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AIBU to chuck these tins of horrible food?

(52 Posts)
Bignose Tue 30-Jan-18 19:32:34

I found some tins of stuffed aubergine very cheaply in a supermarket. I normally love stuffed aubergine, so I bought three to take on a camping trip. Once camping I opened the first. It looked revolting (brown and slimy) but smelled OK and the tin was well in date, so I heated up the contents and served it up with rice. It tasted revolting! We put the rest of the tins aside, and I recently found them in the back of the car boot. Should I donate them to a food bank, knowing the contents are revolting? Some friends say yes, others say I should not inflict them on people who are already suffering. WWYD? Do food banks give recipients a choice of what they take? I'd hate someone to have one of these tins forced upon them.

midgey Tue 30-Jan-18 19:34:08

Someone will enjoy them! After all we all have very different tastes, some people like bread and butter pudding....yuck!

Bignose Tue 30-Jan-18 19:35:59

Thing is, it does not taste like any other tinned stuffed aubergine I have ever had. Normally I love the stuff!

Purpledaffodil Tue 30-Jan-18 19:39:55

Open remaining tins, decant contents into compost or food bin. Put tins in recycling, job done ?.Please don’t give them to the food bank. If the contents look and taste revolting to you why inflict them on others?

Jalima1108 Tue 30-Jan-18 19:41:05

bread and butter pudding - yum (as long as it has plenty of egg custard at the bottom) grin

I would do as Purpledaffodil suggests, they don't sound very appetising at all.

Jalima1108 Tue 30-Jan-18 19:42:13

I'm intrigued though, aubergine soften very quickly, I wouldn't have though they would be a very good vegetable to put into tins.
Where did you buy them?
and what were they stuffed with?

Purpledaffodil Tue 30-Jan-18 19:42:41

Coincidentally Midgey I felt the same about bread and butter pudding until Friday when I tasted some a friend had made with left over Christmas panettone and it was amazing. Still don’t fancy tinned stuffed aubergine though?

Jalima1108 Tue 30-Jan-18 19:44:06

mmm made with panettone or brioche!

I hope no-one on the frugal February thread is reading this blush

MamaCaz Tue 30-Jan-18 19:48:03

The last thing I would do is donate them to a food bank. If they are revolting enough for you to consider inedible, some poor recipient could end up without a meal!

Bignose Tue 30-Jan-18 19:49:13

The replies from midgey and purple exactly reflect the divergent advice I have had from friends! I looked up how food banks work and it appears that they offer boxes of food that include a tin of meat (presumably an alternative if you don't eat it), and a tin of veg. I would hate someone to get one of my tins when they could have got a tin of baked beans or spinach or such like. Anyone know if recipients get a choice of what they get at food banks?

shysal Tue 30-Jan-18 19:51:19

Food bank is a good idea as you will obviously never use them and somebody might like them! I did that with some long life cartons of soup I bought after seeing an advert for a new type which proved to be disgusting compared to my usual home made.

Bathsheba Tue 30-Jan-18 19:51:55

Hmm no, I wouldn't donate them to the food bank - exactly as MamaCaz says, someone could go hungry because of them sad. Put them on the compost heap, or just bin them.

(We absolutely love bread and butter pudding - one of our favourite puddings!)

Bignose Tue 30-Jan-18 19:52:39

In reply to Jalima, I got them at Lidl some months ago. Aubergines seem to work quite well in tins in my experience - these were stuffed with rice and veg, and made in Turkey, where they make delicious stuffed aubs, so I was very surprised at the revolting results.

SpringyChicken Tue 30-Jan-18 20:15:13

My friend helps out at a food bank. She said the people who receive food must meet strict criteria to qualify for a voucher and (I think) there is a limit to how many times they can have food. The number of items is limited so every single one is important. If you have any doubt about the tins, throw them away. You were able to have something else for your meal but the food bank 'customers' aren't so lucky.

Smithy Tue 30-Jan-18 20:51:57

I seem to remember a friend if mine buying them from Llidl last year. She said they were lovely and she's usually very fussy about food

MissAdventure Tue 30-Jan-18 21:01:47

I wouldn't donate them. It seems a bit mean, knowing that someone might have the same reaction as you.

Elegran Tue 30-Jan-18 21:02:19

You could take them back to where you bought them and say that you think they may be substandard, judging by the taste and consistency being so different to what you have had before. They can return them to their supplier and not order any more from them, then they they will not be inflicted on anyone else.

lemongrove Tue 30-Jan-18 21:05:09

Chuck them!

Chewbacca Tue 30-Jan-18 22:10:34

I'm with lemon on this - if they're inedible, it seems unfair to inflict them on someone who might get them as part of their food bank ration and they'd have no alternative to turn to.

MissAdventure Tue 30-Jan-18 22:21:24

A couple of tins of baked beans would better serve someone who may be struggling, and with a family. Chuck 'em out!

Nelliemoser Tue 30-Jan-18 22:22:26

I also think it would be extremely unfair to give then away at all if you think they are so bad.

M0nica Tue 30-Jan-18 22:58:29

Only give it to a Food Bank if it is within date, with at least a month or more to go. Food Banks have to throw a lot of food away because it has gone by the 'use by' date.

Under the circumstances, if they are so nasty, I would open them, compost the contents and recycle the tin.

OldMeg Tue 30-Jan-18 23:00:17

Put them on the compost heap.

Jalima1108 Tue 30-Jan-18 23:31:49

I will avoid them in Lidl, thanks BigNose.
We've only ever eaten the fresh ones.

Maggiemaybe Tue 30-Jan-18 23:44:18

Ah, bread and butter pudding, nectar of the gods...