Thanksgiving Food and Chemistry
The food on the Thanksgiving table doesn’t have to just be a tasty meal—it can teach us chemistry too. Visit the links below for articles and experiments related to the Thanksgiving meal, including how a pop-up turkey thermometer works, health benefits of cranberry sauce, the science behind the thickening of gravy, and more.
- Thanksgiving Meals: Cooking with Chemistry
- Talkin’ Turkey
- Timing the Perfect Turkey
- Does Eating Turkey Make You Sleepy?
- What If I Double It?
- Thanksgiving Dinners Put Plastics to the Test
- Turkey Day Chemistry in the Kitchen
- Cranberry: Is It a Sauce of Help To Fight Cancer?
- Compounds in Cranberries May Be Antibacterial Agents
- The Rest Is Gravy: The Science Behind Thickening Gravy
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Chemistry of Christmas Cooking
- Food Chemistry Quiz: Cooking Chemicals
- As American as Chemical Pie
Videos and Webinars
Experiments and Activities
- Thanksgiving Table Tricks at Steve Spangler Science
- Elements of Thanksgiving with (Activity Key)
- Re-Use the Turkey Thermometer
- From Sauce to Solid: The Science of Cranberry Condiments
- Sourdough Science
- Vernier Thanksgiving Experiments
- Bend a Bone with Vinegar
- Marshmallow man demonstration
- Jammin’ with Juice ‘n’ Jell-O
- Make a Fried Green Egg with Red Cabbage Juice
- Fruit Battery
- Potato Battery