ABYM #19 Never Fully Trust Your Food

Posted: January 12, 2012 in ABYM Rules
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This one seems kind of obvious for anyone who has ever even heard of a third world country, but it goes much deeper than that. In the last year I have gotten dysentary twice, salmonella once, and a whole host of smaller stuff in between. After a lengthy series of explanations about bacterial growth, insects, rotten fruit, and basic kitchen hygiene; the people who cook for us still do everything almost the same. This attitude towards implementing things new and not understood is pretty typical here. From leaving honey, sugar, cereal, milk, cookies and other snacks open to be swarmed with ants, to wiping chicken grease up with a rag and then using it to “dry” our dishes. Everything is said….nothing is heard.

After we all kept getting sick, we thought it was a good idea to get the cooks to start refrigerating the eggs. Basically you have to understand that to literally everyone in my town besides us, eggs are made by your chickens and promptly eaten within a day or two. So the idea that we need to put them in the refrigerator is really just wasting valuable gatorade space. So as time went on,  I would see more and more of the eggs in the refrigerator and rarely on the refrigerator side table. Until one day I saw the two cartons of eggs back on the table. I queried one of our cooks as to why they were there and I was met with: “Look, there isn’t very much space in the refrigerator, and when we cook them they get hot. I don’t know why you guys like your eggs chilled in the morning anyways, it makes no sense.”

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It turns out that the eggs were indeed sitting on the table in the sweltering hot kitchen for days at a time, only to enjoy a nice chill the night before being served up for breakfast the next morning.
At least they were comfortable.

For those of you who have never had salmonella…….don’t.

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