What Have You Eaten (Raw) That You Shouldn't Have?

Many years back - 15-20, my company (at the time) imported a new employee from overseas who ended up being my boss. She was nice, but naive.

I got a call from her one evening asking me to drive her to the hospital (we lived about 5 minutes apart, and she couldn't drive).

She had eaten a sausage raw and was sick as a result. Not a chorizo or a twiggy stick, but a standard, run-of-the-mill coles pork sausage. Raw.

I was wtf - how could you eat a raw sausage? And her answer was that in her country, sausages you buy from the shop are already cooked and can be eaten "raw".

But still, my 5yo kid is smart enough to know not to eat a raw sausage…

It has haunted me to this day…

For myself though, I used to lick the beaters when making a cake, despite the raw egg in it..

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  • +13 votes

    I ate whole artichoke leaves trying to be polite to the hosts and got through 3 before being told to just nibble the fat end.

    • +3 votes

      just nibble the fat end.

      That is enough sometimes. Now… Don't get too greedy!

  • +2 votes

    I ate a bit of a Coles steak raw once. Just to try it.

    Very chewy and tasted like key

    • +38 votes

      Probably shouldn't be eating keys either, I would think that would be on the list BEFORE raw steak.

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      Is a key also something that you shouldn't have eaten?

      • +1 vote

        Has to be cooked first.

        • +69 votes

          They're better pan-fried - unlocks the flavour.

        • +9 votes

          And turned

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          @tomkun01:

          And turned

          That killed it.

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          Dont over cook or your stomack will be cooked.

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          Eating keys is the best known cure for anemia.

        • +2 votes

          @tommy-darko:
          I heard of that somewhere. I ended up just putting on weight.

          To be fair, the keys were brass.

  • +11 votes

    Myself was probably bacon, never knew it was so bad for you until I got told off by some teacher during a cooking class, never did it again.

    I've seen my dad just take a chunk (bite) out a fish he literally just caught with a fishing rod because "people eat sushi raw and thats fish".

    • +8 votes

      You can eat bacon raw, it's smoked.

      • +9 votes

        Only certain ones, most the supermarket cheapies are brined with smoke liquid

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          I was recently discussing how long to bbq bacon and said it really doesn't matter - you could eat it raw. I was surprised that he found that gross. I had no idea our smoked goods are no longer smoked. Isn't that the definition of bacon??

          I've never liked bacon as much as everyone else seems to, I think I'll never have it again now that I know it's brined with smoke liquid.

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          @SlickMick: decent Don ect is smoked still, just the cheap stuff. I'd be more worried about the soy filler used in cheap bacon's lol

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          Thats gross.. didnt know that.

          Now i imagine the smoke liquid in makeshift cigarette ashtrays like beer bottles

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          @RB260483: it's actually very scientifically collected. They use chips or more commonly sawdust off of wood used in traditional smokehouses (cherry, mesquite, etc) and the smoke is funneled to a water container. Is is mixed with water and then the water is distilled. When it condenses, it is imbibed with smoke flavour.

      • +2 votes

        Well smoked bacon is cured so it's not actually raw, It's gone through the curing process which most of it's moisture has been sucked out and kept at controlled temperatures reducing the risk of bacterial growth.

        • +2 votes

          I tried smoking bacon once, without doubt pot is better.

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          @Jackamo: lol - Why do I get the feeling you tried smoking bacon immediately following pot!?

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        Bacon is cured with salts, not necessarily smoked

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      no expert, but my understanding is under cook I bacon isn't really an issue in Australia, but it is in other country's like the US due to trichinosis

    • +2 votes

      Noting that Australian Bacon is not only cured, but hot smoked to at least 65C (or for cheap stuff cured with liquid smoke in the cure & baked to safe temps) so it's actually cooked right the way through in the packet. It's basically ham from another part of the animal (belly + loin).

      In other words, Aussie bacon isn't raw at all.

      English Bacon is cured, not smoked and raw. Cold smoked bacon is cured, smoked at low temp (under 30C) and hence raw.

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      you can eat fish raw. its just that there is a good chance it is full of parasites etc. sushi is usually flash frozen to get rid of them

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      Is your dad Bear Grylls?

  • +5 votes

    Raw chicken in Kyoto. Weirdly slimy. Never again.

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      Yep. Raw horse also. Both were provided as reverent gifts. Taboo x 2 for the foreigner!

      Mind you, chicken had a nice texture like sashimi tuna

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        Had raw chicken, horse and horse tongue in Japan too, but they were fine - not something in the "should not have eaten raw" list, that's for sure.

      • +1 vote

        raw horse was actually really good! esp with the garlic soy sauce.

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      you can even get it in sydney. couple of japanese friends took my to a place in the city and ordered it. i declined to try

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        Even the ministry in Japan recommends against it… I got it blow-torched when I was in Japan.

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      Ate raw horse, raw beef and raw goat in Japan.

      Just like the raw fish, they taste just exactly as bad as you'd imagine.

      …except the raw goat, that tastes much much worse than you'd imagine.

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        My friend ate raw beef in Footscray XD

  • +2 votes

    Kidney beans.

    • +5 votes

      damn you must have been in a world of pain

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        Yep. Didn't know what hit me. Extremely nasty.

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      Yep I tried microwaving them like I do with baked beans.. nope disgusting

  • +4 votes

    Insects. I ate them raw instead of cooking them and then chucking them in ice cream like you're supposed to.

  • +1 vote

    Bacon.

    Tastes OK!

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    Chicken. First week after moving out of home, didn't know it wasn't okay.

