Several months ago Scott, Chris and myself got together to do a cooking session. We were into frying all sorts of things that night – chicken, of course, and strawberries as well (which turned out really gross). Then we turned our attention to the humble french fry. And then something happened.
In the world of crispness, it’s all about the bubbles. Or at least, the sound of bubbles popping. Studies at Oxford University have shown that when we bite into a surface filled with small brittle cells, each fracture releases a quick burst of high-frequency sound. The more fractures in a bite, the more bursts of sound, and the more crispy the food seems to be. So how do we make things super crispy? Why, we add bubbles. Through carbonation to be exact. Let’s try it out with onion rings.
Scott’s vision to introduce the world to the wonders of sous vide cooking took a huge step this morning when the Sansaire Kickstarter closed this morning with 4084 backers contributing over $823,000 dollars. It is now the most funded food Kickstarter ever. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can pre-order units at the Sansaire website.
A big congrats to the Sansaire team – we’re looking forward to heating up perfect eggs and tender steaks. In the meantime, just one thing comes to mind: BOOM.
Two and a half hours north of Seattle, on a small island, resides a bed and breakfast that serves up Michelin star quality food where the ingredients are all locally sourced. It sounds like the beginning of some mysterious story, a combination of the remoteness of ElBulli with the locavore philosophy of Noma. And you would be correct. Welcome to The Willows Inn.
Jet City Gastrophysics co-founder, Director of Applied Research at Modernist Cuisine, recipient of Forbes 30 Under 30 award, and all around awesome dude Scott Heimendinger has really done it this time. He’s taken his DIY $75 sous vide immersion circulator and scaled it up to a full fledged commercial project – the Sansaire sous vide circulator. Raising funds using Kickstarter, he and his team have managed to achieve their goal of $100,000 in just 13 hours. And it’s still going – over $485,000 at the time this was published.
But just how did he get from tinkering at home to mass production? Well, let me tell you.
It’s been hot around Seattle – 80 degree days for weeks now. We have adapted quickly and now everyone is throwing BBQ’s as much as possible. This is of course a perfect excuse to continue making the sauces and rubs out of The Work and eating them. And so I have.
It’s been a bit since a new post has been put up – the longest since this blog has started. Not to say there hasn’t been cooking going on, just life got in the way and so a pause took place. I’ve even managed to mangle some Modernist Cuisine recipes that weren’t fit for posting. But not yesterday. The Fourth of July brought friends together for BBQ and fireworks. I opened The Work to try out some new sauces besides the BBQ sauces I’ve already done: South Carolina and Kentucky.
By far the most popular post on this site is The Price Of Cooking Modernist Cuisine, Part I: Tools And Gadgets. Along with Part II: Food Additives and Part III: Cookbooks and Other Resources, they provide a handy compendium of what’s available (and affordable) for the home cook to delve into Modernist Cuisine. It’s been a couple of years since they were posted however, and there are other gadgets, ingredients and whatnot I’ve collected since then that can be added to the list. Therefore, let’s take a look at other things you can use to create cool funky food in your kitchen.
It’s been absolutely beautiful in Seattle the past few weeks. The sun has been out, the flowers are in full bloom, and generally the malaise that creeps into people’s day to day personalities after months of cloud cover has given way to smiles and laughter. And lots of exposed white, pale skin.
The food has changed as well as the smell of BBQs has been in the air while we enjoy a respite from the gray skies. I wanted a light snack that fit the warm days, and chose melon slices. That get glued together. As you do.
UPDATE 4/23/13: Congrats to Ideas In Food for their well deserved win!
Here’s the deal: vote for Jet City Gastrophysics as Saveur’s Best Culinary Science Blog here: http://www.saveur.com/food-blog-awards/vote.jsp?ID=1000014459
Have you done it? Great – thanks! To be sure, this is shocking and crazy that Saveur would recognize us, especially in the company of the other nominees. Is “honored” the right word? Perhaps “dumbfounded”. But there are three reasons why Jet City Gastrophysics should be voted Best Food Blog. Why? Because reasons.