Do you have a favorite food that you love so much, you’d give almost anything to experience it for the first time again? Maybe it’s something simple and satisfying like a poached egg, or maybe it’s something a bit more complex and trickier to prepare perfectly, like a rich vanilla custard. Either way, once you’ve experienced the perfect preparation of your favorite food for the first time, you’ll be chasing that experience for the rest of your life.
If you’re the type of person with a picky palate that’s never quite satisfied, you may find it enjoyable to tinker endlessly with your favorite foods in an attempt to make them even better – or you might just end up frustrated with the knowledge that, no matter what you do, nothing that you create can quite live up to the experience you had when you enjoyed that food for the first time.
As it turns out, though, it actually is possible to experience your favorite flavors for the first time. All it takes is a new vision of what it really means to experience a flavor. Here are some ideas that’ll help to get your creative juices flowing.
Vape Your Favorite Flavors
One way to experience your favorite flavors in a completely new way is by inhaling them rather than eating them. If you’re a smoker, you’ve almost definitely heard of vaping – and you’re probably also aware that vape juices come in an almost infinite variety of different flavors. What you may not know, though, is that the theory of vape juice flavor design has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years.
How far has vape juice come since vaping was first invented? For a perfect example, look no further than an e-liquid brand like Jam Monster. Each of Jam Monster’s classic flavors captures the experience of eating a slice of warm toast with melted butter and a specific flavor of jam. That’s an incredibly complex flavor profile that almost no one would have even tried to attempt just a few years ago.
So, why is it that vape juice can capture flavor profiles so much more accurately than ever before? It’s because e-liquid makers are more judicious than ever about the flavors they select and how they combine them. Vape juice contains the exact same flavoring compounds that food makers use when making snacks, candies and beverages. With that in mind, there’s really no limit to the variety of flavor profiles an e-liquid can capture. Just remember: Don’t vape if you don’t smoke!
Add Your Favorite Flavors to a Cocktail
Before you read the information about vaping above, were you aware of the fact that you could buy liquid flavor concentrates that taste like just about anything? Did that fact get you thinking along some interesting new directions? That’s right; the exact same flavoring compounds used to make the world’s most popular drinks and snacks are also available to you and anyone else who wants them.
So, what can you do with those liquid flavor concentrates? We suggest inventing your own cocktails. To get started, think of some simple three-part flavor combinations using vodka as a base. Vodka has a fairly neutral flavor, so it won’t clash with anything. Just add the suffix “-tini” to your invention, and you’ll have invented a new cocktail that’s certain to be a hit throughout your neighborhood. For example, try adding a small amount of concord grape juice to vodka along with a drop of peanut butter flavor. It’s a peanut-butter-and-jelly-tini!
If you don’t drink alcohol, that’s not a problem because you can add liquid flavor concentrates to just about anything. For example, you could make your own ice pops. Just get an ice pop mold and fill it with a mixture of water, sugar and the flavor blend of your choice. Dissolve the sugar completely before freezing the mixture. Alternatively, you can make your own soda. To do that, you’ll want to add your flavor blend to some carbonated water along with a little simple syrup.
Try a New Cooking Method
If the idea of working with liquid flavor concentrates doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps you’re the type of person who’d rather work with simpler flavor profiles. If that’s the case, then the thing that you need to do is find a new cooking method that allows you to experience your favorite foods in a completely different way. If you’ve never tried it, the sous vide cooking method is an ideal vehicle for experimentation.
The thing that makes sous vide cooking so interesting is that it allows you to cook any food to an exact temperature and hold it there for a long time without worrying that it’ll overcook. To do it, all that you need is a pot of water and a vacuum sealer to encase your food in soft plastic. You’ll also need a sous vide cooker, which circulates the water in the pot and heats it to a specific temperature.
Why is the ability to heat any food to an exact temperature so exciting? Suppose, for instance, that you’d like to try making a hot spring egg. That requires immersing an egg in a warm water bath for up to about 40 minutes, which is almost impossible to do manually without overcooking the egg. With the sous vide cooking method, though, it’s easy.
Unlike other cooking methods, sous vide cooking also preserves the flavor of your food unlike anything else. Boiling food, for instance, kills the flavor because many of the compounds that make the food tasty simply dissolve into the water. Making a proper artichoke, for instance, requires simmering it for around a half hour. Can you imagine how much tastier an artichoke would be if all of the flavors and aromas were sealed in, with no possibility of escaping? Sous vide cooking makes it possible.
With sous vide cooking, you can even experience the flavors of meat in new ways. It can be difficult, for instance, to get the perfect contrast between a crusty exterior and a rare interior when cooking a steak on the stovetop. With a sous vide cooker, you can have a perfect steak every time. Simply cook the steak with the sous vide method until it reaches the desired internal temperature and finish it in a hot pan.