Tips & Tricks of Food Science

Food Science is this awesome little mix of biology, chemistry and physics. I enjoy learning the reasons why the things we make react the way they do. Putting a name to what you’re seeing is so satisfying. Here’s some of my favorite examples:

*Putting sugar on berries pulls the water out of the fruit, because sugar is hydrophilic. This means it loves water so much it’ll take some from the berries!

*Denaturing proteins can change a food entirely. I always think of eggs, because once you’ve cooked them (denatured their proteins) you can never return them to their natural state. Denaturing means you’re changing the structure of the protein at a molecular level. Adding rennet to milk to make cheese is another way of denaturing proteins.

*Fats are confusing. Some saturated fats are bad, some are good, but we do know that trans fats are bad for us. So what IS a trans fat? It comes down to the actual molecule and the direction that the hydrogen atoms are facing. When the two hydrogen atoms are on the same side of the double bond it’s called a cis, and when they’re on the opposite sides it’s called a trans. This affects the shapes of the molecules, and thus affects the stability of the fat. Trans fatty acids can last forever, which is why they were used in so many snack foods (like Twinkies) before we realized that our bodies do not like them.

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See It All: A Guide to Exploring Maui, Hawaii

So you’re ready to go to Hawaii, and you’ve managed to decide on an island, even- Maui. It’s nicknamed “The Valley Island”, and it has everything you need for a tropical getaway. You just have to know where to find it all.

Now that I’ve been able to explore Maui three times, I can tell you what an outsider has learned about this slice of paradise. Budgets of any kind can afford an amazing Hawaiian adventure on this gorgeous island. I’ve been there 3 times, and I’ve loved every minute I’ve been able to spend there.
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How To: Cut Up Tropical Fruits

My husband has been attacking the mangos I buy ever since I showed him how to cut them up. I had an old post on here with terrible photos that I’ve been dying to re-do, and now I finally have!

How to cut up tropical fruits

Sometimes people ask me how to cut/use/eat certain fruits and vegetables, so I’m going to try to do some photo tutorials of my favorite ones! Tropical fruit is first on my list because 1) it reminds me of Hawaii, that magical state where I wish I was at all times and 2) it’s delicious, healthy, and sweet like sugar. These are probably some of the highest-sugar fruits out there, but rest assured, they are still very good for you! I know this isn’t close to all the wonderful tropical fruits out there (mmm, kiwi), but these are our very favorite ones! Continue reading “How To: Cut Up Tropical Fruits”

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