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Old 09-30-2005, 11:22 AM
Sal Ammoniac Sal Ammoniac is offline
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Would you eat a three-day-old ham sandwich?

Friday, and time for another trivial poll. So let us posit a ham sandwich, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, your choice of mayo or mustard, nicely bagged and kept in the fridge for three days. Do you eat it, or throw it gagging into the trash? I just did the latter not two minutes ago.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:30 AM
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No. Lest I be visited by a namesake of yours, Sal Monella.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:31 AM
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I'd throw it, but not because I thought it was bad or dangerous. Assuming that all the ingredients were fresh when you put the sandwich together, the sandwich is fine. However, the tomatoes and mayo/mustard will have rendered the bread all mushy and gross within 3 days.

If it were just ham, bread, cheese, and lettuce, I'd add some mustard/mayo and a tomato or two and eat it.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:33 AM
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No. Lest I be visited by a namesake of yours, Sal Monella.
From what? As long as it was refrigerated, salmonella isn't going to show up any faster in a sandwich than it would in the raw ingredients themselves. All of the items listed have a fridge-shelf-life of much longer than 3 days.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:36 AM
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Well, I thought it was funny.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:36 AM
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Heck yeah, I'd eat it. Wouldn't even give it a second thought. I've eaten stuff out of my fridge that had to be carbon-dated. As long as it passes the two tests: a) doesn't smell bad, and b) isn't currently growing a cure for some disease, it goes down the hatch. Just today I had some Chilis chicken quesadillas that I bought a week ago Monday.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:38 AM
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Like Athena, the only thing stopping me from eating it would be the bread mushiness. But if I was really hungry and there was nothing else in the house... maybe.

By maybe, I mean probably.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:44 AM
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I'd definitely eat it, despite the mushiness factor. Any kind of ham you buy is going to be so full of preservatives that three days is nothing to it, especially while refrigerated.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:49 AM
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Well, I thought it was funny.
Funny yes, but alas, inaccurate.

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Old 09-30-2005, 12:25 PM
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Well, I thought it was funny.
Hey, I thought it was funny, too! But "funny" is only secondary here. Fighting ignorance comes first.
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Sal Ammoniac
Friday, and time for another trivial poll. So let us posit a ham sandwich, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, your choice of mayo or mustard, nicely bagged and kept in the fridge for three days. Do you eat it, or throw it gagging into the trash? I just did the latter not two minutes ago.
I won't eat one that was prepared four hours ago if it has mayo on it. no fuckin' way.
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:33 PM
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I'd eat it and look for another one.
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:40 PM
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Hell, I'd probably eat one that's been sitting on the counter for 3 days as long as it didn't have mayo on it. In the fridge... without a doubt.
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:41 PM
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Master Shake: Well, how come no bacon?
Demonic voice: Bacon is extra.
Master Shake: You call this a sandwich, you don't have bacon on it?
Demonic voice: There are no swine evil enough to sacrifice upon a bed of EVIL! And lettuce. EVIL AND LETTUCE!
As to the OP, no, I'd toss it due to the mushy factor unless I was too sick to leave the house and find something better.
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:49 PM
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Just out of curiousity, what do all you anti-mayo people think that mayo on refrigerated sandwich does that's different than mayo in a jar in the fridge?
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:19 PM
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Just out of curiousity, what do all you anti-mayo people think that mayo on refrigerated sandwich does that's different than mayo in a jar in the fridge?
Well, if you want to get picky, the mayo has been taken from a fairly hostile environment for bacterial growth (a jar of pasteurized oily mayo with not enough water to support bacterial propagation), spread thinly on a piece of moist bread in the open (long enough to collect mold spores and bacteria), then placed in a cool place to culture. So what we've potentially added is lifeforms and the nutrients and environment they need to survive, if not flourish. Not as dangerous as letting it set out in the hot sun to simmer, but certainly after a few days or weeks, you'd see some mold growth, while a jar of mayonnaise will remain good probably for years. So certainly there's some difference.
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:20 PM
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Sure, I'd eat it. The bread would be a bit flat and soggy from prolonged contact with the mayo, but heck, it's food, and it'll keep you alive. If I'm hungry, and there's a pre-made sandwich just sitting there, it's mine.
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:24 PM
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I wouldn't eat it, but only because i don't like ham sandwiches.

