Forum Activity for @Ruth Atkinson Kendrick

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/26/17 12:06:50AM
194 posts

Ganache, Water Activity, and Alcohol


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

You are certainly more up-to-date than I am:)

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/25/17 10:08:18AM
194 posts

Ganache, Water Activity, and Alcohol


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Jim, I think Pawkit is made by Decagon rather than AquaLab, not that it makes any difference in the answer.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
09/30/16 06:34:36PM
194 posts

Pectin for slab jellies


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Chef Rubber carries various sizes of Pate de Fruit pectin. Also, in Grewelings At Home book, he has a recipe calling for grocery store pectin. I have had PDF pectin for more than 5 years, and it is still working fine.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
05/17/16 12:44:05AM
194 posts

Free - Bulk Wholesale Bonbon packaging



I would be interested. Can you get me a shipping quote for 84403?

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
04/19/16 09:27:53AM
194 posts

FS - EZTemper for sale - Portland, OR


Posted in: Classifieds

Is the warranty transferable?

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
12/24/15 12:56:52AM
194 posts

Guitar Cutter Wires Keep Breaking


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I have had my Dedy for years. I had a learning curve and broke several strings when it was new. Since then, I am careful to wipe wires between each cut, make sure that if there is a ittle bit of thicker chocolate, I push the wire with my fingers until it cuts through. I only cut ganaches, not caramels. I also try to make sure the wires play the same note. I know I am probably wierd that way, but I figure that means they have the same tension. If whom ever breaks it has to replace it, they might be more careful, as it isn't a fun job to replace them.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
12/20/15 08:16:30PM
194 posts

My toffee has problems -- Please Help!


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I will try to answer from my experience. I use equal amounts of sugar and butter. I don't melt the butter first. I start out with 1/4 cup water per pound of butter. I put in the water and 2/3 of the salted grade AA butter, and the sugar. I stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved, then turn up heat and add remaining butter. I rinse the spatula (I prefer silicone to wood paddle) and conitnue stirring. Be sure all sugar is dissolved. Once temp is over 260, you are past the danger zone of separation. Cook as quickly as possible without burning. I take it to about 310 (5000 ft). I don't add more salt, or cook the nuts in the syrup. I do add a little lecithin. I pour the syrup over dry roasted almonds. After cooling and coating with chocolate and a sprinkle of salt and more nuts, I break up and put into air-tight packages. We normally have a very dry climate, but I have made it when it was raining and snowing with no problems. My batches are 12# of sugar and butter at a time. You are correct in assuming corn syrup will make the toffee more sticky. I think if you add more butter and cook a bit higher, you will be fine. Try a small batch and see. You might check the amount of water you are using. If it is more than 1/4 c. per pound, you might be inverting the sugar which would give the same effect of adding corn syrup, making it sticky. Good luck.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
12/08/15 06:09:12PM
194 posts

Enro-6.daily output


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I think I had some chocolate stuck inside one of the bearings and it made a terrible noise and wouldn't turn. I cleaned it out and haven't had that problem since. Yes, I agree about Hilliard. Great people and products. I always say that the Perfect is far from perfect:) It just takes a long learning curve and customer service is never in! Good luck.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
12/08/15 04:43:19PM
194 posts

Enro-6.daily output


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I had my detailer stop at times. I used vegetable oil and lubricated the bearings. Also, the black belt broke and I didn't have a replacement. I used a rubber band. Worked great until I got a replacement. Probably didn't need the belt:).

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
10/09/15 10:15:43PM
194 posts

EZtemper


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

I am no expert, but i can tell you what my experience has been. I have used Mycryo for 8+ years, and the EZ for 5 months. Mycryo is very hard to get to mix in without lumps. The temperatures are more critical. With the EZ, the silk mixes in at a wider range of temps, and is so much easier to mix in. When I teach tempering classes, I do side-by-side comparisons and different methods of tempering: seeding with tempered chocoolate, Mycryo, and EZ. There is no contest!! The EZ wins every time. The Mycryo is certainly a cheaper method, but not as effective. I think some of the problem is that as the Mycryo ages, it turns into beta 6 and it doesn't melt as easily as it should. It is a little spendy, but anything that makes my life easier is worth it:)

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
10/02/15 01:23:07PM
194 posts

split ganache


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

It is difficult not knowing your formulas and methods. If you are mixing at too low a temp, it can break, or if your ratios are off. In general, if I have a ganache that breaks, or looks like it might, I just stream some water into it as I am mixing. This will  smooth it out. I'm sure it has to do with water in fat, or fat in water emulsions.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
10/01/15 04:03:38PM
194 posts

split ganache


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

There are a lot of factors, such as your method, temperatures and ratios. It sounds conterintuitive, but adding water will usually bring it back.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
08/07/15 12:03:23AM
194 posts

Airbrushing


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Some books to get you started. Andrew Shotts and Peter Greweling. They both have some basics. The type of gun is personal preference and size of compressor.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
08/06/15 03:43:42PM
194 posts

Airbrushing


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I don't think there is an indepth guide. Most of us just do it or have taken classes. What in particular are you needing help with? Chef Rubber has lots of equipment.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
07/29/15 10:50:19PM
194 posts

Piping Bag Frustrations. PLEASE Help!


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I use a 2-qt pitcher. Anything that holds the bag open works.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
07/21/15 09:57:51AM
194 posts

Review of the EZtemper


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

I have to agree!! The EZ has simplified my production, also.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
06/24/15 09:28:02PM
194 posts

Immersion Blender or Robot Coupe for Ganache?


