Acetaldehyde and Flavor

My Fear Acetaldehyde FEMA 2003 is an aroma chemical that I am scared of. Why? Because I did not follow standard lab safety protocol. I sniffed a bottle of acetaldehyde 100% (neat) directly. (Never, never smell a bottle directly in a laboratory!!! Use the "wafting technique". ) What happened? I nearly passed out and I fell into a chair. I felt sick, had trouble standing up and lost my sense of smell for awhile. This is my only encounter with neat acetaldehyde (20 plus years ago). Now, I avoid it like a child avoids a burner after touching a hot stove. I am afraid of it. Confronting my Fears Occasionally, I decide I have to use acetaldehyde because it is important in good flavors. Many flavors benefit from acetaldehyde: whiskey flavor, … [Read more...]

The Nose Knows

Pacific Science Center In an unusual turn of events, my 14-year-old has proclaimed she learned something from her mom. Prior conversations involved me being told I am mean and know nothing. So does this mean that my teen daughter has matured and appreciates her mom's wisdom? Not exactly, she learned at my STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) presentations that our noses are responsible for allowing us to sense food's flavor. Therefore, when I insisted she "at least try " the slaw I made for dinner the other night, she proclaimed she learned something useful from mom and ate the slaw while plugging her nose. She knew if she did this she would avoid sensing the slaw's flavor. The Sense of Smell We can only sense a … [Read more...]

A Little about Lemon

Lemon flavor is great tasting, simple and environmentally friendly. The lemon oil we use to formulate flavors is extracted from lemon peel by cold pressing it from the rinds. Lemon Oil Typically this oil contains: Limonene: 75%, Citral 10%, as well as Terpinene, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Heptanal, Octanal, Nonanal, Decanal, Undecanal, l-Linalool, alpha-Terpineol and 4-Terpineol. Citral, however, is the characterizing component of lemon oil. Most people say Citral reminds them of Lemon Pledge®. Flavor chemists carefully select oils that are desireable, fresh and juicy, and not flat, like furniture polish. Stability of Lemon Flavor Lemon flavor has a reputation for being unstable. This is primarily because of Citral, which is … [Read more...]

Green Tea and Methyl dihydrojasmonate

  My kids get into everything I own. I tell them they need to ask first, but they rarely do. Now, I find myself being a hypocrite. I use my daughter's Green Tea Scrub without asking. What makes it worse is that she bought it with her own money, so technically I'm stealing. I feel bad about it, but it smells so good, it's impossible to resist. Flavor Substances in Green Tea Why does it smell so good? I have some guesses:   Methyl dihydrojasmonate FEMA 3408 beta Ionone FEMA 2595 Boronia flowers  Extract FEMA 2167 Damascenone FEMA 3420 Viridine (Phenyl acetaldehyde dimethyl acetal) FEMA 2876 3-Methyl 2,4, nonanedione FEMA 4057 Geranyl acetate FEMA 2509 Sage Clary oil FEMA 2321 cis-3-Hexenol … [Read more...]

Mott’s Apple Mango Juice Packs

The juice pack aisle at the grocery store is boring. So, when I saw Mott's 100% juice apple MANGO juice packs, I ignored the $4.88 price tag and grabbed a box to take home. I smiled pushing my cart through the grocery store thinking "finally, a juice pack my kid will be excited about". Will My Kids Like it? My daughter only likes apple, mango, mango peach and POG (Passionfruit Orange Guava) juices. The others are "too sour". Therefore, I was hopeful when I asked how she liked the apple mango juice. Not surprisingly, her response was: "it's not very good, do not pack it in my lunch again". Juices with mango in the description that my family finds acceptable include: R.W. Knudsen Family Organic Mango Nectar Langer's Apple Peach … [Read more...]

Scents for Slime

The Queen of Slime My daughter's classmates call her the "Queen of Slime". They marvel at her "Slime Station"  which I call my formal dining room. This high-ranking "Slime Status" is NOT something I encouraged or welcomed to our home. After all, I am still traumatized by the pink slime disaster, when our recently new soft tan carpet became pink and stiff in parts. And, of course, this disaster was resistant to the carpet steamer and therefore destained to be permanent. Supplies for Slime Slime making is not only messy, but it takes supplies. Lots of supplies. My daughter uses every last dime of money she receives  or earns in the "slime section" at Target, Michaels or Joann. Of course, I've been forced to adapt to this … [Read more...]

Germacrene D fraction and Fig Flavor

I was spoiled growing up. My parents did not buy us things, but they had a garden and orchard. I ate my fill of apricots, asian pears, and prunes right off the tree. Fresh, sweet, flavorful fruit. Often times I'd end up eating 10-20 apricots or prunes in one setting because they were so good. One fruit that I did not over consume was figs. I found fig skins sticky and the seeds odd. Grandma liked them, so I picked them for her and she was delighted.   Now that I have matured, I devour figs and their heavy, sweet floral character. Their aroma is reminiscent of Germacrene-D fraction isolated from Ylang-Ylang available from Treatt. Germacrene D Fraction Treatt calls the aroma chemical Germacrene-D fraction, but uses the … [Read more...]

Variety

My husband says I do not like change, but he's not right. Since I like new ideas and foods, I believe change is good. However, he might be right, because it is the variety that appeals to me. Change doesn't always feel safe to me. Working as a flavor chemist provides variety. There are always new ideas for food products, new flavors and cost reductions. Unfortunately, I last landed a flavor chemist position with relentless, repetitive cost reductions projects. Therefore, to find variety, I got my masters in Food Safety and opened the doors to new opportunities. Change. I find food safety very interesting, especially during outbreak response. Discovering which food product is getting people sick and how to stop it quickly is … [Read more...]

Apricot Tea

On a recent weekend get-away to Victoria, I encountered apricot tea at Murchies Tea & Coffee. Their apricot honey vanilla tea latte is out of this world. We do not have Murchies in the States, so I purchased a box of 50 apricot tea bags to take home with me. That was a mistake, I should have bought a case. Since that day, I have forgone my usual English Breakfast tea for an apricot tea with soy vanilla creamer. Murchie's apricot tea is not too fruity or sour like an herbal tea, but has a sweet, creamy, sweet apricot flavor tea nicely enhanced by black tea flavor. Apricot Honey Vanilla My husband tasted a sip of my apricot honey vanilla tea latte during our visit to Murchies. The sip ended up being "sharing". I did not willingly … [Read more...]

Let’s get this Party Started! Birthday Cake Flavor

My youngest daughter is the one that proclaims "let get this party started" when she arrives at birthday party.  This accounts for why she is invited to so many birthday parties and why her favorite flavor is "Birthday Cake". This Kid Nothing this kid does is bland. She likes bright color, glitter and flavor. Her room is bright cotton candy pink, she wears neon and loves crazy Aaron's thinking putty. Her favorite Frappuccino flavor is "Birthday Cake"  (if you don't see birthday cake Frappuccino on the standard menu, be sure to ask for it off the "secret menu"). Honestly, I think it's her favorite flavor because of the sprinkles on top, but there is an actual flavor recipe for Birthday Cake Frappuccino . The recipe is a mixture of vanilla … [Read more...]