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To hack off the stalk of the broccoli

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Kangar00 Sun 18-Mar-18 14:57:27

Not an AIBU but was he being unreasonable. I've just seen a man take a knife into Waitrose and hack off the stalk of the broccoli, presumedly because he doesn't eat this bit so doesn't want to pay for it when it is weighed....

Gilead Sun 18-Mar-18 14:57:58

So often been tempted...

Idontdowindows Sun 18-Mar-18 14:59:20

I don't think he was being unreasonable. I mostly buy my brocoli at the market cause the stalks are shorter.

BlankTimes Sun 18-Mar-18 15:02:29

Isn't it illegal to carry a knife though, how big was it?

Crispbutty Sun 18-Mar-18 15:03:33

I just break the florets off. Why pay for something I don’t need.

bricksareheavy Sun 18-Mar-18 15:05:08

Nooooo, the stalk is delicious and full of nutrients! He’s missing out big time 🥦

lizzlebizzle33 Sun 18-Mar-18 15:05:40

Ridiculously over thought to actually take a knife with him but I agree in snapping it off, I usually buy the pre packed though so don't weigh it.

lljkk Sun 18-Mar-18 15:09:47

The sale price is calculated assuming stalk on... the stalk keeps it fresher until use, btw.

If you hack a bit off & don't pay for it, you are effectively stealing by not paying for that bit. Broccoli is not so expensive that many people NEED to do this. angry

MrsEricBana Sun 18-Mar-18 15:14:30

This is v common.

MrsLinManuelMiranda Sun 18-Mar-18 15:14:45

I saw a woman do this yesterday in Morrisons. Her husband picked up a pre packed head(59p) she said it's cheaper to buy it loose and proceeded to spend about 5 minutes trying to twist a bit of stalk off. Must have saved her all of 5p. If everyone did this the supermarkets would have to put the prices up as they have effectively paid for the complete head and would lose loads of money.
I would be worried that someone was carrying a knife though.

BahHumbygge Sun 18-Mar-18 15:18:51

Nooo! The stalk is the best bit to use in soups & stirfries.

sparklyllama Sun 18-Mar-18 15:20:07

bicksareheavy I agree, seriously, why not eat it. confused

Peanutbuttercups21 Sun 18-Mar-18 15:20:07

The stalk, peeled, is the nicest bit

Clevs Sun 18-Mar-18 15:20:29

I sometimes snap the stalk off if it's particularly big. It only gets thrown away so I don't want to pay for something that I'm not going to use. I wouldn't go to the extreme of taking a knife shopping with me though hmm

piglet81 Sun 18-Mar-18 15:22:00

I love the stalk!

LadySainsburySeal Sun 18-Mar-18 15:32:01

The stalk, as others have said, is perfectly edible. Such a waste of good food otherwise.

Kangar00 Sun 18-Mar-18 16:00:05

Penknife type thing

Oblomov18 Sun 18-Mar-18 16:06:55

I have snapped it off once or twice, when it was very big.

nokidshere Sun 18-Mar-18 16:10:42

The stalk has the most flavour

Idontdowindows Sun 18-Mar-18 16:17:12

I agree, seriously, why not eat it

Because the texture is different and no one in this house likes the texture of stalk. So I buy brocoli with as short a stalk as possible.

EyepatchOfTravis Sun 18-Mar-18 16:18:54

Nooo! That's the best bit!! I love the stalk bit raw and peeled! It's a treat for myself to snack on while I'm cooking! (DP always saves that bit for me when he's cooking too grin)

Redpriestandmozart Sun 18-Mar-18 16:21:00

The stalk is the best part, sweeter and full of flavour, perfect served with the florets, I'd miss the stalk!

On the other hand I have been tempted to remove all the packaging after paying and just dumping it on the checkout!

foxessocks Sun 18-Mar-18 16:25:55

red campaigners for reducing plastic advise removing packaging at the checkouts and leave it so it becomes a problem for the supermarket rather than a problem for you to dispose of at home

Sorry derail there but I haven't ever heard of people taking the stalks off broccoli!

legofansmum Sun 18-Mar-18 16:28:27

I always snap the stalk off broccoli in supermarkets. We don't eat the really long part so money wasted if I don't.
Wouldn't go as far as taking a knife mindconfused.

PerfectlySymmetricalButtocks Sun 18-Mar-18 16:31:21


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