Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Home, Where the Fizz Is
New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Julia Moskin

Posted on 02/26/2013 5:01:35 PM PST by nickcarraway

It can take just 90 seconds and a rubber band.

Curious cooks have begun hacking carbonators, the soda-making machines that are proliferating in American home kitchens. Most buyers are happy to use them for their intended purpose: turning tap water into sparkling water. But off-label, they have been used to make herb-infused sparkling wine, newfangled sangria, heady cocktails and nonalcoholic — but intoxicatingly delicious — sodas.

Recently, in a storefront laboratory in Chinatown, Piper Kristensen, a bartender and occasional lab assistant who works for the avant-garde bar Booker and Dax in the East Village, studied a SodaStream Penguin. It had arrived fitted with a new feature, a device that was preventing him from carbonating the clear tomato juice he had purified in a centrifuge. He probed the carbonator’s dispensing valve, figured out that its plastic collar had to be raised, and twisted on a rubber band. In short order, he poured a fizzy cocktail of tomato juice, vodka and sugar into elegant cordial glasses.

He handed one to his boss, Dave Arnold, formerly the director of culinary technology at the International Culinary Center as well as an owner of Booker and Dax. Mr. Arnold sipped. “It tastes like ketchup soda,” he said. “Maybe you should go back to the egg cream.” Mr. Kristensen is on a quest to produce a carbonated egg cream, but as it turns out, it is difficult to carbonate milk. (Its proteins cause excessive foaming.) But as he showed, it is extremely easy to carbonate many other liquids, to delicious effect.

So far, New York City’s few remaining seltzer-delivery men are safe. But the home brew looks poised to take over the market.

Americans bought more than 1.2 million home carbonators, like the SodaStream and the SodaSparkle, in 2012 alone. In April, Samsung is to roll

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: carbonation; sodasparkle; sodastream; sodawater

1 posted on 02/26/2013 5:01:39 PM PST by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Why don’t liberals whine about trendy crap like home carbonators contributing greenhouse gases, but they whine about natural things like cow farts??


2 posted on 02/26/2013 5:05:39 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bryanw92

I’m enjoying one of my home brewed Bourbon Barrel Porters.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 5:12:16 PM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Bryanw92

Why don’t liberals whine about trendy crap like home carbonators contributing greenhouse gases, but they whine about natural things like cow farts??


There you go again! Being Logical...Hurrumph!


4 posted on 02/26/2013 5:12:16 PM PST by The Working Man
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

A make your own 32 oz soda article in the New York Times. Way to get around Bloomberg. Next week they’ll have an article about printing your own 30 round AR-15 magazines.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 5:12:40 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Used mine to make spritzers and cranberry/vodka.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 5:20:21 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

If I could, I would make all of the sodas non-carbonated. The appeal of carbonation has always been a mystery to me. Drinking carbonated beverages is so painful, I think it must be comparable to trying to drink powdered glass.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 5:47:04 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

The five primary flavors are sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory(umami).

The six secondary flavors are spicy (piquance or pungency), fatty or oily, coolness (like minty, menthol or camphor), astringent (like alum or lemon), heartiness (like alcohol), and numbness (like nutmeg or clove).

But I think a good argument can be made for fizzy (carbonated) and foamy, as if not as secondary flavors than perhaps tertiary ones, more oriented towards textures, like crunchy, chewy, crispy, crystalline, powdery, earthy, fishy, juicy, squashy, runny, solid, hard, soft, tough, soggy, firm, and creamy.

The trick for good cooking is to have a good balance between complementary flavors, textures and mouth feel.


8 posted on 02/26/2013 5:54:06 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: exDemMom

I have a medical condition that’s kept me from drinking carbonated beverages since 2010. :-(

I don’t miss soda that much, but I do miss beer, ale, porters, and stouts. :-(

Mark


9 posted on 02/26/2013 6:13:04 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

A story about fizz. Literally.

“Why oh why is our newspaper going bankrupt?”

“I don’t know. We’re so cutting-edge and trendy. We’re as current as ‘Sex In The City.’ All the news we think fit to print. What is the problem with our readers?”


10 posted on 02/26/2013 7:29:08 PM PST by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

BTTT for further perusal.


11 posted on 02/27/2013 8:51:04 AM PST by buffaloguy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I bought a Sodastream 5 or 6 years ago. Love it!


12 posted on 02/27/2013 9:39:36 PM PST by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson