I always had one major problem with this. It wasn't the fact that this whole story could have been a lie (after all, we have no way to check whether the burger that the bloggers show is really the same). But I always thought that the fact that the burger didn't rot was entirely plausible, and that it didn't necessarily mean that the meat wasn't good. Why?
A couple of years ago I cooked a home made pizza, all with fresh ingredients, and then I forgot half of it in a small oven that broke and was thrown in a cupboard. While we were packing to move from Brussels to Chicago, the oven came out of the long forgotten cupboard, and - SURPRISE! - half a pizza was in there, and it looked perfect. It looked like it had just gotten out of the oven. I felt like Homer Simpson when he finds a ten year old donut, and can't resist...mmmh, forbidden donut... and he ended up eating it. I don't know how I resisted the urge to eat that pizza, but maybe my wife threw it away, I don't know.
The point of the story is that I knew the ingredients I had used in that pizza, and I know they were all good and fresh. And yet that pizza, after one year, looked perfect.
Now the Burgerlab has SCIENTIFICALLY proven that ALL burgers of a certain weight - even homemade, with prime cut beef and homemade patties - do not rot. Exactly like McDonald's. The guy who carried out the experiment took 9 burgers: 5 McDonald and 4 home made, of different weights and with different patties, and let them sit there in the open air for a month. Results?
|All looking good, homemade and Mcdonald's|
|Weight of the burgers: it is all in the dehydration...nothing to do with the quality of the meat.|