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  • Milk, good old-fashioned milk.

  • In your cereal, in your coffee, in your glass.

  • Calcium!

  • But the best use for milk: dunking cookies.

  • I mean, who doesn't love a cookie dipped in milk?

  • But why?

  • Turns out it's because science says so.

  • But before we get into it, let's take a quick look back in time.

  • It's 10,000 BCE.

  • The agricultural revolution occurs,

  • animals are domesticated and animals are milked. Great!

  • A lot of time goes by.

  • Hey, guess what? It's 1862.

  • Louis Pasteur modernizes milk safety.

  • The term pasteurize is born.

  • Get it?

  • Maybe no?

  • Who cares!

  • Moving on. It's 1884!

  • Milk is bottled up.

  • The milkman became a thing, yada, yada, yada.

  • 1994, "Got Milk?" ads swept the nation.

  • Everyone's got a milk mustache, great!

  • Now that's over.

  • Why the h-e-double hockey sticks do we dunk our cookies into milk?

  • When you dip cookies into milk, you change a number of things about those cookies that completely alters your eating experience.

  • By alters, Matt means, oh wait, let me introduce you to Matt.

  • Hi, my name is Matt Hartings, and I am a Professor of Chemistry.

  • And I teach a class on cooking chemistry here at American University.

  • But back to it.

  • By alters, Matt means when you dip cookies into milk, not only does the texture and flavor change, but the chemical composition does as well,

  • which is what makes scientists go wild.

  • Chemists are fascinated in how taste works, and how all of the molecules that you're experiencing when you're eating food,

  • how they all work together, and lead to one thought in your brain.

  • But how?

  • There are specific ways to measure food chemistry,

  • things like an MS-Nose that tries to break down food aromas into their individual parts.

  • The MS-Nose is a tool that helps scientists understand how complex molecules come together to make flavor.

  • So what does all this fancy technology tell us when you dunk that cookie?

  • You add a creaminess to your cookie, and that makes your cookie taste completely different.

  • We will dampen some of the flavors that are naturally sharp in a chocolate chip cookie.

  • It will soak up liquids,

  • so we can universally agree, dunking chocolate chip cookies into milk is the best thing ever?

  • Speaking to my own experience, I am not a big dipper.

  • Wait, what?

  • I take a bite of my cookie and then have a drink of milk.

  • You just had to be different, didn't you?!

  • Still sounds delicious to me.

Milk, good old-fashioned milk.


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Why We Dunk Cookies in Milk

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    michelle   に公開 2019 年 01 月 23 日