Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Some additional flavoring

May 2012 Issue of one my favorite magazines "Popular Science" @Popsci contains an article by Paul Adams about Food Science; yes, preparing food is an art and a science with many companies and laboratories dedicated to the manufacture, packaging, conserving food and even the production of proprietary flavorings. The article is good but it is basically dedicated to packaged food that can sit unrefrigerated on a supermarket shelf. What about delicious food that Chefs prepare or you cook at home? Only to serve it on a cool plate that will start getting your food cold immediately? What company is thinking about it?  Keeping food from getting cold on the plate. As far as I know only HotSmart is doing it and their products are already available in  Just type HotSmart Plates 
This is a direct link: click here

"Beer is bitter and Ice cream is sweeter
when hot...
Steak is tastier... on a HotSmart"

(Actually all hot food tastes better on a HotSmart)

The plate affects taste? Not really, temperature does; this is why good restaurants preheat your plate, I don't need to prove that but regular plates when preheated get cold in about 5 minutes while HotSmarts are reaching max. temperature (They reach maximum temp after you take them out of the microwave oven and don't waste heat) and they are still hot after 30 minutes AND they need only one minute preheating in the microwave AND they can be handled with the bare hands AND  I will improve them (Continuous improvement)

There is lots of info already on the web; See:  HotSmart Squidoo

Temperature affects taste; this is a well known fact, some things are better cold (but not too cold, like white wine) and some things are better hot (but not too hot, you get the point right?). HotSmart has developed a plate that keeps hot food at the right temperature all throughout the meal; below is a typical temperature chart. HotSmart plates were mentioned briefly in Popular Science a few years ago when all I had were crude prototypes I thank the Editor Mark Jannot and Lauren Aaronson.  (They kindly answered my e-mails). 
At the time I got mail from all over the world but I did not have the product, just prototypes.

Now HotSmarts are available in and They look like this (click it for larger image):

Don't miss the Squidoo lens to see how they were invented in El Paso, TX