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Mummified Tomatoes

For the first time in our school's history, as part of a project on Ancient Egyptians, Class 3 have been mummifying tomatoes. This term Class 3's topic is Ancient Egypt. And as we all know, the Egyptians are well known for their extraordinary scheme of mummification. Only because of boundaries of health and safety, no pupils were allowed to be harmed in lesson. The class worked in pairs to cut a small incision into the side of the tomato. Looking on the bright side, at least tomatoes don't squeal and shout or we'd all be deaf by now. Then they spooned out all of the squishy bits, following the ancient tradition, then dried up the tomato with a towel. To dry up the moisture in the tomato, they added natron, a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda, into the tomato. Then they buried them under more natron. One tomato was left to it's own devices and another without any natron or seeds (insides in the tomato's case). 

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