****WARNING**** If you are squeamish, don't look or read any further!
|Fish with Extra Protein on the Side!|
|Yes, it was alive!|
|And moving, albeit slowly!|
Now, I am a biologist and a gardener and I am not easily spooked by worms. I know they have a place in the entire scheme of things. I handle earthworms and such with no qualms. And I know that most fish have parasites on them and so forth. And I know that cooking will kill most, if not all, such parasitic things. And we probably eat quite a few hidden things unknowingly when we eat salad greens, etc., unless they have been washed well.
But I'd rather not eat a piece of fish for which I paid good money, knowing it had a worm inside the package! Maybe if I was starving and this was the only food I had, then, I might have reconsidered, but I'm not in that desperate situation, yet!
According to the package, the halibut was regularly prices at - are you ready for this? - $29.99/lb! With the store card, it was priced at $19.99/lb. This particular piece was some .3lb. and was priced at $7.00, but on sale for $5.25 as it was nearing the sell-by date. That is still an expensive piece of fish! Normally, I won't even look at the halibut because it is so expensive! I bought it because I do like halibut and I was in that "treat myself" mood, yesterday. I talked myself into buying it, saying it would cost more if I were to go out and have fish at a restaurant. At that price, I expect to see a good, uncontaminated piece of fish!
The second package of fish didn't have any visible unwanted protein, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to take my chances with it! What surprised me most was that I bought this fish at the big name supermarket chain grocery store, where I'd expect higher standards! Not at the ethnic store, where they have a full service fish/meat counter and things are kept in bulk in display cases and not prepackaged.
So, this morning, I took both packages of fish and the package of beef (which appeared to be fine, but I decided I didn't want it, either!) back to the grocery store and returned them for a refund. The cashier was very nice about it. I just walked up to her and said I wanted to return these items and asked whether I should see a manager about it, and she said she can help me. She just asked if I had my receipt. But I told her why I was returning them - showed her the offending worm and told her to throw the package away. I hope she did! But I didn't wait around to see if she did or not! For all I know, they took the package to the back, removed the worm and repackaged it for sale! How would anyone know?
It was almost enough to make me want to become a vegetarian, but it didn't! I guess I am not quite that squeamish! LOL. Instead, I went to the ethnic store and bought my groceries there, including chicken (leg quarters on sale for $.49/lb.) and shrimp ($3.99/lb.) I'll do another post about today's grocery shopping, later; I need to figure out how much I spent altogether, since I got refunded for part of yesterday's shopping.
Have you ever found any unwanted protein in your grocery purchases? What would you have done?