Why Do Frog Legs Jump and Dance When Salted?

Reader Kanova sent us this video and asked us, "Can you explain why the frog legs start dancing when salted?" Look at them jump and dance; that is a little crazy (and creepy)! Do you know why the frog legs dance?

We don't know exactly why the frog legs jump and twitch like this after being salted, but we suspect that is simple muscle chemistry. They are probably quite fresh, and there are chemicals still in the cells and muscles that react with the salt.

Have you ever cooked frog legs? Ever experienced this phenomenon in person?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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