Prison ‘food loaf’ not offensive but tastes ‘like it’s already been eaten before’by Dara Kam | February 10th, 2010
Sen. Arthenia Joyner asked prison officials last week to give her the nutritional value of the culinary concoction – also called “behavior modification loaf,” “nutri-loaf” or “suicide loaf” – used to punish misbehaving prisoners.
This morning, Department of Corrections Chief of Staff Richard Prudom arrived at the Senate committee meeting with two loaves of the questionable meal and the “special management meal” recipe.
The meeting ended without Joyner, D-Tampa, or any other committee member sampling the loaf, which resembles a holiday fruitcake with visible chunks of carrot instead of citrus.
But Chairman Victor Crist gave in when urged to try it and conducted an ad-hoc taste test with a Senate aide, a reporter and a lobbyist.
The consensus: the worst thing about the loaf is its consistency, which one guinea pig likened to “something that’s been eaten before.”
“It’s not real tasty.”
“It doesn’t smell bad.”
The recipe calls for carrots, spinach, black-eyed peas, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, grits, water and oats.
DOC’s loaves, baked at the nearby Wakulla Correctional Institution, had an overpowering smell of spinach and a mushy consistency with a bland taste that, while far from a gastronomical delight, did not induce a gag reflex when sniffed, chewed or swallowed.
But Crist said that, with a little gravy and heated up as the recipe calls for, most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the loaf and genuine meat loaf.
“I don’t find anything offensive about it,” Crist, R-Tampa, said, “but it’s not something I’d order off the menu.”