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When I was 15 years old or so, my mother went on a health kick and bought the family margarine instead of butter. This was back in the days not so long before they dropped the regulations saying that you couldn't even put yellow coloring in the margarine.
So it was yellow, but unnaturally so, and (to me, at least) it tasted like Crisco shortening-- which essentially it was. Spreadable margarine was still in the future.

My mother gave me toast for breakfast one day, and I complained about the flavor of the margarine.
"Oh, you can't tell the difference! You just know it isn't butter so you think that it tastes different."

We didn't talk-back to our parents too often, so I grumbled and let it slide.
But soon, the rest of the family was demanding butter, too, so she ended up buying both. She made the mistake of trying to test me, one day:

"Here are two two pieces of toast. One with butter and one with margarine. You won't be able to tell which is which."

I took one bite of the first piece, chewed three times and said "margarine".
"You have to try both pieces, so you know for sure," she told me.
"No I don't-- this one is margarine. Right?"

It was, of course. She wasn't very happy, but I got butter when I wanted it from then on.

Oddly, my mom tried the same tactic when I tried to tell her that I didn't like the toast because the bread was old.
She claimed I couldn't tell two day-old bread from fresh, once it was toasted, and did the same "taste test" experiment.
Same result. One bite-- "This is the old bread." I was right again.
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I just found this out recently while talking to my mom...

Many, many years ago My mother was talking to my neighbor; she was complaining about the price of "Hellmann's" brand mayonnaise. She said she could only buy that brand because no one in the house (mostly me) would use another brand. The neighbor said buy a cheap brand and put it in the empty Hellmann's container when no one is around, "they will never know the difference". She took her advice this is what happened...

Me...:making a sandwich in the kitchen::just licked the knife clean that I used to spread mayo on my bread::shouting from the kitchen into the next room:..."MA! something's wrong with this mayo you just bought, I think it's gone bad"

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We didn't have a lot when I was a kid and my brother and I drank a ton of milk. Mom tried to stretch the food dollars by buying powdered milk. It was horrible and we let her know it.

So she tried to mix the powdered junk with regular milk. It was horrible and we let her know it.

She finally gave up when Dad started complaining.

Thanks, Dad.cool
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how about when you cook with it?
I can taste the difference in some instances but I typically don't care (I grew up with parents favoring margarine) my wife on the other hand can tell when I use different oils greasing a pan.
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I can still tell the difference between milk from a plastic jug and milk from a waxed cardboard carton. The plastic milk tastes plasticky to me.

I can also tell from one sip if the milk is 1%, 2%, or "whole".
I can tell you if it is skim milk just by looking at a (clear) glass of it.
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Similar story. My mother was into health food. One night she made lasagna - one of my favorite meals. Who doesn't like it?

After about two bites, "Mom, the white part of this is wrong. It tastes like tofu or something." It wasn't until the next day that she admitted that yes, she substituted tofu for ricotta, thinking nobody would notice because neither has much flavor. Well, not much, but enough to ruin the lasagna. gulp
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MABBY wrote:
I can still tell the difference between milk from a plastic jug and milk from a waxed cardboard carton. The plastic milk tastes plasticky to me.

I can also tell from one sip if the milk is 1%, 2%, or "whole".
I can tell you if it is skim milk just by looking at a (clear) glass of it.


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mafman6 wrote:
how about when you cook with it?
I can taste the difference in some instances but I typically don't care (I grew up with parents favoring margarine) my wife on the other hand can tell when I use different oils greasing a pan.

You know what? For frying I can tell but it doesn't bother me near as much.
I usually use olive oil or vegetable oil to fry things, but I do use margarine for certain dishes instead.
But if you're supposed to taste the butter flavor, like in a cream/ butter sauce, then I definitely prefer butter.
I will bake with it, in cookies and cakes, and it doesn't change the flavor that much. However I can tell if chocolate chip cookies (for instance) have butter or margarine in them just by looking at them. Butter makes them thinner. Also they "taste" crunchier, while margarine makes them chewier.
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MABBY wrote:


Oddly, my mom tried the same tactic when I tried to tell her that I didn't like the toast because the bread was old.
She claimed I couldn't tell two day-old bread from fresh, once it was toasted, and did the same "taste test" experiment.
Same result. One bite-- "This is the old bread." I was right again.


Toast is, indeed, an abomination. I know that's an unpopular opinion, but in general, unless we're making garlic toast, I'd rather chew on Rudy's old socks than eat a piece of toast.
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You can't beat toasted freshly baked bread, smothered in real butter.

....now that's supper sorted.
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I can tell the difference between margarine and butter.
I can say Saskatchewan without starting to stutter.

