Our Eyes Can Tell Us a Lot About How Our Product is Cooking, If We Know What to Look For and Where.
Visual Clue
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When foods, ingredients or components are subjected to culinary forces they may, in addition to the reaction, change how they look. Oils smoking at certain heats, or water bubbling a certain way at different temperatures are examples of how ingredients can change visually.

Culinary Uses

A Visual Clue is the accompanying visible sign, or tell-tale, of the underlying reaction that is occurring in your cooking process. Smart Kitchen documents many Visual Clues in its lesson materials, including The Smoke Point Heat TestThe Water Drop Heat Test and the various stages of Boiling

Other Visual Clues might be, the consistency of product, as in tomatoes becoming shapeless or formless when cooked, the color of cooked meat, clear juices coming from a chicken when properly cooked, or even a clean tooth coming out of a poked cake. 

The list of Visual Clues is long and Smart Kitchen tries to mention all of them in the appropriate Resources or Exercises.