Thanksgiving Food

Since Thanksgiving includes a lot of food, I thought it would be neat to see what commonly used Thanksgiving spices look like up close.

I broke out my old 50x Blister microscope (I chose 50x since we want to see the spices, not the bacteria on the spices!) and put under the lens five spices commonly used at Thanksgiving. Here are the pictures I took through the lens of my microscope:

Salt:
I’d say that most of us know that salt molecules are cubes. It makes sense, then, that the basic shape of a salt crystal is going to be squarish. How cool is it that we can actually see the squares?!
Salt under a microscope

Sugar:
This is white table sugar. Just about all of the Thanksgiving foods have sugar, however, some use brown sugar. It’s pretty cool that salt is in little cubes but sugar looks like tiny quartz crystals.
Sugar under a microscope

Cinnamon:
Cinnamon looks like dirt….
Cinnamon under a microscope

Pepper:
We eat pepper in just about everything. How does it feel to know that you have been eating stuff that looks like gravel?
Pepper under a microscope

Sage:
Let’s not forget stuffing’s secret ingredient: sage. This is the special ingredient that makes your stuffing taste like, well, stuffing. This looks suspiciously like the dust that gets on my baseboards….
Sage under a microscope

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