Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set
Molecule-R DIY molecular gastronomy set

A DIY Kit For Doing Molecular Gastronomy At Home

Supplies for making lemon foam, chocolate spaghetti, mint caviar—and more.

If cooking shows are any indication, in order to prove yourself as a genius chef, you have to know some basic chemistry: How to make ice cream in a matter of seconds using liquid nitrogen, and transform just about anything into “caviar” with the help of such ingredients as agar-agar. Masters of these techniques (think Wylie Dufresne and Feran Adrià) have been labeled molecular gastronomists, so named because they construct food with the tools (and oftentimes the studied nerdiness) of scientists. For those of us who watch Top Chef wishing we could turn tonight’s dinner into a science experiment, here’s reason to rejoice: There’s a kit with everything you need to make beet foam, balsamic vinegar pearls, and arugula spaghetti.

Molecule-R’s DIY molecular gastronomy set comes with familiar lab equipment (pipettes, silicone tubes, and a syringe), a 50-recipe DVD, as well as packets of food additives, including sodium alginate, xanthan gum, and soy lecithin. (Uh, yum?) So you can emulsify, spherify, and gelify to your stomach’s content, and Molecule-R also sells replacement sachets, to keep you stocked until the next culinary trend takes hold.

Buy the kit for $58.95 here.

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  • steph

    i think thinkgeek had something similar a while ago, and ferran adria himself has his own 'mini' spherification kit for the home, which i have. all of them are terribly overpriced however, for what essentially are very cheap ingredients if you know where to source them (agar powder costs about $1 for 30g retail) though this kit is a little more practical than the other two because it come in sachets and stay fresh until you need to use it (since a lot of these materials are also sensitive to humidity)

    it's nice to mess around with, and occasionally when you have some people over for dinner it lets you present simple food in a different way, so it's definitely worth exploring if you like food and cook a lot!

  • Michael Stafford

    Love the idea but I know if I bought it, it would become one of those things that you use once and then never again.

  • Grandchef Gerard

    I already have this kit...  great stuff I love it!!  My favorite recipe: balsamic vinegar pearls :)