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Another Stupid Supermarket Sighting

post #1 of 12
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This morning I stopped into the local Andronico's, a small "upscale" (read expensive) Northern California chain. I wanted some choclolate ice cream for a shake that I'd been craving for a few days, and they're the only local place that I know of that sells Saags hot dogs in a casing.

Upon entering the store I saw a display for "fresh" large avocados that were on sale for 2/$3.00. Naturally, I looked closer.

These were the smallest avocados I've seen this season. Unless they fall within some sort of government definition of large, these certainly weren't large by comparable standards. The price seemed high for the size. Next up, in smaller print, was a line that said these " fresh" avocados were from Chile! WTF - here it is the height of avocado season here, California grows almost excessive amounts of great Haas avocados, and this store is IMPORTING the fruit from Chile. That, especially combined with the price and the small size, as well as the large number of damaged and over ripe fruits in the display, has got to be one of the most ridiculous choices I've seen in the produce aisle in a long time.

But wait, I spoke too soon. Alongside the avocados was another worthless item - as Alton Brown would say, a single task tool. Have you ever heard of an avocado knife?! Here was a whole display of them for only $10.00 apiece Van Vacter Avocado Knife

I've never heard of such a thing. Who needs it!? Sheesh! I can cut, pit, and separate the meat from the skin of an avocado with a table knife, as can most people.

Is it me, or does the whole scene seem silly to you as well.

Shel
post #2 of 12
I can cut an avocado with a paring knife--maybe I am extremely talented, but I don't think so :D
post #3 of 12
Shel!
That tool is dishwasher safe!!!! (what a waste of money)
Looks likes something Rambo would be an excellent spokesperson for....!!

Luc H
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post #4 of 12
Oh for goodness sake....rofl. What on earth? That looks harder to use than an ordinary knife!!! It's not like cutting an avo is the trickiest job on theplanet.

I'll take it you didn't take up the offer of the "large" avos...
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post #5 of 12
The only avocados I can get locally are from Chile. Usually we get them from California but heard the crop was severely damaged this past spring. I'm guessing by your comments that information isn't true? Before that news came out, I was able to buy them for $.69 each but now the lowest regular price is $1.25 and you can get them on sale occasionally for $1 each.

Never heard of a special knife, I just use a paring knife.
post #6 of 12
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There was damage to California's avocado crop, but, from all I read and have seen, not so much as to make the fruit unavailable, just more expensove. Plus other states grow avocados as well. My personal opinion is that there's no need to import 'cados from Chile. No other store or chain that I've been to this year has had anything but local, i.e., California, avocados. A bit expensive, but no more so than the ones I saw from Chile (except for the ones at Whole Foods - $2.59 each!)

Ain't that knife something <LOL>

Shel
post #7 of 12
You ought to buy one, Shel. Then, next time you get together with foodie friends, ask them to guess what it is.

It might be worth ten bucks to hear the speculation. :lol:
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post #8 of 12
We get Avocado's for $.33 cents each at the local Winco store..
post #9 of 12
There are various government incentives and "foreign relations/diplomat" stuff going on in regards to Chile right now. The incentives are for importing agricultural products and other products from Chile into the US. I don't know the specifics as to the motivations of the politicians and diplomats, but I do know that this has been a negotiation at that level. Shel, this is not the free market at work, which is why it looks silly ;)
post #10 of 12
one tool for all my avocado peeling needs? i dont have to remove the stem with tweezers, cut the peel with 10" chef knofe, open avocado with off set spatula, remove pit with table spoon, and remove meat with serving spoon. I must have one, how have i survived without it.
post #11 of 12
These stores are not for "real " food people, "real" food people do not have room to store all of the gizmos out there. "real" food people know not just how to eat, but how to prepare and being at home in the kitchen with our tools. To know the many uses for one item, so that we don't need a billion.These stores pray on the rich and ignorant wannabes.
post #12 of 12
Nice post and deals!
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