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Have your eating habits changed much since 1974?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter


    "People used to really like eating liver. In 1974 a typical household bought 36g of it per week.

    But not by 2014. Then the figure had fallen to just 3g - a 92% drop."

    I find it difficult to believe it possible to buy just 3g of liver, or even 36g for that matter, but leaving aside the nonsense weights, I accept the premise that fewer people eat liver now than in 1974. Supermarkets don't put a lot of it on their shelves and I am never certain whether our diets change as a consequence of customer preference or lack of supply. One thing I can say in confidence though, is that farmers haven't started breeding liver-less animals.

    What do you make of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs survey?
  2. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I think it must depend on where you are as there is always plenty of liver in both the supermarkets here and the local shops
  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Not really very newsworthy. One apercu.

    It's true that salmon is no longer a luxury food. I'm sure I hadn't tasted fresh salmon in 1974. I eat a lot of it now.
  4. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    That would, of course, depend on the definition of "luxury"
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Fresh salmon is far more readily available in a wide variety of outlets. It is no longer necessary to place a special order or seek out a specialist supplier. This suggests to me that it is more popular and, according to the laws of supply and demand, cheaper.

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  6. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I'm about your age and can't remember a time when such things were necessary. But I do remember fishmongers.

    Not that I could afford it often then and certainly not now
  7. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Because it's widely farmed. Wild salmon like free range poultry remains expensive. All non farmed fish tends to be expensive.
  8. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Yes, I tend to eat more British food now than American.
  9. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Curious - the difference?
  10. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    One very recent change to my diet I have made is to eat vegetarian meals four days a week, fish twice a week and chicken or mince one day a week. My husband and I have saved about £80 per month on our food and my husband has lost weight which he needed to do.

    We have learned how to use new ingredients and make new interesting dishes with items like chickpes flour.
  11. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I must say I won't eat farmed fish. I go for wild salmon.

    Oh, and COD (lovely, lovely cod) is expensive now. Fish and chips from the chippie isn't cheap any longer.

    Oh, and the inevitable chicken tikka masala. 1974? I had never eaten French, Italian or Indian food.
  12. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Yes - no processed food or meat. I don't do rice or pasta because I hate them. Luckily I love fish (which makes up 90 % of my diet ). Rarely eat out.
  13. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    We're definitely eating more pasta, both of us adore roast stuffed hearts, I love liver but not kidneys, o/h is the other way round.
    I'm not cooking so many dinner parties or parties as we used to have, suspect that may be due to my back pain. We eat very few cakes and biscuits but grow most of our own vegetables.
    Eat more good quality burgers eg Donald Russell or home made, eat steak more frequently.
  14. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Still a luxury food then in your case.
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  15. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well, our parents generation always shopped almost daily and in 1974 people were generally still shopping on a more regular basis than the once a week (or even less frequently) more common nowadays.
    I've always found liver, like fish, always tastes better eaten as fresh as possible to ensure maximum flavour, which may contribute to less being bought?
  16. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Really? As late as that? When you say " fresh" you are probably referring to farmed salmon. Reason right there.
  17. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    They put gravy on fries and eat something called grits and like baloney.
  18. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Can't believe people actually eat internal parts of a poor animal.
  19. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I'm guessing sabrinakat lived in the US in 1974.
    Thinking of what is in my fridge freezer at present, in 1974 i never bought peppers, olives, parmesan cheese, feta cheese, smoked salmon, skimmed milk but I did regularly buy sausages, bacon, ham, pork pie, potatoes, oven chips, cakes and biscuits that are rarely on my list now.
    Wasn't there a health scare re offal - BSE maybe, and I stopped buying liver after that.
  20. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    In my childhood chicken was a treat but lamb seemed to be quite common. Now chicken is cheap (if you buy battery chicken which I don't) but lamb is quite expensive. Cream must have been expensive - remember the Bel Cream Maker anyone? It was supposed to make cream out of milk and butter. I tried it once in a Home Economics lesson and it was a lot of hard work for a poor result. Now that more people use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk cream is almost a by-product.

    I agree with grumpydogwoman about salmon, I think I only ever had tinned back then, but cod was cheap. The so-called Cod Wars happened about 74/75 I think, maybe that made a difference to our fish eating habits.

    I ate pasta and rice as a child, my parents had lived abroad and were, perhaps, a little more adventurous than some. My husband didn't eat either until he was an adult.

    I still like liver now and then. I don't eat as much offal as I did but I'm not squeamish - I tried pig's trotter once (still available in Morrisons in this area) but couldn't find much meat on it.
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