Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 6: Mint Caviar

For Day 6, I made Mint Caviar.  This stuff looks REALLY REALLY COOL.  However, I want to warn you that it is surprisingly not very flavorful.  It doesn't taste bad, but I used creme de menthe and it really didn't taste minty at all.  If you make caviar of any kind, I would make it with the intention of a cool garnishment, but don't expect it to impart much flavor.

1/3 cup creme de menthe (or whatever liquid you want to use)
2 packets Sodium Alginate
1 packet Calcium Lactate

Cheesecloth/mesh strainer

Step 1: Make Alginate Syrup
Add 2 packets of Sodium Alginate to 1 and 1/4 cups of warm water.  Mix using an immersion blender, then pour into a saucepan.  Bring to a rolling boil, let boil about 1 minute, then remove from heat and let cool for ten minutes.

*Note, to clean my immersion blender (the alginate solution gets really sticky) I soak it in warm water and soap and change the water two or three times.

Step 2: Make Mint Syrup
Mix together 1/3 cup alginate syrup and 1/3 cup creme de menthe.  You will have leftover syrup - feel free to mix with other liquids (I think alcohol would be the safest bet) in a 1 to 1 ratio.  However, I got REALLY sick of dropping in the small little balls, so keep that in mind.  It takes forever.

Step 3: Make Calcium bath
Add one packet Calcium Lactate to 4 cups lukewarm water.  Mix thoroughly.

Step 4: Dropper!
Fill up a dropper with the mint mixture and dropper into the calcium bath.  This takes a VERY long time! However, keep dropping them in until you have the amount of caviar that you want.  Stir periodically or the caviar will get a weird little tail.

Step 5: Strain
I used a cheesecloth to separate the caviar from the water and this worked well.  It you have a mesh strainer, this would also work.  The holes in a slotted spoon were too large, so this would not work. *Note I used to think cheesecloth was intimidating - it sounds so fancy!  Buy it.  It costs like $2 and it is totally worth it.

Step 6: Enjoy your awesome looking creation!  I ate mine over chocolate ice cream.  These would look cool over basically anything, and I also think they would look great in cocktails (mint in a mojito would be fantastic).

You can pick these up and roll them between your fingers.  They are very sturdy little balls (they feel like small salmon eggs you use for fishing).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, listen to you; you sound like a real fisherman/woman!! Now if you could just figure out what smells good to fish and you could make your own fish eggs!!! Seriously though, they look gorgeous and I agree with you, i can really see something like this in a mojito and it might be pretty in a martini (i.e. lemon roe in lemon drops?)I, too missed my thing a day on Superbowl day, but since i started a day or two early I didn't freak out)