June 22nd, 2007

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Watching the sausage being made is a sure way to put you off of it...

... or watching the imitation crabmeat, in this case. The current episode of Unwrapped, on Food TV, is showing how they make the stuff, and it's enough to confirm my utter lack of desire to ever consume it. They show everything from the large frozen bricks of chopped fish it is made from (which look like nothing so much as uniform white plastic building blocks), the adding of artificial flavor ("the fish in its raw form has almost no flavor!"), the blending, the extruding (yes, it is actually pureed and extruded), and the painting with a nice red stripe down the side.

Okay, it's a process that I casually accept when the subject is candy. But somehow, when applied to fish, it's oddly horrifying...