(Closed) My mother-in-law's cooking…

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Post # 3
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Ryansgirl:  If I found a hair in my MIL’s cooking, I wouldn’t eat it either. She has animals, so I wouldn’t know how to bring it up to her because sometimes you can’t avoid it, but I do have the option to avoid eating the food if it grosses me out.

Post # 4
2037 posts
Buzzing bee

@Ryansgirl:  OHHHH my goodnesss!!!!! 

That’s pretty gross!!

I would do everything to avoid it!  Like:  “I’m on the paleo/new trendy diet and I already ate”, or “I think I’m getting sick” or “I had a huge lunch at work”. 

I would try every excuse in the book to avoid eating it lol.

How often do you have to eat her food?

Post # 5
8684 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I always offer to cook or go out!

Post # 6
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Have you mentioned it to your husband?  He may be able to say something to here and it would sound better coming from him.  Or maybe he is already aware of it and can share some insight on how others deal with it.

Otherwise I would just avoid as much as possible.  Pretending you already ate and such.  Obviously that only works if you don’t eat with her often.  If it is often you could offer to have her over, bring a dish to share to her house, or go out to eat.

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hahaha, I cook dog hair into my food all the time!  I try to keep the kitchen vacuumed and keep her out of there when I’m cooking, but it happens. 

I’m of the “it’s just hair” camp, so while I sympathize with you if it happens all the time… it’s just hair.  Make a joke of it “What the… MOM! Did the cat cook dinner, geez!”  Maybe she’ll get the hint and keep the furballs off the countertops.

Post # 8
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Ryansgirl:  YES YES YES, my Future Mother-In-Law has 4 cats and 2 dogs and her 2 young grandchildren live with them too, so cooking there is a messy proposition! And I ALWAYS find cat or dog hair on the things she cooks, it’s gross! Once I said something (I don’t know what got into me, it must have just slipped out of my mouth, ugh) and I think she was annoyed! She said something about it a whole YEAR later at the next holiday. Embarassed

That said, my SO and I have 2 cats, so sometimes our food has hair in it too. Yuck!

Post # 9
9115 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You probably inhale worse things on a daily basis. Sometimes hair happens. We have a cat and a dog and the dog sheds like crazy. That stuff floats in the air  — you can’t help it all the time.

Post # 10
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Hyperventilate:  +1, this. People love to pet and snuggle my puppy but heaven forbid one piece of his fur should leave his body 😛

Post # 11
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is why I try to only feed other pet owners!  It’s just bound the happen honestly, depsite how much you vaccuum.  I’d rather have my dog’s hair than a person’s long hairs.

I would probably just say it out loud, you find a hair next, ewwww a hair!  Then just stop eating.  SHe will be moritified, but maybe it will change up her cooking habits or you can just go out to eat.  Although after watching lots of Restaurant Impossible, a hair would desireable compared to some of those kitchens!


I once found a single hair from my dog in my belly button.  And she is not even allowed on beds or couches!  WTF!

Post # 12
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My dog sheds no matter how much I vacuum, so I don’t mind dog hair, but human hair is absolutely gross!  Haha, I don’t know why I differentiate the two, but I do.

For almost all things in-law related, I’d suggest asking your husband to approach the topic to his mother.  She would most likely be less defensive this way.  He could mention that the hair is bothersome in general to anyone eating, rather than just saying “you” think it’s distasteful.

Post # 13
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

All I can say is that we have 10 cats in our house and no doubt our guests have found cat hair in their food more than once. Good protein. I am far more grossed out by the toxic additives in our foods that are banned in other countries. Just the things found in fast food has Convinced me to never eat at a chain restaurant ever again.

Post # 14
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My Mother-In-Law is a really bad cook, she means well but she honestly cannot cook. She will serve up severely overcooked meat to the point is rubber and boil the shit out of vegies til they have no flavour and are pure mush. It’s awful, after eating there a few times early in the relationship we since decided to either always invite them to ours or to go out to eat with them, or we just avoid meal times, e.g. go visit mid afternoon and say we have dinnr plans.

good luck!

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