Beer fermentation process

Blub, blub, blub, blub. That’s what our huge (25l) vessel of ‘beer-to-be’ sounds like when it’s becoming beer. But, actually, it’s what fermentation ‘sounds’ like! Fermentation is an essential step of making a decent beer. Without fermentation no alcohol, no degradation of sugars, no proper flavour development.

Food Science Basics in 6 weeks – part 2: Food Chemistry Basics

Welcome to the second week of this mini course, making you familiar with the basics of food science and hopefully igniting a little food science spark in you. Last week was all about introductions. This week will be all about food chemistry basics. You can follow this course in two …

Making (lazy) risotto – science of risotto rice

Masterchef Australia is by far my favourite tv show, it’s a great show on cooking, chefs, restaurants, etc. I’d love to go to Australia once and visit the restaurants from the show! Somehow it’s also better than all the other versions (USA, UK, Dutch, …) I’ve tried. One of the …

Maillard reaction mechanism – hard core chemistry

(Dis)colouration of foods is a well beloved topic of food chemists. Colour pigments are highly complex, as are the reactions to form them. Browning especially, is a favorite. It’s interesting because there are various chemically completely different ways to turn something brown, with the same end-result: they’re brown (think old …

Maillard reaction & Dark roux for Gumbo

When on holiday in the United States, we visited New Orleans. Even though I think most American cities aren’t the best for tourists (being used to European cities you can stroll through by foot), I liked New Orleans. We could wander around instead of having to use a car all …

Infographic Flour – Explaining the science of flour in one page

Wheat flour is one of those staple ingredients that’s in just about any pantry in this world. And if you don’t have wheat flour, you probably have some other sort of flour in your cupboard for sure. It’s also one of those ingredients that’s used in an awful lot of …