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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. For any...

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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 II...

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How Oat Milk is Made

“Making” milk from a cow is ‘easy’, that is, from a chemist’s perspective. All you have to do is feed and grow a cow, let her give birth and the cow will make milk all by herself. Your cow...

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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...