How bread goes stale – Science & Tricks

One of my favorite foods by far is freshly baked bread. Unfortunately, bread doesn’t stay fresh for a long time. As soon as it comes out of the oven, the ageing process sets in. It starts getting old as soon as it comes out of the oven. Preventing ageing of …

Homemade lasagna & bechamel sauce – some lasagna science

Nothing better than a lasagna coming out of the oven, bubbling like crazy, with a perfect light brown cheesy top.¬†Even though there are loads of ways to make a lasagna, our favorite remains one with tomato sauce and a creamy bechamel sauce on top. Lasagna is made best (I find) …

Choosing appropriate packaging – Scaling up food production

Dreaming of scaling up your grandmother’s cupcake recipe? Or are you running a food production company and looking into a new product? Chances are that you will have to scale up your recipe or any new product you’ve developed. Scaling up brings along its own challenges and choices, one of …

Shelf life determination – Scaling up food production

How long do your home made muffins remain fresh? When does the home made sausage start to spoil? Or how long can you store that cheese? When you make products at home you tend to use common sense and experience for determining whether you can still eat something. However, once …

Science of waffle making – Do you need to flip them over?

A while ago we bought a waffle iron as a present for someone else. It was actually one of those machines that could also make grilled sandwiches or use it as a grill for meat, etc. When I think of waffle irons, I think of those machines that you can …

Lemon bars – The power of egg yolks

When I make ice cream or some other sort of custard I would normally ‘cheat’, I’d use some corn starch or regular flour to thicken up my custard. It’s some sort of cheating since it should also be possible without any flours, but by using egg (yolks) only. Nevertheless, those …

Dutch Apple pie

Whenever I somehow manage to gather an excess of apples in my fridge or want to bring a pie to celebrate a certain occasion, I tend to make apple pie. It’s that pie that nearly everyone likes, isn’t too hard to make and eats great with some whipped cream. So …