(If not particularly appetising...)
So by now I'm sure we've all seen Leo Varadkar's latest... meal prep. Fair play to him, he really does commit to the cause. Mostly because every time he shares his food online, he gets absolutely roasted for it. Who can forget the battenburg bonanza of January, or the wild wings night of July? I know I can't (try as I might).
But perhaps the worst offender is the meal prep tubs, which seem to cause so much offence on our delicate sensibilities. Once again, Leo Varadkar has opened up the contents of his fridge to us, and once again, we as a society, as a country, are shocked.
Leo Varadkar is actually so brave for posting pictures of shocking food as often as he does pic.twitter.com/BgXOZh9vLF
— rory (@flatoutsure) October 17, 2022
I'm not even sure what's in these tubs, maybe burgers of some description? Pork and vagueness (and by vagueness I mean the egg looking things)? Twitter had a good go at trying to decipher the contents of the tupperware last night... to no avail. But while we can't decide what the actual food is, the more important question on our lips was, is this even safe? And no, not the eating of bland, vague food, but the actual storage method.
One concerned Twitter user decided to ask the only people for the job; the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Tagging them in a photo of the meal prep, they asked the experts, "Not being funny but are all of these particular foods safe to prepare in advance like this? I've my doubts about some of the elements here."
Not being funny but are all of these particular foods safe to prepare in advance like this? I’ve my doubts about some of the elements here @FSAIinfo
— Fionnan K (@FionnanKe) October 17, 2022
And the FSAI delivered, just three hours after the question was posed, assuring us that Leo Varadkar's meal prep was indeed safe. Being in the business of safe food, I guess we can take their word for it.
Hi Fionnan. Storing batched cooked or leftover food safely will reduce the risk of possible food poisoning. By safely we mean that the food should be stored in the fridge (at between 0-5°C) or freezer (at -18°C or less) within 2 hours of cooking and used within 2-3 days. (1/2)
— FoodSafetyAuthority (@FSAIinfo) October 17, 2022
As for if the food is appetising, well, we'll need to consult entirely different experts on that.
Header images via Instagram/leovaradkar