Bread Mold {Real-life Science Illustrated}

Welcome back to our series – Real-life Science Illustrated – where Blaine and I will share your real-life stories, illustrate them, answer your questions, and help you learn about science!

Here is our next real-life science question:

How do you get mold to grow on bread?

Let’s dig into today’s question…

{Real-life Science Illustrated}

What do you do when that slice of bread doesn't get moldy? We have got your bread mold growing tips at Sassafras Science!

OK, here’s the story behind the real-life science {ahem} illustration.

Our Sassy-Sci friends were trying to grow mold on a piece of bread so that they could observe and learn about it.

After learning about molds from our botany leg, they were super excited to see the transformation. So, they placed their piece of bread in a plastic baggie and set it on the counter.

Everyday they checked their baggie, turned it around, and mushed it a bit. But everyday they came up empty-handed as no mold grew on their slice of bread, which I might add is sort of scary!

And this experience led to them to send in their question.

Our Science Tips

So, now that you know the backstory, here’s how we answered our friend’s question – how do you grow mold on bread?

Mold needs a warm, moist environment to grow – hence why we put food that spoils quickly in the fridge.

When trying to grow bread mold, here are a few tips:

#1 – Dampen the bread just a bit.

You can do this by sprinkling some water on it with your fingers or with a spray bottle. Don’t drown the slice, just give it a quick spritz before putting it in the baggie.

#2 – Place the bread in a warm spot.

We like to put ours on the top of the fridge towards the back. It’s a bit warmer there than the rest of the kitchen thanks to the heat put off by the fridge’s motor.

#3 – Look with your eyes, not with your hands.

That’s what our mom used to tell Blaine all the time, but it holds true here. You don’t want to manhandle the bread or the mold spores will go back into hiding.

#4 – Just say no to preservatives.

Many of today’s breads are so packed with preservatives that a loaf could last far longer than you care to know. This is because mold is not a big fan of preservatives. So, look for bread that is all natural – or better yet, make some of your own bread to grown mold on.

And now, armed with these four tips, you are prepared to learn some real-life science as you grow bread mold!

Behind the scenes

In the Real-life Science Illustrated series, Blaine and I share your real-life stories, illustrate them, answer your questions, and help you learn about science!

For each picture, we illustrate what our friends thought they were going to see and how they would have reacted vs. what they actually saw and what they did say. (A caveat – we are in no means artists, so don’t judge, just enjoy!)

Then, we share our tips and answer the question our friends had about the real-life science they saw (or didn’t see as the case may be.)

Do you want to see your question featured in this series? All you have to do is click here to send us your story!

by Blanie and Tracey Sassafras

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