Laughing gas is a standard method of pain relief in medical and dental offices. Additionally, this substance is great (and totally safe!) for incinerating liquids and smoothies, making even the richest dishes as light as air. Here are 8 non-obvious applications for nitrous oxide in the kitchen, where it is most commonly used to create foam by compressing it with a liquid like heavy cream in a canister and dispensing the mixture.
- Belgian waffles
If you’ve ever eaten a Belgian waffle and wondered how it could be so light, the answer is that the batter typically includes whipped egg whites. Although this batter requires immediate cooking after whipping, the results are identical to those of standard waffle or pancake batter thanks to the addition of Nitrous Oxide. Buy nitrous oxide gas. It will make your batter half as dense, so your finished waffles will be airy and crisp.
- The Hollandaise Sauce
The Hollandaise sauce is widely regarded as one of the richest and tastiest options available…. on the other hand; it can be a tremendous burden if not handled properly. Due to its high-fat content (it’s made with egg yolks and clarified butter), this sauce can be delightful when whipped to foam with the help of Nitrous Oxide. Aerating this sauce halves its calorie count and improves its mouthfeel and lightness. Sweet Sabayon sauce, the hollandaise’s counterpart, can be used similarly.
- Edible Garden pot
The Gribich salad dressing aerated with Nitrous Oxide would be a great showpiece at any party. Chef Rui Mota’s signature hard-boiled egg dressing calls for just aerating and setting the dressing before serving it with fried panko. The lovely foam dressing will impress your dinner guests with its breezy airiness.
- Fish batter
Classic fish and chips: who doesn’t love them? The fish in this traditional British dish is fried in a light, crisp batter, one of the dish’s most outstanding features.
If you want to take things to the next level, try aerating the batter before you fry it. For this reason, many cooks include carbonated liquids like soda water or beer in their fish batters. However, the bubbles quickly deflate, negating the effect.
Try adding some nitrous oxide to get a genuinely light and bubbly batter. Make anything you’re cooking feel as light as air.
Everyone enjoys a cold glass of one’s favorite soda pop. Do you know, however, that Nitrous Oxide can be produced at home?
Press a button, and your juice or other liquid will be carbonated and ready to drink! Examples include cream soda, raspberry jam mixed with water, and lemonade soda. Nitrous oxide can also revitalize flat, old beer or champagne or add fizz to your favorite summertime drink.
- Dark Chocolate-Foam
The traditional method for making luxurious dark chocolate mousse entails folding melted chocolate into a thick cream mixture and chilling the dessert. The end product is opulent, luxurious, and velvety smooth. And now, to see what you’ve been missing, try incorporating some Nitrous Oxide. Despite its rich flavor, this mousse will melt on your tongue.
- Cheese-flavored Foam
Remember how, as a youngster, you would spray cheese on anything and everything? That brightly colored cheese that tasted a touch waxy on your tongue as you sprayed it out of the can? The one with the label full of unrecognizable ingredients? Imagine melting your favorite cheese, such an expensive aged cheddar, and adding some Nitrous Oxide to create a “adult” version of that cheese sauce. The end result is a cheese sauce that has all the creamy, dreamy, foamy, delectable properties of melted cheese and is excellent for spreading over nachos, pasta, or even popcorn.
- Funnel Cake
Nitrous oxide allows you to make this traditional fair food, which is usually only available at places like fairs and baseball stadiums at home.
To make a funnel cake, whisk the batter until it’s light and fluffy, then transfer it to a piping bag or squeeze bottle. Squeeze them gently into hot oil and watch as they expand and transform into the fluffiest, lightest fried batter you’ve ever had. Just a dusting of sugar, and you’ll be good to go.
In conclusion, nitrous oxide can be used in the kitchen for various reasons, and the above are some of the recipes you may incorporate nitrous oxide gas.