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  1. Hello David, Welcome on the board. From what I know they never offered that print but you may be lucky since they're starting the Modernist Cuisine photo exhibition. http://modernistcuisine.com/exhibit/ And often with these exhibits they offer a lot of prints. Try to take a look at it Louis-Frederic Michaud
  2. If you put it in 60C water, didn't overpack the bath and have circulation it's probably just one of the rack that wasn't well packed. You should have no problem with food safety. If it's bacterial fermentation that cause that problem you will know as soon as you open the bag. It will CLEARLY smell like garbage. Good luck Louis-Frederic
  3. I'm in Canada and I never had any problem with the Centrifuge, vacuum pumps, scales, thermometers and various unidentified powders. I would love to see your kitchen! Good luck Louis Frederic Michaud P.S. What's the impact for you of being flagged in Texas?
  4. It depends what you want to do with your centrifuge. In my opinion the first thing you need to look is the capacity followed by the number of Gs. Refrigeration is a nice bonus but I managed to get around not having it. The capacity is in liters or ml. The useful one are usually 3l. Don't forget that this capacity is splitted between many smaller containers. (Four and up) Splitting what you want to spin in 500ml bottles is easy. Trying to work with 15ml tubes is much harder! The higher G you can get the better. I manage to do mostly everything with a 3000G centrifuge but it's sometime longer or a little bit less clear. You cannot clarify lime juice without special techniques but you can do most of the things that you may want. It's also possible to find a small cheap centrifuge if you want to experiement a bit but don't expect to serve a group... http://www.cookingissues.com/2012/08/19/spin-cycle-homestyle-centrifuge/ Good luck! Louis-Frederic
  5. There shouldn't be any problem. It won't taste the same but it should still be great. Don't forget that butter is 15-20% water and that you need that water to build up pressure in the pressure cooker. There's not much extra water in the soup recipe so add a little bit of liquid if you change the fat. Good luck Louis-Frederic
  6. Since the JML are the same type of sealers than the Foodsavers in the US they have the same kind of limitations. Ideally you want to seal cold and dry things. If you want to freeze things like soup ideally you have to freeze them. You can always manage to seal wet food but you must be careful to stop the vacuum as soon as liquid is coming up. Get larger bag to give you more time and be ready to make many seals on the end of the bag. Good luck Louis-Frederic
  7. Thanks for the update Mike, Good to see some interesting posts on this forum. Show us some pictures of your baby once you're finished! Louis-Frederic
  8. Unfortunately I never used a PacoJet. But from what I read in the different manuals it seem that you're not using the right blade. According to page 9 of the manual http://www.pacojet.com/en/downloads/Pacojet_Manual_2012_EN_v20121203_bogen.pdf The Pacojet Coupe Set is designed exclusively for chopping, mixing and beating fresh, non-frozen foods with a Pacojet machine. So you're probably just using the wrong blade. Try to do a cycle with an empty container. If that work correctly with no EE code you probably didn't break anything. (Maybe the blade itself...) If you were using the right blade it may be frozen too hard or it thawed a bit and can move in the container. Good luck with your toy! Louis-Frederic
  9. Thank you for the update Mike, Keep us informed how it work out. I'll contnue to dream about my next oven! ;-)
  10. Hello Kenneth, Welcome to this forum. You were on the right track with your theories. I'll take all your points and try to clarify them. 1) You can put less liquid in a larger syphon and it will work. The only problem is that you need to use more cartridges than if you had a syphon of the right size or a fuller syphon. 2) It's always a good idea to shake your syphon between the charges and before using it. 3) It's probably the main reason for your problem. For an espuma you usually need from .5% to 1.5% gelatin in your liquid. Supposing your sheets are 2g each you are really on the high side. Especially since the Monin syrup seem to be 2:1 sugar/water so it's already quite thick. So start with a single sheet and adjust from there. 4) It's not supposed to change anything. I store my syphons in the fridge standing up to take less space. It may give you some foam or it may block your syphon if your gel is too thick... You'll get better gas absorbtion in colder liquid so you can cool it lower than room temperature. As long as it doesn't get firm. The gaz get into your mix because you said the top part of your gel had foamed when you opened the syphon so you're on the right track. Good luck Louis-Frederic
  11. First thing you should do os try to find which kind of laboratory this equipment is coming from. That should give you a better idea of the kind of washing you'll have to do. I've no problem using ex-laboratory immersion circulator and centrifuges. I do everything I can to clean/sterilize it. Bleach, vinegar, autoclave, brushing and I never put the food directly in contact. For me these precautions are enough but that's a personal choice. Good luck Louis-Frederic
  12. The only thing I can see is try to blend the eggs with a good blender before incorporating to the cream. Also did you work the mix through a fine sieve before putting it in the syphon? Good luck
  13. Unfortunately I don't know any restaurant that go all-out modernist like WD50 or Alinea. The most modernist menu I had was a few years ago at Laurie Raphael Montreal where I could see direct influence from El Bulli and Celler Can Roca on the menu but their menu seem more traditional now. I would be happy to hear about other places in Montreal that I don't know.
