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Anybody in Poland actually eats soup-mix soups?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
12 Feb 2012  #1
Polish supermarket shelves are groaning beneath the weight of every uimaginabler type ofgfake food -- żurejk śląski, żurek z gryzbami, goracy kubek and God kows what all which differ only in haivng a varied chemical content. Do any of you actually eat such garbage? I tried the gorący kubek spaghetti bolognese once, and that was more than enough. Have Polish culinary skills fallen so low? In America even people who don't like Poles that much often admit -- 'at least they're good cooks!'
scottie1113 7 | 898
12 Feb 2012  #2
No. I make my own. Much better, and cheaper in the long run.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
12 Feb 2012  #3
Polish supermarket shelves are groaning beneath the weight of every uimaginabler type ofgfake food -- żurejk śląski, żurek z gryzbami, goracy kubek and God kows what all which differ only in haivng a varied chemical content.

people who eat heathy don't buy it, the same as in the US.

Do any of you actually eat such garbage? I tried the gorący kubek spaghetti bolognese once, and that was more than enough.

some people do, just like in the US- it has nothing to do with the nationality.

Have Polish culinary skills fallen so low?

those products are being offered in supermarkets, so some people buy it because Poles don't have lunch time at work:). Those things are popular among students.

In America even people who don't like Poles that much often admit -- 'at least they're good cooks!'

who cares? Just because you make a judgement on anything Polish doesn't mean that Americans do, they probably have better things to worry about.

I cook everything from scratch.
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
12 Feb 2012  #4
More power to you!
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
12 Feb 2012  #5
I wouldn't touch them either. Home-made is much better. But judging by the rate that they fly off the shelves here, plenty in Poland do.

Interestingly most of Europe's packet soups and pot noodles are produced in Poland by Unilever.
gumishu 11 | 5,015
12 Feb 2012  #6
those products are being offered in supermarkets, so some people buy it because Poles don't have lunch time at work:). Those things are popular among students.

good point - students don't have full access or have no access to real kitchens most of the time - I didn't even have a fridge most of the time I lived in dorms (or never used them because things were going missing)
sa11y 5 | 331
12 Feb 2012  #7
When you have coice between packet soup and canteen food sometimes packet soup is a better choice. Not all of us work in city centres with nice restaurant and cafes around, and sometimes you just want something quick. From the Polish variety zurek and ogorkowa are not too bad.
pip 10 | 1,661
12 Feb 2012  #8
disgusting and if poles keep eating this same garbage they are going to be fat just like americans. they have a pretty good start.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
12 Feb 2012  #9
Good grief. What's so terrible about having a packet soup when you're too busy to leave work for lunch. It's better than not having anything, and also better than phoning for a pizza. People don't live on this stuff; it's just a standby for most.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
12 Feb 2012  #10
a packet soup when you're too busy to leave work for lunch

It's not so much about having one for a quick office lunch which is not unreasonable - the issue is more about serving pot noodles, pop tarts etc at home instead of cooking.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
12 Feb 2012  #11
Do any of you actually eat such garbage?

yes, i eat 'such garbage' at work.

and the shelves are not

groaning beneath the weight

there is plenty of fresh food too.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,675
12 Feb 2012  #12
there is plenty of fresh food too.

Polonius, being American, is somewhat unacquainted with this concept.
pip 10 | 1,661
12 Feb 2012  #13
yes, i eat 'such garbage' at work.

you should stop. they are really sickening fake "foods". full of processed ick and chemicals. don't tell me it is fast- that is just stupid. it is just as fast to make a sandwich. I take my lunch to work every day too. i have humus, veg, fruit, cheese and meat. nothing processed or from a package. I make my lunch every day and I have the same amount of time as everybody else, in fact I have to get my kids off to school and walk my dog all before I go to work. no excuses- just don't eat that shiit. It will kill you.
scottie1113 7 | 898
12 Feb 2012  #14
Polonius, being American, is somewhat unacquainted with this concept.

Delph, there's plenty of fresh food in America, and lots more fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood, at least in California.
gumishu 11 | 5,015
12 Feb 2012  #15
most of the stuff (like Hot Mug soup - Gorący kubek) is just powdered things with little preservatives - the worst thing that's in there is the sodium glutamate - there are much worse things in many soda types, sweets (those coloured and aritificially flavoured) - actually there are powdered soups now that don't even contain glutamates or any other taste enhancers (Winiary has a line of such soups) they also contain little to no preservatives as the stuff is completely dry upon packaging in neutral atmosphere an hermetically sealed (maybe they irradiate it though - I don't know)
donlou31 1 | 30
12 Feb 2012  #16
Apart from the odd Gorący kubek I stay away from shop bought ready mixes. I make my own Polish soups from scratch, much healthier.

