we use a green food colouring agent instead?
This technique is now mastered by the team of the restaurant and goes perfectly with the
ingredients of the dish from the “Menu fraicheur”.
III.16.9. Other suggestions openings, ideas, applications of the technology:
Is it possible to foam such a preparation with a gas spray?
III.17. Leaves of salad flavoured with methyl cellulose.
The aim of this experiment is to make films of methyl cellulose in order to decorate a salad for
example or to improve the texture of the strawberry agar agar.
The gels of cellulose set and solidify with a loss of water, thus with a rise of temperature. The
films of methyl cellulose were implemented by Rachel Edward-Stuart (the Fat Duck restaurant), during
the INICON meeting in June 21st, 2005.
III.17.3. First test
· 100 g of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
· 100 g of tap water.
· 50 g of squeezed orange juice.
· 50 g of caster sugar.
· 1.5 g of methyl cellulose
1. Mix in hot water (40°C) the mixture sugar + methyl cellulose.
2. Add the cold juices, without whipping but stirring.
3. Pour a table spoon of the final mix on a marble.
4. Roll the solution to obtain a film.
The films of methyl cellulose do not set, they do not harden after rolling
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III.17.3.4. Discussion/ Interpretation:
The film of methyl cellulose doesn’t set at room temperature, but at a temperature < 10°C and
also, lemon juice may have its importance in this problem.
One week later, the cellulose seems to have form a thick gel at the bottom of the bowl. Heated,
mixed again, then let apart, the mixture is again thickened, two weeks later. However, no film can be
realized with this thickener solution. It may be necessary to let the mixture dry in the air much longer, in
order to evaporate more water or the concentration has to be increased.
III.17.4. Second test with the methyl cellulose
· 200 g of tap water
· 2 g of methyl cellulose