My McExperiment is Over

The 30 days are up. My McExperiment is over. You want to know what happened, huh?

Ok, I’ll post the pictures, but first we have to learn something.

We have this little gem (thanks to Anastasia Bodnar for giving me this link). Major props to Serious Eats for going all Mythbusters on this topic! Read this, or at least peruse it, ok?

Just in case you didn’t get through it, I’ll summarize the key point for you.

Yes, we know that most likely, a McDonald’s burger will not mold.

Why is that?

There are several factors that determine why some foods do not mold, including air, moisture, temperature and spores.

The McDonald burger is small with a large surface area (it dehydrates quickly, not giving mold much time to make a home), cooked over a high temperature (killing mold spores), so it is fairly dry to begin with.

After 30 days this is what a Happy Meal looks like, it was gross.

Here is FeedStuff’s take on it:

Serious Eats really did a great job of doing this experiment. They even compared home-made burgers to McDonald’s and had pretty much the same result. I simply stuck a Happy Meal on a plate, protected it from the animals on the Ranch (even after 30 days, my Dogs really wanted to eat this). After the 30 days the food wasn’t moldly, but it was gross. The bread was solid, the pickles were petrified, the fries were little weapons and the apple slices, well, I wouldn’t touch those.

Notice how thin the meat paddy is....

Again I’m not urging you to eat fast food. If anything, I would rather you to buy beef from me, and cook at home. But I’ve had enough of the less than stellar information going around the social media sites, it’s one thing if you don’t like a business, but it’s another when you fear-monger against them.


Filed under Ag, food, photos

7 Responses to My McExperiment is Over

  1. This is so interesting. No mold, but it makes sense.

  2. Erin Hess

    That burger is now burger jerky…

  3. Gross. I’ll stick to the beef that we raise ourselves.

    Besides, I’m kind of mad at McD’s about the pit bull ad debacle.

  4. I would have assumed that if McD’s food is cooked well and made in a clean enviroment, like we all hope, that there would be very little microbial activity that is required to have any mold growth or decomposition.

    With the topic being about the company who sits beneath the Golden Arches, have you seen their latest commercials marketing the “Farm to Fork” premise? Personally, I think they are pretty well done. Take a gander:

  5. Great article. I think it is interesting that a homemade burger will also experience very little mold.

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