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Spoilage - Strange Case Or?

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jounipesonen May 19, 2013 08:26 AM

Several weeks ago I 'lost' a bag (the light veg type in self-serve markets) of 2 small Zucchini in vestibule of apartment - I found them yesterday (it had fallen behind something).

Ambient temperature was about 20degC the whole time. One Zucchini had turned TOTALLY into water and mush. The other - when rinsed was 'perfect' - I sliced it and still like 'new.'

Clearly am puzzled. -- ?

  1. C. Hamster May 20, 2013 04:49 PM

    Maybe one was older than the other?

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    1. re: C. Hamster
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      jounipesonen May 20, 2013 09:46 PM

      Well they all looked beautifully fresh and firm 3 weeks prior to my 'losing' them. The 2 I took from bin were really the same as the ones I left behind - so wasn't a 'mixed bag' type of bin.

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      tandooritaco May 20, 2013 10:39 AM

      If one of them had surface damage (a nick or scrape) and the other didn't, there could be a big difference in decomposition rate.

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      1. re: tandooritaco
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        jounipesonen May 20, 2013 01:15 PM

        possible - but as only bought 2 I looked them over carefully before selecting

        I just don't get it -- ?

      2. Kris in Beijing May 20, 2013 10:37 AM

        I have visions of those stories about how a hen will cover her chicks in a fire, so they live but she doesn't.
        Mama 'chini?

        Seriously, if one were against the floor and the other not, it would alter air circulation/bag breathability and temp.

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        1. re: Kris in Beijing
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          jounipesonen May 20, 2013 01:13 PM

          no - they were pretty much in exactly same position

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          jeanmarieok May 20, 2013 09:01 AM

          Maybe one was waxed? IDK - that's a mystery.

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          1. re: jeanmarieok
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            jounipesonen May 20, 2013 01:12 PM

            no - both from same bin at store -

            forgot to mention - no sign of any mold

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