The basics of this are to take a liquid and combine it with a thickening agent. Draw the liquid into a syringe or dropper, apply a small drop to chilled oil, then into a cold water bath. These pearls are more like gelatin than the liquid in the middle.
There is another process reverse spherification which creates a liquid center. I’ll save that for another time.
Honey Caviar Recipe
With COVID and homeschooling, this makes (the not infused) a fun and educational experiments for children.
- Chill oil overnight in a glass container
- Heat honey and water on medium heat till combined
- Sprinkle agar-agar, mix and bring to a low boil. Stir until honey mixture thickens
- Remove from heat and slightly cool
- Remove chilled oil from the refrigerator
- Fill a second glass with cold water
- Draw liquid into the syringe and apply small drops to chilled oil. Drops will slowly sink through the oil to the bottom.
- Strain pearls and keep oil for future use
- Place pearls in cold water, stir, and drain
- Pat dry with a paper towel. Store in the fridge with a small amount of oil for a week.
- I strongly suggest doing a test batch with fruit juice so that you can get the technique and method down before possibly wasting your infusion.
- If your pearls sink immediately in the oil your oil is not chilled enough.
- Place the jar with the oil in an ice bath.
- Honey caviar/pearls are a great addition to rice pudding, cupcakes, or ice cream.
I have a hard time passing up just eating a handful of these medicated yummy pearls.