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The Maillard Reaction

The Maillard reaction occurs as food is cooked. It is partly responsible for the browning of food and the release of aromas. During the cooking process, amino acids and certain simple sugars in the food form new molecules, which join together in chains. These groups of molecules reflect light in such a way that we then perceive the surface of the food as being brown. The Maillard reaction is, in fact, a series of different reactions. The molecules created by the interaction between the sugars and amino acids continue to react and go on to create other molecules, which release powerful aromas. A …

05Jan, 21
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Where does the word “BBQ” come from?

A favorite American pastime and a summer tradition for many, barbecues have a long and surprisingly patriotic history. They began when a human ancestor called  Homo erectus  began  cooking meat with fire  about 1.8 million years ago, according to Planet Barbecue (Workman Publishing, 2010). But barbecues the way that Americans know them now meat cooked over a grill or pit, covered in spices and basting sauce originated in the Caribbean. The word barbecue comes from the language of a Caribbean Indian tribe called the Taino. Their word for  grilling on a raised wooden grate  is barbacoa. The word first a …

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