What is extraction? – The theory & Food

After writing about making your own extracts (vanilla & orange/lemon) and how to use these it is time we start talking more hard core science. What is extraction from a chemists perspective? And is there something we can calculate here? Making you interested in food science is one of the …

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 …

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 …

Making vanilla extract – Extraction chemistry

One of the things I like best about enjoying food science, is the fact that once you’re into it, you see food science all around. I can’t bake a bread without thinking about the Maillard reaction or the fermentation process. Nor can I cut an apple and sprinkle lemon juice …

Vanilla (bean) vs (ethyl) Vanillin – Food chemistry deep dive

Making vanilla ice cream (or any other vanilla flavoured muffin/cookie/etc) always causes a dilemma. Should you use a (natural) vanilla bean, an extract or artificial vanilla (= vanillin)? One clearly is more expensive than the other, and they look different, but are they actually different? Even though there often isn’t a …