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A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 1:52am On Jan 06, 2014
Hervé This, is a famous chemist in France who loves the science of cooking and experimenting with food. He is a star whose books are bestsellers, has a travelling exhibition that is based on his work and appears on TV and radio. He has made it his life mission to reveal the scientific mystery behind cooking. Foodstuffs to him are ‘chemical mixtures’: “When aromatic compounds are formed on the surface of a roast, they are the result of a chemical reaction. When mushrooms turn black after being chopped, it is the fruit of a chemical reaction.”




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His experiments have led to great discoveries over time. He used a single yolk to produce 24 litres of mayonnaise and baked an egg at 55ºC for an hour leaving the yolk tender and smooth. He also worked out how to unboil an egg using sodium borohydride. He explains that: ... when an egg is cooked, the protein molecules unroll themselves, link up and enclose the water molecules. In order to 'uncook' the egg, you need to detach the protein molecules from each other. By adding a product like sodium borohydride, the egg becomes liquid within three hours. For those who want to try it at home, vitamin C also does the trick.




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Some of his experiments can be tried during everyday cooking. If you use litres of oil in very little water when cooking spaghetti, the strands will not stick together. If you add a little oil in the water however, the strands still stick. If you Sprinkle a little salt around the yolk of a fried or poached egg, it cooks evenly.

His greatest discovery is in the making of meat stews. It makes no difference if you start cooking the meat in cold water or not, the same amount of weight is lost in both cases.

One of his weird experiments is a Quail’s egg that has for three years been standing in vinegar. The shell of the egg has been attacked by the acid making it translucent. The egg however, according to Hervé, has a consistency similar to a hardboiled egg and can be eaten in a salad!

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Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 1:57am On Jan 06, 2014
Moderator, pls move to appropriate section...
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Mamacita007(f): 2:03am On Jan 06, 2014
wait. he turned a boiled egg back to liquid form?
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 2:06am On Jan 06, 2014
Mamacita007: wait. he turned a boiled egg back to liquid form?

Yes ma! embarassed

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Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by sakalisis(m): 4:34am On Jan 06, 2014
hmmmm, science!!
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 8:14am On Jan 06, 2014
sakalisis: hmmmm, science!!

I dey tellz you..
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by cutierashy(f): 9:41am On Jan 06, 2014
I dnt get dis write up well,did he turn a boiled egg back 2 raw?
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 11:03am On Jan 06, 2014
cutierashy: I dnt get dis write up well,did he turn a boiled egg back 2 raw?

Yes nah!
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by OJODEL10(m): 11:24am On Jan 06, 2014
Amefrica:

Yes nah!
THEY WOULD SOON BE USING MAGIC TO WAKE PEOPLE UP (MERLIN)
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by OJODEL10(m): 11:25am On Jan 06, 2014
Amefrica:

Yes nah!
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 12:23pm On Jan 06, 2014
OJODEL10: THEY WOULD SOON BE USING MAGIC TO WAKE PEOPLE UP (MERLIN)

grin
iPray!
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by cutierashy(f): 12:35pm On Jan 06, 2014
Amefrica:

Yes nah!
Wonder shall never cease to happen!
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 12:53pm On Jan 06, 2014
cutierashy: Wonder shall never cease to happen!

I dey tellz you, this people no dey rest.
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Malvonspeare: 1:23pm On Jan 06, 2014
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by nigerianescorts: 11:16pm On Jan 06, 2014
Wow! Great science.Since he had unboiled the egg,will it hatch
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 11:26pm On Jan 06, 2014
nigerianescorts: Wow! Great science.Since he had unboiled the egg,will it hatch

Who knows?!
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by MrGattuso(m): 11:35am On Jan 07, 2014
nigerianescorts: Wow! Great science.Since he had unboiled the egg,will it hatch
it will never hatch. That's y nature is supreme. He tried though, but the best u can do is to align urself with nature and not against it.
Re: A Chemist In France Unboiled An Egg by Nobody: 12:31pm On Jan 07, 2014
Mr Gattuso:
it will never hatch. That's y nature is supreme. He tried though, but the best u can do is to align urself with nature and not against it.

Seconded! smiley

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