King TutankhamHen Day 1

For the beginning of our Egypt unit, we decided to mummify a chicken. Well I didn't want to waste an entire roaster chicken, so I settled on my little friend King TutankhamHen. He's a Cornish Game Hen and is much easier to handle and takes a lot less ingredients with the same results, plus he's way cheaper! 
He looks so big here!

All of my ingredients
Baking Soda, 91% Rubbing Alcohol, Baking Powder, Pumpkin Pie Spice and lots and lots of Salt

I already had the baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice. I bought the spice last year online because I use a lot of pumpkin pie spice throughout the year; unfortunately, it is really heavy on cloves and ginger, so it's just been sitting there unused and looking sad.

Then I soaked him in the 91% Rubbing Alcohol for 3 hours. This destroyed any bacteria and gave him an already dry feel to his skin. It will also help remove any smell.

Once he was soaked, I drained and rinsed, then patted him dry. While Gamer Boy prepared the natron mixture. We just eyeballed it, but the actual recipe calls for:

 4 parts Salt
1 part Baking Soda
1 part Baking Powder

The baking soda and powder increase the acidity of the mix and fight bacterial growth. Next I added some of the Pumpkin Pie Spice. It helps to mask the smell, but I really hope pumpkin pie spice is not forever ruined for me.  Finally, we used a fresh dry ziploc bag and placed our little King in and poured the mixture into his cavities. Then poured the rest around him, making sure he was completely covered. This mixture should last 3 days or more. We'll keep checking him as we progress through the unit. We'll know it's time to change the mixture when we notice the salt is moist. I've read this recipe in particular really prevents any odor, I guess we'll see soon enough. 

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