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  1. I've successfully used my Kuhn Rikon 11" hotel pressure cooker, rock steady pressure at 122°C.
  2. I have the same problem. Ingredients disappear into the wilderness and are only found 5 minutes after the need has passed. When I'm mixing up small batches of colored cocoa butter I use one of those battery powered milk frothers, which seems to emulsify the color powders pretty well. I pour it though a fine sieve into the target container to get rid of any air bubbles. Do you have a better method?
  3. Had a very successful Xmas charity sale at work today, raising funds for the International Rescue Committee. I donated all the chocolates so all of the proceeds, plus a 100% match from our foundation, will go to the charity. Yuzu ganache with an almond nougatine base. From the top, hand dipped raspberry caramels, a sea of blackcurrant/cassis PdF and vanilla ganache, and the mushrooms are a wattleseed and tonka bean ganache. A family sharing bar, this 165 mm (6.5 inch) tree is filled with praliné feuilleté (hazelnut crunch). I have two almost identical molds, this one is the CW1175 (half of a double mold). The other is from Cabrellon (also 1175) but for reasons known only to them the frame sides are shorter than the thickness of the tree so the mold won't sit flat. Given a choice buy the CW one.
  4. Did you need to make any significant variations on the usual recipes for these? Do you portion before or after baking?
  5. Looks like the link is wrong, points back to eG.
  6. 👋🏽 I’m in. Had a great time with you all this year. (I’m off to Las Vegas at the end of the month for the class I won with Melissa Coppel & Francisco Migoya. Yay me! 😄)
  7. Since the venue was a school, I suppose it was not surprising that the small wares that get “taken home accidentally” would not be available. The list that @Kerry Beal started can be used by future organizers as a questionnaire for the facility so both sides have the same expectations, and we know what we can leave at home. Then I could bring a (slightly 😄) smaller suitcase.
  8. I’m sorry all, I should have publicized louder that I had a couple of spare almost-everything in the bottomless suitcase 😄. @RobertM do you mean the stiff acetate like report covers, or the floppier guitar sheets? For me: 10. A full size compressor with either 1/4” or 3/8” fittings to support larger air sprayers. We could bring converters for our own 1/4” sprayers or 1/8” airbrushes if needed (I have spares 😊).
  9. Thanks to everyone for welcoming me to the group. I learned a few techniques, shared recipes, drooled over the Selmi equipment (how can I rearrange my apartment kitchen to fit one of those?....), bought an EzTemper (Kerry is psychic and knew to bring it just for me), won a fantastic prize and most importantly, met a bunch of great people. Can’t wait for next year!
  10. I’ve arrived and can’t wait to meet everyone. 🎉 Unfortunately my checked luggage apparently decided to go on a separate holiday, so my melter, tools, clothes, etc are in limbo (apparently it’s not tracked electronically once it comes off the airport’s conveyor system). Hopefully Southwest will find it and deliver it to me tonight - fingers crossed 🤞. Luckily I hand-carried the Control°Freak 😊.
  11. Got one a couple of weeks ago ($1499 from JB Prince, via Amazon), but haven't had any spare time to use it yet 😢. So I'm taking it with me to the eGullet Chocolate and Confectionery Workshop this weekend for everyone to play with.
  12. As well as the ControlFreak, I’ll have enough spare room to bring my small MiniChoc melter and some spare molds. Haley, if your space is limited let me know and we can work out something.
  13. It’s a professional precision induction cooker that’s accurate to 1°F over its entire temperature range. Everything from tempering chocolate to oil frying.
  14. I recently purchased a ControlFreak, which I can bring if anyone wants to play with it?
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