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Old 04-10-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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The Five Second Rule

Who here uses the Five Second Rule? Normally, I don't have a problem, but we have a big hairy dog, so I have to give it a hair check, and if it comes up negative, then it is good to go.

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Old 04-10-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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No 5 second rule here.

If it hits anything other than the skillet/pot/grill or the plate, it belongs to the dog!
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:31 AM   #3
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When I was a kid we used it for everything including soup and ice cream.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:51 AM   #4
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Quote:
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When I was a kid we used it for everything including soup and ice cream.
Soup?
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:55 AM   #5
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Here it's a 10 second rule, with the hair check. Usually it's cat hair, sometimes it's mine.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:02 AM   #6
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Ted Allen's show on the Food Network, the science thingy show, don't remember the name, Food Detectives maybe?, did a show on the 5-second rule. The amount of bacteria that grew on the 5-second rule piece of food compared to the undropped food was staggeringly HUGE. Just an FYI. I'll admit though sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, depends on what it is and mostly if can be washed off and then get cooked, especially after watching that segment.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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Yes, it depends on what it is... and if I have more, lol.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:12 AM   #8
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Yes, we apply the 5-second rule here, but it's just the two of us and no inside animals to add to the flavor. The kitchen floor also gets scrubbed at least once a week, sometimes two, so our margin of safety is a bit better than it might be.
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I never thought the rule was about bacteria. I thought it was so you knew it was the bit you just dropped, not something from yesterday.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:19 AM   #10
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Note: The 5 second rule can be extended. This is usually based upon the number of "pops" you've had before applying the rule. Since you won't remenber and nobody else saw anything, you're good to go!

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