>>7253498 Where I live that would be about 70 cents' worth of vegetables. So it appears you pay more than twice the price for vegetables that were cut who knows when and put in completely unnecessary packaging. And what do you get out of the deal? The convenience of not having to reach for a knife? No thanks.
>>7253498 1) In my area they are far more expensive than buying the vegetables from the produce section.
2) I don't get to inspect what veggies went into the mix. I want to select my own carrots, squash, tomatoes--I pick the best ones out of the bin. I don't want to be stuck with whatever happened to get packed in there.
3) Quite often these are made with the not-quite-expired veggies culled from the bulk bins in the supermarket. I'd rather have fresher. (on a side note, my local supermarkets do this with meat as well. Once it gets close to the sell-by date they cover it in various seasonings/marinades and then mark it down.)
4) I may or may not want the particular ratio of veggies that happen to be in the package like that, and I'd rather not have to pick through them. They also might not be cut to the size I want, and it's much easier to cut veggies starting from a whole one than it is to re-cut something that's the wrong size.
It's usually more expensive, prepared by a retard, and I own a decent knife and know how to use it.
If something like pre-sliced mushrooms are on sale for the same price as whole and I'm just planning on sauteing them like that anyways I'll buy them. Otherwise they don't really make sense, and spoil faster.
There's a lot less than one bell pepper, one onion, one bag of tomatoes, etc, in that package. The individual prices you are listing are higher than 1 pound fiddy, but you're also getting a lot more food.
Sudents are savages. I thought it would get better when I left uni and lived with 'professionals'. But those professionals are just the same people who were students last year too, and still do the same shit.
>>7253531 I'm not a student, but I live with my boyfriend and it is hard to find some vegtables that aren't sold in large packs. The few vegtables that are sold individually cost a lot more....
They sell: >bell peppers >large baking potatos >dirty tiny local potatoes >white onions >old tomatoes >+some fruits like apples, oranges, avocado pomelo and pears. It is all expensive compared to the ones that come in large packages, and are of worse quality as well.
I used to buy mine in large packages, when I first moved here, however, most of it ended up rotting and I got tired of that. I mainly buy the mixed prepared veggies now.
For students and small house holds, it is way cheaper to buy the mixed prepared vegtables, alongside large packages of stuff like onions and potatoes that don't rot fast.
>>7253531 You must have a variety of shops in London. I live in New York, and could easily pay that much or more for vegetables if I went to the wrong place (the supermarket or an upscale place that caters to rich people). But if I picked them up at a greengrocer stand (preferably a Chinese or Mexican run joint) in a less posh part of town they'd cost next to nothing. If I make the trip to the serious Chinese market I can get a week's worth of vegetables for under $10.
I know London is pricey as hell, but there have to be some immigrant neighborhoods where you can easily beat supermarket prices. If you're a broke ass student it might be worth making a trip to them.
Because this board is populated by teenagers and college students who think it's a huge accomplishment that they figured out how to cut up an onion without ending up in the ER, and they have to shove it down everyone's throats at all opportunities.
I occasionally buy pre-cut squash, since that stuff is a bitch to peel and cut and it's the same end result. Other than that though I'm a sperg who likes to spend hours on knife maintenance and I'm not letting some minimum wage worker have all the fun.
If I wasn't a knife sperg I'd probably buy pre-cut onions though, deal with it you faggots.
>>7255044 It takes me less than a minute to peel and finely dice a large onion, and I'm sure that is slow by many people's standards. It's not a huge accomplishment at all. It's rather baffling how many people can't deal with such a simple task.
What is this "squash" you speak of? Zucchini? Butternut? Red kuri? I have trouble thinking of a squash that you have to peel, and all of them take at most a few minutes to slice and remove the seeds.
You can buy all the pre-cut second grade shit you want, but don't pretend that there's a good excuse for it other than laziness.
>>7255120 Most varieties of hard winter squash. It's baffling to me that you couldn't figure this out without asking. > second grade shit I am not sure what this is supposed to mean, is it an implication about my age? Or are you saying that the squash I purchase is bad quality? It comes in clear plastic containers, it is very easy to see how fresh it is, and it's always pretty fresh. After roasting and possibly pureeing and blending with a bunch of other ingredients, I guarantee you will not be able to taste the difference between a squash that was cut up right before cooking, and a squash that was cut up 6 hours before cooking. You're delusional if you think otherwise.
Vegs cost like £1-2 per kg. Thats the main thing you dislike about it.
The other are if the box has vegetables that don't store well, like onion or peppers. Boxes will also not contain certain things because they can't last the storage days. Carrots is one of the things that roasts well, but is rare in the boxes because it perishes faster.
>>7255146 I just skimmed a list of 11 common types of winter squash, and only one (Hubbard squash) requires peeling. I have eaten 8 others on the list and have never peeled them. I'm not familiar with any other squash that requires peeling.
If the squash is cut on the morning of your purchase, then I apologise and you are right. Around here I don't really see pre-cut vegetables anywhere but the supermarket.
>>7255201 I'm not sure what definition of "requires peeling" you're using, I imagine it has something to do with roasting and eating whole, yes? Of course you can eat the tender skin of many varieties of winter squash, but if you are making a soup or a mash or some such thing, it gives an unpleasant texture and the skin should be removed. You can often remove them before cooking more or less easily, but then you have to cool it down. Sure it's "just a few minutes", just like the "just a few minutes" peeling, and the "just a few minutes" restoring the perfect edge of my knife that I dulled on the hard shell.
Or I could just buy pre-cut, pre-peeled squash, which I do sometimes. Obviously, not at the greenmarket.
I really find it amusing how people rage so hard at taking shortcuts. It's like this on /g/ too, if you don't spend 5,000 hours configuring the transparency settings in KDE and fucking with an unholy amount of config files to make your font rendering come out perfect, you're considered a retard who hates technology. I like wasting time on hobbies as much as the next guy, but I'll gladly admit that's exactly what it is.
>>7255217 Your points are all very valid and I apologise for my narrow-mindedness on the subject of vegetable prep. If you can get freshly peeled and sliced squash, I can definitely see why you would buy it to make soup or purée.
>>7255217 But I like the peels in muh purée. Just like in mashed puhdurdurs the peel can add a pleasant texture if done correctly.
But yeah, if you don't like added fibre in your diet or you prefer the texture of baby food (not an insult) then yeah, I get buying the pre-cut/peeled stuff. Your purchase allows the store to make money off of ugly or damaged fruit. Less waste that way.
>>7253498 Some people think that the prices they pay for veggies are the exact same elsewhere. I'm guessing they haven't left their area before or something. Here in my town vegetables and fruit are really overpriced. And for some reason my local supermarket stopped selling individual potatoes so now I have to go to Walmart to get them, and good god is the produce there shitty. Hell, the produce in most of the shops around here are terrible. I don't know how these fuckers do it. The farmer's market is too out of the way to even consider going to as well.
Good thing frozen/canned vegetables and fruit exist I suppose.
Because that's expensive as fuck. I can make a whole meal average out to that price.
If you don't check price per gram/kg you're fucking youself over. I'd maybe say that it's convenient but the tomatoes aren't prepared, and peppers and courgettes are one of the 'fun' things to prepare.
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