The science of packaging grated cheese

It’s probably an even more familiar phenomenon than mouldy bread: mouldy cheese. And not just the cheeses that are meant to be mouldy, but mould growth on cheese that are not supposed to be covered in them. Dutch cheeses (like Gouda or Edam for instance) have a tendency to mould after …

Why bread gets moldy – Spoilage of bread

Ever felt really hungry and wanted to make a quick sandwich? Ever found out that the only bread there’s left has bluish/grey hairy spots on it? Luckily it hasn’t happened to me that often, but when it does, it’s always a disappointment. But why does bread at all get mouldy? …

Blueberry orange zestmuffin – Using IBM’s Chef Watson

The other day, blueberries were on sale at the supermarket. Blueberries tend to be expensive here so I decided to grab my chance and buy some, not having a clue on what to use them for just yet. Somehow though, blueberries for me are linked to muffins. Blueberry muffins just …

The story (and science) of processed cheese

Are you a fan of cheese burgers? If so, what type of cheese do you put on top? Do you buy those individually wrap thin ‘cheddar’ slices? I’m not a fan of cheese burgers myself, but we do always have a small pack of exactly those slices of ‘cheese’ in …

Batch vs Continuous – Scaling up a food production process

When scaling up your production process you’ve got to cover a lot different topics: how to transform your kitchen recipe into one suitable for a small factory/food business, what to consider when scaling up the process itself, how to determine the shelf life of your product, and what to think off when choosing your packaging. …

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 …