October 20, 2010

Kerosene Cucumbers

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{my spooky snack}

I'm a huge fan of small town festivals which always seem to have lots of little ladies peddling their wares. Apple butter, homemade jams and pickles are things I look for when attending such events. I mentioned a fun Oktoberfest event that I enjoyed in Nashville a few weeks ago, but one aspect of my adventure turned out to be less than positive. One of the goodies I purchased was a jar of homemade pickles labeled "lime water." This doesn't refer to lime, as in the fruit, but instead to a crisping agent (calcium hydroxide) known as pickling lime. I think it's sort of an old-fashioned method. Part of what intrigued me was the vivid color of the pickles and part of me bought them because I figured I could get a blog post out of the experience. Little did I know that they would poison me!

I guess poison is a strong term and I really have no proof as to what (if anything) happened. All I know is that after I ate a pickle, my vision was blurry and I felt sort of tipsy (Not that I know what tipsy feels like...love you Me-me). Sadly, the southern beau forced me to throw the entire jar of electric green non-fruity pickles in the trash. After reading more information today, I found that pickling lime has been known to cause botulism when not rinsed correctly from the pickles!

This post is a public service announcement of sorts...it's wonderful to support local products, but when somebody makes something in his or her home, there's no guarantee that it is according to standards that are required for commercial sales. I think it's smart to make sure anything we buy like this has an intact seal and doesn't have any strange colors or smells. And if it tastes less than normal, don’t eat a whole jar of it! Trust your instincts folks. At least I stopped after a couple of bites.

Have you ever eaten lime water pickles? Have you ever bought something like this that made you feel a little sick? We live and learn I suppose.

17 comments:

  1. YIKES! You had better go dig out your good ol' copy of Green Eggs and Ham and take a rest from green for a while! :-) Glad you survived!

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  2. Glad you are ok. Yikes that could have been much worse. Those pickles do look weird.

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  3. That's spooky alright, I got chills just reading this, but the chills had more to do with my thoughts about food poisoning. :-/ I'm glad you had the sense to stop and not eat anymore. I often get entranced by colorful foods and so I understand the appeal.

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  4. OH.MY. Glad you had the sense to stop after a couple of bites!

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  5. Glad you are okay. That had to be a little scary

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  6. EEEEK! Hope you're feeling better lady! We have something over at our blog that might cheer you up. : )

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  7. Those are without a doubt the freakiest looking pickles I've ever seen!! I'm glad the southern beau intervened because I would know the antedote for pickle poisoning ;-)

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  8. oh no! I hate to hear that happened to you. But glad you are ok :)

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  9. Okay, I'm going to go along with the crowd...Yikes!!!

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  10. Oh, my! I am so glad that your experience wasn't any worse than this. I remember being so annoyed when I read in the newspaper that our farmer's markets were going to have to stop selling their "home-canned" goods, etc. But your purchase is probably exactly the kind of thing the folks @ the good ol' Department of Health were trying to avoid!

    Love your blog, BTW!

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  11. Oh that is scary! Thank goodness you're okay!

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  12. y'all...that photo is not photoshopped or anything...that's how those suckers looked! they were green as can be! i totally should have known better, but my curiosity got the best of me! never again! xoxo

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  13. Oh my gosh! That is crazy!! I have never even heard of those before!

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  14. Wow! I did not know this! It's not related but I do know skin lightening and about stuff like that.

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