Phase diagrams – Demystifying ice cream

When you’re eating your ice cream, your caramel or a nice piece of fudge you might not realize that you’re actually consuming a scientifically highly complex product! The interactions between concentrations of sugar and water combined with temperature make for a great physical phenomenon. These are actually products which are …

Food hack – a great simple trick to chop nuts

Today’s not going to be a long post evaluating the deep science of food and food production, instead, it’s a really simple trick for chopping nuts that I discovered a little while ago when making a raisin and hazelnut bread (unfortunately, I forgot to make photos…). Recipes often call for …

Why an orange is orange

Just imagine how the world would look like if there weren’t any colors. All would be in black and white, just like tv’s in the older days. Life would be less interesting, nature less beautiful and, oranges wouldn’t be orange. Ever noticed how colourful a lot of foods, especially fruits …

Freezing point of caramel

Not too long ago I got a question from someone who wanted to know the freezing point of caramel. Thinking about it, caramel in ice creams are just about always soft… This got me interested, because answering this question allows me to explain some great physics! The short answer is …

Chocolate mousse – stabilizing a foam

Chocolate mousse definitely is one of my favority desserts to eat. It’s a great combination of ‘heavy’ chocolate, with a light foam. Until not too long ago I had never been able to make a good chocolate mousse. They tended to sink in right after I made them, resulting in …

Chocolate milk & Sedimentation

In the Netherlands we don’t have any mountains, we have a hill and are pretty proud of the fact that our highest point is only a little more than a 100m above sea level. What’s more, most of our country is below sea level! Nevertheless, I adore skiing, as a …

The ideal gas law

Why does popcorn pop, do souffles shrink after baking and does choux pastry rise during baking? These are all questions we’ll be trying to answer by applying the ideal gas law to food. As you probably know if you’ve been on my website before, I love food and science and …