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Repurposed Tools in the Chocolate Kitchen


Kerry Beal
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I use a ton of things in my chocolate lab that weren't made for that purpose - and a couple of weeks ago while watching some video on the World Chocolate Masters I saw something that made me think I needed a new toy. 

 

A Theragun (which is a percussive massager) was sitting beside the molds one of the competitors was making so I assumed it was being used to remove bubbles. I didn't actually see it in action - but of course decided that I had better get my hands on one to try it. 

 

At first I purchased a much cheaper version - but it wouldn't charge - so I decided I'd go with the brand name!

 

I made a video this morning of her maiden voyage - and I think I'm hooked. 

 

Theragun vs chocolate mold

 

What do you have in your chocolate kitchen that was not purpose built - but works a treat for what you need it to do?

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Wow! It occurs to me that I would perhaps still have some hearing left had you acquired one of these sooner! 😂

(I am just kidding, but I used to be Kerry’s assistant when she did chocolate shows and lessons and the sound of those polycarbonate molds being banged on the table to release bubbles was quite something.)

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1 hour ago, Kerry Beal said:

I use a ton of things in my chocolate lab that weren't made for that purpose - and a couple of weeks ago while watching some video on the World Chocolate Masters I saw something that made me think I needed a new toy. 

 

A Theragun (which is a percussive massager) was sitting beside the molds one of the competitors was making so I assumed it was being used to remove bubbles. I didn't actually see it in action - but of course decided that I had better get my hands on one to try it. 

 

At first I purchased a much cheaper version - but it wouldn't charge - so I decided I'd go with the brand name!

 

I made a video this morning of her maiden voyage - and I think I'm hooked. 

 

Theragun vs chocolate mold

 

What do you have in your chocolate kitchen that was not purpose built - but works a treat for what you need it to do?

 

Kerry, thank you for the toes.

 

I'm not sure my KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl would count, since one purported function is to temper chocolate.  However the tempering function is useless but the bowl works great for melting and holding chocolate at temperature.

 

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At Kerry’s suggestion I went a found a portable massage gun to help get the bubbles out of my molds. I found this inexpensive one and figured why not give it a try. It worked like a charm. Out of 14 molded bars I only saw a few tiny air bubbles left. So happy it worked!

https://www.big5sportinggoods.com/store/details/fitrx-on-the-go-mini-massager/6125155960001

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I tried my electric toothbrush this morning on chocolate molds, inspired by @Kerry Beal's theragun.

Don't bother.. it made some bubbles pop but was too weak otherwise.  That said.. I'm surprised the mini massager from big-5 linked to earlier worked???  Hmmm, I get coupons from them each month, and that gizmo is way cheaper than the theragun.  Do you happen to have a video how it works?

On 1/26/2023 at 6:11 PM, kstone2016 said:

 

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7 hours ago, jedovaty said:

I tried my electric toothbrush this morning on chocolate molds, inspired by @Kerry Beal's theragun.

Don't bother.. it made some bubbles pop but was too weak otherwise.  That said.. I'm surprised the mini massager from big-5 linked to earlier worked???  Hmmm, I get coupons from them each month, and that gizmo is way cheaper than the theragun.  Do you happen to have a video how it works?

 

See above - post of Nov 11 - the gizmo would work exactly the same way. 

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Great, thanks for the clarification!  Your original post states it was a "much cheaper" version and wouldn't charge, so to me that reads like it never worked and I've no idea what "much cheaper" is.  The big-5 unit linked to by kstone2016 is 20usd, vs the theragun which is over 160usd for me as of this post.

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