Posted by: Shari Glass | July 17, 2010

Chicken Mummy – Day 1

by Shari, Friday, July 16

This chicken has no idea what's about to happen.

Today during our Egypt Day we began the lengthy process of mummifying a chicken.  The kind of chicken you by at the grocery store, already plucked, gutted, etc.  This one didn’t even have the little packet of innards that so often meet you when you prepare a whole chicken.  That was o.k. with me.  I wasn’t planning on doing the canopic jars anyway!  The entire process will take 6 weeks or so, and that’s all BEFORE we actually wrap the thing up.

We used the “recipe” from the Story of the World: Ancient Times activity book.   After thoroughly washing the bird, first with water and then with rubbing alcohol, we proceeded to stuff it with a mixture of Salt, baking soda, baking powder and a few herbs…today we used basil and rosemary.  After it was stuffed we covered it with the mixture (all in a ziplock bag).  Put it into a 2nd ziplock bag and there it sits, the beginning of the drying cycle.  We are suppose to change the salts tomorrow (day 2) and then progressively more days apart, whenever the salt appears wet.  After about 6 weeks we will stuff it with something – they suggest sawdust, material scraps, etc. and then wrap it.  I’ll be amazed if we make it the whole 6 weeks

The salting process begins.

without forgetting about the thing.  And if I’m really good I’ll update here each time we do something to it!

Day 1 - completed


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