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Gelatin

Gelatin is one of the oldest and most well-known "modernist" ingredients in western cooking. It is used in many childhood favorites such as Jell-O and marshmallows in s'mores. Gelatin can also be used to create light foams, soft panna cottas and a wide variety of gels. Without other stabilizers, gelatin has to be used for cold preparations; otherwise it will melt and lose its form.

Gelatin is taken from the collagen found in the bones and skin of animals. If you make a stock at home gelatin is the component that gives it body and causes it to gel in the refrigerator. It is clear and colorless and when dried it is solid and brittle. When hydrated, gelatin forms a flavorless and transparent gel which easily blends into other ingredients.

You can read more about gelatin from my how to use gelatin guide or any of the gelatin articles and recipes below.

Gelatin Recipes and Articles

Blackcurrant Foam

Black currant gelatin foam 2 This thicker blackcurrant foam recipe is full of flavor. It can be used on desserts to add some sweet and tart flavor or as a sauce to liven up a fish entree.

Mom's Sweet Potato Casserole Bites

Marshmallow   sweetpotato mollases For this dessert I've taken the components from my mom's sweet potato casserole and broken them down into a modernist dessert. I take crispy sweet potato chips and top them with a fresh orange and brown sugar marshmallow. Then I finish it with a drizzle of molasses for extra flavor.

Chocolate Covered Mint Marshmallows

Marshmallows   chocolate covered mint syrup This recipe takes classic homemade marshmallows and covers them in yummy chocolate. Mint and chocolate is a classic pairing and the soft marshmallows are a great way to hold them all together! A definite party favorite!

Margarita Gel

Margarita gelatin shots 2 This is a tastier take on the commonly served Jell-O shot especially if you top them with some candied lime peel and a little sprig of mint. You can even substitute any of your favorite drinks into this recipe - let your imagination run wild!

Chocolate Foam

Chocolate gelatin foam 2 This recipe produces a thick chocolate foam that is a tasty fun way to top ice cream or brownies. It makes a wonderful smooth dessert when served by itself with just a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar topping it off!

Cherry-Chocolate Marshmallows Recipe

Marshmallows   cherry coated Using a marshmallow base turns a rich, decadent chocolate covered cherry into a lighter equally satisfying treat. I add cocoa powder to the marshmallow mixture, resulting in a light chocolate flavor and cherry juice is turned into a marshmallow coating. These addictive snacks have great flavor and are a visually interesting dish that will get your guests talking!

Mussels with Curry Foam Recipe

Curry mussels with curry foam For this recipe I make a foam instead of using the normally thin liquid associated with a dish of mussels. After removing the mussels from their shells, I serve them individually with the curry foam on top. This exceptional mussel bite turns a messy meal into an elegant and easy to eat party food.

White Chocolate Clouds Gelatin Foam Recipe

White chocolate clouds White chocolate foam dispensed over ripe berries, it does not get much better than that! This recipe will wow your guests.

Foamed Fruit Cosmos Recipe

Blueberry foam in drink and cocktail Cosmos are becoming a more and more popular drink and I mix it up by making different flavors of cosmo and by adding some flair in the form of a fruit gelatin foam from a whipping siphon.

Creamsicle with Sous Vide Infused Orange-Vanilla Vodka Recipe

Vanilla orange infused vodka Using sous vide infused vanilla-orange vodka makes this modernist cocktail extra flavorful and the half and half adds a richness that cannot be beat.

Paloma Recipe with Grapefruit Foam

Paloma with grapefruit foam front lit Tequila has a bad reputation as a party drink but you can tame it if you replace the shots with this sophisticated cocktail. The paloma is a traditional Mexican cocktail and is much more common than a margarita south of the border. It is usually made with tequila and a grapefruit soda, such as squirt, served over ice, and is both easy to make and delicious.

Orange-Ginger Gel Sheets

Agar gelatin sheets 2 One interesting use of modernist gelling is to create pliable gel sheets. These gel sheets are made by adding a combination of agar agar and gelatin to a flavored liquid and letting it set. The agar and gelatin add both elasticity for strength and a nice brittleness for flavor release. The ratio of the two ingredient will determine the final characteristic of the gel sheets.

Classic Gelatin Marshmallows

Gelatin marshmallows 2 Marshmallows are a favorite food of children everywhere. These homemade ones are so much better than store bought that there is really no comparison. Whether you want to eat these on smores, in hot cocoa or just plain they will amaze you and your friends.

Sous Vide Lemon Curd

Lemon curd Although you can now buy lemon curd in most supermarkets, it is extremely simple to make in your water oven, and the homemade version doesn't contain any preservatives or artificial flavors. Traditional recipes require cooking the lemon-egg mixture in a double boiler until the curd thickens. This can be tricky, as one or two degrees can make the difference between success and disaster. With the sous vide technique, the curd cooks itself without any stress or stirring.

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