Asked in ChemistryChemical EngineeringEvaporation and Condensation
Is the cooking of food an exothermic or endothermic process?
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.