The Tale of Two Burgers: The Beginning
March 23, 2010 14 Comments
After much analysis, Snack-Girl has decided to revamp her experiment with the McDonald's Cheeseburger. I doubt McDonald's cares, but I believe I was unfair to the global corporation.
If you have been following Snack-Girl then you have seen:
The idea was to buy a McDonald's Cheeseburger and leave it on my bookshelf. I had heard of a 4 year old burger - and I wanted to test if it was possible.
Why buy a fast-food burger to see if it would rot?
I wanted to test if this food is really FOOD. Why is that important? Some of us eat these products once a week, or every day, or multiple times a day and it contributes to our overall health as a nation.
From the beginning, I believed it would rot and so I didn't do a very scientific experiment. I am a trained scientist, and I knew that my experiment was kinda silly. BUT, I never expected the hamburger to do anything but rot.
Since my first post (McDonald's Cheeseburger), readers have been writing me about this idea. Many other people have done similar crazy things with McDonald's food and come up with the same results.
Here is one example of a one year old, Happy Meal - Happy Birthday!
Consumerist's Happy Meal
But, the two biggest complaints about my experiment were:
1. No control burger. How would a homemade hamburger do on a bookshelf at room temperature?
2. The humidity wasn't controlled. Obviously, if you leave something out and it dries up then it never gets a chance to rot.
I believe that the burger I purchased in January just dried up. Someone pointed out that archeologists have found food in Egyptian tombs that were just dried out and recognizable! I am sure my 35 day old burger would make it to 3010 in a tomb.
Because I am a SUPER GEEK, I decided to do a new experiment. Above, I have photographed a new McDonald's Cheeseburger and one that I made myself. They were both made on the same day.
My burger features ground meat from Stop-N-Shop, homemade bread, and Vermont cheddar cheese. I decided that I couldn't spend $8 a pound on organic beef just to throw it away. Doesn't it look so much tastier than the McDonald's burger?
In addition to the control burger, I am putting both burgers in Ziploc freezer bags at room temperature (about 68 degrees) to seal in moisture.
Here are the rules:
- Every Saturday, I will post a new photo of these cheeseburgers taken on the previous Friday.
- If these cheeseburgers do rot and smells bad, I'm tossing them! I will post their last photo for posterity.
- To my e-mail subscribers, I will not send you e-mails of the latest in the cheeseburgers' demise. You can just check for the Saturday post if you are interested. I will update my RSS, FaceBook, and Twitter Followers. Just ignore it if you are not interested.
I hope this will satisfy my critics and be fair to McDonald's.
What do you predict will happen?