Actually I really can't tell the difference that much. I use Country Crock mostly. I like chewy cookies so I'll have to remember that.
And melted butter on warm bread? Heavenly. A perfect piece of toast is an amazing way to start the day, and I have made meals out of a fresh load of bread (as in, still hot and fresh from just being baked.)
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Kinda reminds me of the stuff you ate growing up that you thought was normal for everyone to eat. Like, at one time I presumed everybody ate braunschweiger sandwiches. At my house, when we didn't have bologna for bologna sandwiches, we ate braunschweiger sammiches:

Braunschweiger is kinda like if bologna were more like a spread, and tasted slightly spicy. It isn't liverwurst, but it's close. I was told later on that braunschweiger was "poor white people food." Perhaps if you grew up as a "poor white people" maybe you can relate?
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I grew up a margarine man but in my 30s became a butter boy (along with a lot of other food snobbery). However, I'm also very lazy, so if I had hot toast and you put both squeezable margarine and a cold stick of butter in front of me... I'd have to think about it.
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fightcitymayor wrote:
Kinda reminds me of the stuff you ate growing up that you thought was normal for everyone to eat. Like, at one time I presumed everybody ate braunschweiger sandwiches. At my house, when we didn't have bologna for bologna sandwiches, we ate braunschweiger sammiches:

Braunschweiger is kinda like if bologna were more like a spread, and tasted slightly spicy. It isn't liverwurst, but it's close. I was told later on that braunschweiger was "poor white people food." Perhaps if you grew up as a "poor white people" maybe you can relate?


I think I just had a flashback about that stuff. It was one of Dad's favorite foods.
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fightcitymayor wrote:
Braunschweiger is kinda like if bologna were more like a spread, and tasted slightly spicy. It isn't liverwurst, but it's close. I was told later on that braunschweiger was "poor white people food." Perhaps if you grew up as a "poor white people" maybe you can relate?

braunschweiger is WAY better than bologna and liverwurst!
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Toast is, indeed, an abomination. I know that's an unpopular opinion, but in general, unless we're making garlic toast, I'd rather chew on Rudy's old socks than eat a piece of toast.


Then you're eating the wrong toast.
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It astonishes me that there are people who can't tell the difference between butter and margarine. To me, it's always been very obvious. I've always greatly preferred butter.

The irony is that we now know that butter is much healthier than margarine. Not only was she giving you crappy food, Mabby, she was trying to poison you as well!
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I just found this out recently while talking to my mom...

Many, many years ago My mother was talking to my neighbor; she was complaining about the price of "Hellmann's" brand mayonnaise. She said she could only buy that brand because no one in the house (mostly me) would use another brand. The neighbor said buy a cheap brand and put it in the empty Hellmann's container when no one is around, "they will never know the difference". She took her advice this is what happened...

Me...:making a sandwich in the kitchen::just licked the knife clean that I used to spread mayo on my bread::shouting from the kitchen into the next room:..."MA! something's wrong with this mayo you just bought, I think it's gone bad"



Amen brother. Hellmanns (known as Best Foods in the west) is mayonnaise. Anything else is known in this house as "plastic mayo".

When I order a sammich at a restaurant I grill the waitress about their mayonnaise. Doesn't have to be Best Foods, but if they use Miracle Whip I will walk out or get a salad.

Blind taste test? No problem.

Butter-margarine. Prefer margarine. Couldn't tell in a taste test, though.
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Orangemoose wrote:
fightcitymayor wrote:
Kinda reminds me of the stuff you ate growing up that you thought was normal for everyone to eat. Like, at one time I presumed everybody ate braunschweiger sandwiches. At my house, when we didn't have bologna for bologna sandwiches, we ate braunschweiger sammiches:

Braunschweiger is kinda like if bologna were more like a spread, and tasted slightly spicy. It isn't liverwurst, but it's close. I was told later on that braunschweiger was "poor white people food." Perhaps if you grew up as a "poor white people" maybe you can relate?


I think I just had a flashback about that stuff. It was one of Dad's favorite foods.


With spicy mustard..... Mmmmmmm.

I grew up with Bologna. I got screwed.
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With spicy mustard..... Mmmmmmm.

I grew up with Bologna. I got screwed.
shake NOT with them 'ring bologna'! I've NO 'idea' what "transpired" at YOUR 'Band Camp' then. surprise
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wmshub wrote:
Similar story. My mother was into health food. One night she made lasagna - one of my favorite meals. Who doesn't like it?

After about two bites, "Mom, the white part of this is wrong. It tastes like tofu or something." It wasn't until the next day that she admitted that yes, she substituted tofu for ricotta, thinking nobody would notice because neither has much flavor. Well, not much, but enough to ruin the lasagna. gulp


I tried that once. ONCE. It was excessively terrible and I threw the lasagna away.
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mafman6 wrote:
fightcitymayor wrote:
Braunschweiger is kinda like if bologna were more like a spread, and tasted slightly spicy. It isn't liverwurst, but it's close. I was told later on that braunschweiger was "poor white people food." Perhaps if you grew up as a "poor white people" maybe you can relate?

braunschweiger is WAY better than bologna and liverwurst!
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fightcitymayor wrote:
Kinda reminds me of the stuff you ate growing up that you thought was normal for everyone to eat. Like, at one time I presumed everybody ate braunschweiger sandwiches. At my house, when we didn't have bologna for bologna sandwiches, we ate braunschweiger sammiches:

Braunschweiger is kinda like if bologna were more like a spread, and tasted slightly spicy. It isn't liverwurst, but it's close. I was told later on that braunschweiger was "poor white people food." Perhaps if you grew up as a "poor white people" maybe you can relate?


Yes, athough for us it was more Olive Loaf or whatever. I still can't eat American "cheese" in any way/shape/form anymore.
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Fun fact, at one time margarine was legislated to be pink, to protect the dairy industry. The logic was that otherwise, people might not know the difference and be tricked into eating margarine instead of butter.
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