DailyAfirmation (dailyafirmation) wrote,

Getting paid $20 to eat bacon. (Or: I'm a taste-testing whore.)

~Thursday~ I caught the Wolfline #9 in this morning, and on the way mentally lamented about several of the bus ad placards that were out-of-date—advertising events that had already passed.

At lunch time, I got my daily walk in partially by my walk over to Schuab Hall to participate in a turkey bacon taste test, which I qualified for by being on the Taste Tester list of the NC State Department of Food Science's Sensory Service Center. You can resister to be a Taste Tester yourself if you want to. Go to their website and click on "Register as a Taste Tester" in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Today's instructions:

Today you will be presented with 4 samples of turkey bacon, one at a time. Evaluate the appearance, then the taste. Return the finished sample to the turntable and spin it around to get your next sample.

One of the four samples:

One of the four pieces of bacon—about 3 inches long and inch wide.

The appearance questions were about how it looked and its texture. The taste questions were about the smoked flavor (e.g., good or bad, too little or too much), about the saltiness, the sweetness, and then the overall flavor.

And then, at the end, you had to order them from the sample you liked the most to the one you liked the least.

About the third sample, I wrote this in response to the question, "Why did you answer that way?": "This one tasted like Spam to me, which I happen to like, but it's not a taste I want to taste when I'm eating something called turkey bacon."

At the end of my assessment, I received my $20 Target gift card, which amounted to being paid $5 a slice to eat bacon. Life is good.
Tags: sensory service center

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