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Intermission: Watch Jello Bounce (in Super-Slow Motion)

Hydrocolloids, like you've never seen them before.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n5AfHYST6E

The team behind Modernist Cuisine, the massive six-volume book on scientific cooking, show us exactly what happens when a cube of gelatin hits a counter top—at 6,200 frames per second.


Jello cubes are a solid matrix of animal proteins suspended in a liquid—known as a "colloid"—and, regardless of how a colloid might feel squishing around inside your mouth, it's pretty incredible to watch.

Video: Ryan Matthew Smith/Modernist Cuisine

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