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I mix table salt and baking soda with water to make mouth rinse, and leave them for several days. It started to form precipitation, and a bad odor [closed]

I mixed 2 spoons of baking soda with 1 spoon of salt and mixed them with water (but not mixing totally) and left them for several days. At first I saw some bubble but the water was clear, but then it ...
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Deactivate lectins in beans by baking

Having dried uncooked beans, I read that the lectins can be deactivated by boiling and soaking for a while. What I could not find any information on is if dry baking beans would eventually deactivate ...
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How do I get calcium citrate to precipitate in experiment on extraction of citric acid from juice?

I was planning to extract citric acid from mango juice by first using Aspergillus niger fungus by fermentation to convert the mango juice to citric acid, then extracting by first adding sodium ...
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How Bread is made with yeast, sugar and luke warm milk? [closed]

Materials and Apparatus: wheat flour sugar dry yeast glass bowl covering plate milk Procedure: Lukewarm milk is taken in the glass bowl and sugar is added to it. Then, yeast is added to the same. ...
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Why do purple Pedialyte freezer pops turn green when frozen?

I bought some Pedialyte freezer pops for my kids: And I've noticed that after spending a long enough time in the freezer, the purple "grape" pops change color from purple to green: After ...
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why should we add the fat slowly when making an emulsion?

I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place but recently I realized that every time I got told to make an emulsion even when cooking (ie making mayo or cake batter) it is instructed to add the fat (or ...
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Why isn't canned food good forever? [closed]

So everything inside the can has been killed and nothing can get in. So why doesn't it last forever then?
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why did a mixture of water, sugar, starch effervesce after adding a little bit of glycerol as humectant? cooking at 130 degrees celsius [closed]

I am trying a new formulation of lokum (turkish delight) which is a gel composed of starch, water and sugar. After adding 0.5% of glycerol to a 170 Kg of a boiling mixture, it became fugitive and ...
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What is the composition of diet coke?

I've been trying to find the values of any sort of percentage composition of diet coke and I haven't found any luck other than one interviewee (Dr. MAUREEN STOREY [Senior Vice President, Science ...
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Procedure for measuring EC

Most of the procedures on the internet are of a university research lab level. Is there a simpler method I could use to determine the concentration of EGCG
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How to maximize shelf-life of freeze-dried food beyond 25 years? Can this exceed 100 years?

Many manufacturers will sell and advertise emergency preparedness food packs to still taste "great" 25-30 years into the future (or at least maintain a consistent taste over this period). ...
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Understanding the pH scale for edible food!

I'm working on a website where I want to provide the pH level of plants! Although i don't even know what this is (I have zero knowledge in chemistry), I have to provide it! What I want to do is ...
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Does sour milk have something else in it besides lactic acid that gives it such a horrific taste and odor?

Even slightly sour milk has a horrible, nauseating taste, while plain yogurt tastes either great, or at least nowhere near as bad. A dozen sources (all of them) say that the sour odor and taste of ...
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Turning oil into solid for candles [closed]

I added stearic acid to hot vegetable oil and saw it turned to a sludgy, slush material in about 1.5 hours. Is there any other natural additive that I can add to make it more solid in the same amount ...
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Is there a known value for the molar extinction (absorption) coefficient for amylose and amylopectin iodine complexes?

I am doing a colorimetry experiment with starch, and have a theoretical model based on Beer's law. To solve it, I need a known value for the molar extinction coefficients of amylose and amylopectin ...
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How reliable would commercially available starch be as a standard for an experiment?

I am conducting a student experiment of finding the amylose to amylopectin ratio of certain samples using an iodine colorimetry method. In order to calculate the actual ratios, I need a standard to ...
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What do we know about the structure of the amylopectin iodine complex?

I am studying a method of finding the ratio between amylose and amylopectin using the difference in color of the amylose-iodine complex(blue) and the amylopectin-iodine complex (red/brown). Through ...
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Why do green bell peppers become bitter when cooked?

Why do green bell peppers taste sweet raw, but become bitter when cooked (steamed)? What chemical process is responsible for this? (I don't believe the temperatures are high enough for the Maillard ...
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What does solid matrix mean?

I am reading "Effect of Freeze-Drying on Quality and Grinding Process of Food Produce": A Review by Timilehin Martins Oyinloye and Won Byong Yoon. The problem is they are referring to the ...
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Improving protein solubility in Water solvent (food science)?

I am trying to form a solution involving mixing my protein shakes. I am using a vegetable protein and it has poor solubility. Is their another protein I could use to entrap it to improve solubility? ...
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Carcinogenicity of home coated cast iron pans

Cast iron pans are a traditional cooking utensil and are becoming more and more popular in recent years. I myself switched from Teflon/ PFC pans to cast iron pans. To use the pan they are normally ...
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Could shear force from blending denature alpha amylase / glucoamylase enzymes?

I am trying to break down the starches in a certain variety of oats in the most efficient way possible. I have to break the whole oats down after cooking, so they are finer particles for the amylases ...
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What factors promote honey's crystallisation?

Honey is a complex mixture containing, probably, more than hundred compounds. I understand that the % of those components will affect the crystallisation. However, I am wondering what factors may ...
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How does iodine react with amylose and amylopectin, and can iodine colorimetry be used to determine the ratio between the two starches?

Based on some of the methods of studying starches in rice I looked at, I found that there are two general distinctions: ones that focus on the ratio between amylose and amylopectin ones that focus ...
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Why does sodium citrate in water turn black when blueberries are added?

I recently started making oral rehydration therapy for someone I'm taking care of who developed POTS after COVID-19 infection. (ORT was recommended by their doctor.) I use the standard ingredients of ...
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Can Fe and Ca react and become unusable in some foods?

