Incr-Edible Science: Bacteria and Yogurt Making

So far we have looked at the different types of bacteria, building our own model: We've experimented with growing bacteria cultures on agar in petri dishes testing which area of the kitchen was the dirtiest: And finding out which was dirtiest the loo or the sink? We are currently testing the efficacy of various cleaners…

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Incr-Edible Science: Yeast (Micro Fungi – part 2)

After covering mold type fungi in Part 1, we moved onto the unicellular yeast: This is Leeuwenhoek, the man responsible for the discovery of micro-organisms through his very simple 'microscope' A labelled diagram of a yeast cell Yeast as we know it To find out a bit more about yeast we mainly used the same resources as before: We…

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Incr-Edible Science: Making our own Baking Powder

Whilst my home-made Incr-Edible Science curriculum is primarily one of chemistry, my personal aim is to help L10 become knowledgeable in the 'why' of cooking, rather than just the 'how'.  L10 craves to be in the kitchen every spare moment and would like to run her own business linked in some way to cooking in…

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Incr-Edible Science: Soda Bread Science

We left our last science lesson making hypotheses concerning substitutes for buttermilk in the baking of soda bread.  L10 postulated that a milk and lemon juice mixture would work just as well as buttermilk.  We decided to test this.  First she made up the substitute buttermilk.  I asked her how she would do this.  Her…

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Incr-Edible Science: Transfering Knowledge

The whole point of Incr-Edible science is that L10 learns the why of cooking, as opposed to the simple how.  I want her to be able to take knowledge about one set of ingredients and apply the same principles to another set.  I want her to understand substitutions and suggest some of her own.  And…

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Incr-Edible Science: Quest based science

Last week we made some rather revolting lemonade.  If I'm honest, calling it lemonade is a stretch.  It was fizzy and it has lemon in it.  'Nuff said! I set the children two Incr-Edible Science tasks. The first was to design a method which would use the chemistry we had learnt to produce more palatable lemonade. …

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Incr-Edible Science – Making Lemonade

Last week, during our Incr-Edible Science, the children and I discovered the joys of making atoms, molecules and compounds out of sweeties!  Better than that we all actually understood the concepts.  Although I took chemistry at advanced level, I always found it hard to understand.  I think I only passed by working incredibly hard learning everything…

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Incr-Edible Science

Having four young girls and at least two of them being passionate about being in the kitchen, I thought I would take a bit of time and create a curriculum that not only teaches my children how to cook but also teaches them why ingredients work as they do.  The science of cooking, if you…

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