Red Thai Curry Foam

Thanks to our friends over at iSi for this recipe, what a perfect spring treat! Don’t let the xanthan gum scare you out of making this recipe, pick some up on Amazon, Whole Foods or at your local health food store and give it a try!

Red Thai Curry

photo taken by iSi

Ingredients for 1 pint Whip Cream Dispenser
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon lemongrass, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon gelatine powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest

Procedure:
Combine the lemongrass, ginger and garlic in a pan and brown for about one minute on medium-high heat.  Add the red curry paste and cook for another minute until all the spices become very aromatic.  Add the chicken broth (you can also substitute with water or another stock depending on your chosen protein), coconut milk and lime juice.  Stir well to make sure the curry paste dissolves.  Let simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Add the gelatin powder and xanthan gum (which can be found at most health food stores or even Whole Foods) and stir constantly until combined.  Strain the sauce through the iSi funnel and let cool before pouring into a 1 pint whipped cream dispenser.  Screw on two N20 cream chargers and shake vigorously after each one.   Pair with your favorite protein and/or vegetables and garnish with lime zest.

Bangkok Daiquiri – Rapid Infusion

Bangkok Daiquiri

A fairly straight-ahead daiquiri recipe, using rum infused with Thai basil, cilantro, and orange peel.  Though daiquiris are normally made with white rum we tried this recipe with the aged rum by Zacapa, different, but still great.

Ingredients: makes 2

150 ml rum
10 grams Thai basil
5 grams cilantro
10 grams orange peel (pith removed)
Cream whipper
N2O charger
1 oz simple syrup 1:1 (can be increased to 1 1/2 oz for a sweeter drink)
1 1/2 oz strained fresh lime juice
Pinch salt

Technique:

Add the rum, Thai basil, cilantro, and orange peel to the whipper and charge with N2O.  Swirl the whipper for 30 seconds, allow to rest for 30 seconds more, give it a final swirl and vent the N2O to atmosphere.  While venting, hold the whipper upright so the liquid stays inside. If possible, let rest another 30 seconds.  Open the whipper and strain the infused rum into a metal shaker. Add simple syrup, lime juice and salt and shake vigorously with plenty of ice for 12-15 seconds.  Strain into 2 coupes.  Drink.

Rapid Infusion Using a Whipped Cream Dispenser

High Pressure Rapid Infusion 

A new technique that has recently starting gaining a little more popularity, with many chefs and bartenders  is rapid infusion. Not only is it simple and inexpensive but it is also fast. Using this technique with a whipped cream dispenser captures the fresh raw compounds of solid ingredients and it doesn’t require any heat.  Using what we traditionally called a Whipped Cream Dispenser, isn’t just for whipped cream anymore! The basic process is pretty simple, for example, if you are infusing a cocktail, maybe vodka for instance, or maybe you just want to make your own syrup. Start with whatever liquid you choose inside the dispenser, next you’ll add your ingredients, the ingredients is totally up to you( maybe mint, rosemary, jalapenos..) Charge it with a N2O charger, wait about a minute and give it a good swirl, then vent the gas out of the whipper,  holding

the whipper in the upright position and strain the infused liquid.

With most infusion techniques, the time of infusion depends on the ingredients and the results you are looking for, but usually we recommend one minute as a good place to start. But play around with times, to find your desired result.  Always use warm or room temperature foods and liquids for the most flavor, as cold ingredients will result in a less flavorful, weaker infusion.

Tips for Success

  • Vent Quickly – A rapid release of gas forces the gas to penetrate more quickly. Be sure to capture any liquid that escapes by cupping the nozzle while holding the whipper in the upright position.
  • Precision and Control –  Brands like Ultra Purewhip, SFG and ISI cream chargers contain 8 grams of pure N2O gas, delivering consistent infusions every time.
  • Compact and Economical – Vacuum packers used to create rapid infusions can set you back up to $1,000 and take up a lot of kitchen space. We sell whipped cream dispensers any where from $29 to $115,, they are  affordable and compact enough for any kitchen or bar.
A whipped cream dispenser can be used to create infusions for savory, pastry, and mixology. The technique is universal.


Savory – You can infuse olive oils or vinaigrette’s with herbs that are good for dipping, marinating, salad dressing and cooking.We have heard also from some customers that they put  chicken or beef into their dispenser and put their favorite ingredients and use the rapid infusion technique with this as well, it works, and its fast!
Pastry -Infusing water or milk with flowers, herbs,spices, fruit or vegetables to create bold flavors. Infusing milk products and creating icecream, is a real favorite. (Bacon ice cream anyone?)

Mixology – Mixologists have found using a whipper an essential tool now in every successful bar, making truly unique drinks and flavors.  Start by making a simple syrup recipe with water and sugar, then add your ingredients among other thing…

 

From the busy executive chef downtown to any person interested in experimenting with great flavors  anyone can be trained to use these whippers, and make their own rapid infusions, making their own unique mixtures and flavors.  If you have a infusion you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear it!

Cheese Wizard

Think of it as Cheez wiz but better! This is a great delicious treat on anything, without the processed food flavor! Use it on anything you want or make your own variation of Philly’s famous Steak and Cheese, or put it on your macaroni! This is a great starter recipe to play around with add more cheese or less depending on your taste preference or add different cheese’s!

Cheese Wizard

Ingredients for 1 pint whip cream dispenser:
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup of Velvetta
1/2 cup white cheddar
3 drops roast beef extract

Procedure:
Heat milk to a bare simmer. Add Velveeta and cheddar. Stir until melted. Strain. Cool. Pour into a 1 pint whip cream dispenser. Charge with 3 cream chargers. Shake 3 to 5 times. Test consistency. Serve on your own Philly sandwich inspired burger!

Note:
You can also use your favorite real cheese in any cheese sauce. Just let it chill before you pour it into your whip cream dispenser. Charge with one cream charger. Shake three to five times. Test its consistency. Serve on burgers or baked potatoes, steamed broccoli or roasted cauliflower, toasted baguette slices or just plain crackers.

 

Check out this video showing you how to make homemade cheese whiz with a Whip Rite whipped cream dispenser:

 

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