Orange and lemon zest extract – Alcohol extraction

When making a dessert (hot cross waffles!) the other I needed the zest of about 1/5 of an orange and of a lemon. I don’t like using half products though. So I wanted to use all the zest in some useful way and decided to give makingmy own orange and …

Dutch Apple pie

Whenever I somehow manage to gather an excess of apples in my fridge or want to bring a pie to celebrate a certain occasion, I tend to make apple pie. It’s that pie that nearly everyone likes, isn’t too hard to make and eats great with some whipped cream. So …

Mandarin panna cotta – Using gelatin

Ever made a beautiful, arty looking, dessert within 45 minutes which consists of more than 6 complex elements, of which two contain gelatin (thus require time to set)? I for sure didn’t, but the contestants on my favorite (and one of the only tv shows I watch) tv show did. …

Vegetable and fruit texture

Updated: 14-Dec-2016 Poached pears are soft and juicy whereas a ripe fresh pear has a nice crunch to it. Raw carrots crunch and you need a firm bite to break a bit of, but, the carrots which have been boiling in your soup for more than an hour are beautifully …

Making fresh orange juice – blending vs juicing

While drinking a glass of freshly made orange juice a little while ago I noticed orange juice is a great vehicle for explaining all sorts of science related phenomenon. In the first post I introduced the orange, in this post, we’ll be focussing on making the orange juice itself. We’ll …

Hydrofresh drawer – Improves the shelf life of fruits & vegetables?

Fresh fruits and vegeables are very perishable. It’s a lot harder to keep these well, especially in comparison to something like dried grains, breakfast cereals or sweets. Since most of us don’t want to buy fresh fruits and vegetables every day it is a matter of storing the fresh products …

Respiration of fruits and vegetables

After harvest, fruits and vegetables continue to ‘live’. The respiration of fruits and vegetables keeps on going until all suplies have been depleted. For keeping fruits and vegetables fresh it is essential that you try to keep respiration going on for long as possible. That why, in this post we’ll be …