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What are the main flavours/aroma compounds of the Scottish soft drink “Irn-Bru” (Iron Brew)?

Those familiar with the Scottish soft drink Irn-Bru may be familiar with the marketing slogan: "made from girders." This is due to the drink's taste which some describe as having a metallic ...
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Which gum/gums to use to get a gummy texture when using Agar agar powder

Trying to do a school project that needs me to make gummies from scratch in an innovative way. I decided to go with Agar agar for a vegan based gummy. Unfortunately, once I make the gummies the agar ...
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What are food additives that help popsicle/shaved ice melt slower?

What are food additives that help popsicle/shaved ice melt slower? Simple popsicle ingredients: water, sugar, flavoring I used agar agar and gelatin before, but don’t want to: The texture is not ...
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Using a ultrasound homogenizer to increase meat juicyness

I saw a popular TV show where a cook competes against a scientist. They made a pork belly, the cook made a brine and injected the brine directly into the meat with a needle, and the scientist also ...
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Need Binding agent ideas

I need help getting cooked grains (I.e. sorghum, barley, farro) to clump together but maintain a relatively dry texture. I’m cooking for my 18 month old and he likes grains but picks up a single grain ...
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Food science of thickeners such as starches and gelatins

What types of recipes are best to thicken using gelatin and which are best to thicken using starches, such as corn starch or potato starch.
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Can you alter nutritional properties of beans and other ingredients using diastatic malt?

I was reading about brewers' spent grain the other day and its nutritional profile (high protein and fiber content, no carbs) and how it's obtained. Would something similar be possible with beans and ...
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Sweet and Sour?

In comments related to this question, there was discussion about pH, fructose concentration, what compounds a fruit contains, etc. influencing or determining "flavor". Much more recently, I had a ...
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How do I use Carnauba or Beeswax for Candy?

I am trying to make gummies and I want to use either Carnauba wax or bees wax to make a coating, anyone got any idea WHAT Carnauba or bees wax to use and how to apply it? I know they use a tumbler but ...
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For the life of me I can't get my nougat to set hard

Recipe: Syrup 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/8 cup water (I dont think this does anything) Dash of salt Egg white 1 egg white whipped Dash of cream of tartar to stabilize the egg white 2 tbsp ...
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Is it safe to make extracts from stone fruit pits?

So stone fruit pits I've been told taste a lot like almonds. I've been told that you can make an extract, much like almond extract, out of them as well. I've also heard that stone fruit pits contain ...
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Cure #1 in Brine for Brisket

I'm trying for the first time to cure a second cut brisket (1.8 lbs.) to make pastrami (after curing the meat I will smoke it and then steam it). I followed a recipe from the Stanley Marianski book ...
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Binders for skillet rice patties

I made rice cakes for my toddler: rice, quinoa, shredded potato, eggs, bread crumbs, cheese onions, corn and cilantro. If I wanted them to hold together better would it be advisable to add water or ...
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At what pressure is whipped cream stored in a can?

Whipped cream is often sold in pressurized cans. At what pressure is the cream stored in such a can when it is new? Thank you!
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How is plant based chicken and bacon made using soya and pea protein?

I have recently applied for a role at a company which makes vegan meat substitutes (specifically chicken and bacon) and I was wondering how products such as these would be made from soy and pea ...
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Does PME activation differ between potato varieties?

Potatoes contain the enzyme pectin-methyl esterase (PME). Par-boiling potatoes at a temperature range between 130F to 140F, activates this enzyme, gelatinising the starch cells in the potato. ...
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Potato Starch Coating water to starch ratio?

I made some General Tso's Chicken last night using a batter of potato starch and water then frying in peanut oil. I used just enough water to wet the starch and make it somewhat pliable but if I let ...
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Does whole milk or soy milk spoil faster? Why?

I'm doing a science fair project and I need some help. My question is does whole milk or soy milk spoil faster? Does anyone know which one spoils faster or if they spoil at the same rate? Please ...