Lin Carson, PhD

About Lin Carson, PhD

Dr. Lin Carson’s love affair with baking started over 25 years ago when she earned her BSc degree in Food Science & Technology at the Ohio State University. She went on to earn her MSc then PhD from the Department of Grain Science at Kansas State University. Seeing that technical information was not freely shared in the baking industry, Dr. Carson decided to launch BAKERpedia to cover this gap. Today, as the world’s only FREE and comprehensive online technical resource for the commercial baking industry, BAKERpedia is used by over half a million commercial bakers, ingredient sellers, equipment suppliers and baking entrepreneurs annually. You can catch Dr. Carson regularly on the BAKED In Science podcast solving baking problems or talking about her obsession with bread on the Pitching a Loaf podcast.
9 10, 2018

What? A Non-enzyme Based DATEM Replacement?

  I’ve been asking around for some time now for a solution to replace emulsifiers like SSL and DATEM. Most clean label solutions involve enzymes, and this is currently the perfect answer. But my radar tells me that enzymes may lose their appeal in a few years. Why, you may ask? It’s because there’s some [...]

8 10, 2018

Baking with Ancient Grains: Khorasan Wheat

Ancient grains have been around a while, but recently they have found their way to the spotlight. While a lot of uses are more home based, they offer some interesting benefits for bakers, as well. Look at khorasan wheat, for example. Compared to modern wheat, it contains 20-40% more protein and is higher in: Lipids Amino acids [...]

5 10, 2018

How To Build a Stronger Baking Industry Together

Four years ago, finding reliable, free information for commercial baking industry questions was a lot harder. And now, one solution is being recognized internationally for its easy access and scientifically-sound information. Yes, I’m talking about BAKERpedia. Over the last few years we’ve seen incredible growth—in content and site users. However, I believe our success is [...]

1 10, 2018

6 Ways to Slow Staling in Baked Goods

Someday, your products will go stale. Recrystallization of the starch molecules, gluten cross-links and moisture re-distribution are the main causes. Thankfully, there are ways to at least keep this process at bay! How to slow staling with ingredients  Enzymes: alpha amylase, pullulanase, lipase, lipoxygenase, protease and other non-starch polysaccharide-modifying enzymes help decrease staling. Surface Active Lipids:  DATEM, SSL, lecithin [...]

24 09, 2018

Why is Sourdough Bread so Big Right Now?

I don't know if you've noticed, but sourdough bread is a big deal right now. It's flying off the shelves, and it's the focus of the industry. There are a few reasons behind this: Artisan bread is high in demand Sourdough is ideal for clean label The fermentation process allows for a lot of creativity and uniqueness. [...]

17 09, 2018

Why You Need to Control Your Oven Temperature

I don't need to tell you that oven temperature is important. It's how chemical reactions take place that transform your product. That's why temperature needs so much attention—so many things are happening at once! Oven Temperature has a key roll in 3 areas:  Development:  Killing of yeast cells: 50–60°C (122–140°F) Maximum enzymatic activity: 60°C (140°F). Start of starch [...]

10 09, 2018

How To Find and Bake With a DATEM Replacement

You want to make a clean-label product. But you also need reliable loaf volume, fine crumb structure and dough extensibility. You need a DATEM replacement. Thankfully, food scientists are making that an easier ask than it used to be. Replacements are on the market that can mimic the effects of DATEM, but are sourced from clean-label alternatives. [...]

4 09, 2018

Having Problems Commercializing Your Food Product?

Have you been in a situation where a new food product at one plant is vastly different from the original product produced at another plant? You’ve made sure that all the ingredients you use are the same from the other plant. Even the process is almost the same. But the product comes out vastly different. [...]

3 09, 2018

Is it Faba Bean or Fava Bean?

Fava beans. Field beans. Broad beans. Bell beans. English bean. It goes by many names, but no matter what you call it, the Faba bean has some interesting functional uses in gluten-free baking. One of the interesting things about gluten-free baking: there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on what you’re baking, what your desired outcome is, and [...]

27 08, 2018

Dough Mixing is Easy, Right?

You just throw ingredients in mixer, step back, and out comes perfect dough? Piece of cake. Uhh, yeah right.  As I’m sure you know from experience, a lot of thought and precision needs to go into dough mixing. The concept is simple enough: Flour + Water + Air + Energy → Dough Yet controlling and adjusting those [...]