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  1. I put a preorder down on the new spinzall but someone offered me a lightly used spinzall v1 for 550 usd (750cad). It's for home use so I'd love to save the money, but am concerned about lid breaking on the v1 and me being SOL, thoughts?
  2. I've always wanted to try this recipe but have been unsure about how to source "hay" - does anyone without special garden grass just buy a bale of hay at the farm store?
  3. Just seeing this old post now but have you looked into drop shipping? We can get low DE atomized glucose for 14 CAD per kilo in Canada: https://www.qualifirst.com/food/sugar-sweeteners/glucose-powder-l In fact, according to Canada Post and my estimations I could ship it to you for about 25 CAD for a kilo (in addition to product cost). I am not sure what kind of trouble I'd run into mailing kilos of fine white powder across the world though Did you end up experimenting with maltodex? I've never been happy with it but curious as to your results
  4. @sverreef your photos are convincing me now on the double spin technique, very smooth Re: quenelles, I believe the difference in this matter is that the Pacojet actually runs with a vacuum so no air is introduced. Ninja does not, and as you mention, other issue is the tolerance with the walls leaving walls icy. The price we pay for saving thousands of dollars 😛
  5. Poblanos in Ontario are a hit and miss, sometimes various groceries have them more often they do not. There are no good substitutes sadly. Only peppers I have ever seen here in groceries: bell pepper, shishito pepper, ghost pepper, habanero pepper, thai chilli pepper, poblano pepper, anaheim pepper, banana pepper. Bells/anaheim/banana have various substitution powers
  6. Old thread but I am enjoying the new content. I like to do a partial blend of blanched then shocked mint leaves primarily for the nice color it adds. This past summer I tested 3 mint sorbets with different mints from my garden, so it was not too standardized. But I did one full heat infusion, one full cold blend, and one at 3/4 infusion 1/4 blend. I appreciated the mix one the best. I do feel like color is an important component of flavor even if the infusion has a better extraction of the typical mint flavor. I've done this technique with basil as well and really enjoyed it. Has anyone used essential oils as flavoring? My main question is about the safety of essential oils that aren't the usual ones at the grocery store (orange, lemon etc.). While I'd like to use fresh ingredients, sometimes the essential oils open up the flavor palette to things that'd be more difficult to source (cedar, fir, bergamot). I have a douglas fir oil I'd consider using. I understand no one can really definitively comment on this, especially considering different manufacturers will produce it in different ways, and none are "food approved", but how do people feel about their usage? I first got this idea after seeing it done in The Fat Duck cookbook (although Heston I'm sure has access to far higher quality oils, or perhaps would make his own from a rotavap). There was a commercial food supplier here in Canada that was selling their own line of essential oils for about a year, which appeared to be thinly veiled as "ok for food use even though we won't say it", sadly I did not get to buy as many of these as I wanted before they discontinued the line, but this is where my douglas fir oil is from. I believe if you consume one of these oils and called poison control they would most likely just tell you to dilute with a ton of water and not worry too much (which is basically what you would do when adding a drop to a liter of ice cream), but I wonder about their long term safety
  7. Awesome, looking forward to trying, and to hear how the comparison works This is reminding me, I was looking into beeswax ice cream recently. The Nordic food lab had a post about how they did a combo of both cold and hot infusion. Hot to extract most of the flavors and cold to get a bit of the more volatile components. I ended up doing mine fully hot extracted (mostly cause I was lazy)
