Saturday, May 12, 2007

McGee refines the 5 second drop rule

I have met Harold McGee and correspond with him occasionally, and am well aware of the subtle nature of his sense of humor. But if you only know him as "that food science geek" you will be delighted to read his most recent NY Times article about the 5 second rule (If food is on the floor for 5 sec or less it's still safe to eat.)

You're gonna love this

The Five-Second Rule Explored, or How Dirty Is That Bologna? - New York Times


Deborah Dowd said...

I have never believed in the five second rule... besides, in my kitchen anything dropped is scarfed up by my two dogs! People are just not aware of how many of our traditional cleaning practices just spread microbes (I love that commercial where the woman wipes her counters and fridge with raw chicken to illustrate how ad a sponge is for cleaning counters!) Thanks for the link.

Sorcha said...

Belatedly commenting:

I always figured the five-second rule was just in fun - acknowledging the dubious safety of eating something that's fallen to the floor, but also admitting that whatever it is is just too tasty to give up easily. Like, if it's just a piece of bread, I'll take it and throw it outside for the birds and squirrels. If it's a chocolate chip cookie? Unless there's visible ick on it, it gets brushed off and eaten.