100 Great Videos to Learn About Food Science

If you’re in culinary school or just like learning all you can about science and science experiments, you’re probably just as interested in the science behind food as much as you are the taste and presentation of it. These 100 videos are all about the various sciences of food, including food production, biology, molecular gastronomy, kitchen chemistry, food experiments and food physics. You’ll learn about nutrition, sustainability, food reactions, food processes and more from the interviews, lectures and experiments in the lists below.

General

Get an introduction to the food science industry, including available academic programs and various job descriptions.

  1. What is Food Science?: This video introduces you to food technologists and different aspects of food science.
  2. Food Science: Why it Works: Kevin Ryan, PhD walks you through the basics of food science.
  3. Food Science: Find out how a degree in food science can prepare you for a lucrative, stable career.
  4. Farm to Pharma: The Rise and Rise of Food Science: Watch this video to understand the history of British food science.
  5. Agricultural and Food Science Technicians: Learn about this career path for scientists.
  6. Jobs in foods science and agriculture: Here is another video that explains what biological food technicians and other food scientists do.
  7. How do they do it: Space Food: Learn how food is packaged, prepared and eaten in space.
  8. The Science of Good Food: Learn why good food is a science as well as an art.
  9. How is Food Researched: Food research combines customer behavior and food trends.
  10. Steven and Chris: Food SCience: Part cooking show, part science lesson, this video explains why whisking eggs in copper bowl is best (plus other secrets).

Kitchen Chemistry

These videos address chemical properties of food and demonstrate what happens when you conduct science experiments in your kitchen.

  1. Learn about the origin of Teflon: Find out how Teflon was first created and how it’s used with food science.
  2. Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream: Find out how liquid nitrogen can add to your understanding (and taste) of good food.
  3. Sodium on water: Watch what happens in this chemistry experiment.
  4. Fehling’s Test for Reducing Sugars: You’ll learn about potassium hydroxide, potassium sodium tartrate and glucose in this experiment.
  5. Make Instant Hot Ice using Sodium Acetate: Did you know there was a such thing as hot ice? Learn how to make it in this video.
  6. Dehydration of sugar: This experiment uses sulfuric acid to dehydrate sugar.
  7. Learn about the Maillard reaction: The Maillard reaction — a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar — is demonstrated here.
  8. Tests for Vitamin C: "Sleuth out sources of vitamin C" when you watch this video.
  9. Make Europium and Dysprosium Nitrate salts: This is a pretty geek-tastic video, but you will learn how to make europium and dysprosium nitrate salts.
  10. Science in the Kitchen at MIT: MIT science students bake their way to a better understanding of chemistry.
  11. Bill Nye the Science Guy: Kitchen Chemistry: Bill Nye dresses up as "Vivian Cupcake" to make chocolate cake and discuss chemicals.
  12. Kitchen Chemistry Science Lesson: This professor tries to make kitchen chemistry fun.

Food Safety

Food safety is another subject in food science, and in these videos, you’ll learn about foodborne illnesses, contamination, packaging and more.

  1. The Evolving Science of Food Safety: Listen to a food toxicologist discuss pesticides and contaminants.
  2. Food Safety: It’s Up to You: Learn about foodborne illnesses here.
  3. Food Science: Blowtorch: Learn when using a blowtorch in the kitchen is actually a good idea, and how to use it safely.
  4. Food Safety is in Your Hands: This video discusses hand washing and appropriate food servers.
  5. Protecting Food During Transportation: Find out how foods are prepared for transport so that they arrive fresh.
  6. Food Vulnerability Assessments: Discover environments and germs that can contaminate food products.
  7. Microbes Medley: This cartoon offers a humorous look at cross contamination and microbes.
  8. Illegally Imported and Smuggled Food Products: This video tackles intentionally contaminated food products and food safety.
  9. Food safety basics: Learn how to avoid food poisoning in this video.
  10. Packaging for Food Safety: Food packaging and packaging systems are designed to keep food fresh and safe.

Nutrition and Food Properties

From chocolate to soda to Cheetos and milk, these videos discuss food properties and nutrition.

  1. Hot and Spicy: Find out why hot spices and foods taste better when cooked.
  2. Chocolate: Learn about the properties of chocolate here.
  3. How much sugar is in a can of soda: You’ll understand why health experts believe regular soda leads to obesity.
  4. Hot Cheetos and Milk: These kids conduct an experiment to find out why milk is the best drink for killing spice.
  5. Breakfast: Do you know what’s really found in your cereal? Watch this video to find out.
  6. Learn about the science of fudge: If you love fudge, you’ll enjoy learning about all of its properties here.
  7. How to add Iron to Your Breakfast: You’ll learn about nutrition and vitamins and minerals in this video.
  8. Super Organic Health Care: Watch this video to find out why alfalfa is used to treat high cholesterol.
  9. 7 Nutrition Fundamentals for Losing Fat: Discover how these nutrients work to burn fat.
  10. Health Nutrition Science: Learn all about calorie restriction here.
  11. Diabetes Mellitus: This video explains Type 2 diabetes, glucose, insulin and food’s effect on your health.
  12. Nutrition facts labels, how to read, FAQ: Watch this video to learn how to read and digest nutrition labels.
  13. Integrative Nutrition: Learn about holistic health and integrative nutrition in this video.
  14. Nutrition and Your Mental Health: This video explains how foods impact fatigue, mental health and mood.
  15. Eat low on the food chain: Consider avoiding estrogenic foods by eating low on the food chain.
  16. Obesity and Nutrition: Charlie Rose interviews experts who discuss nutrition, brain messages and obesity.
  17. What are nutrients?: Here you’ll learn that nutrients contribute to tissue repair and more.
  18. Nutrition: Chemical Digestion: Discover how the body transforms food into energy through the process of digestion.
  19. Minerals’ Basic Functions: Learn the difference between vitamins and minerals.
  20. Introduction to Human Nutrition: Carbohydrates, nutrient needs, digestion, lipids, proteins and other topics are covered in this webcast.
  21. What is Fiber: Natalie shares all sorts of facts about fiber and why it’s important.
  22. The Big Bread Lie: Learn about the properties of different types of bread.
  23. Nutrition and Vitamins: Carbohydrate Diet Plans: This video discusses good carbs vs. bad carbs and understanding how carbohydrates affect your body and appetite.

