How a food is cooked or stored may alter the taste and texture of some food. There is a thin line between tasting too good and too terrible. 

A user asked the forum, “Which food has the smallest window between “great” and “terrible”?” Here are the top responses. 


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“Pears off my mother’s pear tree. I checked them in the morning before work, still hard as a stone. Went to grab one for dessert; one was fuzzy, and the other was unpleasantly squishy.”


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“Even well-made nachos turn into soggy garbage if not consumed within a 15-minute window.”


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“They are at peak ripeness for about 15 minutes. Then they’re disgusting.”


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“Calamari. When it’s fresh and cooked well, it’s great. But most of the time, it’s overcooked, and the experience is like chewing on the rubber tires from toy cars. It must be challenging to get it just right. I’ve stopped ordering it to avoid expensive disappointment.”


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“I have gotten into fishing recently, and when I bring home a catch, I try to cook it that day or, at the latest, the next day. I went to cook one a few days after, and it smelled a bit, so I gave it to the chickens.”


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“The McDonald’s french fry is unbelievable. When you bite into it, you think: it’s so tasty, it can’t be real. As soon as it gets cold, it turns to lard and flubble. Have you ever tried to eat a McDonald’s french fry that’s gone cold? That’s one of the circles of hell. The gulf between the warm, fresh, lightly salted McDonald’s and cold McDonald’s french fry is as great as any I know.”


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“Avocados. one minute they’re not ripe, 10 minutes later they’re ripe, 10 minutes later they’re rotten.”


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“Scallops. Rubbery when they’re undercooked, fantastic when they’re cooked properly, hockey pucks when they’re overcooked.”


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“Brussel Sprouts. Delicious or disgusting. I used to think they were all bad, but I have had them cooked, and I couldn’t stop eating them because they were so good. 95% have been trash, and I’m not good at cooking them either.”


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“My vote would be for mozzarella sticks. It’s a small window between ‘Lava!’ and ‘This is a cheese string with bread.'”


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“Eggplant. Even the slightest bit is undercooked, and it is disgusting. Yet so good when cooked well.”


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“Pork chops. The fine line between succulent and shoe leather.”


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“The Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster. They’re amazing when they get to your table and inedible within 15 minutes.”


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“Soy sauce. A couple of drops between ‘this needs to be saltier’ and ‘inedible.'”


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“Bacon. It has a 10-second window to get it off the grill. Too soon, it’s rubbery, too late, it’s dry and crunchy.”

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