Methylcellulose, or methocel, is a food thickener in products like ice cream and tooth paste. It is also used in film and television to make a number of fluids including slime, blood and drool. For example, methylcellulose was used to make the pink ooze in Ghostbusters 2.
Most of all, methylcellulose is an entertaining material in classrooms when teaching about “polymers.” Polymers, like methylcellulose ooze, contain molecules connected by long chemical bonds.
Methylcellulose powder is available through food and special effects suppliers. A relatively small amount of powder can make a large quantity of gel, making it very cost effective.
- Methylcellulose powder (Amazon link: Methylcellulose Powder)
- Large pot for boiling
- Large metal spoon to stir with
- Add 1 gallon of water to your large pot.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Stir 5 oz. of methylcellulose powder into the boiling water with a large spoon. Add the powder slowly, allowing it to dissolve completely.
- Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool overnight.
- The water and methylcellulose thicken into an oozy substance.
Methylcellulose is a food thickener. This means it can increase the viscosity of a liquid without drastically changing its other chemical properties. When you thicken a sauce with methylcellulose, its taste remains the same, more or less. Therefore, you haven’t altered the existing chemicals contributing to the taste.
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