Food Science Experiments
These food science experiments are to teach kids about science in
the kitchen. The activities are designed for kids to do with an
adult's supervision and/or help depending on their age. We have two
sections one for younger chefs and one for older chefs. Younger chef
projects are great for elementary and preschool age. However
with an adult's help any age group would enjoy all the experiments
in kitchen science.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Some basic science lessons when cooking in the kitchen are:
- Discovering food groups
- Making predictions
- Learning how food grows
- Learning how food changes while cooking
- Working with five senses. Sensory exploration-with hands on
and feeling the ingredients while cooking
- For older kids, cooking can provide opportunities to predict,
analyze and experiment.
We've gathered up and researched our own kitchen science
experiments. Perfect for learning about science in the kitchen.
Before you start going over what steps you
will take. Always have kids make a prediction of what they believe
will happen, even write it down. Once your experiment is over
discuss whether or not they were right and why?
On this page:
Younger Chef Experiments
Older Chef Experiments
Grow your own experiments
Younger Chefs Food Science Activities
Blindfold Taste Test Food Science Experiment
Kids love to do the taste test experiment. They are often amazed
that they don't always guess the right answer however. This is a
good kids food science experiment to do when you are talking about 5
Have 3-5 different foods to taste test, whatever you can find in the
We had cheese, pears, yogurt, pretzel and
chocolate chips for sampling.
Step 1: Blindfold whomever is doing the experiment and have them
hold their nose so they can't smell the food.
Step 2: Have them predict what each food is as they taste it. Right
down their answer.
Step 3: Take off the blindfold and compare the results.
Your senses work together. You use your sense of smell when tasting
different flavors. So when you can't see the food or smell it,
oftentimes you can't guess what you are eating.
This is why when you have a cold or you are sick foods often taste
Making Sugar Crystals
To form sugar crystals you will need:
1 teaspoon sugar
3 Tablespoons water
In a measuring cup stir together sugar and water until sugar is
dissolved. Pour sugar water in small dishes dividing between them.
Add different drops of food coloring to each bowl.
Let set 2-4 days.
The water in your bowls will evaporate little by little each day and
leave sugar crystals behind.
More younger chef Food Science Activities
and Food Coloring Experiment
Older Chefs Food Science Experiments
How to make cottage cheese
Here are directions and pictures on
how to make cottage cheese. Did you ever wonder what curds and
whey is? You'll also discover here what exactly curds and whey
are. This is a simple method that tastes great and saves money.
To make homemade cottage cheese, you will need:
1 quart milk
1/4 cup vinegar
pinch of salt
~This makes about 1 cup or less so If you'd like to make a larger
batch use 2 quarts of milk or more and change the measurements above
Step 1: Pour your milk in a saucepan and using a thermometer heat to
190 degrees F.
Step 2: Take milk off heat once it reaches 190 degrees and stir in
Step 3: Let cool.
Step 4: With a strainer drain the whey, which is the liquid, off the
curds, which is the cottage cheese.
Step 5: You can throw out the whey or use it for cooking.
Step 6: Add a pinch of salt to your cottage cheese and its ready to
Step 7: If you like your cottage cheese creamy, stir in a tablespoon
orless of cream.
Science behind Cottage Cheese Making
When you add vinegar it separates the proteins in the milk which
makes curds and whey.
Red Cabbage Ph Experiment Steps
- You need red cabbage leaves chopped.
- Place cabbage in a bowl and pour boiling water over the top.
- Let cool.
- Drain cabbage and discard cabbage. Save the cabbage water.
- Take a note of the color of the water.
- Pour cabbage water in several small bowls.
- Find several different food items in the kitchen you'd like to
We did this
experiment with homemade
yogurt, lemon juice and pickle juice.
- Drop a spoonful of a different food in each bowl and take note
of the results.
Here are our results.
More Cabbage Experiment Results
Baking soda is a base so the water turns blue.
Vinegar is an acid so the water turns pink.
More food science experiments for older chefs
Egg into a bottle
cream in a can or bag
How is chocolate made?
Make homemade yogurt
Proofing yeast and
baking homemade bread
Grow your own Experiments
Celery Stalk Experiment
Grow your own food from scraps
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