Part of my disappointment is that I don't have the tools for many of the recipes. I'd love to make the caramelized carrot soup (pp 178-179), but I don't have a blender or a (working) pressure cooker -- part of my love/hate relationship with Cuisinart who don't sell replacement parts. Can the soup be made without the pressure cooking step?
I also don't have a digital scale, pacojet, blowtorch, combi oven, microplane, microwave, nor sous vide setup.
You have to have the pressure cooker to achieve a higher temperature for the caramelization. The PC is a worthwhile purchase.
Digital scales are cheap, but you can use cups/tbsp/etc.
I wing the SV setup at this point by using digital probes. Pacojets aren't for the home cook.
I really would like to have a pressure cooker again. Maybe if there is enough left over from my tax refund.
While I don't have a digital scale, I have a nice analog scale. It's just not very good for micrograms. The smallest division is 5 grams. To make the peanut butter gelato I first weighed out three tablespoons of xanthan gum, then calculated that 0.3 grams was approximately a third of a quarter teaspoon. Fortunately the recipe worked. I've been looking at some digital scales that will measure milligrams. Does anyone have thoughts or recommendations?
I mentioned not having a pacoject only because MC@H devotes a full page to it! Not sure why I never got a microplane. Perhaps because they come in so many shapes and sizes.