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I love my R-C. It does not add air. Builds a beautiful emulsion. It would take a pretty powerful stick blender to do what the R-C does.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
06/23/15 10:02:37AM
194 posts

Affordable Custom Boxes


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

You said custom...they can do custom. Whatever design you choose. Don't look at their online stuff. 

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
06/22/15 06:47:45PM
194 posts

Affordable Custom Boxes


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I am very happy with Duerr packaging in Pennsylvania. Their prices are very fair and good quality.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
06/19/15 09:54:29PM
194 posts

Induction Cooktops and Digital Thermometers


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

My induction is a portabe professional cooktop. Are you at sea level? Have you tried the test with a sugar solution? 

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
06/16/15 07:29:41PM
194 posts

Induction Cooktops and Digital Thermometers


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Ka Small:
I also purchased 2 of the Thermoworks thermometers and was not impressed. Readings off the wall. We decided to purchase a couple of digital thermometers from Amazon based upon a chef consultant we hired. We calibrated both (2 degrees off both) and use them with lots of success. Nice magnetic feature and long cord. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00046YFHE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  

I have 4 Thermoworks thermometers and have been very happy with them. I wondered if they were calibrated the same, so I drove them down to their headquarters. (It is nice that they are about 45 minutes away:). They check them all and they were right on. I know I could do it myself, but I had another issue I needed looked at.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
06/16/15 02:45:59PM
194 posts

Induction Cooktops and Digital Thermometers


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I was curious about this, so I called Thermoworks. They told me that induction cooktops do not affect their thermometers in any way. Interesting.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
05/29/15 09:11:46PM
194 posts

EZtemper


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

Sebastian, I was just wondering if it allows you to get a really good emulsion, and sets quickly, if it would affect it in anyway. Probably not:)

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
05/29/15 10:53:10AM
194 posts

EZtemper


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

I wonder if on sitting it will change over time? Have to experiment and report.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
05/29/15 05:51:10AM
194 posts

EZtemper


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

Kerry, Have you checked aW to see if it has changed?

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
05/26/15 02:09:43PM
194 posts

EZtemper


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

 

While others were BBQing yesterday, I was making my version of Dulcey. I sealed 1000g of white chocolate in a Food Saver bag and pressure cooked for 90 minutes on high. Stirred thick mass and it thinned as it cooled. Added the EZtemper silk when temp was 89f. Moulded bars just so I have a tempered breakup bar. The eztemper silk made this a quick process.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
05/20/15 12:30:56AM
194 posts

EZtemper


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

I just returned from a week in D. C. at a chocolate workshop. We had the opportunity of learning from Mark Heim. What vast knowledge he has. One of the new toys we played with is the EZtemper. It is a seed generator for cocoa butter. It maintains CB at a constant 33.7C. It was amazing to see this in action. I have never seen chocolate tempered any faster. You just cool your chocolate to working temp, and stir in .5-1% CB seed and stir a few times. Wait a minute and your chocolate is ready to go. We also made ganache and added it at the end. Ganaches set up in a few hours, even white chocolate ones. We also made gianduja and meltaways. This is new technology to me and I think it will change the way many of us play with chocolate.


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updated by @Ruth Atkinson Kendrick: 06/13/15 11:37:44PM
Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
05/16/15 07:19:47AM
194 posts

A Visit to Potomac Chocolate


Posted in: Travels & Adventures

I am one of the lucky ones who was there. Thanks so much Ben!

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
04/24/15 06:49:32PM
194 posts

truffle shell collapsing


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Is it fat migration from the peanut butter?

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
04/06/15 09:21:33PM
194 posts

What is a good machine for making a lot of Nut Praline Paste?


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

My Robot Coupe only has a 5 minute duty cycle. How are you able to make a oaste in that much time?

 

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
03/22/15 05:06:33PM
194 posts

BonBon Capping Issues


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

You are correct. I should have said expanding/contracting at different rates. It looks like the bottom "stuck", but snapped off where the base is.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
03/22/15 03:37:26PM
194 posts

BonBon Capping Issues


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Just a guess here...It looks like your walls are very thin and your bottom very thick. Perhaps the bottom is expanding at a different rate than the sides and popping.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/23/15 03:15:44PM
194 posts

Water Activity meters, testing, and benchmark recipes


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I got the Pawkit on Craigs list. Kerry Beal found it for me. Decagon also sells refurbished units. You want a State university for cheap testing. The .02 isn't much of an issue. I want my ganaches well below the .85. I like them in the low 70's. I get 2-3 months, no mold, but flavor fades.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/18/15 09:07:00PM
194 posts

Choosing a Couverture


Posted in: Tasting Notes

While the taste is extremely important, don't forget viscosity, and what flavors you are planning to use with it. I think most chocolatiers use several different chocolates for different purposes. Also, some chocolates are easier to source than others, depending on where you live.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/16/15 03:53:33PM
194 posts

Water Activity meters, testing, and benchmark recipes


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I purchased a Decagon PawKit used for $500. It has been invaluable as I develop my formulas. If you have a State University nearby, they can test your ganaches for you. 

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/11/15 05:42:36AM
194 posts

Chocolate Academy - Callebaut


Posted in: Chocolate Education

I took Callebaut classes in Montreal and found them to be well worth the time and money.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/08/15 12:46:18AM
194 posts

Dry fondant 3% invert ingredient question


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

It is referring to invert sugar. That is sucrose that has been split into its two components-glucose and fructose. It helps control crystallization.

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
02/04/15 10:47:24AM
194 posts

Tempering chocolate


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Can you post pictures?

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
12/19/14 11:28:19PM
194 posts

More toffee questions...


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I am a purist. I only want butter, sugar and water in my toffee. Final temp depends on your altitude. I am at 5000 feet and I go to 300.

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