We have seen many sci-fi movies or tv shows, especially cartoons, were food was not presented in the form we are accustomed to. Instead of the classic salads, steaks and rice, we merely saw round spheres and beads that were supposed to have the same taste as they food they embodied. A new invention brings food lovers one step closer to this idea. The kitchen device dubbed Imperial Spherificator turns many types of food into small edible pearls.
The device was launched on Kickstarter and has a price ranging from $115 to $135. It was designed to make a certain culinary technique – known as spherification – easier.
“Spherification simply put is the culinary process of shaping a liquid into spheres which visually and texturally resemble caviar or pearls,” the company wrote on their website. “You can produce pearls and caviar with a liquid center by using a reverse technic called Reverse Spherification.”
The Imperial Spherificator can be used with most types of food, be they fresh or bought from the store. According to the creators, the device can be used in order to combine all types of raw or pre-made ingredients. However, it can work only with liquid materials. As such, all solids must first be blended and only afterwards added to the culinary gadget.
The invention was designed by Kelp Caviar, a Montreal-based company that has been selling caviar substitutes for the past three years. All these substitutes have been made using the same method employed by the Imperial Spherificator. Since many of their customers wanted to try the technique at home, they came up with a device that would enable them to do so.
The Kickstarted campaign has already raised more than $57,000 of its $61,573 goal. As such, the creators of the Imperial Spherificator are planning to ship the first products in November. Would you like to turn your food in edible pearls?