A Better Thanksgiving Through Chemistry
Win Thanksgiving this year, with a heaping helping of science. Cooking is basically controlled chemistry, and chances are your table will feature plenty of it this year … if you know where to look.
From brining turkeys (osmosis magic, and the secret to my turkey) to antioxidants (cranberry sauce) to volatile flavor compounds (spices!) to uuggghhhhhh I ate too much, I need an antacid.
If that certain uncle insists on making everyone uncomfortable by bringing up Obama’s healthcare plan during dessert, offer up these interesting tidbits instead.
(Video by BytesizeScience, from the American Chemical Society)