  • -3 votes

    Prawn. Had it on a piece of nigiri in Japan. Was exactly as slimy and unappetising as it looked.

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      For the life of me I cannot work out why this was downvoted…

      • +18 votes

        Raw prawn on nigiri isn't "shouldn't be eaten raw". It's precisely intended to be eaten raw.

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          I'm not an unadventurous eater. I enjoy sashimi, I even tried raw horse; and out of curiosity, whale. But there's nothing appetising about a bit of butterflied, translucent prawn. Unlike fish, it has no flavour of its own, and no texture other than slimy. It's why people drown drunken shrimp in alcohol and sauces.

          I'm curious about the downvotes too, since it's hardly the most outlandish suggestion on this thread, and it is just my opinion.

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          prawns are used in a number of rice dishes to add to the flavour. i don't really like prawns so it annoys me to no end when i eat a mouthful of rice and discover the taste of prawns. dunno what you mean by it having no flavour

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          Shelled, uncooked prawn has no flavour other than briny. Once cooked, it's meaty but has a mild flavour. Both are different again from the smaller prawns often added to fried rice, especially the dried form, which keep the shell, and have a strong flavour. It's a little strange that more people are upset at someone not liking raw prawns compared to fresh tomatoes.

  • +3 votes

    not ate but drank. urine. young and curious. never again

    • +1 vote

      Your own?

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        yes?

        • +28 votes

          You don't sound too certain, maybe it was a cocktail? Pun intended.

      • +1 vote

        "Your own?"
        No, Urine…
        Still, Queen's birthday, Queens accent I guess…

    • +4 votes

      Urine isn't meant to be had raw? Boil it first next time! lol

      • +1 vote
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          hahaha that's so gross!

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        Urine is actually sterile, its fine to have raw.

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          sure its sterile, but your urethra isn't necessarily sterile (in fact rarely is sterile), so think about that urine passing through a non-sterile tube
          by the time it comes out of you, believe me it's far from sterile

          that's why doctors ask for the "middle of the stream" when taking a urine M/C/S because it maximises your chances of sterility…

          (btw thats just gross, sterile or not)

    • +1 vote

      Curiously you didn't try your poo?

      • +1 vote

        i read about being able to survive drinking urine when you don't have water. nothing about poo

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          Bear Grylls hype?

          I remember there was a video at my high school that was huge in 2009, dude in the year level above me drank his own piss on the oval for $100, teachers confiscated the money and he was suspended - never understood why they took it so seriously, was just a gag.

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          Yep you can. Twice through before it's too full of toxins to be beneficial.

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      Try cooking it first next time.

    • +2 votes

      Todd, is that you?

  • +17 votes

    Tomato, tastes great once cooked however a raw tomato will make me gag

    • +20 votes

      Finally someone agrees. Apparently it's weird for not liking raw tomato.

      • +16 votes

        There are tens of us! Tens!

        • +1 vote

          Cooked tomato? Yuck. You're missing out on BLT's!

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          Arrested Development easter egg

      • +1 vote

        Tomato's a fruit! Eating it raw is technically the correct way.

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          Do you eat raw pumpkin and eggplant?

    • +1 vote

      My daughter eats raw tomato and it makes me feel sick just to watch it

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        Discussions like this are quite revealing.
        I was genuinely surprised that phew wasn't alone when Clear backed him up - then gets 15 upvotes!!??
        So now apparently there are at least 16 tomato freaks on ozbargain ;)

    • +21 votes

      I eat it like an apple

    • +3 votes

      really? i buy tomato more than any other fruit and rarely use them for cooking. i probably eat a couple a day. theyre a great snack

      i prefer slightly underripe, firm and crisp ones. delicious and light taste, not too sweet

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      I hate tomatos by itself but i can eat them when they're in a burger.

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      There a girl at work who eats them like apples…

  • +1 vote

    Raw egg isn't bad is it? I love dipping sukiyaki into it then drinking the left overs at the end. Also I've eaten raw horse meat in Japan 'mmm basashi'

    • +2 votes
      • +12 votes

        *eggspert

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      Yeah, I'd argue the raw flour from the cake mix would be more harmful.

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      For anyone who thinks raw egg is bad just check the ingredients of home made mayonnaise.

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        I don't like mayo.

        But pavlova is great, even though it's apparently a bit on the sketchy side..

  • +27 votes

    I ate like half a plate of edamames whole (it was a side at some fancy restaurant) before someone pointed out that you're only supposed to eat the seeds inside… Needless to say, the difference was dramatic haha

    • +2 votes

      Your not the only one. My wife used to work in a pretty high end Japanese restaurant and she said this would happen every now and then. Along with people drinking soy. Oh and people doing shots of sake thinking they're hardcore (it's only about 18% alcohol).

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      My mother judges and shames those who don't eat it all XD
      She is from the depression era though.

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    Japanese people eat raw egg as a sauce for alot of dishes, so raw egg isnt as bad as you think unless its not fresh.

    Raw sausage on the other hand, especially pork raw sausage is like the worst thing you can eat, you might as well handle raw chicken then lick your fingers.

    • +1 vote

      I think Japan goes through more stringent contamination practices due to how much the population consumes raw eggs. In Australia however, there's likely a relatively greater risk of food poisoning.

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    Nothing. I've eaten raw eggs, sashimi, blue steaks and steak tartare. No problems.

    • +16 votes

      These are all dishes that are intended to be eaten raw.

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    Peanuts

  • +3 votes

    iirc my sister used to eat raw sausages as a kid. In hindsight, I can see that my parents were pretty useless.
    She never got sick from it. It's probably no more disgusting than the stuff Scrooge McDuck eats