Adult Ed

Summer Science Recipes: Experiments on the Grill and in the Kitchen

Overview | Activities


Summer kitchens are perfect laboratories for inquisitive minds. Food science is an exciting field that uses skills and concepts from just about every science discipline imaginable: biology, chemistry, engineering, and math are just the beginning! Whether you choose to simply observe what happens in and around the kitchen or you try to stir a few things up on your own, you'll have plenty of fun and learn science principles. This self-directed lesson can be used to help generate ideas about the most scientifically sound ways to prepare foods safely and efficiently during the summer season. It also uses the GED Connection Science Workbook, so you can build and practice the skills necessary to prepare for the GED Science test.

Grade level: GED

Subject Matter: Science

Learning Objectives:

Student will be able to:
  • Relate real-life problems to various scientific concepts.

  • Identify the roles of acids and bases in everyday life.

  • Practice principles of safe food preparation and kitchen hygiene.

New York State Education Department - Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education

Standard 7 - Commencement Level
  • Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.
Media components:

Thirteen/WNET NTTI Say Cheese Lesson Plan
This NTTI lesson plan demonstrates the protein denaturation process in two distinct ways. A model of denaturation is presented using paper clips to represent the amino acids that proteins are composed of, and the actual denaturation process is demonstrated using a raw egg and lemon juice. Allow yourself to be amazed!

Oxygen Experiments with Fruit
This Penn State Web site describes the steps you will follow to conduct your own oxidation experiment. It uses the scientific method and explains the importance of having a control when conducting any experiment.

Bread Bag Nightmares
The American Association of Microbiologists has compiled a group of experiments to help students better understand the microscopic world of yeast, fungi and molds. Complete this experiment and learn which kitchen conditions encourage the growth of these microorganisms.

Literacy Link-GED Connection (Registration required)
This site offers self-paced resources in various content areas so that students can take practice tests, keep an online writing journal and correspond with other registered users of the GED Connection Web site. Check out the GED Connection Chemistry Internet Activity "The Chemistry of Cooking" (, which provides detailed definitions for all terms used for this lesson.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and recipe list of the California Barbeque Association. There are at least ten different recipes and tips for grilling. It also explains the science of marinading as determined by the "experts" -- regular BBQ fans like you!

America's Test Kitchen (Registration required)
This companion Web site to the popular PBS program provides detailed episodes from the current season. It provides recipes, explanations of the science related to the recipes and various other insights into the best food preparation techniques. To register, provide an active email address and gain access to some great information!


  • Lemon juice (reconstituted/bottled and fresh)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Filter paper
  • Small pan
  • Heating source
  • Various fresh fruit samples
  • Paper plates
  • Egg (raw)
  • Different types of bread
  • Zipper-style sandwich bags
  • Dropper (or small spoon)
  • Ingredients required to make marinade of choice
  • Ingredients required to make salad of choice

Handouts Prep for Teachers
  • Load necessary plug-ins: Windows Media Player, Flash, Acrobat Reader.

  • Bookmark necessary Web site.

  • Make copies of necessary handouts