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Dining with vegetarians - John C. Kirk

May. 13th, 2007

05:15 pm - Dining with vegetarians

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From:pozorvlak
Date:May 14th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
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To clarify: I will, by default, make my best effort to use separate utensils for meatstuff and veggiestuff, but I really appreciate perspective and sanity: it really won't matter if meat and veggie sausages share a grill tray, and if you'll overlook me turning them over with the same pair of tongs in the heat of the moment that would be much appreciated. wormwood_pearl is wonderfully reasonable about this kind of thing.
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From:shuripentu
Date:May 17th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying to think of a non-religious reason for wanting seperate cooking implements that doesn't boil down to "eww, squicky". Not that "eww, squicky" is an invalid objection when it comes to food, of course, but in this case I wonder if it's not something that's worth overcoming. After all, it does create more washing up. ;)
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 17th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
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The main reason I can think of is allergies, e.g. if someone is likely to go into anaphylactic shock if my peanut burgers touch their beef.

I think there is a question of context as well - if you're cooking a bunch of burgers from the freezer, then you probably wouldn't even know that the same utensils had been used for meat and veggie unless someone told you. On the other hand, if people are cooking rare steaks, and the tongs are literally dripping with blood, people might feel that this spoils the taste of their lentils :)
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From:shuripentu
Date:May 17th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, I meant that comment in the context of vegetarianism; I don't think allergies to meat are very common. :)

I guess changing the taste of the food can be an issue - if you pick all the bits of meat out of a dish, you can definitely still taste it there. Which isn't a problem for me now, but there was a time when the smell of bacon made me feel ill, so...
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