The Mystery of the Bubbling Teriyaki Sauce

I was cooking dinner the other day – chicken teriyaki – when a very odd thing happened.

My teriyaki sauce, began to bubble uncontrollably after I added the cornstarch.

Yes, I do know which blog I’m posting on, this is The Homeschool Advocate, not The Deadly Nightshade, I got it, believe me I do. Hang in there with me for a moment.

The bubbling mass threatened to bubble over the sides of the small saucepan. What in the world could be wrong with it? I had added the sugar and the soy sauce to the cornstarch and water, then poured in the 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar…and…bubble bubble, toil and trouble.

I tossed it out and started again. Somehow, some way, I must have gotten the ingredients wrong. I mixed the 1 tablespoon each of water and cornstarch together in the newly cleaned saucepan, then the soy sauce, the sugar, and again, the apple cider vinegar.

Violent bubbling erupted.

At this point Dave came home to find me frazzled and rather beside myself.

“I don’t know why it’s bubbling like that.” And suddenly a flash of insight hit me, that bubbling was similar to what the volcano we had made a few months ago did. And it had been filled with vinegar and baking soda. Baking soda and cornstarch are remarkably similar in appearance. I had Dave check it and…

Sure enough, I had managed to put baking soda into my cornstarch container by mistake. Oops!

And that is how I solved the case of the Mysterious Bubbling Teriyaki Sauce.

The other day I said to my mother, “I think I’m learning more than she is, and she’s learning a lot!”

She replied that it takes learning in order to teach – and isn’t that the truth.

p.s. Take three on the sauce was a success…once I had dumped out the baking soda and replaced it with cornstarch!

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