kerosundae wants to know why people insist on cooking with rancid nuts. “In the last 2 months, 4 people have cooked for me on 5 occasions with different rancid nuts!” says kerosundae. “(No, there isn’t something wrong with my tastebuds, I know a rancid nut from a good one.) Everything in the dish is fine and greatly appreciated until the nuts come along and make me want to dash for the trashcan to spit out the last bite. OK, I still appreciate the meal even after the nuts come along, only because my friends cooked it for me, but it definitely changes the intra-oral atmosphere.”

“I’ve gotten so accustomed to people putting rancid olive oil in dressings that it doesn’t shock me anymore when a salad tastes like gasoline,” says kerosundae.

“I have had the same problem with people cooking with rancid oil,” says missmind. “After all of these years, I’ve come to the conclusion that either a) I’m particularly sensitive to the flavor of rancid nuts/oils, or b) some people either can’t taste it or don’t find the taste as objectionable.” guilty agrees. “I think LOTS of people don’t know the difference between rancid nuts (or oils) and fresh. I’ve had people tell me, ‘Oh, that’s just how ____ tastes.’ Um, no; nuts should not taste sour or even stale.”

“I grew up with rancid nuts,” says earthygoat. “According to my parents, that was the way they were supposed to taste (ugh). Imagine my wonderful surprise when I discovered what fresh nuts are really like! So, yes, I do believe there are people out there who don’t know any different. Very sad.”

“As has been stated, most people don’t know that oils and fats go rancid,” says KaimukiMan. “It’s the real reason for white rice and white flour. If you get rid of the germ, the part with the oil, then you can keep the grain a whole lot longer, in some cases almost indefinitely. People may realize that fresh tastes better, but unless they are eating a large quantity they don’t recognize that the difference is rancidity.”

Discuss: Why do they insist on feeding me rancid nuts?!

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