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How to Make an Apple Mummy (Part Two)


Several months ago, I wrote a blog post about a
STEM activity that uses apples to make mummies. It was a popular post with more than 5,000 views and 700+ shares. Since
then, I received numerous requests for part two of the experiment… the part
in which we take the apple mummies out of the salt mixture and complete the
hydration process in an oven. Keep reading to find out how it’s done!
Learn how to make a mummy out of a dehydrated apple. Making apple mummies is a great STEM activity for your social studies units about Ancient Egypt.

Social Studies Integration

Making a dehydrated apple mummy is a terrific addition to any social studies
unit about Ancient Egypt. This activity mimics the process used by the Ancient
Egyptians used when preparing a pharaoh’s body for burial. Part one of this
activity mimicked how special salts called natron were used to absorb
bodily fluids and start the dehydration process. The next part mimics how the
hot dry air of Egypt’s climate may have impacted how long it took for the bodies
to completely dehydrate.

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This photo shows the changes that happened to the apple during the first
21 days of this activity. Day 1 shows a freshly carved apple. Day 21 shows
what the apple looked like after soaking in salt and baking soda for 21
days.

Materials Needed

Directions to Make an Apple Mummy

The directions describe how to dehydrate the apples in an oven or toaster
oven. If you are using a dehydrator, modify these steps as needed to get the
same results. Note: Adult supervision is required for this activity!

1. Preheat your oven to 200°F or 93°C.

2. Line your cookie sheet with tin foil.

3. Place your apple onto the cookie sheet and put it in the oven.

4. Set a timer for one hour.

5. After one hour, check on your apple. If there is still moisture in the
apple, put the apple back into the oven for another hour.

This is how the apple looked after two hours in the oven.

This is how my apple looked after two hours in the oven.

6. Repeat this process every hour until the apple is completely dehydrated
and there is no more moisture inside. It can take as long as 12+
hours to complete this step.
Stay patient and don’t leave the oven unattended for any length of
time!

7. Once the apple is completely dehydrated, place it on a cooling rack or
oven mitt to cool. 

This is how the apple looked after five hours in the toaster oven.

This is how my apple looked after five hours in the oven.

The apple before, during, and after dehydration

It took six hours for my apple to completely dry out. You can see the
major changes that happened during that time. The apple shrunk to less
than half its original size because all of the moisture inside of it
is gone. Also, the lack of moisture in the apple has turned it as hard
as a rock!

Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki

Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki

🍎 Author’s Summary: Aliki describes and illustrates the
techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient
Egypt.

🍎 Author: Aliki

🍎 Illustrator: Aliki

🍎 Publisher: HarperCollins

🍎 Year: 1985

🍎 Pages: 32

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