1 EAGLETON NOTES: First World Problems

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Monday, 20 June 2016

First World Problems

After yesterday's post I wondered what First World problem I could come up with to rival that. Then I thought about Marmite jars.  The idea of upside down jars is great for sauces and the like but for Marmite? Forget it because it just doesn't work. Apart from needing hands with a vice-like grip (which fortunately I have even if they are not as strong as they used to be) you still have to take the top off to get at most of the contents towards the end. I'll stick with the traditional jar thank you.



29 comments:

  1. This made me check my fridge. I still have the small upside-down bottle you sent me years ago (because I had never tasted Marmite). If I interpret the best-before date correctly, it's probably time I got rid of it! (...date expired five years ago...)

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    1. Monica if you haven't used it by now then I suspect you will never use it, Having said that I suspect Marmite lasts for ever! Was it really all that time ago? Tempus fugit.

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    2. Graham, I certainly did taste it and ate some of it. By now, I'm not really sure how much may still be left in the bottle, because I'm certainly not Superwoman when it comes to squeezing the last drops out of it :) Every time I've cleaned out the fridge I've just left it for "just a while longer" only because it was a gift, with smiley memories attached! - You should probably be thankful that I never got seriously addicted - as I've still never seen any Marmite sold in the shops here, I might have ended up begging you for more and more and... ;)

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  2. My "First World Problem of The Year" for 2016 was which wallpaper(s) to choose for my bedroom and living room. Oh, and exactly what shade of yellow I wanted... wasn't easy, let me tell you! I didn't want it to be lemony, but not with an orange tint, either. Such a relief that I got it exactly right to suit my taste...!

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    1. I suspect, Meike, that 98% or more of all our decisions are essentially First World ones.

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  3. I don't like the squeeze Marmite but if you put it in hot water it all comes out. I haven't tried microwaving it as I did try with squeezy honey and the bottle went all funny.

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    1. I should have thought of that Adrian: so simple and so obvious. I too succumbed to the microwave trick with a squeezy honey and, despite trying to be very careful, guess what? The bottle went funny.

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  4. With upside down squeezy tomato ketchup bottles I find that you get a thin vinegary liquid out first and I don't like it! And those Syrian refugees think that they have problems! Bah!

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    1. You always manage to get to the nub of the issue YP.

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  5. I like to get it all out..not only with foodstuff but also toothpaste and lotion etc...waste not want not and all of that.

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    1. Me too, Virginia. I cut toothpaste and foot balm tubes in half and it always amazes me how much is still in there which can never be squeezed out the normal way.

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    2. Well, well well. I agree with you Virginia and I cannot believe that I have never thought of your tip Meike.

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    3. Meike I thought all smart people did that!!! GB you have missed the bus....smile....but you're welcome to climb aboard with Meike and I.

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  6. That's an innovation that hasn't reached my supermarket. Not that you'd find Marmite in my cupboard unless the grands had been visiting - I'm Vegemite all the way.

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    1. Pauline in NZ I'm Vegemite although, to be honest, when I'm in NZ I prefer My Mate which is 'UK' Marmite. The rights to the name Marmite was acquired by Sanitarium around 1909 (I remember that because it was the year my mother was born) and it's quite a different product in consistency, taste and strength to the UK version which is marketed everywhere except Australia and New Zealand.

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  7. Yes, a traditional jar but make the whole thing straight.

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    1. Red Marmite gets its name from the French cooking pot and the shape of the jar mimics that shape.

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  8. I am completely the opposite. I cannot stand finding butter in jars of Marmite, and this solves the problem. Previously I had to hide my own personal jar of Marmite in case grandchildren got hold of it; now I don't.

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    1. One of the advantages of living alone (I don't have grandchildren) is that that just doesn't happen Cro. Mind you I have been known on occasion to get residual Marmite in the peanut butter. That wasn't popular with my step-daughter who hated Marmite.

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  9. Even down here Down Under our Vegemite jars are top opening!! Who comes up with these crazy ideas, I wonder??

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    1. Lee I think it's a good idea for things that are reasonably fluid like salad cream but Marmite is sludgy!

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    1. To be honest Diane I think it's very odd.

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  11. I agree about the Marmite jar. Not necessary at all. But I do like the squeezy upside-down ketchup bottles (I can't stand the stuff, but the grandchildren and one son are addicted).

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    1. Thank you Frances. I think, if asked, that I would have had you down as a ketchup hater.

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  12. Yeah no, that is not going to work for Marmite... unless it is a lot runnier than our vegemite.

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    1. Lynda it is a bit more runny than Vegemite but I think they had to draw a balance with the squeezy bottle and, frankly, you'll just never get Marmite to be Marmite and runny enough to leave the bottle properly.

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  13. Funny , but the term marmite is not used Here at all. I had to look at the photo to know what they are!

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    1. Gosh Red, a country without Marmite!

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