Rotary evaporator made Worcestershire sauce infused tomato water -  A peek into the Hudson Hall science lab of a kitchen with Chef Jasper Schneider. Check out the video! featured post *tasteologie

Rotary evaporator made Worcestershire sauce infused tomato water - A peek into the Hudson Hall science lab of a kitchen with Chef Jasper Schneider. Check out the video!

May 12th, 2011

Just got back from checking out the culinary wonderland that is the kitchen of New York City's Hudson Hall in the Hudson Hotel.  Chef Jasper Schneider graciously gave us a tour of the facilites which are fully outfitted with the fabulous toys from PolyScience:  an anti-griddle, thermal circulators, vacuum sealers, and our favorite the rotary vacuum evaporator.  Equal parts chef and chemist, Chef Jasper creates many fascinating components out of this distillation technology all while keeping a strict policy of keeping the food first. 

The rotary vacuum evaporator operates by spinning a flask in a warm water bath. The system is then put under a vacuum which lowers the boiling point of whatever is in the flask so that it starts to evaporate at temperatures still cool enough to stick your hand into. It can be used to intensify flavors with out high temperature, or distill out purified essential oils.
Here is a short video of the machine in action as it makes a batch of tomato water.
After a great deal of trial and error since taking over the kitchen in September, Chef Jasper Schneider now has things dialed in perfectly. Here is the finished ready to be used product which has nearly doubled in concentration in a little under an hour.
It produces a fantastic dressing for these fresh tomatoes. The added house made Worcestershire sauce adds a bit of a kick, but this simple dish is well balanced between tart, sweet, and spicy. The combination of fresh produce and chemistry adds up to a bright and intense tomato flavor... almost more tomato-y than a tomato.
Chef Jasper Schneider brings to Hudson Hall not only a deep commitment to using the finest fresh ingredients, but also a great sense of playfulness which embraces both old traditions and new technology.
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