December 1, 2012

Instant Infusions

In this season of gift giving, one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give is food you made yourself. Using a whipping siphon, you can create flavorful infusions that taste like they’ve been aging for months, but actually only take a few seconds to make. Below are recipes for herb- and spice-infused olive oil, “barrel aged” maple syrup, and candy cane vodka. For details on the process and the science, see the video above.

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herb and spice infused olive oil

instant barrel aged maple syrup

candy cane vodka

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Discussion

  1. Joel December 3, 2012 Reply

    Wait, when did Adam Scott start working for Modernist Cuisine?

  2. Chris December 7, 2012 Reply

    Do you know if this works for citrus infusions (I’m thinking Limoncello)?

  3. Andy December 9, 2012 Reply

    Yes citrus would work too, I’ve tried the recipe from Dave Arnold which uses Tequilla and cilantro, and that was delicious, and the pineapple vodka from the isi website. Vodka or Tequilla will be infused with anything which is porous, or as they say :

    Simply place any porous flavoring ingredient—lemon zest, fresh herbs, cocoa nibs, chilies, etc. in the iSi Gourmet Whip PLUS , fill with a liquid such as olive oil, vinegar, water or spirits, and charge it with an iSi cream charger – and bingo!

  4. Nick December 11, 2012 Reply

    Can you do this to make vanilla rum? If so, can you suggest a recipe?
    Thanks!

    • John December 26, 2012 Reply

      Add vanilla beans (scraped) into the siphon with some rum and pressurize…?

  5. Happy Valley Chow January 7, 2013 Reply

    So when I did the oil infusion and released the pressure I made a mess cause the oil came out of the spout. Is there a way to avoid this or did I simply overfill it?

    • Sam Fahey-Burke January 15, 2013 Reply

      Yes. The siphon was probably overfilled. There’s a fill line on the outside of the siphon that you shouldn’t go past. You also need to make sure all the parts of the siphon are screwed on tightly.

  6. Polly February 18, 2013 Reply

    I can compress pure oxygen into a canister at several hundred PSI and quickly vent to release the gas. Do you think this would provide the same effect or does it have to be nitrous?

    • Sam Fahey-Burke March 12, 2013 Reply

      I think it’ll work. Try it out and let us know what happens!

      • Tomasz October 20, 2013 Reply

        now that was a dumb suggestion for him to try this! Never, ever play with pure oxygen – if you did this e.g. with oil, the contents would most likely explode!

  7. Matt April 7, 2013 Reply

    My wife and I made some orange and cinnamon scotch. It was incredibly tasty. Check it out here http://www.polishedandfrayed.com

    • Judy April 8, 2013 Reply

      Interesting. Will you be trying the whipping siphon method?

      • Matt April 9, 2013 Reply

        Ya, I think it would be fun to try! If we do post about it, I’ll make sure to reference this post as inspiration. :)

  8. Recipes January 25, 2014 Reply

    I love your blog, I’ve added alot of your recipes to my site, thank you for your hard work!

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