Honestly, if you have not yet signed up for TikTok, you really need to go there ASAP! For the past several months, I have learned so many things from all aspects of the world. Personally, I love the cooking hacks, makeup tips, travel recommendations, recipes and doggy videos. So, when I came across Bri Baker’s (from Master Chef) account, Plating Queen, I just knew I had to give her recipe for Balsamic Vinegar Caviar a go. See, I have yet to explore much of the science of molecular gastronomy. Well, except for my sous vide techniques. Thankfully, I had a bottle of my favorite Golden Balsamic Vinegar from Delallo and a bottle of Fig Balsamic from O Olive Oil. Why not be extra fancy, and make two different versions. Oh, and by the way, I will be making caviar out of everything. For reals!
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WHAT IS MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY?
Instead of me going on, and on about a topic I know just a little about, check out this blog article from Webstaurant Store. Technically, what I did to create the Balsamic Vinegar Caviar is called Cold Oil Spherification. Basically, I used the agar agar to encapsulate the vinegar into caviar pearls. Sous vide is also another form of molecular gastronomy which I do know a bit about. If you are into sous vide, be sure to check out my recipes for Sous Vide Egg Bites, Sous Vide Corned Beef, Sous Vide Chicken and Sous Vide Steak.
USING AGAR AGAR TO CREATE BALSAMIC VINEGAR CAVIAR
After searching around for agar agar, I finally had to order from Amazon. My local Whole Foods used to carry it, but they do not any longer. It took only a few days to ship to me. Agar agar is vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free. Basically, it is a plant-based gelatin used for thickening.
For all things agar agar, check out this article from The Spruce Eats. Not only is there a ton of useful information in this article, but you will also find a few recipe links using this ingredient.
TOOLS AND TIPS TO CREATE BALSAMIC VINEGAR CAVIAR
First, the oil needs to be placed into the freezer for at least twenty to thirty minutes. Up to an hour is perfect. You want to be sure to contain the oil in a tall glass. This is important! As you drop the liquid into the cold oil, the spheres will have time to form and keep their shape as they travel down to the bottom of the glass. These pipette droppers work very well to transfer the vinegar mixture in drop form into the cold oil.
HOW TO USE BALSAMIC VINEGAR CAVIAR
In my opinion, use the Balsamic Vinegar Caviar any way you desire. They are a perfect garnish for a Caprese Salad. Or, do like I did and garnish on top of a Deconstructed Burrata Salad. ENJOY!Print
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