A little more about me – Food phobias I can’t seem to get over

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Recently I went to a cooking class with a few other bloggers and I couldn’t hide one of my food phobias, later that evening it came to light again, some laughed, shocked that ‘The Organised Housewife’ has such bizarre phobias, but the delightful Mrs Woog who looked after me and then suggested I should ‘totally blog that’… I do agree, I should come clean.

1. I don’t peel prawns

I struggle with the concept of picking up a prawn, ripping off it’s head and then a few seconds later eating it.  But don’t get me wrong I’m happy to eat it, I just don’t want the whole thing in my hands tearing it apart, Mrs Woog peeled me a few prawns when we only had platters of non-peeled prawns or crabs.  I am very very appreciative of my hubby for always peeling my prawns.  I would like to get over this phobia as there are many meals I would like to make that include prawns but don’t purely because I hate asking hubby to peel them all the time.  View Creamy Garlic Prawns recipe here.

2. I cannot rip a chicken drumkstick off a BBQ chook

I can’t pull the drumsticks or wings off a BBQ chook.  The sound and seeing meat falling off the bone makes me cringe.  I have absolutely no idea why it makes me feel so sickly. To get out of this I often get my kids to do this so I don’t have to!

3. I have never roasted a chook

This probably has everything to do with reason number 2, but coupled with the thought of touching a raw whole chicken it’s doubly cringe worthy.  I would like to make one one-day, but happy to poach chicken for sandwiches and oven bake chicken breast for dinners for now.

How to poach and shred chicken for lunch boxes school thermomix

4. I don’t eat meat off the bone

I can not eat a lamb chop, chicken drumstick, ribs etc then pick up the bone and chew off the remaining pieces of meat and I also cannot watch people nibbling on the bone either. Yep, need to stop thinking about this now, making me feel ill.

Writing out my 4 food phobias I feel so silly, but I honestly don’t know why I can’t bring myself to do any of these above.

Do you have a food phobia?

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Jenni Cooke September 4, 2014 - 12:18 AM

I’m with you Kat 🙂

Jessica Broadbent September 4, 2014 - 8:06 AM

I am 110% on board with number four. I can’t eat meat off the bone.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:32 PM

It’s really funny how so many of us can’t eat meat off a bone!!.:)

Liz Dorrington October 19, 2021 - 10:02 AM

I’m with you Kat, I will not touch a prawn and the very thought of cooking and eating a rabbit makes me cringe. I also can’t eat meat off the bone and if I see the slightest bit of pink in cooked meat I ‘m outa there !

Cheryl September 4, 2014 - 8:42 AM

This is so funny, I’m the same and I just love how this is keeping it real and shares a different side of you.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Ooh thank you, Cheryl.:)

Paige September 4, 2014 - 8:43 AM

I don’t roast very much either, so sorry I can’t share any tips on how to roast a chook, but loved this post about you Kat, sharing more about you.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Ohh thank you Paige!

Miss Maudy September 4, 2014 - 12:02 PM

Totally hear you on the chewing of meat off the bone. In fact, I won’t even eat meat with a bone in it! I also don’t like getting chicken meat off a carcass – I used to have to do it when I worked as a kitchen hand, and it was like six boiled chickens that had to have all the flesh stripped from the bones. I’d volunteer to chlorox the tea pots rather than go near those damn chickens. I’m better at it now, but the man of the house thinks I leave half a chook on the bones. As for roasting a chook. You have to put your hand up its bum. Nuff said.

I can’t stand to look at food with eyes either, and I once made a boyfriend swap seats with me so I couldn’t see the head of the whole fish he was eating. I did give him the alternative of eating it with a serviette over its head. (I don’t like prawns and that sort of thing, so ripping heads off is a bit of a moot point!)

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Ooh Miss Maudy you have made my day!! Love this post comment. Couldn’t help but laugh.:)

Emily September 4, 2014 - 12:25 PM

Oh snap!
I don’t eat meat that touches bone and I won’t eat anything that looks like it did when it was alive! Whole fish, spit roast, escargot…… Cruel!

It creeps me out but I also don’t like the strong gamey taste of things. Bones are gross!

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:50 PM

I totally agree with you Emily!.:)

Marelize September 4, 2014 - 2:35 PM

No, I don’t have any such phobias. I just don’t like the idea of eating offal, and won’t even try it.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:53 PM

You are lucky, Marelize.:) And i totally agree with you about eating Offal!

Sharon Young September 5, 2014 - 1:33 AM

I am not actually a fan of eating duck to begin with but having it stare at me on a platter in the middle of the table puts me off my food.

