veri-green comparison

Veri-Green is not Veri-Good -or- More Evidence that I Am The Most Boring Person Ever

===originally posted on February 4, 2011===

Ahh, back to our regularly scheduled program.

I have a problem with people saying that I have too much free time now that I’m an official SAHM. I don’t think I have too much free time, it’s just now I have an additional 10+ hours a day in which I am not an indentured servant to a crazy person.

I’m a slave to two crazy people, but I digress.

One thing I discovered today in my pantry was a Kroger brand can of “Veri-Green” green beans. Gee, if it’s spelled incorrectly, it MUST be good, right?


Veri beani.  It’s supposed to be fresher and greener than regular green beans, so I had to compare.

kroger green beans

And not just compare, but document my comparison.  Gross. These pictures are not edited. Here’s the side by side:

veri-green comparison

This is a serious color discrepancy. I told you I was boring.

My first thought was, well shit, no one wants to eat olive colored green beans when you can have the fresher greener green beans. And then I smelled it. It was close, but not quite. I did not taste it. Then I decided to look at the label:

zinc chloride

zinc chloride

Lots of sciency stuff. TL;DR, but here are the highlights:
-used as a fireproofing agent and in fabric “refresheners” such as Febreze.
-Historically a dilute aqueous solution of zinc chloride was used as a disinfectant…is also used in some commercial brands of antiseptic mouthwash.
-Zinc chloride is a skin and respiratory irritant according to its MSD

Also note that “VERI-GREEN is a trademark of the Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc“, a leading supplier of aerosol packaging, beverage packaging, food packaging and metal closures.


Um…don’t eat Veri-Green green beans, okay?

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