Cilantro/Coriander Essence - How To Ideas?

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  1. manofgirolles

    manofgirolles

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    Hey guys!

    I'll cut right to the chase. I'm looking for a way to get the most out of cilantro. I want to make some sort of liquid that, when eaten, tastes like you've just chewed on a bunch of the stuff. What would be a technique to use to go about doing this?

    PS: I'm not looking to make an infused oil.

    Thank you in advance for your time!
     
  2. sgsvirgil

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    You could make a cilantro extract with alcohol or vinegar. Im not going to vouch for how good it will taste or work in your dishes.

    Another method would be to crush a large amount of cilantro with a mortar and pestle and a little water. Press the liquid from the cilantro paste and repeat until you have enough cilantro liquid for your purposes.

    You could also make a cilantro "stock" or tea by boiling it the same way you would make a beef or chicken stock. Reduce it until you reach the desired concentration of flavor.

    Good Luck. :)
     
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  3. someday

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    Do you have a juicer? That might work...you'd need a LOT of cilantro for a little juice.
     
  4. sgmchef

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    Hi manofgirolles,

    Almost sounds like a perfect application for spherification. Not sure about using sodium alginate, I yield to the molecular folks...

    Good luck!
     
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  5. manofgirolles

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    Thank you! I hadn't thought of that! This is what I'm going with :) You're the best!
     
  6. manofgirolles

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    Unfortunately, no juicer :/ but I definitely love the idea and would use it to make beads!
     
  7. manofgirolles

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    Thank you! I'm going to try the mortar and pestle method, then add some sodium alginate to create some beads! You guys rock!
     
  8. jimyra

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    Puree in blender with a little water and freeze in ice trays.
     
  9. pete

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    What is the final application to be used for?
     
  10. fatcook

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    A glug of pinesol would do the trick for me o_O

    A smart arsed way to say - don't forget that not everyone likes cilantro, be sure to include it in the description.
     
  11. jay lancaster

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    Vitamix...cheese cloth...
     
  12. hrmn

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    You can purree the cilantro in a vitaminx with a small amount of liquid. Pass through a chinois and freeze into half-sphere molds. Use a ratio of 3 parts alginate to 500 parts water to sphere-ify your frozen purée. Use a perferated serving spoon like available from JB Prince, or a “sphereification spoon” to dip the frozen purée into the alginate for 20+ seconds. Do not let them touch each other or they will break during this step. Carefully transfer to a room temp. water bath and hold to order. They should remain stable for a few days upto a week before the outer skin starts to decintigrate and leak out.
     
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  13. Iceman

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    So ... What will this be used for?