TikTok user, Aly Sherb, recently uploaded a video of their grandmother showing off what is surely her most prized possession. A 24-year-old burger.
In the video, the McDonald's delicacy is pulled out of a white shoebox labelled 'Hamburger' with a caption on screen that reads:
What happens when you leave a McDonalds hamburger in a bag for over 20 years?
The curious gran then tells the TikTok user:
So, you want to see my hamburger? It was in a box in my closet.
Inside the shoebox, the burger lay wrapped in a paper bag with a 1996 Nascar advert on it acting as proof of the year the burger was served.
The fearless nan told the camera that 'this dates the hamburger, and it's 24-years-old now'.
The nan starts off in the traditional burger eating way, fries first. She dumps a handful of the little dehydrated french fries onto her hand and claims:
These French fries look like they maybe could have fallen under your seat a month or so ago. They've never rotted or decayed.
And she's right, while the fries don't look anywhere near fresh they certainly look just like the ones you fished out from under the driver's seat last week.
Then the gran reaches for the big guns, the hamburger, and takes it out of the wrapper. She explained:
The hamburger itself, the bread has never moulded. The meat has never rotted. It's never even broken. It's completely intact. So, a 24-year-old hamburger. Not sure what would happen if you ate it, though.
And that truly is the next biggest question, is it safe to eat a 20-year-old burger?
A McDonald's Spokesperson Weighs In
A McDonald's spokesperson in the US has previously spoken up about McDonald's magical non-degrading food as the robustness of their burgers has often made many people question whether or not the goods are safe to eat. They said:
In the right environment, our burgers, like most other foods, could decompose. But, in order to decompose, you need certain conditions – specifically moisture. Without sufficient moisture – either in the food itself or the environment – bacteria and mould may not grow and therefore, decomposition is unlikely.
The spokesperson continued:
So if food is or becomes dry enough, it is unlikely to grow mould or bacteria or decompose. Food prepared at home that is left to dehydrate could see similar results. Look closely, the burgers you are seeing are likely dried out and dehydrated, and by no means 'the same as the day they were purchased'.
The reality is that our burgers are made only with 100% USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] inspected beef. There are no preservatives or fillers in our patties and the only thing ever added is a touch of salt and pepper on the grill.
To see the grandma and her burger in action check out the video above!