Crunchy cranberry pie – On (not) dissolving sugar

Sugar definitely is one of the most complex and fascinating ingredients in the kitchen. It sweetens your food, but can also be used to create a whole lot of different textures and structures in your food...

Chai, chaat, chutney & The Cardamom Trail (Chetna Makan) – A book review

“Chetna is the queen of spice”. All throughout her journey through the British Bake Off competition Chetna Makan manages to pull off great flavour combinations. In her crispy lentil kachori...

Deciding whether & how to roast nuts

Walking into a kitchen or production location where nuts are being roasted tends to be a delight. The air is full of nutty, caramelly aroma’s. Taking it one step further and burning those nuts deftly...

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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.

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...

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)...

Cake Science

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 (complex)...

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...

Bread Science

LoafNest: How a new way to bake bread was developed

Have you ever dreamed of developing your own kitchen tools to sell to others? Slightly overwhelmed by the long journey from idea, to prototype, to fundraising and actual manufacturing? We got to speak to the developers...

Babka, half a circular babka swirled with chocolate

How 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

Where cinnamon comes from

That cinnamon powder that you buy in your supermarket has come a long way. Because, even though cinnamon is such a complex and rich product, consisting of hundreds of different molecules, it is completely natural. In...

Fruit Science

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...

Cookie Science