Jan Newbury September 5, 2014 - 2:49 AM

I love fish but it has to be a fillet. I cant eat it if its still served with the head on.

Kylie September 5, 2014 - 3:38 AM

I can’t stand eating off the bone. My husband on the other hand will gnaw the entire thing until there is nothing left on it, including cartilage.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Ooh no! But each to their own.:)

Catherinne September 5, 2014 - 5:12 AM

I cannot eat any food that squeaks (chicken gizzards), jiggles (jello), is rubbery (shiitake mushrooms), is slimy (wakame seaweed salad), is actually FEET (pigsfeet or chicken feet) and several other things. The texture of food can freak me out completely!

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Ooh Catherine i totally agree with you! All of those things freak me out too!

Ammica September 5, 2014 - 9:45 AM

While it is great that you can identify that these are indeed irrational, there is a sickness in the first world and that is detachment from the food we eat, especially animal products. It is so much more respectful to acknowledge that it was indeed a living creature, and to only feel comfortable with preparing pre-processed animals is plain denial of who they are and indeed what you are.
Seeing as all us creatures feel, and all.
Mabey that disgust you feel is actually empathy, I mean. That flesh sliding of the bone is exactly as yours would look sliding off your bone.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Umm maybe you are on to something..

Jane Turner September 5, 2014 - 10:14 AM

I can’t eat pork. I learned in school that pork has to be cooked extra well because of parasites. Since then I can’t bear to think about it. Funny, though – I love bacon and ham! Totally irrational!!

Veggie Mama September 5, 2014 - 11:57 AM

You are SO funny!

Ammica September 5, 2014 - 12:55 PM

How so?

Heidi September 5, 2014 - 1:40 PM

Meat near the bone grosses me out. It reminds me of what it once was and it’s all I can sometimes focus on when I’m about to eat it. I’m the same way about pink meat. I can’t stand a rare cooked steak because of the blood. It might taste better but I hate rubbery textures, bloody looking meat, the smell of fish at times, etc. yuk! I like to eat fish but I can only handle the fishy smell a little bit or I start to think about when I maybe caught it and want to gag

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 2:56 PM

LOL too funny Heidi, but totally understand!

Fleur September 5, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Yep I hear you on number 1. Hubby always has to do it otherwise I buy them already peeled.

I used to be bad with roasting a chicken & having to remove the neck. Just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 2:59 PM

LOL Fleur.:)

Leanne September 7, 2014 - 10:43 AM

I cant eat a whole fish. I dont like my food looking at me!

Katrina September 8, 2014 - 10:27 AM

LOL i am totally with you there, Leanne!.:)

Liz September 7, 2014 - 10:55 AM

I am down to chicken breast, steak sometimes, beef mince often, and bacon rarely. My food cannot look at me or resemble anything approaching an actual animal. I will thank it for being my food, but I get squeamish so easily. I would starve to death if I had to kill my own meat! I can barely even touch raw meat, so I usually get Mum or DP to deal with that. Ugh.

As for veggies, broccoli has an awful texture, mushrooms make me queasy and I’m allergic to nuts. Seafood is right off the menu (with the odd exception for one particular type of tuna, shark battered from the fish and chip shop, or if someone forces me to try hake).

I can deal with a chop bone but absolutely no fat, no cartilage, and no tendons or anything resembling gristle.

… Actually reading this I’m vaguely surprised I haven’t started yet!

Katrina September 8, 2014 - 10:29 AM

LOL oh Liz you have made me laugh! .:) Funny.:)

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me September 7, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Oh you will HATE to be at my house because when I’m at home I love to eat meat off bones, I don’t do it at restaurants but it’s my sneaky pleasure at home!! x

Katrina September 8, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Oh Emily, yes i couldn’t watch you LOL.:)

Jo September 8, 2014 - 12:13 AM

Kidney (and any other offal) Urgh… gross. My grandmother used to try and trick me into eating steak and kidney pie but I always tasted the kidney in the first mouthful.

Quail. Grandfather raised them & I used to sit and watch them run around their aviary. One day two of them turned up on my plate. Nan made me sit there until I’d eaten them. I couldn’t do it. She eventually let me leave the table – after 4 hours. I still refuse to eat quail 30 years later.

I hate seafood, with the exception of greek marinated octopus, little suckers still on the tentacles n all.

Katrina September 8, 2014 - 10:31 AM

Jo i am so with you on this one!

Sandy September 8, 2014 - 9:57 AM

haha sounds like you just need to go vego 😉

Katrina September 8, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Sandy, i know it sounds like that, but surprisingly i do like meat just not on the bone.:)

Natasha Garred September 10, 2014 - 2:36 AM

I cannot eat meat off a bone either. Especially Chicken!! *shudders*

Skye September 10, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Haha, this is so funny! I’m probably the opposite to you with this, in fact we’re having roast chook for dinner tonight. I’m more funny about textures, like lumps in yoghurt or jam. And I don’t like mushrooms and oysters for the same reason.