I'm happy with my soups....its the Sernik that will be the death of me :)
delphiandomine 83 | 17,675
13 Feb 2012  #17
Delph, there's plenty of fresh food in America, and lots more fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood, at least in California.

I know, I know...it was more of a comment about Polonius being American, not Polish ;)

(I hear very good things about seafood in California)

oh awesome. someone asks about "soup mix soups" in Polish supermarkets and it immediately goes into a "well in America....." battle. this forum can be so idiotic.

It's a fair response when used against someone who hasn't ever lived in Poland and who knows nothing about Poland except what he reads on websites like freepl.info ;)

Saying that Polish shelves are "groaning under the weight" of these things is insane when anyone who lives here knows that one of the greatest things about Poland is the way that there are decent food shops everywhere. Sure, you can buy plenty of junk too, but what else do people have time for when the working culture is for working 8 hours straight rather than a proper lunch break?
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,884
13 Feb 2012  #18
Sure, you can buy plenty of junk too, but what else do people have time for when the working culture is for working 8 hours straight rather than a proper lunch break?

surely you can't be suggesting that the avg pole works SO HARD that they can only find time for a Goracy Kubek.

anyway, i'm not going to participate in this. I'll bring the thread back to the direction it will surely go: "Poles eat soup packets sometimes but Americans still eat much much worse because all their food is genetically modified and everyone in the USA is fat."

go.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,675
13 Feb 2012  #19
surely you can't be suggesting that the avg pole works SO HARD that they can only find time for a Goracy Kubek.

I'm saying that it's not in the culture to take a long break for lunch. Nothing to do with hard work, but more to do with time for eating.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,681
13 Feb 2012  #20
Polonius, being American, is somewhat unacquainted with this concept.

your anti Americanism is boring and ignorant.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,675
13 Feb 2012  #21
It was a comment about how Polonius lives in America and doesn't know what's going on in Poland except what he reads online. Nothing to do with being "anti-America".
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,681
13 Feb 2012  #22
post 12 was clearly a comment about how Polonius wouldn't know about fresh food, "being American.", and it was that to which I was referring, (obviously).
delphiandomine 83 | 17,675
13 Feb 2012  #23
No, it was a comment about how he, as an American, wouldn't know about fresh food in Poland.

Though I can see how it can be taken as a generic insult towards American food :)
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
13 Feb 2012  #24
I eat only fresh, home-made food and am surprised that the fake-food epidemic has spread to Poland. One should think Poles would know better.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
13 Feb 2012  #25
I eat only fresh, home-made food

I do my best to, but often eat out. Which leads to the next point:

am surprised that the fake-food epidemic has spread to Poland.

Why? Poland is the frozen fries capital of the world. Even restaurants use them. When I asked why a few years ago, I was told "Oh, we used to have to chop potatoes in the communist times but now we have good modern food". Poland has resolutely turned to processed food and hasn't yet had the slow food revolution or the rise in farmers' markets that the UK has. I doubt that many people get their 5 portions of fruit/veg per day. If you think about is, much of the traditional food of Poland (kielbasa, ogorki, kapusta kiszona etc) is preserved and processed.

One should think Poles would know better.

Why?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
13 Feb 2012  #26
Poland has resolutely turned to processed food and hasn't yet had the slow food revolution or the rise in farmers' markets that the UK has.

I don't know about you but I have to wait forever and a day to get served in most places, political eastern Europe invented slow food restaurants :)

On a serious note, I disagree, most Poles live in the countryside and every town has it's farmer's market where fruits and veg can be bought for less than in the supemarkets.

I do see the pack of soup thingys but not the microwave dinners enmasse, like in Ireland, Britain and North America.

The sheer amount of green groucers here alone should make you suspect quite the opposite from your last post there Jonny.
pip 10 | 1,661
13 Feb 2012  #27
Poland is eating more highly processed foods- macdonald's and the like. the children are fatter - as are the people and this is evident, one only needs to look out their window. I am seeing more and more obese people- particularly those that are quite poor and those that have a lot of money. those with no money buy garbage foods that are cheaper and those that have the money buy processed foods from a box or at restaurants such as mcdonald's, burger king, etc. people drink coke or red bull like it is water- not to mention all the sugar added to coffee and tea.

seemingly intelligent people that make good money and have an education really make poor choices when it comes to foods. since the joining of the e.u. Polish people have gotten fatter faster. It makes sense. Corporations prey on Poland B- they are the majority of the country and quite easy to market towards. Put a little English language on the wrapper and hell it must be good food. McDonalds set up in poorer neighbourhoods and advertise a great lifestyle.

I could go on and on- this is a very heated topic for my house. Most importantly read the labels on the food you buy. If you buy fresh meats, cheeses, fruit and veg- then you don't have a lot to worry about. If your food contains corn or soy additives- stay away from it.


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