Torta Setteveli

Making a complicated dessert once in a while is a good way to practice a lot of techniques and to learn something new. The French in particular are good in making pastry which consists of a lot of different...

Baking cake without eggs – Finding the best alternative

Have you noticed how most cake recipes call for eggs? But what if you don’t have eggs on hand, or can’t eat eggs? What if you’re trying to change the texture & flavour and you’re...

How maple syrup is made – visiting Maple Row Sugarhouse

It’s still a mostly brown and grey world, with just a light dusting of snow covering the fields and forests. The grass hasn’t started to grow yet, the trees haven’t yet budded and people only...

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Here we love to dig just a little deeper into food and science. We explain how food is made, how it's preserved & packaged and what the role of the ingredients in your food are. We also analyze recipes, so you understand why a recipe is the way it is! Last but not least, we give you tools to develop a basic understanding of food science! Have fun browsing around and don't forget to ask a question if you can't find the answer here!

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Food Science Basics

Just getting started in the world of food science and want to get your fundamentals straightened out? No problem, we've got a good selection of articles for you.
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The science of distilling liquors

We know how to make spirits (we discussed that here), and we know that to make spirits (or liquors) you need to distill fermented grains. Distillation isn’t just used in spirits production though. It is one of any...

Chocolate milk & Sedimentation

Nothing fits a good wintery day better than a warm chocolate milk, don’t you agree? The heat of the milk warms you up just a little and it gives you enough of a boost of energy to get going again. It’s a...

Lactic acid fermentation in food

Yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, none of these products would exist without lactic acid fermentation. This is a series of chemical reactions that transforms your ingredients into something pretty different (and delicious)...

Rock sugar, Bastognekoeken & Sugar crystallization

In the Netherlands we have this one cookie type that’s used for a lot of different dishes. They’re popular for use in cookie pie crusts, ice cream and a bunch of other recipes. Their name: Bastognekoeken...

Cake Science

Genoise cake – A baking guide by unravelling its science

Back in the days, before they had access to baking powder and baking soda, bakers had to be a bit more creative in how they were going to create light airy cakes and sponges. They couldn’t use the chemical...

Victoria sandwich – History & science of a cake

The Victoria sandwich is one of those bakes with a very rich history to it. It is believed to have been (one of) Queen Victoria’s favorite cake(s). It is a round cake of two layers with jam in the middle. As is...

Bread Science

Babka, half a circular babka swirled with chocolate

4 ways to shape a bread with a filling

Bread can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. You can make a perfectly fine loaf from just flour, water, salt and yeast, shaped into a nice simple boule (or not shaped at all and just put into a baking...

Vegetable Science

Ice Cream Science

How ice cream is made in a factory

Whether you make one bowl of ice cream at home, or 1000 liter in a factory, the science of ice cream stays the same. You’d still want small ice crystals, to make a super smooth ice cream and you’d like to...

Meat Science

The science of distilling liquors

We know how to make spirits (we discussed that here), and we know that to make spirits (or liquors) you need to distill fermented grains. Distillation isn’t just used in spirits production though. It is one of any...

Puff pastry – Science of flaky layers

Making puff pastry sounds very daunting to a lot of home bakers. You can see contestants struggling with it on tv baking shows, like the Great British bake off. And why make it, when you can buy it? It took me a long...

Fruit Science

The secrets of orange juice packaging

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. This last post in its series is all about orange...

Cheese Science

Pie Science

Pie Cookie Crust – The Basics

There are a lot of different pie crusts, too many to count or mention here. One very interesting type is the cookie crust, yes, that’s right, a cookie crust. It’s a pie crust that’s made with cookies...

Caramel nut tart

Making a pastry that beats or rivals that of a pastry shop isn’t something that happens to me very often. I mean, a good cookie or muffin are doable, but those more delicate, often French, pastries, aren’t...