Using & choosing gelatin – Gelatin science basics

Ever made your own stock, stored it in your fridge overnight and ended up with a jelly instead of liquid? Ever made a wobbly sweet, soft panna cotta that only just sets in the fridge? You might not realize it...

The history of cake & yeast donuts

Have you ever wondered about the difference between cake and yeast donuts? Wondered where donuts come from and how they’re made? If so, you’re in luck because we’ll be diving into the...

Cake donut science – How they’re made

There was a time when I thought a donut was a donut. Just a light brown fried ring with a glaze on top. Of course, there are a tons of glazes & fillings but, being non-American, I never realized there are...

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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

Fruits and vegetables have a great 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 colours. In most...

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

Eggless orange cake – Using custard as a substitute

A lot of ‘western’ recipes for cakes, cookies and pies contain eggs. But if you don’t eat eggs, no matter the reason, that can be quite a challenge. In most recipes you can’t just leave out the...

Why zucchini makes a moist chocolate cake

We are facing a zucchini overload. Our two courgette plants have been giving us a new courgette at least twice a week. As a result, we’ve been eating a lot of courgette. So much so that we just didn’t feel...

Bread Science

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

Reviewing the InstantPot – Pressure cooking

We never (or barely ever) made chili from dried beans, or made a meat stew during the week or made our own yogurt. All of that changed when we got our InstantPot, a pressure cooker and yogurt maker (that’s the...

How mozzarella is made

Chances are you’ve had a pizza that was covered with mozzarella. It is one of the most common cheeses for a pizza. It melts very well on top of your pizza and turns a nice brown. The mozzarella used on top of a...

Fruit Science

Cheese Science

Pie Science