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...

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...

How spirits are made – Visiting the Koval distillery

What is better marketing than inviting some interested customers to your facilities, touring them around, giving them a few tasters and telling them all about your company? It my experience, it works great (at...

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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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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)...

Colours in fruits & vegetables

Have you ever noticed how fruits and vegetables have a wide variety of colours? The spectrum goes from orange to purple to green to bright red. It’s amazing how nature has developed all these bright and beautiful...

Sugar cooking & Temperature stages

Whenever making caramel, marshmallows, honeycomb¬†or just about any other sugar candy you’ll often find that recipe either tells you to boil a sugar syrup to a certain temperature. Or, they’ll tell you to...

Cake Science

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

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...

Science of making Indian paneer

When you visit India or go to an Indian restaurant you are bound to find dishes that contain paneer. Since there are a lot of vegetarians in India, there is often a paneer version of meat dishes, such as butter paneer...

Fruit Science

Colours in fruits & vegetables

Have you ever noticed how fruits and vegetables have a wide variety of colours? The spectrum goes from orange to purple to green to bright red. It’s amazing how nature has developed all these bright and beautiful...

Cheese Science

Pie Science

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...