Gizmodo has a pretty interesting contest that I think a Maker could easily win, just figure out a way to flatten food, likely with industrial equipment… I bet there’s already an instructable on this :)
Help! We want to flatten food. I mean, really flatten it. Maybe even fuse foods together in the process. And to do it, we’ll need your ideas.
Many culinary innovations come out of the Alinea kitchen after asking basic questions: How can we create a temperature contrast in the diner’s mouth? How can we transform maple syrup texturally? How can we remind a patron of their childhood? What does “winter” mean to you?
One of the ideas that Chef Achatz had was to significantly flatten or fuse foodstuffs using a very high-pressure press. The goal would be much like that of tenderizing meat by pounding it, but in a far more controlled yet extreme manner. For example, what would happen to asparagus if you could smoothly press it between two sheets of steel, flattening it into a thin pasta-like noodle? Could sufficient pressure fuse meats together?
The answer, of course, might be that we just create a mess. But really there are only a few ways you can manipulate foodâ€”you can heat it or cool it, or cut it or beat it in some manner, or perform basic chemistry by combining ingredients that act upon each other. Chef Achatz posits that by applying significant pressure to foods, he can create unexpected textures and combinations.
1) A table-top method to press foods with greater force than a typical manual vise or wine press (note: we have already tried both of those)
2) It needs to be safe, measurable, controllable and relatively fast, as we need to serve 85 to 90 portions of its results each night
3) It needs to press the food withing a contained six-sided box so that the food doesn’t go all over the placeâ€”ideally, the box itself could be adjustable
Previously, laser etched foods…: