Have you eaten worms before? What about a slug or maybe a long stringy bit of green snot? Well you can today only with this fantastic experiment that explore polymers, thickeners and gastronomy.
– Sodium alginate powder (seaweed derived thickener)………food grade
– Calcium chloride pellets……….food grade
– Clean / new syringe
– 2 x Clean bowls
– Jelly Crystals
Dissolve 5 g of Sodium alginate into 100mL of warm water. We dissolved the power into a large sauce bottle to make making shaking easier. This will take a while to dissolve. Place in the fridge for 5 hours or so.
Make up the Calcium chloride solution b y dissolving 20g into 1L of water. This will be the ‘cross-linking’ solution.
Falvour the alginate solution so it tastes nice. We used Jelly crystals as they have a strong sugar taste. Bubblegum works wonders! Shake well.
Now pour the cross-linking solution onto a bowl and the coloured alginate soltuion into a smaller container. Then Start making your worms.
Suck up the alginate solution into the syringe and then squirt into the cross-linking solution. The worm should form.
Now enjoy your worms and……..down the hatch!
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