Cheeseburger That Stayed Exactly the Same After a Whole Year Raises Alarm


cheeseburgerWhat does a fast food cheeseburger look like when it's sat on the shelf for a whole year? Pretty much the same as it did on Day One. Melanie Hesketh, a California nutritionist, bought a McDonald's cheeseburger a year ago as an experiment. And then she let it sit around for a whole year, unwrapped and unrefrigerated, just to see what would happen. And ... nothing happened.

The bun got a little stale, but otherwise it's pretty much the same. No mold, no maggots, it even kind of smells the same. Melanie's take on the experiment is, "Obviously it makes me wonder why we choose to eat food like this when even bacteria won't eat it." But what I'm wondering is, if even bacteria won't eat it, does it even count as food?

Maybe we should just call fast food "food-like substances." I mean, why didn't the CHEESE MOLD?!? Have you ever seen the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Remember that ancient moldy cheese slice on the playground? I thought it was kind of ridiculous the way it just stayed there and never disintegrated in the rain and snow. How unrealistic, I thought! But maybe a slice of McCheese actually could live on a playground for that long -- and it was the mold that was unrealistic in the movie!

You have to wonder about a food that has 15-32 different ingredients and isn't a casserole. I mean, what's going on in there? I knew that most fast food comes from a factory and gets shipped out to individual restaurants just for reheating, but this is crazy. If we don't call it food, what else do we call it? Plastic chew toys for humans?

And if plastic chew toys for humans come in a box with a toy surprise, isn't that kind of redundant? Have a toy with your plastic chew toy! Both are delicious and equally nourishing! While we're at it, how much of that gunk does your body even absorb? You know what? The more questions I ask about this little experiment, the more grossed out I get. Let's just leave that cheeseburger on the shelf.

By the way, we are aware of last year's experiment that proved that under the right conditions, a homemade hamburger will not mold, either. Very interesting, but note that this experiment did not include cheese.

Are you surprised to hear that the cheeseburger didn't mold after a year?

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bills... billsfan1104

This probably explains the reason why my stomach knots up after eating a mcdonalds cheeseburger. They use to be fresh, but not anymore. I prefer the baconater from Wendys.

AliNo... AliNoelle

Nope not surprised as I have done this exact experiment. In my car. On accident.

jasmi... jasmineg86

reminds me of that movie where the guy ate nothing but mcdonalds for a month. i think he left french fries fo a year with no change. GROSS!

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

It's common knowledge that mcdonalds "food" doesn't mold or degrade for an incredibly long time. I'm sure virtually everyone who eats there knows it and just decides they don't care. I know people who joke that all the preservatives will keep them young.

Knuckles Knuckles

How are people getting fat off this is my question. Does it just never leave their system. Ever. Until they have chipotle..

Melis... Melissa042807

...which is why we so rarely eat at McDonald's. But it's childhood comfort food for us, so we indulge in a cheeseburger once in a while. :-) Even knowing they're not really what we consider "food". 

butte... buttercup627

Has anyone ever let a homemade cheeseburger sit out for a year?

sunny... sunnytxmom

Gross, gross, gross! I stopped eating at McD's after watching Super Size Me several yers ago.

Eques... EquestrianMom

I have (accidentally) done this expiriment with both homemade and purchased cheese burgers. I had someone at a party drop a hamburger (which we don't cook very often) behind my couch, not only was I wondering why my dog was hunting the couch so much, after about three days it started to smell a little funny. I blamed the stink on my dog, til after a week it smelled like something died behind the couch. Yup, nasty, rotten, foul cheese covered burger and rotting bun. YUCK! 

 Also dropped a burger (oops!) between my porch and house once. It was still wrapped. Again, dog hunted under porch hard, but because they weren't attached, the burger was stuck between two "walls". Almost two years later, we got a new manufactured home, and so the old one had to go. When we tore the porch down, there was the burger! Some rodents had visibly nibbled it, otherwise, just looked a lil dried out. GROSS! Also found a lot of other stuff I had "lost" ;P 

 But, I still eat those fast food burgers once in a while! Does explain why my lower digestive track gets mad at me when I do though, probably can't start to process it!

Torto... Tortoise77

I rather make my own burgers! and yes I have seen a homemade burger sit out. Not for a year but a week and the meat shrunk, the chesse was green and the bread was hard as a rock. 

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