Yellow vs red tomatoes – Colour science

Fruits and vegetables are probably the most colourful foods on our table. Meats and fish are all pretty similar (white/reddish), carbs are often yellow/brown/white, but fruits and vegetables can be so many different colours. These colours aren’t just pretty, they are also fascinating for scientists to study. Colour molecules are …

What makes Oreo cookies black – On cocoa powder science

Oreo cookies are that type of cookie that’s combined with everthing and used for all sorts of baked goods. There’s Oreo cookie ice cream, Oreo cookie pie crust, etc. The super black outer cookie with the snow white gooey inside make it look different than a lot of cookies out …

Making Vanillin – Three production routes & Their chemistry

Vanilla is one of the most common and popular flavours in food. Are there ice cream shops that do not sell a vanilla ice cream? There are several ways to make food taste like vanilla. You can either use pure vanilla, or you can use (artificial) vanillin. Since we’ve discussed …

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 …

The best oil to fry in? – A reader’s question

I can keep on being surprised by discovering that some sort of basic food such as rosemary, apples, or, in this case, frying oils has been researched extensively! When diving into ‘frying with oil’ I found complete books dedicated on the topic and loads of articles. Who would have thought …

Scalding Milk & Making Sticky Cinnamon Rolls

Some foods I want to make just because they look they’re fun to make. One of those are cinnamon rolls. I’ve seen loads of photos of cinnamon rolls: those little round rolls with cinnamon all stacked up in a pan with a lot of sticky glaze over it. Sounds great …