Lately I've been thinking about how the time period we grew up in affects our eating preferences. There are things like availability of ingredients and different methods of cooking but it seems like even more important are the food trends and just random circumstances that influence our preferences years later.
Now I'm not much of a milk drinker but I do have a fairly serious Frosted Mini Wheats habit and after I'd been home a few days I made myself a bowl. As I poured the milk in I knew instantly that something was wrong. It didn't pour right and I knew as soon as I took a bite that it had ruined my bowl of cereal. The flavor was weird and the milk coated the inside of my mouth. I suffered through that bowl and checked the label of the milk as soon as I finished (I'd already checked the expiration date so I knew it wasn't that) and sure enough there it was - 2%. I was born in 1980 and somewhere in the time I was developing taste buds and milk preferences everyone became afraid of fat and by the time I was 10 all the milk that could be found in my house and my friends' houses was skim. To me milk is supposed to be colored water that wets the cereal and basically nothing more and for it to have flavor or texture is just plain wrong. It tastes like drinking straight up cream.
My dad who grew up in an earlier decade will only drink "fresh" milk. When he was a kid the price of milk was controlled by the state dairy board that kept the prices artificially high. My Grandmother who had 4 teenage boys would use her Army widow status to go to the commissary on a nearby Army base and stock up on food - but especially milk. What wasn't drunk in the first few days would go in the freezer to come out at a later time. Apparently when frozen the milk fats separate and when you pour a glass from a half thawed gallon of milk you only get the skim as the fats are still solid and then because some of the skim is gone when the milk finally does completely thaw the texture is off.
How have eating trends and other circumstances of your childhood affected the way that you eat or think of food now?
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