Skip To Content
    This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can create a post or quiz. Try making your own!

    5 Ways Understanding Chemistry Can Help You Make Great Food

    Why does food brown? What actually happens when you're cooking an egg? How the heck does ceviche work?

    Cooking is basically just controlling a bunch of chemical reactions that alter the food's properties. By understanding how they work, we can take our cooking to the next level:

    1. The Maillard reaction for rich aroma and flavour

    2. Perfect baking through simple chemistry

    3. Getting your eggs juuuuust right

    4. Beating egg whites without tearing your hair out

    5. "Cooking" without heat

    Isn't science wonderful?

    Edited 2017-11-07: corrected the ceviche section - cooking requires heat, so ceviche isn't technically cooked, but it's not exactly raw, either.