The Five Second Rule: Food on the Floor

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What's "dirty" food? AT: Nursery is blogging the latest Harold McGee article in the Times (The Five-Second Rule Explored (May 9, 2007), which takes a good look at the ol' Five Second Rule (we always thought it was seven.)

We find ourselves pretty laid back about a carrot that's spent a moment or two on the kitchen tiles. We're of the mind that there are currently much more important safety issues regarding our food: our over-fished seas and heavy-metals in our fish, the irresponsible use of pesticides on our crops, the amount of fuel it takes to transport a beloved organic apple from New Zealand, etc.

So we put it to you:


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Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.