When working in gourmet cooking, it's important to use the freshest ingredients and best quality in order to ensure a delectable meal. For some restaurants, however, their ingredients are less than ideal and therefore can lead to some interesting situations. Back in 1999, David Whipple bought an ordinary McDonalds hamburger in order to show friends how enzymes work with preserving food. David put the burger - and it's original wrapper - in his coat pocket where he forgot about it.
In 2006, the burger was rediscovered, but by then David was interested to see how long he could keep the burger around. Now, 14 years later, the burger looks the same as it did the day he bought it. It's hardened and is in no way edible, but at first glance you'd think it was new. McDonalds claims their ingredients are fresh and their burgers are made every day. Even so, this burger is looking to stand the test of time.
Originally David had planned to sell the burger, but decided against it. He's grown attached and the infamous hamburger even accompanied him and his family on a recent trip to Disney World.
As a student in Ashowrth's online cooking classes, why do you think the burger has lasted so long? How do you feel about this?