The 25-Year-Old McDonald’s Cheeseburger: Good Enough To Eat?

by | Nov 18, 2019

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The 25-Year-Old McDonald’s Cheeseburger: Good Enough To Eat?

A perfectly preserved McDonald’s cheeseburger is getting a little competition.

In 1995, two Australian teenagers put a McDonald’s quarter pounder in a box and kept watch on it over the years. Every now and then people check in with the two to see how the burger is doing. Turns out it’s still intact with no sign of mold. But it might not be the only one.

Recently a livestream of a McDonald’s cheeseburger in a glass box in Iceland went viral. It was bought in 2009 when the chain closed its only three branches in iceland. And this burger, much like the one in Australia, is still in good shape.

Dean, one of the owners of the burger down under, says it started twenty-five years ago when he and a friend ordered too much food. So, they packed a burger away to see what would happen.

A rep for McDonald’s says it’s preserved because once the food is cooked and kept in a dry environment there is not enough moisture to break it down, instead it dries out. Wonder how fries would do.

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