An Experiment


SOL March Challenge Day 15

A fellow slicer recently asked, and I paraphrase, “Is it an experiment if you already know the outcome?”  I thought this an interesting question.  Yes, we know what the outcome should be, but things can happen that could change that outcome.  So, yes, I believe it is still an experiment even though the outcome is known.

I decided to test this theory.  There is one experiment that I have done many times.  The outcome is always the same.A fluke could cause things to go haywire.  Let’s try the experiment one more time and see if I get the expected results.  This is an experiment that usually takes place over the span of two days.  Welcome to my laboratory.  Let’s begin.

Day 1:

The first thing I need to do is collect all of my ingredients…er..I mean chemicals.

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Now, after some careful measuring and separating I can put them into a machine that will blend them together.  Let’s see what we get.

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Oh my.  Kind of liquidy. Maybe if I transfer it to a different container.

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First important note:  The mixture takes on the shape of whatever contained it is placed into.  I still can’t do anything with it the way it is.  I know.  Maybe if I apply some heat.

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After carefully monitoring the time I take it out of the incubator and check it.

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Hmm…it has solidified.  It has turned a golden brown in color.  When I touch the center it springs back.  Great.  Now it looks like it needs something.  What would happen if I put another solid mixture on top of it?

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The lumps just sit there.  But wait!  Do I see them starting to melt?  Yes!  Let’s try spreading these clumps evenly over the hot surface.

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I think I have done all that I can for today.  I will cover this with waxed paper and place it in the refrigerator, I mean cooling unit, until tomorrow when I will finish up the experiment.

Day 2:

What was liquid and spreadable yesterday has now solidified.  I feel it needs some color.  What if I placed some water in a pot – beaker – covered the top with a metal container and placed it over some heat ?  Off to the stove, I mean bunsen burner.  As the water begins to bubble but not touch the bottom of the top container I break up solid chunks and place them into the top of my contraption.

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As I gently stir, melting occurs.

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I now take this and pour it over part one of my experiment which I take out of the cooler.

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Working quickly, I spread this evenly over yesterday’s solidified layer.  I need to move quickly because the hot liquid begins to cool and re-solidify as it sits on the cold layer.

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Because I want to be able to remove pieces of this later on, As the liquid cools and before it becomes solid, I score the top.

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Back to the cooling unit until everything is solid once more.Now it is time to see if my experiment was successful.  Carefully I remove a piece and inspect it.

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Yes, it looks like it did every other time I conducted this experiment.  As everyone knows, a good scientist must had a quality control person to make sure rules and guidelines are followed.  Also, someone needs to check the result to see that it meets standards.

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Yummmmm…I mean, the experiment was successful once again.  Now , Individual pieces can be wrapped and taken to be sold at fund raiser for a friend who is battling cancer.

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So, in conclusion, even though I knew what the result should be, I still consider this an experiment because things could have gone wrong.

(Clicking on a picture should enlarge it if you would like to have a better look.)


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19 responses to “An Experiment

  1. That is hilarious!! Looks like you have mastered that experiment! What a cleaver analogy. My post today refers to be never being able to perfect my mother’s family recipes….It truly is always an experiment!

  2. Another successful experiment! And another clever slice of writing. I’m sure your slices will be very popular at the bake sale. My mouth is watering.

  3. Jaana

    There is a reason I keep coming back to your blog! Today’s reason is edible experiments–what could be better!

  4. Carrie Horn

    I love that science is such a part of life and we don’t always acknowledge it.

  5. Fantastic!! What well documented experiments. Remember: real scientists repeat their experiments and share their results.

  6. You’re right, something “could” go wrong, but experimenting like this can also lead to a “what if” question. Of course that is only if you are not satisfied with the outcome. From the pics, I would say that each time your end result is what is expected. Great slice, loved being entertained (and informed).

  7. I am rewarded once again with a delightful twist! Yum!

  8. Again…another post that makes me smile…oh and my mouth water, too. You probably have other experiments that need testing again…just to see if they turn out the same…like your lemon bars. I also see one of your kitties photo bombing when Kathy is testing your experiment. Kitty looks quite happy on the kitty condo.

  9. Great experiment! Even if you know, it’s still a hypothesis to see if it will happen again the same way. 😉 Until it becomes a Law…

  10. What a delicious looking experiment. Thank you for sharing this fun post. Now I must go eat something sweet!!!

  11. Peg D

    The best kind of experiment. Don’t you need to replicate your results? You may have to try again. 😉

  12. Judy C.

    Science at it’s best. Such a great (and worthwhile) experiment. So glad that it turned out successfully. Keep experimenting.

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