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"Improving Recipes with Science"

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Kenneth Chang in his New York Times food article combined science with folk lore. His mom added a dash of sugar to the vegetables insisting that they tasted and looked better. Chang asked bio chemists to answer some kitchen folk lore. As to sugar: yes add; it helps prevent vegetables from falling apart. An example is beans: if you cook for hours, they become mush. Add sugar and molasses, they retain their shape and are called Boston baked beans. Want your turkey to have rich golden color? Baste with honey or corn syrup. In a tomato sauce, a little vodka makes a huge difference. There's a compound in tomatoes that alcohol dissolves and pulls into the sauce. When making pasta, yes, add oil to the water.