Category - Food Science Basics

Understanding food production, whether it’s at home are in a factory, starts with science. Once you have a grasp on some of the more basic science concepts, which you can find below, a whole new world opens up!

Food chemistry basics - what are emulsifiers

What are emulsifiers (in food)?

Ever tried to make a simple dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar? Noticed that it’s impossible to keep these two mixed without continuously stirring or adding something like mustard? Wondered how food...

Food chemistry basics - hydrophobic vs hydrophilic

Understanding hydrophilicity vs. hydrophobicity for food

Sometimes a term might be so familiar to you that you use it all the time, whereas another person, who doesn’t know that term, has no idea what you’re talking about. When talking about science that can be...

Drawing molecules & structural formulas for food components

Imagine having the pages of a book, but having no clue in which order they should go. Or having a recipe with only an ingredient list, no instructions on how to make the food. Or having an IKEA cupboard, with all the...

Comparing flow of ketchup, syrup and water

An introduction to food rheology

Within the food industry it is very important to understand how your food will behave. Will it be deformed (too) easily (a muffin), will it flow through a pipe (a pasta sauce), will it stay on your product (caramel...

Water activity in food – The theory

For any food scientist or someone who’s involved in determining shelf life and quality of foods, the concept of water activity should be familiar. It plays a huge role in whether or not a product will still be...

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What is extraction? – The theory & Food

After writing about making your own extracts (vanilla & orange/lemon) and how to use these it is time we start talking more hard core science. What is extraction from a chemists perspective? And is there something...

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Crash course: Determining nutritional value of food

Ever read the labels on your food products? If yes, ever wondered how they come to the nutritional values stated on these labels? Or what they mean? Whereas people tend to think these are hard fixed numbers that have...