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Do microwaves kill penicillin?

January 24, 2011

As I was taking my lunch out of the fridge for reheating (yes I’m 15 minutes early, so what?) I came to the realization that I had no idea when I’d prepared the meal that these leftovers were from. Usually this isn’t a problem because my leftovers generally go directly to freezer then I just treat them like a LeanCuisine. This one however came directly from the fridge and while I remember preparing it, I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WAS.

I’ve quickly assessed all outcomes:

  1. I made it yesterday and it’s fine: I survive eating it, but should get the ole memory checked out sooner rather than – what was I saying?
  2. There was no telltale surface mold but something icky lurked beneath: Forecasting a great weigh-in. Yay Biggest Loser Work Edition
  3. It was full of penicillin: Great! I have a sinus infection and was not looking forward to waiting at the doctor’s office.
  4. Microwaving penicillin in the Tupperware Rock’n’Serve did bad things: Woohoo superpowers! Big question now is do I use them for good or evil?

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2011 9:40 pm

    I would’ve eaten it, too. I’m sure you’ll be just fine. Let us know if you have any funky symptoms.

    I spent a month in Spain a few years back, living in a dormitory without a refrigerator. I learned that in many places in the world, our standards of sanitation, refrigeration, etc are laughable. I ate unrefrigerated cheese. I never got sick.

    Thus, I concluded that leftovers can last longer than we think they can. My husband, however, is very paranoid and won’t eat anything more than a week old. I’ve been known to lie and tell him they’re not that old.

    • neeroc permalink*
      January 25, 2011 11:24 am

      Love that! Does your husband also throw out all foods as soon as they hit the best before date? I often try the – it’s best before, not turns to poison on date – tactic but he’s not buying. Eggs are another one that gets me. Everyone thinks they have to be in the fridge. Ever been to a farm kitchen? They’re kept in a bowl on the counter.

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