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Teaching students the history and science of food

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The Department of Food Science and Technology is offering a new course to students combining lectures and hands-on lab work.  "From Raw to Burnt" stresses the importance of food throughout human history and the process on how it's prepared. Take a look at two of the classes, "The Physics of Cooking Hamburger" and  "Jammin' Preserves with and without Sugar".

"Watch your fingers." "You want to hear that sizzle." This class is "From Raw to Burnt" exploring science and society through foods. It's a pathways to humanities, as well as a pathways for natural science. We thought about this idea of using food to explain how society works. How it created civilization, as well as all the science that's involved in behind the making and cooking food. "We're going at a lower temperature, still in the correct range for Maillard browning." "Really good." Today's workshop is about the physics of cooking. And we're using hamburger as, as the median. Showing that high temperature is not always best. Okay, you can burn on the outside, and you can still be raw on the inside. I Just like cooking, I like eating and figured "Hey, why not take a cooking class ? It could be fun." It's a cool class, it's completely different I don't have to deal with numbers. I just cook food and learn the science behind it. "Definitely part of this is the natural pectin that's coming out of the strawberry." Down the road, we're gonna be making jam. "I add all this, right ? " "Yeah." We are tag teaming this with the faculty of the food science department. So each of us takes two weeks and recovery. They get to see a lot of different areas. They see log different teaching techniques. So it helps with diversity. I've always been interested in cooking, myself. We got to learn a lot about just like how the food works. It's really fun, definitely learning a lot. Considering I'm also not a food science major, so it is very different from your typical business course for sure. What we're really trying to do is trying to give them experiential learning opportunity while they're actually learning the material. So it's not just a lecture, it's actually doing something with the lab. And that's the key for really embedding the learning and having them truly understand what's going on.