Does the Five-Second Rule Still Apply Outside?

Does the Five-Second Rule Still Apply Outside?

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Emma Christensen
Jun 4, 2010

We've probably all done it at some point: dropped a piece of food on the floor, picked it up, and thrown it back on our plates. All while mentally counting to five. Hey, it's the Five Second Rule! But what about when we're cooking and eating outside?

We think it depends. If we drop a raw steak or a bowl of onions on the way to the grill, and we have no trouble simply rinsing off the grit under running water, patting them dry, and carrying on with grilling. Heck, we might even do the same if we drop it as we're taking it off the grill too! Unfortunately, a piece of cake or a bowl of potato salad might not be so salvageable.

There's also a cost-benefit argument. That steak was expensive (and delicious!), so we'll go to extra lengths to clean it off and carry on. But if we drop one piece of kebab, we're more likely to toss it to the puppy.

When we're outside, we also find that we're actually more concerned about chomping down on dirt or grass than we are about germs and microbes. Maybe that's not very logical, but it does seem to be how we think about things!

What do you think?

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