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Gelatin Pearls

Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Spherification, Molecular gastronomy
gelatin pearls

Introduction

Do you enjoy getting creative in the kitchen? If so, this activity is for you! Molecular cuisine—taking tools, ingredients, and methods typically used in science and using them in cooking—might sound fancy and complicated, but some techniques are easy to replicate! Get your hands wet, fire up your creativity, and see how rewarding it can be!

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Unflavored gelatin powder, two 7g packages
  • Water or juice, half cup
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring, red, blue, or green work well
  • Vegetable oil, four cups
  • Water
  • Four tall containers
  • Freezer
  • Ice cubes
  • Saucepan or microwavable cup
  • Stove or microwave
  • Dropper or syringe
  • Slotted spoon that can scoop items out of the tall containers
  • Plate
  • Measuring cups
  • Work area that can get wet
    materials for gelatin pearls activity

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Spherification, Molecular gastronomy