December 30 06

my sister and her husband Joe live in Tribeca. in a 700-square foot apartment. lucky for them, they have cats; not kids. and they both work late and don’t cook or entertain a lot. actually, let’s be honest. they don’t cook at all. in fact, they don’t even use their oven for cooking. they use it for storage. no, i’m not kidding. storage.

but then Joe told me something and i about died. (see? a week in Atlanta and the southern in me starts popping out…) he will bring home a doggy bag or a pizza box from a restaurant. put it in the oven. for storage. and then eat it. DAYS LATER. apparently, his brothers are big fans of this system too. and they’ve never gotten sick. and the longest he’s kept things in there was 3 days. pizza. with cheese on it. hamburgers. pasta.

have any of you ever heard of something like this? when he told me this story he looked at me like i was the crazy one. he. in fact, he left early this week and when he got in he called my sister to tell her how hungry he was. and that he found their leftover bacon and eggs from the saturday before Christmas. and he was so hungry he almost ate it. I was so horrified i almost lost my lunch.


  1. uhm…whats wrong with a nice, cool, FRIDGE?!!?

    Comment by Obabe on December 30, 2006
  2. EW! I agree with Obabe! why not just stick it all in the fridge! If they don’t cook, I imagine they have lots of room in their fridge, no?!

    Comment by Haley-O on December 31, 2006
  3. I’m much too paranoid to eat food not stored properly. Two hours and if it’s not in the fridge, it is being recycled. Especially meat! Ewwww…

    Comment by Jana on December 31, 2006
  4. Ick! My mother-in-law is much the same way and my husband now has the digestive sturdiness of a rat.
    There’s a package for you on the way.

    Comment by Rebecca on December 31, 2006
  5. That is so disgusting. My dad had a roommate in college who was from some middle-eastern country where apparently refridgeration wasn’t seen as a necessity. The roommate would buy a big, 5-pound block of ground beef and just leave it on the counter, cutting off pieces of it to cook and eat as needed throughout the week/month/who knows how long that thing sat on the counter. (And, just to clarify, they had a working fridge in their apartment that my dad used all the time.)

    Comment by Audrey on December 31, 2006
  6. I think we are more paranoid about refridgeration than we need to be. That said, I wouldn’t test my theory.

    Comment by metro mama on December 31, 2006
  7. Disgusting! Their stomaches must be used to it – but I sure wouldn’t eat even day old stuff left out.

    Comment by Jodi on December 31, 2006
  8. This doesn’t really gross me out much… which embarrasses me.

    Comment by Toryssa on December 31, 2006
  9. yuck! I know a lot of people who do the oven thing but gross to me. I do use my dishwasher for storage but not food.

    Comment by mommywindow on December 31, 2006
  10. My roommate in college would do the same thing–order a large pizza and then eat it over the next couple of days without ever putting it in a refrigerator. It would just sit on the counter. I always thought that was really gross!

    Comment by Wendy on January 1, 2007
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