The Secret to Saving Spoiled Milk is . . . Frog Slime?


As if sour milk wasn’t ick-worthy enough, scientists from Moscow State University have just identified a number of potential antibiotic compounds in frog skin secretions which, if added to milk, could prevent it from going bad.

You read that right, folks. The best new way to save your nasty curdled dairy from spoiling? Just mix in some good old frog slime.

Old Russian Wives Tales have been saying the same thing for years, apparently, but in the new study, researchers found amphibians are able to secrete certain antimicrobial peptides through their skin, to defend against the numerous microorganisms which usually thrive in the wet places where frogs and toads and other such bottom dwellers live.

Personally, I don’t think I can wrap my head around the potentially snot-like texture of the slime. I think I’ll just take a new gallon of milk, thanks.

H/T UPI + PicThx Neatorama

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

4 replies on “The Secret to Saving Spoiled Milk is . . . Frog Slime?”

The scientists from Moscow State University did NO TESTS ON MILK! This news story has been grossly perverted and misunderstood. The line of research has nothing to do with the Russian myth that a frog will keep milk fresh, which, by the way, isn’t true at all. Unless your idea of fresh is a bloated frog corpse defecating into your milk, because the poor creature will quickly asphyxiate.

Actually, this line of research was started in 1998 by Conlon et al. on North American and European frogs. The Russian myth has nothing to do with the science, and no application for the newly discovered peptides has been seriously suggested, especially not as a pasteurizing agent. Louis Pasteur figured that one out a LONG TIME AGO!

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