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Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2015 at 7:20am

What's a "Dutch drop"? Seriously. I don't know.

On my third batch of dehydrating tomatoes, about half of them turned moldy within 24 hours of processing. That's a first. So I washed and bleached all the trays and will try again today. Weird.

Comment by Plinius on August 22, 2015 at 2:42am

Yes, that is real drop!

Comment by kathy: ky on August 22, 2015 at 12:17am
Daniel, l tried the instant pectin in fresh,seeded,blackberry jelly last year and ruined it. I'm still not certain what I did wrong. Probably cut the sugar to much. Or measured something wrong. I used to make lots of jellies and jams but I haven't in several years. Practice would help me a lot.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2015 at 2:28pm

Are you bringing any of the kind that has a salt content just shy of lethal?

Comment by Plinius on August 21, 2015 at 2:00pm

I'll bring some Dutch drop to the tasting...

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2015 at 10:44am

Thanks for the invite to a persimmon tasting Randy. I'd come if I could.

I don't know if one can acquire a taste for a food, but my guess is they can to some extent, but not easily.

I'll eat anything unless I think it's bad for my health.  I like, and will try more kinds of foods than anyone I've met.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 21, 2015 at 10:17am

I have a friend who always used to make persimmon pudding for Thanksgiving. It's fabulous!

Comment by Pat on August 21, 2015 at 10:15am

Actually Randall, I've tasted both unripe and ripe persimmons. Biting into an unripe persimmon is the feeling as Sylvester the Cat has when Tweedy Bird puts alum into his mouth. Your mouth is puckering all the way down to your belly button. On the other hand, persimmon pudding is really tasty.

Carl, I think you're absolutely correct in visual stimulus having a great deal to do with what appears to be appetizing and what does not.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2015 at 8:53am

I'm up for eating a persimmon, Randy!

Regarding taste, I would be interested in seeing how people, both children and adults, react to new food items while they are blindfolded.  I think people may have a taste bias against foods that don't look appealing to them. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2015 at 7:25am

Actually, Pizza Hut makes my favorite pizza, as far as chains go. Think I'll pass on the hot dog type, however.

Anybody that's had an unripe persimmon will never, but NEVER, try another one. Once ripe, they're sweet, almost candy-like. The texture is similar to a fig. Come November, you're all invited to my house to taste them. Most first-timers don't like them because they've already made up their minds they won't like anything new. I don't know--maybe it's an acquired taste.

I saw a spot on TV several years ago where little children were fed brocolli. Some kids hated it, making the most awful face imaginable. It's been theorized, perhaps proven, that some people have a taste disfunction (for a lack of a better term) that makes them dislike certain foods. When a child displays that "yuck" face, it's possibly for a good reason. I'm not sure one can ever "acquire a taste".


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