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Genie's have limits

May 12, 2014 - Mike Donahey

The optimist in me wants to believe that leftovers will still retain at least a portion of their original taste despite sitting in a refrigerator for several days.

And that includes fast food hamburgers and french fries.

My point is that somehow, the microwave genie will say the magic words and instantly deploy freshness and some home cookin' flavor, regardless of where and when the food was bought and stored to eat later.

On Friday, I patronized the drive-up of a local, nationally-known fast food restaurant, and and bought four hamburgers and french fries.

I didn't think to question food quality, having never been disappointed.

A few minutes later, with one hand on the wheel, and the other in the sack, fishing for french fries, I noticed my food was not hot ... in fact, it was not even warm.

I ate some of it at the office as time permitted that afternoon.

And the microwave genie was efficient in properly warming up three hamburgers.

But between Friday afternoon and early Monday morning, (what's wrong with a hamburger and fries for breakfast?) whatever remnants of Friday's taste had disappeared completely.

In retrospect, I learned my lesson, that even the microwave genie's powers are limited on food that probably wasn't that fresh initially.



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