In Turkish cuisine there is a popular food called "tahin pekmez" (tahini with grape molasses). According to a 2017 article on some Turkish news site, mixing these is supposedly counter-...
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How to extract limonene from the orange peels?

What is a reasonable procedure to extract the orange essential oil from the rinds? I thought this would be a common experiment. Here's what Wikipedia had to say, they identify the essential oil as ...
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Carbon Sequestration For Indoor Farming

First the backstory: We've begun growing mushrooms (currently Enoki, Lion's Mane and Blue Oysters if anyone is curious) for the sake of eating and maybe potentially selling someday soon. My partner ...
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If I hard boil eggs in a pressure cooker, will I get the same results regardless of altitude?

This seems like it should be obvious but for some reason (my chemistry is very rusty) I'm having a hard time articulating why the hardboiled egg recipe in an instant pot should yield the same results ...
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How to correct the pH and composition of bottled water?

For some time I've been buying a brand 'A' of (non-sparkling) bottled water. It wasn't easy to find one that I liked, because I make tea with it, and most other brands I tried made murky, smelly, dark ...
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The importance of the cold chain in the food and the pharmaceutical industry

There are these everyday things that one should know as a scientist and especially as a chemist, but which never come to light in an academic curriculum — at least not in mine. One such thing is the ...
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Does heating potato starch destroy its resistant starch?

Resistant starch, as found in potato starch, is supposed to have health benefits. There are differing opinions on whether or not heating potato starch destroys the resistant starch in it and thereby ...
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Why are there no alkaline foods?

It takes some work to find a list of the actual pH of various foods. (Searches are confounded by a popular "alkaline diet" theory that the pH effect on a human body of consuming various ...
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Does fractionation use enough heat to destroy nutrients in Coconut Oils when seperating the MCT oils?

We have recently been giving MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil to our dogs in place of Coconut Oil as from what I understand the majority of the benefits of Coconut Oil comes from the MCT's ...
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Are food calorie values really integers?

According to what I've seen, fat has a listed caloric value of 9 Cal/g, while carbs and protein have listed caloric values of 4 Cal/g.* Are these numbers exact, or have they been rounded? And if they ...
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What is the main contributor of the color of honey? [closed]

I was told that the color of honey contains so much chemistry and that was interesting to me and after doing a couple of research I found that the color of honey depends on the presence of plant ...
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Are there any tasteless edible salts? [closed]

I saw on Youtube a video where caffeine was extracted from Red Bull using dichloromethane. However, due to dichloromethane tendency to form emulsions with liquid, an inefficient method was used to mix ...
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Can we fill potato chips bags with a gas other than nitrogen?

I understand that we fill potato chips bag with nitrogen to prevent oxidation. But why do we use nitrogen, instead of neon or hydrogen or something else? My first guess is that nitrogen is lighter ...
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Lowering the freezing point of a lipid by adding another lipid

I'm trying to stop bacon grease from congealing in the fridge by adding another lipid with a lower freeze point to it, but I'm not sure how much to add, as I'd like to keep the ratio as bacon-grease ...
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Chemistry of heat and egg whites

I tried to make Italian buttercream icing the other day and followed this recipe. Unfortunately, the icing was completely runny / liquid. So I know I made a mistake somewhere. But since I don't ...
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Chemical composition of silver tarnish

I had taken as a given that silver tarnish is a layer of silver sulfide on the surface of a utensil, and that cleaning it using a thiourea based agent like Tarn-X dissolves the sulfide layer. However,...
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How to measure the color of honey? [closed]

After doing some research, I found that honey's color could be a factor of climate. I am very interested in this subject and I'm a high school student so we don't have as much apparatus as you would ...
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Ripening of bananas?

So, obviously the ripening of bananas involves changing it’s chemical composition. For example, ripe bananas have a much higher amount of sugar. It is also known that reaction rates are generally ...
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Cooking IN CO2 gas? [closed]

Quick theoretical question: What if I replaced water with dry ice in my pressure cooker? Assuming I used a calculated amount to prevent an explosion... Would It be able to cook? Would it dehydrate ...
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Does storing apples alongside potatoes keep potatoes from sprouting?

I am looking for a chemical explanation which I wasn't able to find. I have read in several sources such as this one that, in order to prevent potatoes from sprouting, it is sufficient to store a few ...
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Why is absorbance in UV-VIS spectrometer negative even after calibration?

I was collecting data to plot a calibration curve using pure beta-carotene sample. Prepared 5 different concentrations of beta-carotene dissolved in methanol. Pure methanol was used as blank. However, ...
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Is there a way to create natural Red food coloring from Turmeric in the house kitchen?

As a non chemist I have read in the Wikipedia article Curcumin that: Curcumin becomes bright red when it interacts electrostatically with phospholipid film. This text appeared without source ...
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Is there any way to chemically check sweetness level in any drink or water or tea etc?

I was wondering if there is a test or way to find out how sweet any drink is? For example, if I mix sugar in water, how can I test its level or number of sweetness?
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How can they "wash away" the caffeine from Nescafe Gold to produce that "de-caf" version?

I buy and drink Nescafe Gold all the time. I also buy the smaller "caffeine-free" version of the same product. It tastes very differently, which makes me assume that the caffeine does have a lot of ...
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What substances do humans consume that are caloric but neither protein, carb, nor fat?

On the Medical Sciences StackExchange site I asked Can a calorie be neither protein, carb, nor fat? and got a very helpful answer, which was that ethanol (in alcoholic drinks) is caloric but neither ...

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