Few days back, I was sipping coffee and reminiscing about the days I spent in research laboratory doing various microbiology experiments. I miss those days. But then I reminded myself that I explore the marvelous world of microbes right at home! So, I decided to take matters into my hand
The first thing that I had to decide is what can be a good well-rounded food source for growing microbes in my home-lab? I know CUBists have successfully used boiled potatoes for growing and isolating bacteria. However, I did not have potatoes at home. I brainstormed to find a quick “solid media” in kitchen that can supply a variety of different nutrients. One of the first thing that came to mind was Maggi 2-minute noodles, a part of about 70% urban Indian households.
To decide if cooked Maggi noodles can be used as solid media for microbial growth, I probed the nutrient content of Maggi per serving (i.e. one regular packet). Here’s what I found:
One packet of Maggi is approximately 70g and supplies the following
Total Fat: 9.5g
By looking at the contents, I concluded that Maggi could supply most nutrients required to support microbial growth, plus iron which is an essential micronutrient. Hence, I started investigating if cooked Maggi noodles could be used as solid media for microbial growth at home.