• Experiments

    Homemade vegan probiotics; attempt 1

    All probiotic drinks for sale in the supermarket closest to my house are with milk, but I would like to see if it is also possible to make a probiotic drink with plant based milk. For this experiment I bought probiotic pills. The bacteria are supposed to survive the way through the stomach and end up alive and kicking in the intestines. Right now I don’t know if the probiotics also need to the stomach to be activated. So I will compare probiotics with a stomach simulation (lemon juice) and without stomach simulation. Experimental set-up Materials Probiotic pills Coconut drink Soy yogurt Three jars Lemon juice Mortar Method Make a…

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    Caramel and the effect of pH

    The basis of caramel is water and sugar, so I was surprised when I found a recipe that adds lemon juice to the caramel. I was even more surprised when I read in this book about caramelizing with baking powder. Both lemon juice and baking powder adjust the pH, but they do so in a completely opposite manner. Lemon juice makes the product more acidic and baking powder makes the product more basic. PH has an enormous effect on all kinds of foods, you can read another experiment with pH here. I’m not really sure how pH would affect caramelizing, so I’m going to try it: Experimental setup: Materials Small…

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    Surprising cinnamon experiment

    The Amazon link on this blog is an affiliate/referral link, you won’t pay extra and I earn a little something. In my studies, I have learned that a odor consists of many different molecules. All those molecules are responsible for a different sensation. It is possible to combine some gross odors and get one great odor. There is also this myth that all perfume as a bit of shit odor in there, to make it smell better. I have tried mixing odors and it gave surprising results, but now I’d like to separate an odor. I found an experiment described in a book (The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the…

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    Homemade probiotics

    Probiotics in the supermarket are quite expensive, so being able to make them at home makes a difference. Then the question arises: Are you able to make them at home? I don’t have a lab at home, but I’m willing to try. First, what are probiotics and why do I want them? Probiotics are bacteria that supposedly can grow in intestines and benefit the host. Research is still being done to really prove the beneficial effects. We all have bacteria in our intestines. If the bad bacteria start to outgrow the good bacteria we get sick. So, as long as the good bacteria have the upper hand it’s all fine.…

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    Homemade ricotta experiment

    I found a recipe for making ricotta at home with lemon juice. I assumed the lemon juice was added for its acidity, this makes the proteins in the milk clump together. This would mean that other acid products would have the same result if used on the same milk. To prove this hypothesis I did an experiment attempting to make ricotta with vinegar, lemon juice, and cola. Now ricotta made with cola sounds kind of gross, but I’ve always heard that mixing cola with dairy clumps in your stomach. (I always heard this in relation to drinking alcohol, and then those people blame throwing up on mixing cola and dairy)…