How do you get over a taste aversion?

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How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by strife » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:25 pm

I don't like cheese. I don't like that I don't like cheese, and know I'm Missing Out. It's not lactose intolerance - I've just always been revolted by the taste, with the exception of mozzarella (but only mozzarella) on pizza, or mascarpone in dessert like tiramusù. An inadvertent mouthful of gorgonzola will make me retch. I tried to share a cheese plate at a drunken birthday dinner a few years ago, with disastrous result. I've gotten over all other childhood taste aversions, and there were many. Cheese though, haven't been able to do it.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by leela » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:06 pm

There's a hell of a jump from mozzarella to gorgonzola.
You need to work through the strengths of cheese slowly. Find something a step up from mozzarella that you can tolerate and work into your meals often enough to get used to it. Then go up another level at a time.

I'm no cheese expert, and British cheeses might not be as available over there. But I'll see if I can find a cheese strength ranking table or something.

What's your preference regarding texture? Is there anything about the texture of hard, rubbery, creamy or crumbly cheeses that bothers you? Any textures you prefer?
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by leela » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:08 pm

My daughter has only recently (aged 31) started getting over her lifelong cheese aversion. She also would only eat mozzarella on pizza. But she gradually found that she could manage other cheeses as long as they were cooked. And from there, started trying small amounts of uncooked cheese.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by DCComic » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:11 pm

What Leela said.
If you can eat melted mozzarella on pizza can you eat it raw in a salad?
What about other mild cheeses like cheddar or brie?

Lots of people like some cheeses but won't eat a strong or blue variety.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by EMG » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:28 pm

Yeah I would think a progression from mozzarella would include things like queso oaxaca, parmesan, cheddar, colby jack, things of that variety.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Moethebartender » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:41 pm

Real parmigiano reggiano is actually a pretty intense flavor; I wouldn't put it in the same category as the others. If you're referring to the mostly wood pulp that comes in a green tube from Kraft, yeah. But that doesn't even really resemble cheese. It doesn't taste anything like the real thing.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by EMG » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:13 pm

I would've considered it the furthest along the line towards a stinky cheese, yeah.

Maybe like Oaxaca>Mozzarella>Colby Jack>Cheddar>Parmesan>Gouda(?)>Light Blue Cheese> from there my knowledge kind of trails off. Stinky goat cheeses and so on.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by bundes » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:37 pm

Go crazy and have some cream cheese on that bagel!

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by DianaHaddad » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:45 am

I have the cheese aversion and have no desire to get over it. I'll eat pizza and other things where the cheese is melted (like in an omelet) and I'll eat parm that is either grated (by me, not Kraft) or sliced so thinly that it is literally transparent. That's it.

My family used to have a cheese course with our weekend dinners and I used to twiddle my thumbs and try not to look. They would eat things that didn't smell, but omg when I'm in a restaurant and people eat cheese that smells strongly, I gag.

Anyway, food aversions can be the sign of an allergy. The body is trying to protect itself. In my case, I am allergic to cow's milk (not lactose intolerant), but it's something that I can now handle, after a long absence and a gradual build up.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Stan In Maryland » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:40 pm

I love pretty much any cheese but I agree that I don't really understand not liking the "flavor" or cheese. They have completely different flavors. While I love a hearty blue, I can certainly understand that some don't. Start working your way from milder, less aged cheese up to stronger, longer aged cheeses. Aging can have a lot of impact on flavor, generally the longer aged, the more intense the flavor.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Unwashed_Pom » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:20 am

All cheeses would make me gag as a kid. Even the mere thought of the stuff would near make me want to retch. Now that I'm all grown up and mature I love the stuff. Give it time and live in hope, Ironside.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by shilgia » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:41 am

Not sure if this thread is still active, but -

I find a lot of cheeses difficult to deal with, too. One cheese that I remember being a bit of a gateway cheese was brie on baguette in the oven. I always found brie and camembert and the like revolting - the whole concept of it - but baked on bread, it was fine and even tasty. And then from there, half-molten brie was OK, too, and eventually even cold brie became OK. And then some brie-adjacent things.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by fishface » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:24 am

You're Dutch! That's like me when I didn't like lamb. It was a passport-returning offence!

I started liking NZ lamb a couple of years ago. No idea why but I did.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by shilgia » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:18 am

Ha! But only half-Dutch. Anyway, I'm OK with most (non-super-aged) Dutch cheeses; they're fairly bland as cheese goes.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by GLimpet » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:21 pm

Dutch cheeses are good gateway cheeses.

Edam and Gouda, then try the more aged Goudas as you go.

Do you really want to acquire this habit?
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by rider5 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:12 pm

Why bother getting over it?

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by strife » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:14 pm

rider5 wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:12 pm
Why bother getting over it?
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Post by DCComic » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:19 pm

It's been 3 weeks - how are you progressing?
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by BulletPark » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:38 pm

Drink some lethal but slow-acting poison and mix the antidote into a tub of limburger.

Voila.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Scrubb » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:33 am

The foods to which I had a taste aversion as an adult include:

olives
porridge (oatmeal)
celery
aniseed / licorice

I have overcome the first 2.5. Olives took a concerted effort - eating small bits, disguised with other flavours, then working my way to eating a whole one, and now I absolutely LOVE olives.

Porridge - I would just try it once every few years to see if I still disliked it so much. Suddenly in 2015 when I tried it, I sort of liked it. I eat it most mornings at work now.

Celery - I've always eaten it in spite of not liking it, but fairly recently while eating a stir fry at work that had a bunch of it, I realized that I was sort of enjoying the flavour.

licorice - not much success here. I don't mind the vegetable fennel, and will put fennel seeds into spice mixtures that call for them, but those are the limits of what I can bear.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by rider5 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:07 am

Olives are prepared in myriad ways. All olives?

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by GLimpet » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:45 am

One day my wife tried an olive and liked it.

Thereafter my domination of the olive dish was ended.

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Post by Scrubb » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:14 pm

rider5 wrote:
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Olives are prepared in myriad ways. All olives?
I've tried dozens of varieties of olives in the past 5 years since I started loving them, and not yet found one I dislike.

I hated every one I tried before that, though admittedly I tried the most easily available ones only, which include the jarred green ones with pimentio, and the black chopped ones that go into salads and on pizzas. The first time I managed to eat a whole one it was in Spain and I don't know what kind it was. Purple/black, but don't know anything else about it.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by rider5 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:55 pm

I've always liked olives but the small black gooey/gushy ones are not good. Are those Kalamatas? I don't know.

I hope I've got a decent crop on my trees this fall. I finally figured out the best way to cure them.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Scrubb » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:05 pm

I remember you talking about that once before. HOw do you do them?
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by rider5 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:09 pm

I use lye (NaOH) instead of salt. It takes days instead of weeks to leach out the bitterness.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Scrubb » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:12 pm

After that, what else is required?
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Post by rider5 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:30 pm

Then the lye has to be leached out which is easy. After that immersing them in a saline solution and whatever other flavorings to preserve them you'd like. I usually don't bother with anything.

This is in essence how Castelvetrano olives are produced.

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Post by Scrubb » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:34 pm

Cool. If I ever live in a climate that grows olive trees, I'll definitely try curing them.
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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Andrea1 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:01 am

I hated natto for about 6 years, then when people kept telling me how healthy it was, how I'd grow to love it, I made an effort. Now I LOVE it.

Kind of like that with durian, too. Didn't take as long though.

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Re: How do you get over a taste aversion?

Post by Godjira » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:07 am

Try some white American cheese.
That's the kind of bold flavor they enjoy in Albuquerque!

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