|My insulating cup.|
Well, for whatever reason, after about 30 seconds of cooling I decided that the 15 minutes was up and took a big gulp. OUCH! I immediately discovered my mistake, but I couldn't spit it out because I was sitting in front of my laptop with no place to spit it. I couldn't swallow it for fear of burning my throat. Instead, I just held it in there for a few moments for it to cool before swallowing. I knew right away I had burned my tongue and confirmed this by looking at my tongue in the mirror.
|See those bumps? Yep, that's my burned tongue.|
Yep, that's a picture of my burned tongue! I did a Google search to see if taste buds are actually destroyed when you drink a hot liquid. I was pretty sure they weren't but I needed to double check. The taste buds aren't destroyed, but the cells are damaged. They repair themselves, but it can take 10 - 14 days to fully repair. It's almost a week later and my tongue is much better, but I can still feel/taste that it isn't fully prepared.
So I learned something that I can pass down to my daughters. Burning your tongue on hot liquid sucks, but doesn't permanently damage your tongue. Not that that will be much consolation to them at time!