Goodness Gracious! Great Balls of Gluten!

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Description

This is an activity about a very important ingredient in most baked goods - gluten! Why is gluten so important? Without it, there would be nothing to hold the gas that makes bread rise. Learners will experiment with different types of flour to get a feel for gluten, and discover why using different flours can lead to such different results in the kitchen.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Learning Time: 45 to 60 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: $1 - $5 per group of students
  • Age Range: Ages 11 - adult
  • Language: English

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Any combination of the following flours: whole wheat flour, bread flour, all-purpose flour, pastry flour, gluten flour, instant flour
  • water (1/2 to 3/4 cup for each flour you’ll be using)
  • bowls (one for each flour you’ll be using)
  • an oven (optional last step)
Subjects

Informal Category

  • Food and Cooking

Subjects

  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
Other

By

Exploratorium

Rights

All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium,

Funding sources

  • National Science Foundation, 978-1559535403

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StacyO
Contains video on gluten
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Not only a great experiment, but also has wonderful tools that explain how things work within bread baking.