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  1. VilleN

    Black Garlic

    So I just went through some episodes trying to find the one minute tangent where Dave went through the process. Couldn't find it but pretty sure it was some weeks after the Johnny Hunter episode. Sorry about that. Good idea asking Dave about the three day technique and maybe other relevant information when the show actually airs the next time.
  2. VilleN

    Black Garlic

    They discussed the issue in two Cooking Issues but I don't remember the exact episode right now. Actually had the number and timestamp written down, but can't find it anywhere now that I need it. I'll get back at it when I find the # again.
  3. VilleN

    Black Garlic

    They pretty much went through the whole Johnny Hunter's three day technique on Cooking issues. Didn't mention anything about pH on that episode and I actually don't think the technique has much to do with pH, if any. Instead it's more to do with moisture as I can see it. I heard from a former co-worker that a Michelin-star awarded Finnish chef prepares his black garlic during the services of two days by submerging cloves of garlic in oil in a pan and keeping that pan on top of a hot oven all day. Apparently comes out fine even that way.
  4. VilleN

    Black Garlic

    Kind of late to the party. I ran in to a new three day technique via the great Cooking Issues podcast. The result is a bit different from the longer technique but definitely tastes like black garlic nevertheless, not better nor worse. But the time saving aspect is kind of a big deal, at least for me. You basically just lightly crush whole bulbs of garlic, wrap them in moist paper towels, and wrap that in foil. The "cooking" part is just 3 days in 80-85 degrees Celsius or around 180 Fahrenheit, which I managed to do with a circulator and mason jars. Depending on the use and whether you'd like to keep it in the fridge or room temp, you have to dry it lightly or all the way through. Highly recommend giving this technique a try if you ever make black garlic at home. I also documented this in my own blog. Too bad it's in Finnish though, so not many of you will get much out of it.
  5. You basically just made yoghurt with cream. Fermented milk products are generally very much safe to eat even with the part of keeping them in warm places that contradict our usual habit of keeping milk products in the fridge. The sourness actually is a sign of lactic acid bacteria which inhibit the growth of some other possibly harmful bacteria. So unless your cream was unpasteurized, you should definitely be safe.
  6. Another Finn here! Haven't checked eGullet for a week or so and there's this lively thread about some of my favourite delicacies. Around the turn of January and February there's also the stuffed pulla - laskiasipulla. You just cut the top off, scoop out some stuff and add some jam (either strawberry of my favourite, raspberry) or almond paste and whipped cream, and put back on the top. There's also the different "schools" of what's the right thing to have in your laskiaispulla. But if you're not in to orthodoxy, you can even put in jam AND almond paste. For what I've understood, also the Swedish have something very close to that, which speaks for the similarities of Finnish and Swedish food.
  7. I also really enjoy Cooking Issues. They have an impressive back catalogue. In general a lot of rambling about technical stuff but there's something completely new and interesting you learn from every episode.
  8. I got mine for about 100€ in total since I was among the first ones to back it up on Kickstarter. Still worth it even with double the prize. Ikea bags are good enough although I'd recommend using two of those just in case, because I've had them break from a corner while in water. That's true about Anova's intervals being good enough for pretty much anything else than getting super fussy with eggs. Just wanted to make a point not having the best control possible.
  9. Terve! I'd rather go with the Anova. Actually I can't think of any reason why you'd buy a fixed system rather than an immersion circulator. The only downside with Anova is that at least in the version I have, the temperature control is at 0,5 celsius intervalls. Considering the issue with vacuum sealer vs. ziploc bags. If you're not cooking commercially or just have a ton of money to spend, a vacuum sealer is not necessary. Sure it's handy, but not necessary unless used for texture modification. You will be able to get a good enough "seal" with water and a ziploc bag.
  10. Greetings from Europe! I'm sorry for you guys having such idiotic people in charge of things. That's a universal thing though. Hope everything turns out fine.
  11. Doesn't make any sense for me to add butter in such an elaborate way. Maybe it's just that some chefs think that complicated = better.
  12. VilleN

    Burger salting

    I use the same amount of salt as I would use when making a paté: 1,5%. In many restaurants at least here in Finland it's somewhat a custom to use that procentage when salting meat in advance. For me it's not "excessively salty". I think it's "just right". But then again people in Nordic countries seem to like salt a lot.
  13. That's what came into my mind as well - is there enough sugar that won't crystalize? Glucose or something else?
  14. That's very much true. I'd dehydrate food before deep-frying only if I'm going to puff the stuff. Here's a great text on puffing food.
  15. VilleN

    Lucky Peach

    I got the second issue this week and I'm really liking it. It's really something else than the average magazine. Really appealing both visually and textually. The first issue costs some 150 euros in amazon which is too bad because I would've wanted to have one.
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