Try your hand at Kitchen Chemistry with this fun free course. You can try it this summer with your kids and get a better understanding of chemical reactions while you cook. It's geared for the older kids, so if you have teenagers, this may be a great way to start learning chemistry. You may become a better cook.
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MIT chemist Patricia Christie discusses her course, "Kitchen Chemistry," and how it makes students look at their food differently.
|1||Guacamole, Salsa, and Quesadillas||Recipes: Guacamole (PDF), Salsa (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 152, 155-7, 161-166, 202-3, 212-213, 240-245, and 36-50.
|2||Cookie - Death by Chocolate||Recipe: "Death by Chocolate" Cookies (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 302-303, 321, and 397-409.
|3||Pancakes||Recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 34-36, 270-271, 302-303, and 321-322.
|4||Bread||Recipe: Challah (Braided Bread) (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 273 - 313.
|5||Scones and Tea||Recipe: Scottish Raisin Scones (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 215-218.
|6||Meringue||Recipe: Mile-High Lemon Meringue Tarts (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 73-80 and 181-182.
|7||Jams and Jellies||Recipe: Jam (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 170-172.
|8||Three Bean Chili and Cornbread||Recipe: Three Bean Chili (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 254-263, 212-213, and 240-245.
We will also be tasting beets, asparagus and artichokes. For these experiments we need to drink a glass of water, then eat either beets or asparagus. For the artichokes, drink some water, eat the artichoke and then drink some more water.
Do you notice any difference in the water?
|9||Cheese||Recipe: Lemon Cheese (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 36-53.
|10||Wacky Cake||Recipe: Wacky Cake (PDF)|
Find the sections in the text relevant to today's recipe!
We will be using our dressing to make a salad, so you will get to use your chopping skills to create a healthy salad. We will also be discussing another emulsion - mayonnaise - and making yet another emulsion with soap.
|12||Ice Cream||Recipe: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 23-31.
|13||Peer Teaching||You are the teacher this week. You need to bring 1-3 friends to class to teach them some chemical/cooking principle. You can teach them one of the "experiments" we did in class, or pick one of your favourite recipes. The purpose of the class is to get your student(s) to think about cooking from a scientific point of view. Feel free to assign your student reading assignments, either in the book or on the Web.|
|14||Meatballs and Spaghetti||Recipes: Meatballs (PDF), Marinara Sauce (PDF), and Creme Brulee (PDF)|
From the text: pp. 316-320, 608-609, 151-152, and 201-202.