Elderflower is a traditional wine that was historically popular because it ferments on the wild yeast in the elderflowers, though this recipe uses commercial wine yeast for consistent results. The recipe begins by making a tea with dried elderflowers, though you can also use freshly collected elderflowers without the stalks if you like (You need about 20 heads). The elderflower tea begins to smell very appealing on the second day, so suspend judgement when the tea is fresh. Continue reading “Wine from Dried Elderflowers”
Fresh strawberries are decadent, more so if you forego the pleasure of eating them and ferment them as nature intended. To make the compromise more appealing you can use 2 kg of fresh or frozen strawberries for this recipe, so you can start it all year around. Try substituting some raspberries as well for a delicious variation.
A favourite in Asia, plum wine is easy and inexpensive to make, though it has a reputation for not always clearing fully, but this recipe gives you a good chance because of the inclusion of Pectolase. This recipe is also sound for peaches, nectarines and other stone fruits, so keep an eye out for seasonal and inexpensive sources of fruit. Continue reading “Plum Wine”
This recipe uses Sodium Nitrite to turn 1 to 2 kg of beef into corned beef. You can use Sodium Nitrite if you are very careful or you can obtain Instacure #1 / Prague Powder #1 / Pink curing salts. Quantities for both are given. Ensure that your Pink Curing Salts are 6.25% Sodium Nitrite and 93.75% Sodium Chloride. Any other concentrations will require recalculation.
To make perfect burgers your meat has to be right. It needs about 30% fat. If you are cooking sous vide as described below, you could get away with 20% because of the reduced cooking temperature.
Carbonation in beverages happens by two major means. Champagne, Cava and other beverages using the name Champagne, such as Soviet Champagne and California Champagne undergo two fermentations. In the first fermentation in a vat the yeast present in the grape juice creates alcohol but the resulting CO2 byproduct is allowed to disperse into the air. Then the beverage is bottled and tightly corked and a second fermentation (Bottle fermentation) creates more CO2 that is now trapped in the bottle. With correct control this will be enough to pressurise the bottle, carbonate the beverage and not be quite strong enough to shatter the bottle if it’s correctly handled. Continue reading “Home Carbonation Rig”
This cheesecake is delicious, light, delicately flavoured and almost certainly won’t break during cooking. Because the sousvide bath will not overheat any part of the cake there will be no Maillard reaction and no browning, drying or unwanted textures. Continue reading “Cheesecake Sousvide”