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Molecular Gastronomy

Some chef's call this combination of food & science by various names. Some say "Molecular Gastronomy" others call it "Modernist Cuisine" or even "Emotional Cuisine" because of how it seems to cultivate a reaction from people. If you're looking for some of the specialty ingredients, click here: Molecular Gastronomy Ingredients .

Digital Kitchen Scale

This scale is good for everyday weighing. Make too much pasta every time? This will help you with portion control. Also, takes AA batteries, which are easier to find than the button-style. Measures to an accuracy of 0.05oz 11lb/5kg
Pocket Scale, 100 by 0.1 grams

This scale measures to .01 grams which is typically adequate for most at-home micro-measurements. This model requires 2 AAA batteries, which are included with purchase. The scale also comes with an auto-off function.
Pocket Scale, 1000 by 0.1 grams

Ten times more precise than the other pocket scale. This scale measures to .001 grams which is excellent for small portion micro-measurements. This model requires 2 AAA batteries, which are included with purchase. The scale also comes with an auto-off function
60cc Syringe

If you use the tubes I suggest below, I did the math for you! For the 1/4" tubes it comes out to about 20cc per foot. For a 2 foot section (you need to allow some air gap to submerge the tube) You need a syringe that holds at least 25cc, and has a varying OD tip. This size is versatile, in case you want to use it for other applications... plus, no needles. Here's 20cc syringes for tiny hands.
Pipettes

To measure ingredients by the drop, these 3 ml Disposable Plastic Transfer Pipettes are just the tool. Cheap, too. Cut to size for fancy Hors d'Oeuvres or loaded cupcakes.
Julep Spoon

This is perfect for removing spheres and 'caviar' from their liquid. Perforated spoon especially for straining. The holes are just the right size and won't tear delicate spheres.
ISI Easy Whip Mini

For whipped cream in just a few seconds, or instant infusions. The contents can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. This size takes 2 chargers per load, which is plenty for at-home applications... but if you want to go smaller & save money on the chargers in the long run, get the 1/2 pint size. (click here).
N2O Cream Chargers

8 grams of nitrous-oxide in each stainless steel cartridge. (Yes, the brand of nitrous DOES have an effect on the flavor of your product!) Each charger is good for most pint and half-pint applications... but I always use 2 per pint container for better foams.
iSi Decorator Tips

Stainless Steel decorating tips from iSi come in 3 shapes, straight, star and tulip. These high quality tips are perfect to present creams, desserts, Espumas, sauces, soups and more. Dishwasher safe. For use with the iSi family of Whips.
1/4" PVC Tubing

To make gel noodles or spaghetti, you will need this tubing. This is TEN FEET of the stuff, so you'll do well to cut it into 4 pieces (easiest way is to cut the length in half, and cut each half into half, once again.) That will give you the best option for coiling that's not too tight.
1/4" Silicone Tubing
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This is my 2nd choice for tubing, but it's more forgiving for varying-sized syringes. Coils easier but may still kink, and makes the gel take longer to set. This is FIVE FEET of the stuff, so you'll do well to cut it into 2 pieces That will give you the best option for coiling that's not too tight.
Syringe/Tube Set

If you're just looking to do some quick experiements and see if you like playing with this stuff, just get this cheap set.
Butane Torch

I have several kinds of culinary torches, but this is the style I like best. Attaches to the canisters linked below with a twist, and ignites with a click of the button.
P. S. I do NOT recommend [[THIS]] style, which have to be refilled.
Butane Fuel

Don't buy these here! They can be found for $2/can at most Asian/Latin markets. I'm including this link to show you what they look like, or if 2-day delivery is easier for you than driving around town.
Electric Milk Frother

This is sold as a milk frother, and it does a great job at that, but I also use it as a tiny immersion blender for blending small portions of salad dressing, for Modernist Cuisine additives, and even to whip a tiny bit of cream to top desserts.
Semicircle Silicone Mold

This mold is perfect for the frozen reverse spherification technique. Create spheres from any liquid that explode with a flavorful burst in your mouth. Super simple to use and real time saver. Can also be used with agar-agar or gelatin
Chinese Soup Spoons - 12

PORCELAIN spoons are nicer than plastic. I use these for parties all the time. Pop them in your dishwasher's silverware rack, and maybe a few on the top rack if you use all of them! Cute way to offer small portions of sauces or Hors d'Oeuvres! (This is a 50-pc order, very inexpensive when it's available.)
Petri Dish

These little petri dishes are a fun way to display your "caviar" and other spherification creations. 6cm across, so it's just the right size to fill with a portion for each person dining. Plastic, so the need to be hand-washed.
LavaLamp - Glass

6-pack - Glass is dishwasher safe - 13.5 ounce
LavaLamp - Acrylic

Set of 6 - Premium Quality Acrylic - 16-ounce
LavaLamp - Party Pack

40 pieces - One-time use plastic - 16-ounce
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