  8. I haven't done much interesting lately except this past week I did a pressure cooked hibiscus sorbet I am very happy with Pressure Cooked Hibiscus Sorbet 25g dried hibiscus 450g water 150g sucrose 40g atomized glucose 22g inulin 2g sorbet stabilizer Pinch of salt The hibiscus and water are pressure cooked for 15 mins on high (I did it in a bowl set on a rack in the cooker). Everything then blended together for 60 seconds on max in the vita mix, strain, freeze, and process. There is a lot of air bubbles which didn't create a nice appearance so I ran it a few times through the vacuum sealer. Super intense hibiscus flavor with very smooth texture in the end. I want to translate the technique to other dried ingredients. When I am back at home I am thinking a pressure cooked black lime sorbet will be the next idea. I was showing someone how to make ice cream today on their Cuisinart Ice-30. Even when using a good recipe and technique the difference in the ice crystal size in what I am used to in the Ninja Creami and the product from the Ice-30 was night and day. I am not sure how the Creami compares to a compressor machine but this comparison really reaffirms my love for the Creami. However, it does highlight an issue with the creami and that is the air gaps it introduces. The ninja sort of whips a vortex through the center of the pint and then my quenelles often have little air gaps in them. I am thinking maybe moving the ice cream to a different pint and pressing it down to get all the air out for using might be my next move. Last month I took the creami to a friend's restaurant and we used it to process the sorbet course. While it was only a seating of 16 people, things worked quite well and I convinced him to buy one afterwards. 2 pints was plenty for 16 quenelles. He was also previously using an Ice-30
  9. It was a hot steep, bring to near simmer and allow to sit off the heat (for maybe 30 minutes?) unfortunately I do not have the book at hand for a few days to check the exact time. I could see a jasmine cold infusion working well, but not sure how well a mint one would go (just translating my experiences with "water infusions"). You could probably just as well steep the jasmine in hot cream for 3-4 minutes. Would be interested in seeing your recipe for it (and the olive oil)
  10. Tonic Sorbet 500g Canada Dry Tonic Water (other brands probably work fine) 20g inulin 95g sucrose 20g glucose powder 30DE Blend, strain, freeze and process on lite Interesting, but not as good as my fruit sorbets as it didn't have as much body. I might try to add more sugar although this was the attempt with extra sugar added. Might be better as a popsicle or freezie. Still I could see it being a nice summer companion to some fruit/herbal elements
  11. Maille brand Needs dilution if you are using it in recipes though as it is 7%
  12. Lutron Caseta is certainly designed poorly (appearance and the numerous button presses required to dim) but the functioning is unparalleled. You won't find any consumer grade smart switches that come close to it. I am in the process of making all my non-motion switches to Lutron (about 80% of the way so far) You might have seen the nicer new gen 2 Lutron Caseta Diva, but that doesn't fix your pico remote issue. I haven't tried these gen 2 switches yet but was planning to try them out eventually. I do have some hesitation as to how the paddle function will work on them. I would fully embrace it
  13. I would do a combination of 4" slim fit recessed lights and undercabinet leds. This provides a nice flat diffuse light that is good for cooking/evaluating food. The new recessed lights are also very cheap and easy to install, about 20CAD a piece, and 50CAD all in if you paid someone to install. They provide great coverage and a fair amount of lumens in a small format. Because they are so cheap, you can use a lot of them, and just cap the upper limit of your dimmer switch. I do have a few pendants for aesthetics but I almost never turn them on. The pendant fixtures these days, especially all the modern farmhouse designs. are quite bright and harsh. If I didn't want to sell my house in the future, I would do just recessed lights in their place, but this would require me to cut the ceiling boxes bigger so I will not do it. You are right though they really just get in the way and then you have to clean them. I use 5000k but I know that's not for everyone. Ideally I would use 4000k but it is very hard to find all lights in this color. 6" is considered a bit outdated although I haven't tried them myself. I find the 4" provide a good brightness and coverage. Keep in mind though that Hue only carries 6" slim fit. Their 4" recessed light is a retrofit that requires cans. My ceilings are similar size to you.
  14. I have no idea what this, but from the ingredient list it looks like you take a standard philadelphia ice cream base, season it with powdered hot chocolate, stir in some cool whip/sweetened whipped cream and "semi sweet chocolate curls". Should be pretty straight forward to reverse engineer.
  15. I just assumed that was a "how many quarters to process" indicator The fact its a timer is hilarious Does the ice cream take too long to process for people?
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