What Is Water Activity (in Food)?

It is one of the most important parameters when determining the shelf life of foods. It’s what explains why your pie crust turns soggy over time. And it sounds more complicated than it is: water activity...

How Water Activity Relates to Microbial Growth

Ever wondered why you can’t store a peach at room temperature for several days, but why a peach flavored candy or peach jam will stay good for years? Or why fresh chilis may turn moldy in the fridge...

A Short History of (White) Bread in the USA

Have you ever thought about how major historical events relied on seemingly small inventions? Napoleon has Nicolas Appert to thank for his invention of canning. The US would have had a harder time in World War...

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Science of English Muffins (+ Guide and Recipe)

If you’ve been with us for a while, you might have noticed by now that one of our passions is bread and bread making. It is something we can do every week (or day) since bread is definitely one of our staples in...

The story (and science) of processed cheese

Are you a fan of cheese burgers? If so, what type of cheese do you put on top? Do you buy those individually wrap thin ‘cheddar’ slices? I’m not a fan of cheese burgers myself, but we do always have a...

Where Rice Comes From

Brown rice, Basmati rice, par-boiled rice, whole grain rice, there are a lot of different types of rice. Some are actually different types of rice, others are simply processed in a different way, causing them to behave...

Why Do Hard-Boiled Eggs Have Grey Yolks?

Just the other day we went out for brunch. That is, we decided to do our grocery shopping early on a Saturday morning. As a result, we didn’t have breakfast on forehand, and decided to check out the breakfast...