Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: You May Not Want to Look Edition

Why did the chicken cross the road?
Because he could.


I have to apologize* in advance for this post.

While we were shopping for items to grill at our campsite in CO, I came across these in the grocery store and just couldn't resist taking a picture. I had no idea such a thing was available.

There are just so many things wrong with this I don't even know where to begin. Perhaps you can help me start.

*extra apologies to my friend Dan. Anyone who knows him will know why.

32 comments:

PatKG said...

As a former Gold'n Plump employee whose job it was to sell these things, and a whole bunch of other stuff that's worse, I know that chicken paws are a HUGE delicacy (which means gross food no one else will eat) in Asian countries. Gold'n Plump exported all theirs. They would have sold them domestically, but they were "separated" from the bird before it was USDA inspected.

Sandy said...

Good Lord! They look like human hands...but I have to wonder how one would prepare them.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

OMG! The nails look like they're painted! Yikes! Pardon if I puke.

rick said...

TV personality Lisa Ling said that whenever she brought a date home, her dad would prepare these. If the date was willing to eat them, then her dad thought he was OK.

Jocelyn said...

I've never heard them called "paws" and as gross as eating chicken feet sounds, calling them paws makes it sound like a horror movie! EEK!

Janna said...

Disturbing thing #1: The fact that they're called "paws" instead of "feet".

Disturbing thing #2: The fact that there are so MANY of them in the package, as if anyone could stand to eat that many in a lifetime.

Disturbing thing #3: The "toenails" look almost like manicured human fingernails.

Disturbing thing #4: The white "sprout-like" things that are sticking out of the spots where the foot was chopped off.

Disturbing thing #5: The fact that any store would think "Y'know, we should encourage people to try eating amputated chicken feet more often. It's gotta be in the food pyramid somewhere, right? I know; let's call them PAWS-- people will LOVE that!"

Mamma said...

They look like witches fingers. You could totally fool the trick or treaters...

Anonymous said...

That is one of the worst things I've ever seen in my life! EVER!
sis

deborah said...

this is why I hate and avoid the meat section. though I have never seen chicken fingers. I would have literally screamed. ick, creepy

Jeff said...

PatKG - What could possibly be worse than amputated chicken feet?

sandy - Ummm... with a nice moisturizing lotion and a manicure?

kathy - Yuk... how dare you say "puke" in my comments. That's just gross.

rick - Lisa Ling must have been a very lonely girl.

jocelyn - At least they don't sell puppy paws... that I know of.

janna - You win the Comment of the Week award! Congrats - those
"disturbing things" bullets cracked me up.

mamma - Especially if you put them in their candy bags. Mmmmm.

sis - Glad I could provide that milestone for you. You're welcome.

deborah - First I screamed, then I gagged, then I laughed my ass off. Oh yeah, and then of course I took a picture.

PatKG said...

What could be worse than chicken paws, Jeff? The feathers. They pump them into a truck. Offal. Blood. Heads. Bones. Sorry you asked?

Ever watched "Bizarre Foods" with Andrew Zimmern? Don't.

Oh, and the little white strings? Tendons. You can pull them and make the toes curl up!

And yes, there is a difference between chicken PAWS and chicken FEET. Paws are cut off at the ankle, feet include the shank. You can file that one under "too much information."

Ah, the good old days at Gold'n Chump, I mean Plump.

Ed said...

Shocking! You can get that whole package for under a buck fifty!!

Now that's a deal anywhere.

unfinishedrambler said...

Wow. The more disturbing of the Wordless Wednesdays I've seen this morning so far, and after being up all night (volunteering at a hospice), I was thinking of going back to bed. Now I'm not so sure because of the nightmares I might have. :)

*lynne* said...

"paws"??

bleeaahhhhhhh!!

(I think you've provided the impetus to blog about something from my past that involved chicken feet... I'll work on it today!)

JD at I Do Things said...

