Toddler Bee is still a bit too little to get the scientific part of the experiment, but we gave it a try anyway because I wanted to see what would happen.
So, we gathered our supplies and looked at a variety of different links with instructions on how to make a Naked Egg. Everything I was ready said it would take a few days for this trick to work it's magic. So, we put our patience pants on and got to work.
What You Need:
A raw chicken egg
And that is it! We used a plastic tupperware container and after the first hour I noticed it had left a ring on the china hutch where I had placed it. Doh! So, a glass jar may be best for this.
Then we made our initial observations. Which were, obviously, an egg in a bowl of vinegar. But almost right away bubbles started to form along the shell.
|Bubbles forming along the surface of the egg.|
Every so often I would walk by and turn the egg around in the vinegar. I don't think this step is at all important; mostly I was just seeing how much progress our little egg (let us call him Eggbert) was making.
A few sources said that after the first 24 hours you should dump out the old vinegar and replace it. Others said you should keep the egg/vinegar in the fridge. We did neither. We used the same vinegar for the entire experiment and kept it out at room temperature.
After the first hour there was a white foam beginning to form on the surface of the vinegar.
|An hour into the eggperiment.|
Then, imagine my surprise when we woke up this morning (not even 24 hours since we started our egg-periment) and gave Eggbert a check to find his shell was gone!
Well, not actually gone but when you touched the egg it was soft and squishy and when I rubbed at the shell it started to come off.
|The egg this morning.|
I left it for another hour or so and then set to work gently and very carefully rubbing the remainder of the shell off.
|The egg after I rubbed the remaining shell off.|
And we had our naked egg! I kept it in a bowl of plain water for a few hours and then took it out.
It is so cool! It's rubbery and soft but strong enough that we were able to drop it a few inches above the table and watch it bounce. Keeping it in the bowl of water also helped it to get a bit bigger. I've read that if you keep it in a bowl of syrup it will shrivel up, but we haven't tried that.
My husband thinks it's sort of weird but I am absolutely enthralled! And Toddler Bee is just itching to throw the darn thing or make it burst.
|Our Naked Egg compared to a normal egg!|
A Naked Egg: SUCCESS!!