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Evaporation and Condensation

Is the cooking of food an exothermic or endothermic process?


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May 04, 2012 11:22PM

It is true to say that it could be either, but most would agree that cooking food is endothermic - food takes in the heat during cooking, and doesn't release it while cooking. The heat is circulated through the food when it is cooking, making it endothermic. Some foods release the heat, but this is only after the food has been cut.
Cooking an egg is an endothermic process. The egg absorbs the heat from the water and does not release it. Perhaps if you are making hard boiled eggs you could say that it is both - endothermic while cooking and exothermic while cooking. Though the cooking process is absolutely endothermic.