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Does It Bother You When Your Food Touches?

In the comments on our post about the KFC Famous Bowl, a few of you mentioned that you didn't like them because the thought of your food touching like that grossed you out. Quite a few people said they didn't like different components of their meal to touch the other parts. This got me wondering how many of you felt this way. So tell us, does it drive you crazy when your food touches?


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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
omg, you have no idea how much this bugs me. I can't stand it
Phunkometry Phunkometry 9 years
I am with 4BYRDS on this one. I can't stand when people use the excuse, "It's all going to the same place anyway!" Stomachs do not have tastebuds. It doesn't matter to a stomach. But it matters to a tongue. Mine, at least. If a food is supposed to be mixed with something, like gravy or sauce, then so be it. But I prefer to [slowly] savor one thing at a time, rather than just scarf down any mixture of food at once just because the foods happen to be on the same plate. I'm really bothered by people picking on other people's eating habits. I don't say things like, "Oh my gosh, how can you eat all that stuff at once?" but I always get "Oh, how fussy, just let your food mix...It's all going to the same place!" Come on.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 9 years
it depends on the food. i know large plates are horrible for portion control, but i love them because all my foods can have its own place without touching another food.
patrz patrz 9 years
It really depends on the kind of food. Like I don't want some gravies to run over on to other food. I thought this questions was about me touching food. Like when I cook.I hate to touch raw chicken or ground beef with egg in it when I make meatloaf. Love to eat anything someone eles cooks.
Mrs_Groban Mrs_Groban 9 years
It definitely depends on the food! Some things don't go together in one bite and I hate to have them mixed. I am becoming more adventureous, though. And the KFC Chicken bowl looks yummy!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
the only thing that bothers me is when people mix EVERYTHINg on their plate toghether and then makes the comment that it's all going to the same place.
pjirick pjirick 9 years
I love this topic, I thought I was the only person who was like that! When I was a kid, up through my early twenties, I couldn't stand for my food to touch each other on the plate, I mean I was really obsessive about it and then strangely, over time as I got older, it just sort of faded away. Now I'm pretty much like everyone else, except that I still don't like my bread or dinner roll to touch something else until I want it to, I hate soggy bread!
rocketgirl rocketgirl 9 years
If my food touches, I'll eat around the parts that have touched something else, which leaves little lines of food around my plate. It's okay if they're supposed to mix though, like in a casserole.
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
I don't care if my food is touching, for the most part. The only thing I'm really weird about is sweet and savory foods mixing. So no cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving (don't like it really), and fruit salad goes in its own bowl. I can't get gravy or something like that on fruit. Too weird. But anything savory, I actually like mixing the foods's fun!
sassy-sugar sassy-sugar 9 years
it cannot touch or mix. in fact, at particular restaurants, i will specifically ask for my sides to be in separate dishes. i get funny looks from time to time about that. and as an added bonus (and proof of possible o.c.d. tendencies) i typically eat each portion counterclockwise on the plate.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I agree - it depends on the food.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't mind when my food touches - i just don't like it when it mixes
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 9 years
No. Of course there are certain foods that don't belong together, but if they touched I wouldn't freak out.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm with biz some foods cannot touch because the flavors don't go together or the condiments aren't supposed to mix. I actually know a guy who doesn't like his food touching and he's so anal about it that he actually eats each food separately.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
My grandmother taught me to like having my food not touching and truthfully at home with my family I will be a bit crazy with it. BUT when I go out I dont mind as long as its all food that should go together. So yeah I am one of the freaks and I raise my freaky I dont want my food touching flag up proudly!!!
Mavs2980 Mavs2980 9 years
This has never bothered me, but I grew up with an older sister who was and still is fanatical about this. I mean her gravy can not even be on the food, the gravy must be in a bowl by itself. Every Thanksgiving sees my sister with at least 4 plates and bowl of gravy. Thus ensuring that no one item of food comes in contact with another item. She also has a thing about eating off a 3 prong fork. She can't as that is "un-natural".
emalove emalove 9 years
No...I think this was a picky little kid thing that I outgrew...
SublimeChica SublimeChica 9 years
It definitely depends on which foods are on the plate.
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 9 years
Not really bothered by food touching. With combos like mashed potatoes and meatloaf, rice & chicken, enchiladas and refried beans, I actually prefer it to touch and/or mix! The only thing that really bothers me is when hot food is served on the same plate with cold when a salad is on the same plate as lasagna or fruit salad on the same plate as a hot breakfast. But I wouldn't send something back...I'd just separate them as soon as I could in as non-OCD way as possible! As long as stuff tastes good, I'm easy to please! :)
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
It all goes to the same place anyway...
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Oh FYI my sister has special plates for me and her kids cause they hate touching foods too. School luncheon trays made by Tupperware. We love 'em. We wipe 'em out just to annoy her (but she bought them for us) when she makes dinner and we segment every portion of the meal.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember when I was four it was Thanksgiving and my mom put my put mashed potatoes on my kiddie plate then right next them she put the cranberry sauce then other the other side she place a slice of turkey. I watched with horror as my mashed potatoes slowly turned crimson red from the cranberry sauce then my turkey slice turned red. Oh cripes, they were touching the cranberries and everything was cranberry flavored and everything was red - and my mom wasn't hearing my please of "HELP my my food is touching!" Then my dad a Navy man did they grossest thing - he noticed my problem, he got up, reached over the top of me and starting mixing all the food on my plate together. He whispered to me "This is how I eat my food, it's how the military taught me to eat." He kissed my cheek and went and sat back down and ate his slop. I screamed and ran and sat in the corner of the dining room. I think that insulted my dad. Trauma! My mom dumped that plate and gave me two plates and did her best two insure nothing touched and no juices or liquids unintentionally run into each other. I just to taste each individual food before my stomach forcibly mixes them together. There's nothing wrong with that. I don't scream and run like I did when I was a child when presented with touching foods - I simply don't eat whatever is touching I eat around it. Guess that why I love Japanese food especially Tappen - everything is separated to the nth degree.
jennythereader jennythereader 9 years
It depends on the foods, but generally if I'd be bothered by two things touching on my plate I won't be eating them in the same meal in the first place.
dootsie dootsie 9 years
Like, I realize that some people are really bothered by it, but I just can't help but roll my eyes at people who complain about it. It just seems like something an eight year old would whine about just to be annoying. If you don't like it when you make your plate, that's your business, but please don't send food back or whine through the whole meal because there's some rice on your chicken.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
When I'm eating by myself I usually do the separate bowl method. If I'm eating with other people I pretty much get made fun of the entire meal so I'll use a plate. And still get made fun of cause my food doesn't touch!
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