to want to take a sharp knife into Sainsbury's and...

(64 Posts)
MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:26:58

... trim down the extremely long stalks on their broccoli before buying it. They're bloody heavy those stalks. Probably double the cost of the broccoli.

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:27:51

And while I'm at it, I'll take the vines off those vine grown tomatoes rather than pay for them.

VirginiaDare Thu 08-Nov-12 19:27:56

You know you can eat the stalks, they are part of the broccoli?

Could you also please pierce the additional packaging surrounding their cucumbers? Cucumber is wrapped in clingfilm. Clingfilmed cucumber is then place in enormous plastic sealed bag. Why? WHY?

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:28:56

I like the stalks raw, but there's only so much stalk one can snack on.

AnnoyingOrange Thu 08-Nov-12 19:30:04

I was in Tesco he other week and the guy next to me twisted the broccoli in his hands, snapped the stalk off and tossed it back into the tray

I was shock

BonkeyMollocks Thu 08-Nov-12 19:31:26

My Gpigs would be rather miffed if they didn't get their stalk!

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:31:28

I'm sure the stalks are getting longer and longer. There is probably a directive to the supermarket suppliers to cut the stalks good and long otherwise they'll screw them up the arse even more.

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:31:58

Are those guinea pigs or grandpigs?

YANBU

It won't be long before the veg comes complete with a plot of soil and a farmer.

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:32:28

So tempting Annoying

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:33:08

I would pre-peel bananas in the aisle, but they might go a bit brown and squishy in the trolley.

MaryZezItsOnlyJustNovember Thu 08-Nov-12 19:37:01

Our supermarket supplies a little hacksaw so you can chop off the stalk.

Their broccoli is double the price, mind you grin.

But our cucumbers are naked.

A hacksaw shock

I wonder how many health & safety risk assessments they had to complete before that was allowed.

MaryZezItsOnlyJustNovember Thu 08-Nov-12 19:40:13

I know.

Every time I see it I'm amazed. It's attached with string to the plastic box of veg.

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:41:48

shock at the hacksaw. It would only take one nutter to saw through the string...

sparkle12mar08 Thu 08-Nov-12 19:42:03

I always snap broccoli stalks - Jamie O suggested it in one of his programmes during the time he worked for Sainsburys. If it's good enough for Jamie...

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:42:33

LIke the user name Maryz.

Probably put some poor brocolli-stalk-chopping sod out of work.

Where will it end? Sewing machines in the aisles to run up your own clothes, ovens to bake your own pies.....

<frets>

MaryZezItsOnlyJustNovember Thu 08-Nov-12 19:43:40

I'm running a one-woman campaign Mardy and failing badly

I was polite, though, and used "just" instead of the alternatives.

mumtoaandj Thu 08-Nov-12 19:45:37

Can you eat the thick stalk- i never knew that? i take the grapes off the thick heavy branches, i am not paying for the branch bits!

StElmo Thu 08-Nov-12 19:47:26

I didn't know you can eat the stalk! I just break them off.

CaliforniaLeaving Thu 08-Nov-12 19:48:31

I chop the stalks up and cook them with the broccoli, tastes good to me.

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 19:48:57

I'll join you Maryzz - can you think of something not too long to type (I like to log out to avoid teenage stalking!)

MaryZezItsOnlyJustNovember Thu 08-Nov-12 19:50:28

I log in using my email address when I have a long name. Else I get confused.

I dunno - MardyBramindsYouItsNotDecemberYet is a bit long grin

ouryve Thu 08-Nov-12 19:50:59

I would snap the broccoli stalks but the stuff in ours is always all soft and bendy. I'd tie it in a knot more easily.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 08-Nov-12 19:51:48

Peel the stalk, cut into batons and cook with the heads. MIL used to reckon it was better than the head and nicer than asparagus - not sure I'd go that far but its certainly edible.

Tweasels Thu 08-Nov-12 19:52:41

I totally agree Mardy, go do the snap em off method as mentioned above.

However, for those of you who are stalk virgins. Raw stalks are lovely. I slice them thinly into crisps and munch while I'm cooking.

<stares whistfully into the distance remembering when real crisps were an option. Damn you giant arse>

Oblomov Thu 08-Nov-12 20:07:02

I got told off, in Tesco's, when I did just that, last month. I broke off the broccoli stalk. Put the florets in a bag. Got to the till. The woman behind the till told me that what I had done was illegal, and that tesco's had to sell the florets and the stalk becuase they paid the farmers per weight. I was told that i would be accused of stealing, if i did it again. shock

MammaTJ Thu 08-Nov-12 21:20:37

All tomatoes are grown on the vine, no matter how you buy them!!

