Recently, I came across this article on the Huffington Post titled ‘Fast Food Workers Tell You What Not to Eat’. In it, one particular story concerning McDonalds Chicken McNuggets caught my attention. Although it’s a rare occasion, on a busy day – I have been known to go through the drive-thru for a few happy meals for the kiddos. (I know, I know…) So, this one made me wonder.
‘”When I worked at McDonald’s, I accidentally left a whole bag of about 100 chicken nuggets out on a counter for way too long. They melted. Into a pool of liquid. I never understood why. But they were completely indiscernible as being the nuggets i once knew.”‘
Did you get that?
Melted. Into a pool of liquid.
So, I wanted to see this for myself. However, since I didn’t have access to a whole bag of frozen McNuggets, I did the next best thing. I went through the drive-thru.
I bought a 4-piece McNugget and brought it home. Checked it out, they looked like chicken nuggets.
So, I put them into my fridge and left them there for 10 days.
When the 10 days were up, I pulled them out to examine them.
Looked dry, but otherwise ok.
I decided to check the inside by breaking it in half. Breaking it in half was not an easy feat. I pressed in with my thumb to find my finger collapsed into a crusty nothingness.
It was hollow. And nasty.
I grabbed a sharp knife, and cut open a second one to get a better look. However, there was really nothing to look at as this one was hollow as well. All four of the chicken nuggets were hollow.
My question is – where did the chicken go?
It went POOF.
As in disappeared. It was like magic… really, really gross magic. As to why – I dunno. But I am pretty grossed out by the whole evaporation factor here.
I think I’ll be sticking to homemade chicken nuggets.