Maillard Reaction

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In this activity, learners will explore the chemistry of cooking. They will learn about--and observe--the Maillard Reaction as they make their own browned butter. Activity includes instructions and a video. This activity requires adult supervision.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 14 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Small saucepan (light colored if possible)
  • Stovetop
  • Spoon or spatula


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


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  • COSI Connects


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