However, were it turkey, then I'd replace the soggy bread (and probably have to add soem more mayo) and eat it.
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:24 PM
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I'd eat it. Nothing like a Ham Sandwich.
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:34 PM
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The lettuce and tomato would have to go because they get really weird textures after even a day of being in a sandwich (or salad for that matter). If the bread weren't too soggy or too stale, then I'd eat it. Otherwise I might throw out the bread and eat just the ham and cheese which would still be in fine condition. Especially with some of that mustard on them.
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:46 PM
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If I were hungry and had nothing better, I'd eat it.

If there was something more appetizing, I would keep the sandwich in the fridge and then the question woukld eventually surface, "Would you eat a four-day-old sandwich?".
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:50 PM
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If not eventually "Would you eat a four-year-old sandwich?"
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:52 PM
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I'd eat it. Nothing like a Ham Sandwich.
[nitpick]
sammich
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:58 PM
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sammich
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Actually I agree with you. It truly is a Ham Sammich, and it is divine....
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:58 PM
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Only ham and cheese only
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Old 09-30-2005, 04:27 PM
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If not eventually "Would you eat a four-year-old sandwich?"
It is a slippery slope. I often think about eating something. "Well, I woulda eaten it yesterday. What happened since then?".
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Old 09-30-2005, 07:07 PM
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I dunno. A four-year-old would be hard to fit on the bread.





What?
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Old 09-30-2005, 07:21 PM
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I dunno. A four-year-old would be hard to fit on the bread.


Thats why you need big bread.
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Old 09-30-2005, 09:58 PM
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Sure, as long as it was mustard and not mayo. I HATE MAYO!

Mustard, however, is sauce of the Gods. Dammit, Jesus ate mustard, it says so in the Bible! So there!
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Old 09-30-2005, 10:23 PM
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I dunno. A four-year-old would be hard to fit on the bread.
That's why you have to put it in a blender first, so it's spreadable. Honestlly, didn't you read the offensive joke thread???
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Old 09-30-2005, 10:47 PM
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Nah. But I'm a vegetarian Jew. So YMMV.

Okay, I'm going away now.
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Old 09-30-2005, 10:59 PM
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Sure, I'd eat it. Three days in the fridge is nothing.

I draw the line at eating a sammich from the toilet, however.
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Old 10-01-2005, 10:05 AM
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Sure, as long as it was mustard and not mayo. I HATE MAYO!

Mustard, however, is sauce of the Gods. Dammit, Jesus ate mustard, it says so in the Bible! So there!
"And thus he spake, 'Mayo, for it is the jelly of Satan, shalt not defile thine sammich.'"
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Old 10-01-2005, 11:16 AM
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Sure, as long as it was mustard and not mayo. I HATE MAYO!

Mustard, however, is sauce of the Gods. Dammit, Jesus ate mustard, it says so in the Bible! So there!
A bit of clarification required for those not familiar with the appropriate biblical verse.

"And Jesus did whip out a nice ham sandwich in the temple to show that the old ways were no more. Horrified were the assembled Rabbis and Jesus spake unto them "Fear not for I do not plan to eat this ham sandwich. And least not plain." and thereupon Jesus spread thick the stone ground spicy brown mustard and took a big bite. And he preached to the crowd "For while eating swine is no more taboo for those who follow me, eating yellow mustard still brings the wrath of the Lord for it is an abomination."
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Old 10-01-2005, 11:59 AM
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I am one of the least picky eaters in the world. However, I will not eat any sandwich that wasn't made before me less than 5 minutes before. Wilted lettuce, limp oozing tomatoes, and soggy bread have a barf score of inifinity in my world. I would gladly eat two day old sushi served on a used toilet seat before I eat a sandwhich more than 3 hours old.
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Old 10-01-2005, 06:49 PM
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I've eaten a sandwich that was in the back of my truck for three days.

When I was out of town a few years ago I kept 2 pizzas in the trunk of my car. Anytime I was hungry, I'd pull out a slice. That lasted at least three days.

So yes, I'd eat it.
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Old 10-01-2005, 07:22 PM
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Sleeepy2, that is hilarious!

As to the sandwich, I would have to pass if it was stored with the veggies on it. The mushiness factor would be too great after the bread had soaked up tomato ooze and mayo. Should the delicious sandwich have been stored dry (ie: bread, ham, cheese), I would have not hesitated to add condiments to it and enjoy. Stored dry, I probably would give it a shelf life* of about 5 days.

* My own personal shelf life, not an official FDA shelf life
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