I'm reading an interesting book called "Heat," in which an apprentice cook tells of his tales working for Mario Batali. He includes an awesome description of how chicken feet in hot broth look like tiny hands clawing at the surface. Yummy!

I'll never forget my recent trip to an "ethnic" grocery store where I was confronted with the whole head of a pig in the meat section. You're just never prepared for that.

absepa said...

Aiiieee! They look like human fingers! Like my human fingers, actually, because my fingers are also long and skinny. Too creepy for words.

Travis R said...

I'm actually kind of curious as to how these are prepared and how you properly eat them. There must be recipes and protocols. As with almost anything, I'd be willing to try them (although I just want one - I don't need the whole package). It's all part of my training regimen to get on Fear Factor. I'm off to Google...

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

More ammunition to arm my vegetarian daughter. Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

Ugh, looks like something my grandma would eat, along with beef tongue and calf brains and hog head cheese. It was scary to look in grandma's refrigerator!

Mom Thumb said...

So you're saying you DIDN'T buy these, grill them over a campfire and make your family eat them so you could blog about it? I'm so pisadointed.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

And the fact that they're only $1.48 should say something here. Can you even buy a pack of gum for buck fifty?

And PatKG? Best and worst comment ever. Pull the tendons and the toes curl? Ayeeeeeee!

Bill said...

I am too "chicken" to eat those.

TheWordWire said...

I'm sure somewhere... someone... considers those things finger lickin' good. I'll stick to the drumsticks, myself.

Maureen said...

Ew, Ew, Ew.....

It was like a car crash.

I just HAD to look.

Now I will have nightmares. Thanks.

Jeff said...

PatKG - Thank you for the paws vs feet enlightenment. You're right... I now know more about chicken processing than I ever wanted to know.

ed - I agree. At that price you could buy them for no other reason than just to freak someone out.

unfinished rambler - Sweet dreams.

*lynne* - Yay. I'm so glad I could help spread the love.

jd - Good God... Tiny hands clawing at the surface?! I'm afraid *I'm* going to start having nightmares myself. And here I thought Unfinished Rambler was being silly.

absepa - Somewhere there are giant chickens buying packages of tiny human hands.

travis - Please report your findings back as soon you find them. Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, and if you actually DO end up eating one, make sure to videotape it and send me the clip... and I PROMISE I'll post it here.

prefers her fantasy life - You're welcome... that's what I'm here for. :-)

elizabeth - And here I thought the bowls of white bread with milk and sugar were scary at my grandma's house. It appears I've been bested.

mom thumb - I couldn't even stand to look at them. Can you imagine eating one of them and having to crunch on the toenails? Bleurgh!

kathy - Pat's funny like that all the time. Can you believe she doesn't have a blog? What's wrong with some people?

bill - Thank you. That needed to be said.

thewordfire - I'm still having a hard time with drumsticks, knowing that the last thing that was attached to them was one of these feet. No wait... PAWS. {{{shiver}}}

maureen - At least you can't say I didn't warn you! And yes... I'll be joining you in your nightmares. Watch for me. We'll do Starbucks.

Heather said...

Oh yuck! But what a bargain eh?

Maureen said...

Ahahaha! Yeah, we'll do that! Starbucks in my nightmares would be if Daughter ever stopped being a Barista and I had to start paying full price again!

Jeff said...

heather - I know... it's hard to complain about how disgusting they are when they're such a fabulous bargain!

maureen - No kidding. Paying full price for Starbucks IS frightening!

Shieldmaiden96 said...

While everyone makes a good point, I still couldn't help but think "Wow! $1.48!" I am repulsed but yet still excited about the bargain. And even as I type this with the picture underneath in another window I realize I can't look at it anymore.

Roger said...

They need a manicure.

Gette said...

Almost as good as a can of pig brains in white sauce. I'd link a pic but my stomach couldn't handle it quite yet.

Babs-beetle said...

I popped over to say "Hi, I'm back" and what greets me? Chicken feet!

It looks like the chickens had a good manicure before their feet got axed! I can't believe that people actually eat them. They look like human hands!