• United States
9 Sep
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@CinnamonGrl (5740)
• Paradise, California
9 Sep
Makes me wonder how many critters we've eaten without knowing it. And I wonder how long till I eat another green salad, LOL
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@dragon54u (31557)
• United States
9 Sep
The USDA allows a certain amount of bug parts, rat hair, etc., in all food. There's just no way to get away from it, I guess, we all eat things we don't want to no matter how careful we are.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
Yeah, no kidding @CinnamonGrl . Dang it; and I love my salads.
@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
@dragon54u I guess the chemicals and pesticides being used today didn't work on that fellow.
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@LadyDuck (141824)
• Switzerland
9 Sep
I never buy products ready to use. I wash all the vegetables I buy, I do not trust how they clean them.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
I guess I should have done that (washed) but with my kinda luck, I'd have scooped him back up and put him back in the container @LadyDuck .
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@LadyDuck (141824)
• Switzerland
9 Sep
@nanette64 I wear my glass and check the leaves when I wash my spinach and salads. I do not even want to imagine if one of my guests should find a bug in a soup or a sald.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
@LadyDuck I don't blame you. I guess you never know what's hanging around.
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@Happy2BeMe (72072)
• Canada
9 Sep
Ewwwww glad they are going to refund your money. You will be watching more closely now when you make a salad.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
You ain't a kiddin' @Happy2BeMe . Who'd a thunk it.
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@Kandae11 (33650)
9 Sep
I am glad you didn't crunch it. One day I found a very tiny centipede in the bunch of thyme which I had bought in the market.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
And we worry about chemicals and pesticides in our foods. Well, I guess I did find the 'pest' part @Kandae11 .
@JolietJake (48578)
• Olney, Illinois
9 Sep
Just a little extra protein, throw some Thousand Island on it and everything will be fine
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
If he wouldn't have been moving I would have missed him since I used Ranch Dressing. I'm sure the critter didn't appreciate that.. Yeah @Corbin5 mentioned that I missed out on some protein @JolietJake .
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@poehere (17756)
• French Polynesia
10 Sep
I read not long ago about packaged salads and how they had frogs in them. I swore then I would never buy a package of salad ever. They even had photos of the frogs sealed in the bags. Green one too. Yuck. Not sure I would buy any more packaged salad mix again from that store. I would also think about changing my brand.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Frogs??? OMG @poehere . That's even worse than the beetle.
@poehere (17756)
• French Polynesia
12 Sep
@nanette64 Yes, no joke. They showed this a while back about bags of packaged salads, having little green frogs in them. Horrible and they sell this to people. They had taken pictures in one market the salad was on the shelf to sell. They sowed these little green frogs popping their heads up through the salad.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Sep
@poehere Holy crap!!
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
10 Sep
I've found critters on greens before. It's just made me be more observant when I'm cleaning them. It's all natural, so it doesn't freak me out. And there is no way to be sure just what is lurking inside a head of tightly packed lettuce leaves. They gotta eat, too!
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Poor critters; I'm glad I didn't eat him @Raelove .
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
11 Sep
@nanette64 I used to have a big vegetable garden, and there were very few things I harvested that didn't have some type of hitchhiker on it somewhere. It's all part of the process, and the commercial food inspectors cannot realistically catch every single one. Ya, and I bet he (or she) is glad you didn't, too!
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@RasmaSandra (16265)
• Riga, Latvia
9 Sep
Glad you got rid of the beetle and you didn't eat him. Do you buy this salad ready made? How about getting the ingredients and making your own salad.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
This wasn't ready made @RasmaSandra . The spinach, toms, garlic were all separate.
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@RasmaSandra (16265)
• Riga, Latvia
9 Sep
@nanette64 so that bugger must have come in the spinach. Hope they check their spinach better from now on.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
@RasmaSandra I don't understand how it could have survived from the picking process, cleaning process, packaging process, etc.
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@Hannihar (26882)
10 Sep
I am glad you did not swallow him. I am also glad you are getting a refund because you should get one. That is horrible. Does it make you want to check things very closely from now on?
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
I'm glad I didn't swallow him either @Hannihar . I will be very vigilant from now on; you can count on it.
@Hannihar (26882)
11 Sep
@nanette64 I am also glad you did not swallow him. I am sure from now on you will check everything to make sure it is just food.
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• United States
9 Sep
Though a healthy salad, you did not need additional protein
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Not that kind any way @TiarasOceanView .
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• United States
11 Sep
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@much2say (38243)
• United States
9 Sep
Oh my! I guess the Green Beetle was trying to eat healthy too .
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
Yeah, no kidding @much2say . He might have been just hitch-hiking.
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@much2say (38243)
• United States
9 Sep
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@GardenGerty (95690)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Sep
Oh no. He survived the picking and cleaning of the veggies and the packaging just to come give you a thrill.I am glad you found him and set him free.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
It tripped me out @GardenGerty . It amazes me that he made it.
@prashu228 (25797)
• India
9 Sep
Oh no.. glad you did not crunch it.. did you buy cutted vegetables or did you cut them at home?
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
The spinach leafs come as they are; just pulled from the plant @prashu228 .
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@MALUSE (37043)
• Germany
9 Sep
Good idea to call the shop. I wouldn't have thought of it. Yet, one must admit that the shop-keepers aren't really guilty. I also wash everything before using it.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
Very true on the store @MALUSE . The spinach already comes in closed containers, so they wouldn't know.
@andriaperry (43709)
• United States
9 Sep
Did you finish the salad?
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
I was wondering when someone was gonna ask me that @andriaperry . Yes I did. Don't freak out. My motto, "Waste not, want not."
@rosedust82 (2075)
• Philippines
9 Sep
That was definitely a close call! One reason why I don't order salads when I'm out. I just don't know how they clean it, if you know what I mean. If I prepare one at home, I wash each leaf to make sure there aren't any creepy crawlies there.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
Well, now I know better @rosedust82 .
@Susan2015 (20001)
• United States
9 Sep
Yes, I would take it back and get my money back. Wouldn't want to eat that.
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
.I should be glad that he was still alive so that I noticed him @Susan2015 .
@dragon54u (31557)
• United States
9 Sep
OMG, I would have gotten sick! I'm generally not a squeamish person and not afraid of bugs but finding one in my food would have really, really upset me! You seem to have kept your cool so you're a more composed person than me!
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@nanette64 (16734)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Sep
I just hope the beetle didn't leave any turds behind @dragon54u .
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@allen0187 (31177)
• Philippines
10 Sep
At least you know the salad is fresh! Critter-approved!