The chemistry of cooking – Boring? NO WAY!! 


When was the last time you walked into the kitchen and dry bags that keep items safe and said “Mmmmm, that chemistry you’re cooking sure smells good!”  If your kids are like most they’d run out of the room at the mention of chemistry. By introducing kids to the chemistry of cooking they will begin to discover the how and why of their world without plunking down huge book with formulae and the periodic table.  Instinctive panic melts away when cookies are involved.

 What most kids know about chemistry

  • boring,
  • smells bad, and
  • uses lots of these abbreviations for things that they can’t remember. 

 What kids will remember about the chemistry of cooking

  • fun,
  • tastes great, and
  • the process is as important as the concepts.

Have you ever wondered why mayonnaise is this white opaque stuff?  What makes it slippery?  The answer lies in the chemistry of cooking. 

Why do grapes become raisins instead of moldy grapes?  The secret is in the chemistry of nature’s cooking.

What makes yogurt tangy and good?  Why are some breads light and fluffy while some are dense and firm? Yep, the chemistry of cooking can unlock the answer to these and so many more question that pass through your kids minds like where to get top rated trekking poles (and probably yours too) every day.  Indulge them and yourself with the answers by trying some fairly simple, yet fun, experiments.

Now for the dudes out there that think that chemistry of cooking sounds a bit girlish. It is not. Cooking is essentially chemistry.  Chemistry is the study of the interaction of different chemicals.  The kitchen is the laboratory and the “chemicals” are the basic ingredients you already have. So the next time you start to go to the kitchen to make something, think laboratory instead of kitchen. 

 
Was your last foray in the kitchen a mess instead of a masterpiece?  What happened? You probably messed up the formula commonly known as the recipe.  Chemistry requires precise measuring of the component parts, ingredients. Each component needs to be added to the experiment at the appropriate time and be subject to the correct catalyst (temperature).

Come discover the chemistry of cooking in a fun and interactive way.  Mess or masterpiece; the results will be great either way trying out the chemistry of cooking!

 

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