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 21:23:16

Yes, they're all grown on the vine. But if they're sold (by weight) with the vine still attached, then you're paying for the vine.

sausagesandwich34 Thu 08-Nov-12 21:24:13

I snap the stalks off

I slit banana bunches to get the best ones

I even been known to pull the leaves off a cauliflower!

I bet you lot even peel oranges grin

Whoever said stalks are getting longer is right though

MardyBra Thu 08-Nov-12 21:30:17

I always split banana bunches so I have just what I want.

Now as for cherry stalks...

snooter Thu 08-Nov-12 21:31:07

I snap bits off that I don't want before putting it in the trolley, as long as the whatever it is isn't in cling-film - that'd be a bit obvious.

WineGoggles Fri 09-Nov-12 11:56:55

Just buy frozen broccoli; it's fresher than the "fresh" veg and consequently is more nutritious. Has less stalkage too smile

lljkk Fri 09-Nov-12 12:30:01

The stalk is reflected in price you pay. If they cut off stalk for you, then you would be charged more (per kg) for the rest. You're cheating supermarket of profits if you cut it off. Quite cheeky.

MaryZezItsOnlyJustNovember Fri 09-Nov-12 12:31:06

shock Wine, don't mention frozen broccoli - there was a whole thread on the evils of frozen broccoli once. It was vair funny (apart from the op, who got a bit cross grin).

ClippedPhoenix Fri 09-Nov-12 12:43:31

I don't want my oxo's to be in an x shape, I want them to be square again.

just think how much they've saved by doing this

I also want a packet of crisps with more than a handful in, they've even got the audcity to put "fuller" same size packets out that cost more.

And breathe.

squeakytoy Fri 09-Nov-12 12:46:34

I always snap off the florets and just buy them. I also ask butchers and fishmongers to trim off the bits of bone and fat on meat too. They charge by weight, so why should I pay for the bits that I dont want to eat.

AdoraJingleBells Fri 09-Nov-12 12:49:44

I use broccoli stalks in soups and pull tomatoes off their vines pick the toms that have fallen off the vine.

I have seen people in our Sainbo's with penknives cutting the stalks off broccoli. Then I see the same people by the eggs searching through the boxes of Basics eggs (all mixed sizes) putting the biggest ones in their boxes!!!

MardyBra Fri 09-Nov-12 13:03:47

Frozen broccoli is mushy and disgusting. Besides I only have a small freezer and prefer to use it for ice cream, oven chips and ice for my gin and tonic

MardyBra Fri 09-Nov-12 13:08:39

"The stalk is reflected in price you pay. If they cut off stalk for you, then you would be charged more (per kg) for the rest. You're cheating supermarket of profits if you cut it off. Quite cheeky."

Well first of all, I'm convinced the stalks are stealthily getting longer. It's a bit like when they reduce the size of choc bars and still charge the same.

Secondly, it's not like the supermarkets are that hard-done by. They are an oligopoly squeezing margins like crazy on suppliers. look what they did to the farmers over milk margins. Now they're doing it to me on stalks. wink

maddening Fri 09-Nov-12 14:09:34

My friend's oh snaps the stalks off.

anklebitersmum Fri 09-Nov-12 14:22:37

I like broccolli stalks but I used to bend asparagus so I only paid for the good bit when I bought them from the supermarket.

But now they sell them per elastic banded bunch spoil sports

GrimmaTheNome Fri 09-Nov-12 14:29:44

>I also ask butchers and fishmongers to trim off the bits of bone and fat on meat too. They charge by weight, so why should I pay for the bits that I dont want to eat.

Fishmongers usually weigh the whole fish and then do whatever filleting you require. Not reasonable to expect them to get paid less for doing the knife-work for you.

"The stalk is reflected in price you pay. If they cut off stalk for you, then you would be charged more (per kg) for the rest. You're cheating supermarket of profits if you cut it off. Quite cheeky."

Yup. By extension with the broccoli question, presumably some of you reject the trimmed leeks, then pick up the (much cheaper per kg) untrimmed ones and take a knife to them? That's clearly wrong (surely) but its the same thing.

PtCatalyst Fri 09-Nov-12 14:43:23

This is why I buy the pre-cut broccoli in packets (usually the broccoli and cauliflower packets, so no extra cauliflower leaves or stalk either) There's only so much stalk my pet mice and I can eat...

YA(probably)BU though, but then again, so are Sainsbury's. It's quite comfy on this fence here...

The lengthening stalks are nothing on those sneaky buggers at cadbury's who've changed the shape of their caramel bars. It's just means you get less, and the filling to chocolate ratio is not quite right. Bastards.

