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Where can I find a lab that does AW testing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Feb 13. 1 Reply

I would like to have the water activity ,  or the AW, of my chocolate products tested. Do you know where I can find a lab that does this? I live in Wisconsin so anywhere in the Midwest would be…Continue

How to preserve chocolate sauce and caramel sauce safely?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Jul 5, 2013. 5 Replies

I am interested in preserving homemade chocolate sauce as well as caramel sauce. Both of these items contain dairy products. I have been researching preserving techniques and I see that both…Continue

plumbing need for chocolate production?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Herskovic Jun 25, 2013. 8 Replies

Currently I am building a kitchen meant for chocolate confectionery production. I am wondering if I need anything special in regard to plumbing. Is a grease trap necessary. I am open to hearing about…Continue

Cooling Tables? Are there other options?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clay Gordon Aug 12, 2013. 2 Replies

I am beginning to find myself making large batches of caramel slabs -- about 50 pounds a day.  To accomplish this I make about several small batches that will fit into the frames that I have.  It is…Continue

 

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Daniel Herskovic replied to Dirke's discussion Guitar cutter
"I would advise you to cancel the order you just purchased. Way back when I bought a guitar I bought the guitar with the plastic base. It was so difficult to clean that I sold it after 2 uses and bought the Dedy from Bakedeco . Here is the link…"
18 hours ago
Daniel Herskovic replied to Dirke's discussion Guitar cutter
"Hello Dirke, I make my living making chocolate confections and I will tell you that my  confectionery guitar is one of my most important pieces of equipment. They are pricey pieces of equipment, but ultimately this tool helps me save money and…"
yesterday
Daniel Herskovic and Corey Meyer are now friends
Mar 30
Daniel Herskovic replied to Jonathan Edelson's discussion Low end enrobing options in the group Startup Central
"I am an owner of the Perfect Enro 6 . I wrote a pretty detailed post 2 years ago about my experiences with this machine. I have not seen much that is in between this entry level machine and hand dipping. I will say that the Perfect entry level is a…"
Mar 29
Valerie Herskowitz and Daniel Herskovic are now friends
Mar 27
Daniel Herskovic replied to Nicole heisey's discussion adding liquor to caramel
"Thanks very much for this thoughtful response. Now that our weather is very cold and conditions are very dry, I noticed that my caramel is setting up at lower temperatures. I now know why. Thank you for the insight!"
Feb 27
Daniel Herskovic replied to Nicole heisey's discussion adding liquor to caramel
"what effects does no humidity have on caramel and crystallization?"
Feb 25
Daniel Herskovic replied to Lee's discussion Botulism
"Thanks to both of you! I greatly value your scientific perspective."
Feb 25
Daniel Herskovic replied to Nicole heisey's discussion adding liquor to caramel
"Mark, Your insight is very helpful. I never knew that about Alcohol. Understanding and controlling how caramel crystallizes is so important. During the summer, I find that is when I have the most problems with crystallization. Do you know if…"
Feb 25
Daniel Herskovic replied to Krista's discussion Morello cherry ganache
"One option is to create a Morello Cherry Pate De Fruit on top of a white chocolate ganache. This would work well for a square bon bon."
Feb 14
Sebastian replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion Where can I find a lab that does AW testing?
"Any food testing lab will do it. Silliker, covance, etc.  Many universities will have the equipment as well."
Feb 13
Daniel Herskovic commented on Margaret Carroll's blog post My first show
"Hi Margaret, Good luck to you. I do a lot of chocolate shows and often have good results. IF you need any advice feel free to message me. I wish you all the best! Daniel"
Feb 13
Daniel Herskovic commented on John Hurst's blog post Chocolate Energy Bar for Private Label Wanted
"Hi there. I just tried sending you a message, but my email account returned the message. I have a chocolate production facility and we might be able to be of service to you. Please feel free to email Daniel at info@mayanachocolate.com . Here is a…"
Feb 13
Daniel Herskovic posted a discussion

Where can I find a lab that does AW testing?

I would like to have the water activity ,  or the AW, of my chocolate products tested. Do you know where I can find a lab that does this? I live in Wisconsin so anywhere in the Midwest would be good.Thanks!DanielSee More
Feb 13
Daniel Herskovic replied to Paul John Kearins's discussion Dipping/enrobing vs molding
"I would do what you are passionate about. If piped ganache is your thing and you are good at it go for it.  People love to support someone who is passionate about their craft. Many chocolatiers in the usa do use color. There are a few who…"
Feb 13
Daniel Herskovic and Patti Humbert are now friends
Oct 11, 2013

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Haveing my Mayana Chocolate Declared "Best Chocolate" by the Chicago Reader's "Best of Chicago 2010" issue
My favorite chocolate is:
I especially like Twix!

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