“Spherification simply put is the culinary process of shaping a liquid into spheres which visually and texturally resemble caviar or pearls. You can produce pearls and caviar with a liquid center by using a reverse technique called Reverse Spherification”
Website for the Imperial Spherificator on their Kickstarter product
Have you ever wanted to turn any liquid into little spherical edible beads that you can use as topping in your ice cream or other food?
What if you could turn any food into spherical shaped ball, which can be done using Sodium Alginate (Baguley, 2015) and Calcium Chloride? The manual process, called spherification, is fairly straightforward and simple, requiring the reaction between two chemicals and the following ingredients:
- 500 g Sodium Alginate
- 500 g Calcium Chloride
- Pureed food or liquid you wish to make into spheres
- Whisk of Hand blender
- Three Plastic or Ceramic Bowls
- Distilled Water
- Medical Dropper
The DIY (Do It Yourself) instructions are equally simple in the making of this tasty example of Applied Food Chemistry:
- Cool the liquid you want to make into spherical balls to 20C in your refridgerator
- Dissolve 0.5 gram (0.02 oz.) of Sodium Alginate per 100 grams (3.5 oz.) of the chilled liquid
- Blend together using a whisk or hand blender until all the Sodium Alginate has dissolved
- Cover the liquid and leave it for an hour to allow the Sodium Alginate to dissolve and the air to escapee
- Dissolve 0.5 grams (0.02 oz.) of calcium chloride in Distilled Water preferably distilled. Put this mixture into a bowl or dish.
- Put Distilled water into a second bowl or dish to rinse off the finished spheres.
- Use a medicine dropper drip the Sodium Alginate into the Calcium Chloride liquid to start the spherification process
- Leave the spheres that form in the mixture for 30 seconds to 1 minute to properly set and harden
- Using a spoon, remove the spheres
- Rinse them in the distilled water to stop the gelling process
- Place the spheres on a absorbent towel in a ceramic dish
- Place them in the refridgerator after they’re dry so as to get them to set for serving later
Please note that distilled water (Deer, 2013, February 5) has to be used to wash the spherical balls of liquid. Also note too that they have to be dried before they are placed in the cooler section of the refrigerators, preferably in a Drying chamber (Deer, 2015, August 5) using Silica Gel (How Stuff Works, 2014) but modified for food.
Finally, note that this is Sodium Alginate, a product of Seaweeds similar to Dulce Seaweed algae (Deer, 2015, July 21). Researchers from Oregon State University have discovered tastes like Bacon when fried raw, more evidence that our future food (Deer, 2015, July 21) may all be coming from the sea.
If you’re running a restaurant or an ice cream bar, this would make for a great topping. So with that in mind, can this process be automated or at least speed up?
The Imperial Spherificator – Kickstarter from Canada with Love for Caviar
As of Tuesday August 11th 2015 at 11:30 am, the Imperial Spherificator kickstarter, which was started on Tuesday July 21st 2015, has raised some US$168,110, surpassing their initial target of US$80,000.
With some ten (10) days to go till Friday August 21st 2015, this project will not only be fully funded, with all the early-bird options used up by the nine hundred and ninety nine (999) backers, but it’ll possibly ship earlier than the November 2015 date.
Each device comes with 100 grams (0.25 lb) each of Sodium Alginate, a seaweed extract, and calcium chloride, both ingredients you can order online and have shipped to restock your Imperial Spherificator.
As can be seen, the Imperial Spherificator makes this process into a single device that can turn anything that can be liquefied, such as pureed fruits and vegetables and even sauces into spherical beads that make you feel like you’re eating caviar.
The Imperial Spherificator – Food Chemistry Process for edible beads so Kids can eat their Veggies
The Imperial Spherificator has three (3) nozzles to produce different sized edible peals of food via this specification process.
You can also adjust the thickness of your mixture used in its 198.4 g (7 oz) refillable holder. (McGrath, 2015). The patent-pending device has three (3) nozzles you can detach for different-sized pearls, and you can vary the pearl-making speed based on how thick your mixture is. With its 198.4 g (7 oz) capacity, you should be able to get between 200 and 250 spheres with each use.
So basically anything that can be pureed, from red onions to cheese and even guava can be used in the Imperial Spherificator. Even Oysters, Cheesecakes and Champagne look great with some of these spherical beads of flavor suspended in them, slowly releasing their essence into your food.
So the next time you want to add a little pizzazz to your side dishes or you want your kids to eat their vegetables, thing of the Imperial Spherificator kickstarter.
You can easily DIY (Do It Yourself), or you can invest in a US$125 Imperial Spherificator to make your dishes look beautiful and professional with the help of a little food chemistry.
Here’s the link:
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- How Stuff Works. (2014, March 14). What is silica gel and why do I find little packets of it in everything I buy? Retrieved from http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/science-questions/question206.htm
- Deer, L. (2015, July 21). Oregon State University discover Dulce Seaweed Algae taste like Bacon – How Dulce can solve UNFAO’s Meat Crisis in 2025 and also make Beer. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/07/Oregon-State-University-Dulce-Seaweed-Algae-Bacon.html
- Baguley, R. (2015, July 28). Appliance Science Experiments: Creating edible water spheres. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/appliance-science-experiments-creating-edible-water-spheres/
- McGrath, J. (2015, July 29). Turn any food into caviar-like pearls with the Wonka-like Spherificator. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/imperial-spherificator-fake-caviar-kickstarter/
- Bell, K. (2015, July 30). New kitchen gadget turns all your food into edible beads. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2015/07/30/imperial-spherificator/
- Franco, M. (2015, July 30). Imperial Spherificator gizmo turns virtually any food into caviar-size pearls. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/imperial-spherificator-gizmo-turns-virtually-any-food-into-caviar-sized-pearls/
- Deer, L. (2015, August 5). How to make JA$150 Gillette Double-bladed Disposable Razors last for Months. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/gillette-double-bladed-disposable-razors/