A sneak peek into molecular cooking; how to create the perfect mango spheres

A sneak peek into molecular cooking; how to create the perfect mango spheres

Molecular gastronomy recipes have become more important and in demand than ever. Have you ever felt the need to create tasty spheres either to impress guests or to surprise your family but always find yourself not even going past the ingredients stage? Or maybe you are new to molecular cooking and need some help? Well, you are not alone, this is something that has happened to lots of people.

As a cookingenthusiast myself, I try to make sure that whatever type of food I make at least results in some praise from my guests and family. One of the best things about creative cooking is that it does not only make you feel awesome, but it also makes you very happy and satisfied to see how much your guests or family members are enjoying the food.

But how then do you do that if you are new to molecular gastronomy and find making spheresdifficult?

This article will give you a simple recipe for making tasty mango spheres by using the rightingredients and following simple guidelines that will be provided below.

Mango spheres recipe

Fruity spheresare often created following the process of spherification. Spherification is a cooking technique that employs chemistry in turning liquid foods into juice filled spheres- much like caviars.

Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need

  • Mango juice
  • Sodium alginate source
  • Water
  • Calcium source
  • Strainer for removing spheres from Algin bath
  • Syringe/dropper to create juice droplets
  • Immersion blender for mixing sodium alginate with mango juice
  • Strainer to remove the spheres from the alginate bath

Preparation method

In your mango juice, add a small percentage of sodium alginate and blend to mix the Algin and mango juice well. Thiswill help to prevent the mixture from clumping which might affect the resulting spheres.

After blending, let the liquid rest for a while to remove bubbles.

Before putting the drops in the bath, you need to ensure that the PH of the blended mixture is not too low because this might prevent the ingredient from gelling.

With the above set and confirmed, you can proceed to create the calcium bath. For this, you will need to dissolve calcium chloride in water, put the solution in a fridge for a while to cool. Remove the bath from the refrigerator and using the syringe, create the mango juice droplets and immerse them in the calcium bath.

Give them a few seconds to form and remove the spheres once formed from the bath using the strainer and set aside. Once you are done creating all the spheres you need, you can then proceed to rinse them with clean water to remove the calcium (calcium tends to have a relatively bitter taste, and if you leave it on your sphere the flavor might be compromised).

You can serve the now ready mango spheres cold or reasonably hot, whichever way you prefer it.

Keep these mind;

  • Use the right measurement for each ingredient
  • Be careful about each process, prepare the bath carefully and ensure that the spheres are well formed before you spoon them out of the bath
  • Also, do not let the spheres come close to each other when setting; they may stick to each other

There you have it, a very straightforward and easy to follow recipe to help you create incredible mango spheres. Good luck!

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