I love you, burnt cheese.
July 30, 2012 4:43 PM Subscribe
Why does burnt food taste better?
posted by triggerfinger to food & drink (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was making cheeseburgers and the cheese once again melted off the burger down into the pan where it burned to a solid, crispy cheese. As I was scraping these little delicacies out of the pan, I wondered why it is that cheese, and several other foods, taste better when they are burned.
I'm wondering if there is an actual scientific answer for this as in the case of onions, where cooking them caramelizes the sugar, rather than an explanation along the lines of - we get used to and develop a taste for burned food. It seems that common foods that a lot of people like burned are cheese, meat and toast. But I also like slightly burned pancakes and I'm wondering is it's because there's something inherently good about them or if I just got used to the taste after regularly cooking them on too high a heat when I was a student, burning them and then just eating them anyway.
I'm counting on you, science.