Megan September 14, 2014 - 7:34 PM

I feel the same way as you about prawns and roasting whole chooks. Anything that looks like an animal is out in my books. When I get a bbq chook I use kitchen shears to cut it up.

And with everyone else, food cannot look at me!

I also dislike touching raw meat, particularly chicken. If I can get it pre diced I will.

And my worst phobia is that I will not eat any meat that I didn’t eat already before I realised as a child that meat is an animal. So I eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish and that is it. No bunny rabbits, cute ducks or bambi eating for me!

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Too funny, Megan!

Angela December 23, 2014 - 1:09 PM

You’re perfect the way you are Kat. If we were all the same the world would be a dreary place.

Eva January 24, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Since I was young I’ve had a touching raw meat phobia – any meat. Not sure why, my mum was always fine with it – perhaps it was the amount of meat since we were a family of 7.
A few years ago I would have to wear disposable gloves to touch raw meat. A friend of mine I was helping to cook for a big dinner laughed at me when I told her – I did find out one of her strange phobias later so she and I are even now. I have to say it’s much better now and I’ve found ways around it so that it’s not ‘weird’ to others anymore.
When crumbing chicken these days, I use two forks like a ninja, no gloves.
As for seafood, I refuse to have anything to do with it. One part because I’m allergic, the other part because I just think it’s all gross.

V Maher March 24, 2015 - 3:25 PM

I can’t stand the texture of mushrooms. To me, it seems like that’s what eating a slug would feel like!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 26, 2015 - 8:42 AM

V Maher, i have to say i do agree with you! I’m just can’t bring myself to eat mushrooms either ~ Kate

Kaye July 6, 2015 - 12:39 AM

I cannot have chicken and egg together in a quiche, salad, sandwich etc. the idea of mother and child being eaten together bothers me and I will not eat it.

Cathie October 24, 2018 - 3:50 PM

I grew up hearing my dad say that he didn’t like beetroot. I’ve never tried it and can’t bring myself to touch the stuff. Fortunately, I didn’t know that he also didn’t like broccoli.

S October 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Agree with Ammica. Sounds like you’re not comfortable with anything that reminds you it’s a dead animal you’re preparing/cooking/eating. That’s kind of a good thing, but probably something to be respected and acted on (ie don’t eat animals) rather than denying it and kidding yourself for the bits you enjoy. ?

Jo October 25, 2018 - 2:24 PM

I loathe touching raw meat, usually use gloves to deal with it. Chicken skin revolts me…many years of plucking chooks left a legacy. Kangaroo meat as cat food makes me wretch as i parcel it for freezing. But my biggest dislike is food touching other food on a plate. My ideal meal would have only one ingedient per plate!

Farah Dyer-Steel October 23, 2019 - 9:08 PM

no food phobias here but then my dad lived in London as a child through WWII and you had to eat anything that was given you because of the severe rationing, which actually got much worse AFTER the war had ended. my mum cooked the same meals for dad that he grew up eating and as money was so real tight, we ate or went hungry. my husband grew up with exactly the same family type situation so no, no food phobias there either. however, my boy has autism and has never ever eaten jam. he told me it would poison him and he would explode. 13 years and still going strong on the no jam policy!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Wow what a story Farah. It really puts life into perspective (and makes you appreciate all that we have!) when you hear stories like that. Thank you for sharing with us 🙂 Kat x

Lyn Colwell October 19, 2021 - 6:28 AM

I couldn’t face a chicken with any type of bone in it.
My Mum swallowed a very small chicken bone without knowing, septicaemia set in and she passed away on a ventilator. This was in 1986.
A horrible death.

wendy inglis October 19, 2021 - 7:25 AM

We were bought up to eat everything on our plates or go without. I was born during the war so food was not as plentiful as it is today So I have no food phobias I will eat everything that is served to me. And we still eat everything basically My husband and I eat a bit of offal about once a month, it is very nutritious These days our meat that I cook is in smaller servings than what it was when I first married over 50 years ago We both are fit and well and I cook good meals for both of us just not as much food on our plates as we used to have. I laughed at some of the phobias and wondered where it all started I asked my brothers and sisters if they had any food phobias, and they dont either I remember as a child not liking a certain food and feeding it to the dog under the table, and was in trouble and sent to my room for wasting good food that Dad had worked so hard to provide for us Thank you all Loved your posts. Wendy


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