I just buy the plastic wrapped broccoli because I know how much it'll cost. The main issue is that sainsbury's often have no broccoli left, no matter what time/day you go shopping.

Lio Fri 09-Nov-12 14:55:25

Chop broc stalk into matchsticks and put in a stiry-fry, yum.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 09-Nov-12 14:56:57

>those sneaky buggers at cadbury's who've changed the shape of their caramel bars. It's just means you get less, and the filling to chocolate ratio is not quite right. Bastards.

Or even worse the Whole Nut bars. The slogan used to be 'A hazelnut in every bite' - I bought one recently and it had a grand total of 4 nuts in it, unevenly distributed so that half the pieces had no nut at all.

KurriKurri Fri 09-Nov-12 14:57:35

My MIL used to fiddle about in the mushroom section of supermarkets removing the stalks (and putting them back in the tray for some other poor bugger to sort through) she said she wasn't paying for something she couldn't eat.

When I said you could eat mushroom stalks she looked at me as if I was a mad revolutionary. I also pointed out that on the not paying for what you can't eat principle, she should peel bananas before paying for them. She wasn't pleased grin

I eat some of the broccoli stalk - it has lovely tender flesh if you peel it - and give a bit to the dog to crunch.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 09-Nov-12 14:59:22

Hadn't though of trying it on the dog - he likes leftover cooked broccoli (esp in cheese sauce)

KurriKurri Fri 09-Nov-12 15:01:20

Mine loves raw carrots and chunk of raw swede too Grimma (in fact she will pinch carrots from the vegetable rack if she thinks no one is looking grin)

piprabbit Fri 09-Nov-12 15:02:33

Apparently the bad weather this year means that the supermarkets are struggling to source nice plump broccoli heads - so we are getting smaller heads on longer stalks. If you start looking, you'll see that where the cling-wrapped broccoli used to be a single head, it is now often two smaller heads fastened together with an elastic band. <nods wisely>

Mayisout Fri 09-Nov-12 15:02:38

I like the stalks best. The fluffy heads are alwyas cold and bits stick round your mouth. . . . . . broccolli broccolli, don't get ideas.

cumfy Fri 09-Nov-12 15:04:10

Yes indeed.
I like to sit down, peel bananas and slice any brown bits off, discarding all the grotty bits and skins, depod peas, core and peel apples.

Then the coup de gras, snipping the tips off of all the asparagus and discarding the rest. I <boak> at whole asparagus; I'd be spending £40+ to get a kg of asparagus tips if I bought whole asparagus.
Duhhhhhh.

What could possibly be unreasonable about this ?
Who on Earth would think the supermarkets are selling their produce as seen ?wink

FellatioNelson Fri 09-Nov-12 15:09:31

I feel your pain. I am always one of a determined and slightly furtive crowd standing there with furrowed brow trying to snap them off. I know technically they are edible but the really long thick stalks are tough and ropey - who wants those? And they weigh a ton. Take a swiss army knife in your handbag in future. You are doing nothing wrong - not stealing - if Sainsbury's think the tough stalks are a valid part of broccoli then I'm sure they'll have a queue of people happy to buy your leftover stalks. grin

cumfy Fri 09-Nov-12 15:20:14

Indeed Felatio and I'm sure

if Sainsbury's think the yellow skins are a valid part of bananas then I'm sure they'll have a queue of people happy to buy the leftover skins

FellatioNelson Fri 09-Nov-12 15:30:56

But you cannot buy the banana without the skin. It's necessary. They trim cauliflowers of excess tough bits so why not broccoli? It's a cynical ploy to get you to pay more for it. They'll be deliberately leaving wodges of mud on potatoes next.

cumfy Fri 09-Nov-12 15:33:39

They trim cauliflowers of excess tough bits so why not broccoli?

Possibly because they are not sold by the kg.

peeriebear Fri 09-Nov-12 15:36:47

DH snaps a good chunk of the stalk off if it's silly long. I do cook some of it- it can be blended into the cheese sauce for broccoli/cauliflower cheese (ditto the cauli core).

MaryZezItsOnlyJustNovember Fri 09-Nov-12 15:37:55

That's an interesting point cumfy.

How come we pay for broccoli by weight, but cauliflower per head?

Why not charge for cauliflower by weight.

dh came home with a cauliflower the other day which was about 3 inches across once I had trimmed off all the leaves. And it looked huge in the packet angry

FellatioNelson Fri 09-Nov-12 15:41:13

Exackerly cumfy. cynical ploy see? I don't object to a bit of stalk but too much woody tough stuff is just not on.

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