Food and Cooking Chemistry
Want to learn some chemistry? Look no further than your kitchen! Dsicover the science of making food items such as cheese, strawberries, grilled meat, and more.
- Clear Pumpkin Pie
Transparent pumpkin pie? These Massachusetts high school students have done it! Learn how.
- Molecular Gastronomy Cooks Up Strange Plate-Fellows
Cauliflower and cocoa? Um, sure. Flavor-pairing theory comes up with some surprises.
- Smell of Success
This chemical engineering prof wants you to be able to text a friend a smell. Which would you choose?
- Why Bacon Smells So Good
Bacon makes everything better, so they say. The question is, why?
- Smell the Maillard Reaction
Sugars and amino acids. A simple combo, with complex flavor results.
- The Chemistry of Barbecue
Fire up the grill for summertime smoky flavor—thanks to chemistry.
- The Maillard Reaction Turns 100
It’s “the most widely practiced chemical reaction in the world.” Have you Maillard-ed lately?
- Good News for Grilling
Worried about those not so tasty carcinogens from grilled meat? Pepper punches back.
- Separating Egg Whites and Egg Yolks
An empty water bottle can be the perfect kitchen tool. Try this trick and see for yourself.
- Eating Nails for Breakfast
Yum! Iron never tasted so good! Find this fortification in your breakfast bowl.
- Energy Values of Food
This experiment shows you how to count calories, chemistry style.
- Marshmallow Man Meets the Vacuum Pump
Mr. Marshmallow, say hello to... an unfortunate pressure change.
- Cotton Candy Coffee
You might have had cotton candy at the fair, but what about at the coffeehouse? This cloud sweetens your cup.
- Investigations of Chemicals in Natural Food Coloring
Natural food dyes are in your grocery store. What can you do with their chemistry?
- Charcoal Grilling Tastes Better Than Gas
It’s the ultimate showdown. Charcoal vs. gas. Which grill will win?
- Dried-Olive Soil, Goat Cheese Foam and Radishes
“Dirt” never tasted so delicious.
- Food Dehydration Technology
Instant mashed potatoes are a staple in some households. Learn how they became a historic landmark.
Chocolate Milk Splash
This “milk” looks caught in mid splash. How did they do it?
- Magic Butterfly Pea Lemonade
Use the colorful chemistry of the tea to create a color-change lemonade drink.
- Making Naked Eggs
Take away an egg’s shell—no cracking required.
- Fried Green Egg Food Science Project
Be the Sam-I-Am of science class with colorful chemistry cooking.
- Exploring the Science of Marinades
Feel free to get a little saucy with this cooking challenge. What makes the best marinade mixture?
- Hot Ice Cream
Ready to warm up with some ice cream? A special ingredient turns ice cream on its head.
- Glass Potato Chips
With potato chips, they say you can’t eat just one. Does it also hold true for glass potato chips?
- Agar Agar Spaghetti Recipe
Create an unexpected taste experience with agar agar—a sweet spaghetti.
- Edible Plastic Pouches
Eat your dessert. Then eat the container.
- Saltwater Taffy
This candy recipe gives you an arm workout at the same time. Why do you need to pull taffy?
- Spherification Potluck
Have a spherification potluck! What other foods can you find to turn into spheres?
- What Is Jell-O?
There’s always room for Jell-O, especially when you’re learning about food chemistry.
- Bringing Chemistry to the Kitchen
Jump to page 10 in this link and feast your eyes on some gastronomical wonders.
- Re-Use the Turkey Thermometer
Ever wondered if that red pop-up button on your turkey is a one-and-done deal? Here's your chance to find out!
- From Sauce to Solid: The Science of Cranberry Condiments
Will your cranberries be sauce? Or solid? Science has the final say.
- Get Cooking with Chemistry
Head to the lab—that is, your kitchen—to get some experiments started.
- Strawberry DNA
That red, ripe summer berry is bursting with flavor—and DNA.
- Cooking with Chemistry
It’s a cookbook and textbook rolled into one. Pick a recipe to try and learn some chemistry at the same time.
- Kitchen Chemistry Course
This MIT online course is free AND flavorful. Make a recipe, then explore readings that show you the science.
- Food Science Experiments
These lab resources for high school students are ready to roll.
- Edible Experiments
It’s a baker’s dozen of videos each served up with a tasty experiment. Try your favorite pair.
- Food Fight!
Dream up and develop your own new food product, complete with package design and display.
- ChemClub Cookbook
High school chemistry students share their fave recipes and food-based experiments, with the science behind each one.
- Terrific Science Foods & Flavors
These more advanced experiments take your food exploration to the next level. Special equipment required!
- Thanksgiving Experiments
Cold potatoes, indigestion, and broken bones don't sound like a fun Thanksgiving, but they are part of some fun food experiments!
- Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Food doesn’t have to be just a meal—it can be your career! Learn what it takes.
- Curious Cook
Food science author Harold McGee jumps from caramelization to fava beans to bacteria in his eclectic blog.
- Kitchen Alchemy
Food and science meet in this collection of articles, beginning with a recipe for Blown Up Brie.
- Developing a High School Food Chemistry Elective
A new chemistry class was in the works. It all started with water.
- Food Chemistry in the High School Classroom
This chemistry teacher liberally mixes food into her curriculum. See what she and her students are cooking up.
- Food Chemistry Infographics
Plenty of infographics here that will make you hungry to learn more.
- The Science of Cooking
It’s like a virtual museum, for food. Explore pickles, eggs, bread, and more.
- The Great Thanksgiving Chemistry Debates
White vs. dark meat. Thick vs. thin gravy. What's your preference?
- Turkey Day Chemistry in the Kitchen
Use science to create the perfect holiday meal, from turkey to mashed potatoes to pie.