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Science in Cooking
Cooking and Baking
"Cooking involves measurements and relies on a variety of chemical and physical phenomena to take raw ingredients and create something palatable. What do you know about the science of cooking?"
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What tool do chefs use to be sure that meat is cooked to the proper temperature?
What is the process that results in the albumin in an egg turning from clear to opaque white?
denaturation of proteins
What are the three main phases in ice cream?
carbon dioxide, ice, and cream
cream, sugar, and flavoring
ice, cream, and sugar
ice crystals, air, and fat globules
When a recipe calls for a cup of water, why doesn't it matter whether you measure 8 (UK) fluid ounces or 8 avoirdupois ounces?
A fluid ounce and an avoirdupois ounce are the same.
You can always add more later.
The water will boil off if you add too much.
The specific gravity of water is 1.00.
What causes browning of food when baked in a conventional oven?
What causes the leavening effect when baking powder and/or baking soda are added to dough or batter?
They interact with flour to form gas bubbles.
They react with sugar to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide.
They cause small carbon dioxide bubbles that expand upon heating.
They act as a filler to plump up baked goods.
What physical change occurs when butter is churned?
Stirring in air causes fat globules to precipitate.
Fat globules coalesce to form butter.
Fat globules are dispersed by stirring.
Buttermilk forms, which separates into butter and water.
The first step in cheese making involves adding rennet to cream or milk. What is created by the addition of the enzymes in rennet?
curds and whey
"There's always room for Jell-O." Jell-O is a popular brand of gelatin dessert. Why doesn't this dessert gel when fresh or canned pineapple is added?
Pineapple contains enzymes that keep the gelatin from setting.
It connects the protein chains.
It makes the gelatin too acidic.
It does not interfere with setting. This is an example of an urban myth.
Can you increase the temperature of boiling water?
Yes, by turning up the heat
No, at sea level water boils at 212 degree F
Yes, by using a pressure cooker or by cooking at the Dead Sea
Yes, by moving to a planet with a higher atmospheric pressure
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