  14. Personally I use some kind of collander like that http://www.kingdametal.com/Filter-Screen/Stainless-steel-cooking-wire-mesh-colander-231-1.htm It's fine enough for the syphon. You can also use a Chinois or superbag depending on what you have and the type of liquid. Good luck
  15. I'm using some kind of colander like that http://www.kingdametal.com/Filter-Screen/Stainless-steel-cooking-wire-mesh-colander-231-1.htm It's fine enough for the syphon. Chinois, superbag if that's what you have. Good luck
  16. Personally the only thing I did with my accessory port when I had a foodsaver was vacuuming some mason jars. On the VP215 you can put the smaller mason jars in the chamber if you want to do that. I personally would (and did!) choose the 215 over the 112 or 210 because it's the only one in that price range with an oil based vacuum pump instead of a dry one. Which will give a higher vacuum level when you need it and a more durable machine.
  17. Here's my last batch of tomato water. Complete italian tomatoes with skin and seeds in a Blender with .2% Pectinex SP-L. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117698375955087919944/albums/5894030864657113905/5894030862620806722?pid=5894030862620806722&oid=117698375955087919944 https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117698375955087919944/albums/5894030864657113905/5894030883748756450?pid=5894030883748756450&oid=117698375955087919944 There is some particles caused by a bad usage of the vacuum chamber machine. Expanded the puck instead of compressing it... (Learning the new toys!) There is no problem making water without a centrifuge. It's just longer and the yield is lower. I would just blend, food process or juice it. Don't worry about the seeds and put it thru a superbag or 4-5 layers of muslin.
  18. 1) The beauty of equilibrium brining is that there is much less problems with uneven pieces or leaving the piece too long so that shouldn't be a problem. It's actually the recommendation at the beginning of the recipe. (20/15g 24hrs) Also don't forget taht your solution is "dilutted" by the fish so with the amount of fish and water of the recipe it's about 3%. 2) Cooking at these lower temperatures it's not safe to cook long hours because some bacteria still grow under 50-55C. There is also the texture that will be affected negatively by a longer cooking time. So that's probably not a problem if you cook it 45 minutes instead of 25 but I wouldn't try two hours!
  19. I would take the creative series. For your need you probably won't see much of a difference. With the extra money try to get a good blender or pressure cooker.
  20. It depend on the temperature where you cook your steak. With 2" steaks you don't have time to cook it at night. It should take about 3 hours from the fridge or 5.5 if you start frozen. There should be no problem starting it at lunch. If you cook at 54C or more there should be no concerns about safety as long as you don't overcrowd your bath. Good luck Louis-Frederic
  21. Hello, I'm not too sure about which recirculator you're talking about? PolyScience got the Sous Vide Professional CREATIVE SERIES, CHEF SERIES and CLASSIC SERIES. Any of them would be great for you. If you're talking about something else please give us a little bit more info. Good luck and happy birthday! Louis-Frederic
  22. There is no reason why it shouldn't work. Just be careful when heating not to scorch anything and make sure you have enough liquid.
  23. I'm in approximately the same situation as you. Having used the steel plate a couple of time, I would stay 7.5cm from the elements because 2.26 cm is much too close to be able to work a pizza in and out without touching the elements. Don't forget that air bubble in your dough will expand with the heat. I'm sure some of my pizza were more than 3cm thick!
  24. On my side I equiped myself at http://libertynatural.com/ They have a great variety and they have very small quantity if you want to experiment. I avoided any of the "Not For Internal Use" and I'm not really concerned about the rest with the quantity used... But that's my personal choice.
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