Chemical Reactions in Cooking
Name: LaShaun P.
What chemical reactions are commonly used in cooking?
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There are many. Cooking is one big chemical reaction. For some starters
there is boiling and freezing, which you might consider "physical" changes,
but in the general sense they are chemical reactions. There are changes in
pH -- for example, the addition of vinegar. There is of course combustion of
all sorts. Heat "denatures" proteins, for example cooking egg whites. Sugar
melts, then begins to dehydrate. Yeast feeds off sugars in breads and
releases carbon dioxide, causing the bread to "rise". There are many more.
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Update: June 2012