Channel 3 tried to get creative on Tuesday, as we entered our sixth day of the heat wave.
The temperatures have been scorching, but we wondered if it was hot enough to cook a meal.
The experiment also goes to show how a car can get dangerously hot in just a few minutes, and a good reminder to never leave a child or pet alone inside the car.
Channel 3’s Matthew Campbell went to Westside Market in Rocky Hill with a grocery list on Tuesday.
He placed the items, which included bacon, cheese, crescent rolls, and even cookies, on baking sheets and set them on the dashboard at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
A thermometer was also set up there, and within minutes of closing the door, the temperature inside was well over 100 degrees.
A University of San Francisco State study shows temperatures inside a car can shoot up 43 degrees in one hour.
When two hours went by, the temperature inside was so hot, it couldn’t be registered on the thermometer.
The Center for Disease Control found when temperatures range from 80 to 100 degrees outside, temperatures in a car can reach 172 degrees.
The USDA doesn’t have a definitive temperature at which bacon should be cook, but at that point it started to brown.
At 3:30 p.m., nothing came out the way they went in, and some even partially cooked.
The cheese may have been overbaked, and the rolls were a doughy mess, and the bacon was crispy.
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