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I was so excited to receive this kit and start playing with molecular gastronomy. The first 6 or 7 recipes in the pamphlet that accompanies the kit shows you how to do spherification and reverse spherification - basically, making little spheres of liquid, like "melon caviar". However, all of these recipes require Algin and Calcic, two chemicals that are NOT included in the kit. I was very dissapointed.
In my family's case, we were originally going to commit to buying two chemicals (sodium alginate and sodium citrate) used for spherification. They were being sold in larger quantities but the price was a little too steep for our budget. Instead we settled on this kit. Now we get to thoroughly try out many different chemicals before we buy some in bulk. I would highly recommend this if you are not 100% percent certain about which chemicals you want or if you are just beginning to experiment with gastronomy. (And as an aside, the customer service with this company is exemplary.)
There are various jelling agents that work in surprising ways. Agar is included. While agar might be new to many people, I've personally had a long experience with it. Agar is actually readily available from chemical supply companies and from asian food marts, but is an unknown to many cooks. I used it for making my slants for my yeast collection for brewing beer. Another culinary outlet for agar probably lost on the makers of the kit. :-) But a good one none-the-less.
The product comes is a sturdy plastic box with 12 sturdy plastic containers inside. I mention this because I can tell you that the packaging will be useful after the ingredients are used up. Maybe put spices in it. Use it to create a new gift for someone. Be creative, but it's nice not to get something flimsy.
And finally, to the company itself. One other reviewer mentioned missing 2 important components. Mine arrived mis-packaged with 12 of the same ingredient. Oops. Well, this isn't a life-or-death product, so the mistake was a good way to see how the seller handles customer service. In a word, excellent!
In this case, I talked Brian (no phone maze... he just answered the phone). He expedited a replacement, sent me a fedex return pdf and I was good to go.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Received the kit quickly after I ordered it. I kinda wish there were more instructions/recipes but at least there's some! (Other food chemicals I've bought came with none!)Published on December 27, 2010 by A Keck
I finally got around to playing with the sample kit. On my first attempt to make olive-oil foam, I discovered that the kit contained only 6g of Glice. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Marios Assioti
are the items included in this kit samples from the original Texturas from bulli? or are they generic brand ? Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by gwendolyne moino
I was just starting to get into molecular gastronomy when I bought this and this was the perfect starter kit to be able to experiment, see what I liked to create and then buy the... Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Stephen Gates