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Experimenting in the Kitchen

Chany Rosengarten

Would you let science invade your kitchen? My grandmother allowed an ungainly refrigerator to crowd up her tenement when the appliance first emerged on the market with the promise of prolonging food freshness. That was just the beginning of kitchen innovations. Today, foodies and scientists have come up with countless other ways to revolutionize the way meals are prepared. Family First gives you a quick peek at some of the latest inventions.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fun with Freezing

Instead of heating up food, the Anti-Griddle freezes it. Just drop a spoonful of pureed mango, say, onto this chill-grill, insert a stick, and you’ll have a homemade fruit lollipop within minutes. Or scribble “Mazel Tov” with melted chocolate on the flat, freezing surface to make a fun dessert for sheva brachos. You can play around with mousse, purees, creams, syrups, or anything you’d want as a frozen treat.

In three simple steps, you can create your culinary concoction. First, you oil the Anti-Griddle’s surface to prevent sticky freeze. Next, turn the machine on (it should take five to ten minutes for the surface to drop down to -30° F). Finally, drop your mixture — whether orange jello, caramel mousse, chocolate or raspberry syrup — onto the surface and wait a few minutes. The results are, well, cool.

Restaurateurs are playing around with this device and creating foods you’d never dream of. For example, a chef might put a dome of cheese foam onto the Anti-Griddle, flipping it over on all sides, to create a crunchy frozen crust and a creamy molten inside. Or, for a catered event, there might be a tray of frozen discs of marshmallow, mousse, chocolate, and berry syrup piled around a warm confection for a frozen super treat. Cooked fish in crème can also be chilled solid at the surface, and warm within each bite.

Now, you’re probably wondering — how much does it cost? The Anti-Griddle is available for the princely sum of $1,199. I’m guessing that most of us won’t shell out that kind of money for a machine that may just take up kitchen space. But if you happen upon a restaurant that features the Anti-Griddle, you can at least enjoy the culinary delights that the machine can produce.



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