The power of lemons – Lemon science

After reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat I became a lot more aware of the importance of acid in food. Not just in a lemon meringue tart (even though those are delicious), in lemon bars or as a drizzle over a salad...

Salt Fat Acid Heat (Samin Nosrat) – A book review

Most cookbooks or books about cooking, are recipe books. One recipe after the other. There might be some personal story from the author intertwined throughout, or a few tips and tricks on how to make it work...

How baking powder & baking soda work – Chemistry of leavening agents

Ever forgot to add the baking powder or baking soda to your recipe? Or used baking soda and baking powder in your cake, only to discover it resulted in a flat cake? Baking powder & baking soda have a...

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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

Bread Science

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...

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10 ways to shape a bread

Have you tried making a nice round bread, only to end up with a flat, deflated disk? It just wouldn’t hold its shape, despite your care. There are several reasons as to why this might have happened: you might not...

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 flavour science of onion

The other day we made an onion tart that was so incredibly sweet, it was hard to believe the topping was made of just about nothing but onions. It tasted nothing like raw pungent onion and definitely reminded me that...

Science of tomato ketchup

It’s probably very controversial what I’m about to say, but it’s just my humble opinion: ketchup ruins hamburgers & french fries. Like truly ruins them. It’s such a disappointment to bite...

Fruit Science

Making jam – the Science

If you have fruit trees in your garden you’re probably also swamped with fruit during certain times of the year. All of a sudden, you’ve got 5kg of figs and 20kg of apples. And not enough time to eat them...

How (alcoholic) apple cider is made

As a people we seem to have managed to make alcoholic drinks from just about all of our produce. Grains can be transformed into beer, or spirits such as whiskey. Grapes are transformed into wine and apples, yes, you...

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...