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Monthly Archives: October 2011
As a food scientist I get asked many questions, in this post I will begin to tackle just a few of them:
What is something that as a food scientist you now won’t eat?
Honestly? Hotdogs. I went to a factory and saw the meat before it was pumped into the casing… and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. Imagine a giant pink soup that smells like raw meat. The visual alone could turn you off of sausages forever. Think about it, if this “all beef dog” was so good, how come they’re selling it for dirt cheap? Since hotdogs are created from finely ground up meat, the consumer (i.e you) can’t see what all of the meat originally looked like. What parts are they really putting into the hotdog, or any ground meat product (I’m talking about SPAM here people). Continue reading
Leaves are changing colours and it’s getting colder. I was forced to dig through the ceder closet and find that jacket I haven’t touched in over a year. But then I found $5 in the pocket! Maybe fall won’t be that bad after all! Who am I kidding, it’s Canada and the winter is always bad. But it’s what we Canadians do best! Survive Winter.
And of course, the best dessert to have during these few months is fresh pumpkin pie. Want to know how to make an easy pumpkin pie that will be sure to have everyone giving you compliments? Then continue reading!
I randomly came across these food science posters. Yes, science and art can come together & in this case it can also look amazing! They are scientifically correct and manage to teach these basic concepts, acidity, emulsion, maillard reaction, viscosity and elasticity, in a beautiful way. They were created by IOANA and featured in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters “Blinded Me With Science”. Of course all of this work is copyrighted and I by no means pretend to have created any of these but am merely a huge fan — please continue to their website HERE to check out more of their work!
Nothing is worse than throwing out food! Okay, let’s be honest lots of things are worse, but I DO hate throwing out food… a LOT. It’s bad for the environment (due to the wasted fuel & energy) and a waste of money! This week my house had that delemma; I had way too much bread in my house. It was at the point where it was stale, but not moldy. Which led me to ask the question… what does one do with stale bread? My families “Something from Nothing” delicious decision, was to make bread pudding.
So what’s the deal with best before dates? Are they just a “suggestion”, or something that if ignored will cause you to have a new type of relationship with your toilet? My very good friend, wink wink nug nug… you know who you are, throws food out that are probably a week away from their best before date. While others I know will eat it a week after (unless there is mould). But who’s right?