Agriculture and Sustainability

From raw food to organic farming to more sustainable agriculture methods, learn more about the science of growing and harvesting food here.

  1. Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture: Check out this old school video about choosing to grow food without pesticides.
  2. Future Farming Now: Learn about the future of the agriculture industry and the distinct absence of fertilizers.
  3. Sustainable Agriculture: Curing America’s Eating Disorder: Learn why eating locally and organically is important.
  4. Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture: Rotational Grazing: Here you’ll learn about rotational grazing and how it leads to more sustainable farming.
  5. The Raw Food Movement – The Concept: Get an overview of raw food preparation, culture and history.
  6. Organic Farming: Can It Feed Us: This news report on organic farming pursues the idea that organic farms yield as much as conventional farming.
  7. Genetically Modified Issues: You’ll find out where GMOs, or "stealth ingredients" are found in foods.
  8. Food Production and Population Growth: Discover how food production directly leads to population growth.

Tools, Technology and Supplies

These videos discuss kitchen gadgets and technology, from microwaves to chef robots.

  1. Fun with Shining Silver: Watch this video to learn a shortcut for shining silver, and why it works.
  2. About Microwaves: Find out why wet food cooks better than dry food in a microwave.
  3. How to use an infrared thermometer: After watching this video, you may want to switch to an infrared thermometer.
  4. The Future of Technology for Food Retailers and Distributors: This promotional video shares interesting images of food transport and distribution.
  5. Food Technology: This food technology video focuses on kitchen design.
  6. Robot Chef: Watch footage of the new robot chefs coming out of Japan’s Food Machinery and Technology Expo.

Molecular Gastronomy

Molecular gastronomy refers to the physical and chemical processes that foods go through during cooking. From fermentation to leavening to barrel aging, you’ll learn how food becomes edible.

  1. Leavening: This video teaches you all about the process of leavening.
  2. Protein Denaturation: Learn about this important process that takes place during cooking.
  3. Fermentation: Watch this video to learn about the fermenting process.
  4. Molecular Gastronomy: Where Food Meets Science: Get an introduction to the study of molecular gastronomy here.
  5. Basic spherification: This video demonstrates basic spherification.
  6. Microwaving Eggs: Have you ever tried to microwave eggs? If you’re short on time, you should try it.
  7. Learn about the Effect of Barrel Aging on Whiskey: Watch this video to find out how whiskey ages.
  8. On Molecular Gastronomy and Cocktails: Find out how molecular gastronomy principles apply to bartending.
  9. FoodMojo: Molecular Gastronomy: Where Food Meets Science: Liquid nitrogen is used for a recipe for "virtual chocolate cake."

Experiments

Watch taped experiments involving eggs, Saltine crackers and more.

  1. How to make "bouncy egg": With vinegar and water you can make a bouncy egg.
  2. Dr. Food Science: Though he’s not a total expert, Dr. Food Science debunks food myths involving Saltine crackers and other popular products.
  3. Our mentos, coke and organic tomato experiment: This famous experiment gets a tomato twist.
  4. Used Cooking Oil as a Car Fuel: The Myth Busters guys try using cooking oil as car fuel.
  5. Like a Laser Through Butter: This video tracks different experiments with cutting butter.
  6. Cooking Egg with Alcohol: Will an egg cook properly if you use alcohol?
  7. Egg and Bacon Ice Cream: Chef Heston Blumenthal makes his most controversial dessert.
  8. Green Egg Trick: This experiment uses cabbage juice to dye an egg.

Biology

Learn about biological processes like osmosis and more.

  1. Osmosis in the kitchen: You’ll learn how to rehydrate a wilted piece of lettuce in this video.
  2. Food Vacuole Formation: The Role of the Lysosome: This easy-to-follow lecture covers the making of protein.
  3. Productivity and Food Webs: Professor Penny Chisolm discusses evolution, food webs and natural exploitation.
  4. Biology animation food chain: Watch this simple animated video to get a clear understanding of the food chain.

Food Physics

From fluids to heat, here are videos all about food physics.

  1. Fluids: Learn about viscosity, force and more.
  2. Energy in Food: Watch this video to understand how energy is released from food.
  3. Amano Chocolate: This physics professor makes some of the best chocolate around. Find out why.
  4. Atoms and Heat II: This physics lecture from UC Berkeley explains what happens to atoms when heated.
  5. The Science of Pizza (Specific Heat): Find out why cheese on heated-up pizza can burn you when the rest of the slice is just right.

Miscellaneous

For even more great videos that can teach you about food science, check here.

  1. How do they do it? How is orange juice made?: You’ll learn how OJ is grown and harvested.
  2. Aging, Health and Diversity: Watch these webcasts to understand nutrient needs of the elderly.
  3. Fun facts about yeast: Watch this video to learn all about the amazing properties of yeast.
  4. Drinking tea with chopsticks in microgravity: Astronauts can drink tea in space using chopsticks.
  5. Why do you need salt to make ice cream?: Learn how to make ice cream — and why you need salt to do it — when you watch this video.

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