Molecular Gastronomy-Spherification

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  1. cheftux

    cheftux

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    Hey guys, I am pretty sure most of you will already dislike this topic just because of the title, but bear with me please!

    I have a client who wants something "fancy" like spherification included in one of his hors d'oeuvres. However he doesn't want to pay the cost to use the actual chemicals.

    I remember one of my friends saying there was a way to "cheat" it using frozen (or very cold) oil and a gelatin or agar agar.

    Any ideas, ratios, thoughts, or even something super "modern" and fancy we can try and talk him into to replace the spherification?

    Thanks in advance, love this forum and all my fellow foodies!
     
  2. petalsandcoco

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    You might have seen these before but you can make them all in your kitchen using agar agar (2 gr) or gelatin

    Balsamic pearls (very easy)

    Fruit caviar

    Mango and compari sphere (gelatin)

    Rose veil  (great with quail)

    Petals.

    I don't know if this helps ?
     
  3. someday

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    Might be something using tapioca or something, cooked in fruit/veg juice, etc. 
     
  4. thetincook

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    1.5% agar. Drip into frozen oil, with the oil bowl resting in a ice bath. You gotta use a strongly flavored base, because agar has a poor flavor release, and you will lose some flavor when you rinse off the oil. You won't get a liquid center with this method.

    Or, you could use sugar free pectin (aka low-methoxyl pectin). It needs calcium to gel. Calcium is pretty easy to get though.
     
  5. cheftux

    cheftux

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    @thetincook the low sugar pectin worked pretty well (we couldn't find agar agar at the market since I live in the middle of nowhere)

    @petalsandcoco the link helped immensely

    I've heard that a certain acid/sugar level needs to be maintained for this to work. Could I just a store bought pineapple juice or would I need to doctor it up in some way. Ideally it would be a pineapple lemon caviar with micro zest or strained juice.

    Thanks again guys!
     
  6. anime shefu

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    Same thing they do with dippin' dots drop of substance in to liquid nitrogen and you get a sphere of what you want as long as what you want to sphere has a water or light-lightmedium nappe quite easy......except of corse obtaining the liquid nitrogen
     
  7. thetincook

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    Cool! I'm glad the pectin worked out. What % did you end up using?

    You could run into problems with the lemon juice. Depending on the lemon, it's ph 2.0-2.5. The low end of lm pectin's ph range is 2.5 You should be ok with pineapple juice. google says its ph is 3..