Food and Cooking Chemistry

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Want to learn some chemistry? Look no further than your kitchen! Discover the science of preparing food items such as cheese, strawberries, grilled meat, and more.

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  • 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?

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  • 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, while learning 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! 

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(all sites accessed October 2021)