Two new arrivals

Heather and I received our first Community Supported Agriculture box today. Contents included acorn squash, radishes, sweet potatoes, scallions, arugula, white turnips, a bell pepper, and a dehydrated ear of corn for making popcorn.

The second arrival is a sample of tapioca maltodextrin from Food Innovation. This is used in the commercial food world as an anti-caking agent and a bulker for powdered mixes like powdered lemonade. This is pure starch derived from tapioca and is completely odorless and tasteless. The interesting thing that can be done with this chemical is turning any fat into a powder. The company recommends two parts fat to one part maltodextrin. Another application is the ability to grind nuts into a free flowing powder. Below is one example. This is peanut butter that has been turned into powder. When it is put into your mouth, it strangely reconstitutes into peanut butter.

This is a cool clip of Alinea’s pastry chef using maltodextrin


~ by Schwarvin on October 9, 2008.

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