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Jonathan Edelson replied to mariano garcia's discussion temper environments 30 C? in the group Startup Central
"The chocovision cools the chocolate by blowing ambient air on the spinning bowl.  I don't think its automated tempering would work very well with warm ambient air. The machine might be useful as a tool for mixing the chocolate while you…"
Monday
Jonathan Edelson replied to Jack Meyer's discussion How does one go about getting a "Nutritional Facts" evaluation so the data can be placed on chocolate for sale? in the group Startup Central
"In the link I posted above, you will find this: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm2006867.htm There is a 'small business' exemption to the nutrition labeling…"
Sunday
Jonathan Edelson replied to mariano garcia's discussion temper environments 30 C? in the group Startup Central
"You are not going to be able to temper without some amount of cooling. I have never had good luck with ambient temperatures above 75F (24C) and even that was pushing it. However your goal with tempering requires you to cool the chocolate to perhaps…"
Sunday
Jonathan Edelson replied to Jack Meyer's discussion How does one go about getting a "Nutritional Facts" evaluation so the data can be placed on chocolate for sale? in the group Startup Central
"Take a look at this document: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm2006828.htm I looked at this several years back, so my recollection is rusty.  There are rules and laws which…"
Sunday
Jonathan Edelson replied to mariano garcia's discussion temper environments 30 C? in the group Startup Central
"You are going to have to find some way to chill things if you want to properly temper and store the chocolate. You don't want to use air conditioning...but will you have refrigeration?  What is the local humidity? What is the…"
Sunday
Jonathan Edelson replied to Emily Woloszyn's discussion Hilliards Little Dipper (not responding)
"I don't have any experience with the little dipper, but I do have a bunch of electrical experience. Do you have a volt meter and a schematic of your unit? I found an old little dipper manual online, and it had a schematic.  It looks like…"
Aug 5
Jonathan Edelson replied to Jennifer Smith's discussion Cocoa Shell Infusion
"By shell, I think you mean the husk of the cacao nib, and not the outside of the pod. My understanding is that cocoa husk concentrates a bunch of the stuff you don't want in chocolate, including lead from the environment. Apparently the husk…"
Aug 5
Jonathan Edelson replied to Mack Ransom's discussion Using cacao butter as seed AND What temperature to add seed
"As I mentioned, I have used 'mycryo' as seed.  Mycryo is pure powdered cocoa butter.   This has worked quite well for me. To expand on what I do:  I generally use it in a non-stirred melter, but have used it in my…"
Jul 18
Jonathan Edelson replied to Mack Ransom's discussion Using cacao butter as seed AND What temperature to add seed
"Above the melting point of the seed, the seed crystals will simply melt. I have used the smaller chocovision machines, and they first melt the chocolate, and reach a temperature where all of the cocoa butter crystals melt.  At this point they…"
Jul 17
Jonathan Edelson replied to Trula R's discussion Truffles Cracking!
" Try letting your ganache sit at in the molds are room temperature for 4-12 hours ('overnight') prior to chilling. I find that the ganache needs to 'set up' and this happens while warm. -Jon"
Jul 16
Jonathan Edelson replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"There is a potential issue with using a refrigerator at higher than design temperature. The pressure going _into_ the compressor is set by the cold side temperature; the higher the temperature of the 'evaporator coil' the higher the…"
Jun 27
Jonathan Edelson replied to John Duxbury's discussion Thick chocolate while tempering
"When this next happens, could you double check the chocolate temperature with a different thermometer?  When this happens, does it seem like the melting stage reached its final temperature more rapidly than normal? I've seen my (very…"
Jun 16
Jonathan Edelson replied to Need beans's discussion Machine help needed - grinding blocks of chocolate
"I only did this once, but actually had very good luck using a robocoupe with a shredding disc, the sort normally used for making things like shredded vegetables. The shreds break up into a relatively fine (if irregular) powder.   I was planning…"
Jun 11
Jonathan Edelson replied to Arthur Shapiro's discussion Content of alcohol in recipe
"You have two issues to deal with: The law and the actual calculation. Each state has its own take on the law for alcohol in chocolates.  The National Confectionary Association compiles a list of the various state laws...but the versions that…"
May 4
Jonathan Edelson and Lance Omsky are now friends
Apr 16
Jonathan Edelson replied to Neta onik's discussion specific gravity/weight
"You might also give consideration to how different the results will actually be if you fill the molds to the same weight even with the different densities of chocolate. The thickness of the bar will change, of course, since different densities mean…"
Apr 8

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
My first hot chocolate after 3 years of _zero_ caffeine or analogues (no coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, etc.) Zoom!
My favorite chocolate is:
Plain Jane Callebaut...after I've worked it a bit :)

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