Procedure for Coating Foods with Aspic Jelly

1. Chill the food to be coated. For best results, the surface of the item should be as smooth and as free of fat as possible.

2. Place the item on a wire rack over a tray or sheet pan. Excess aspic that falls onto the tray can be remelted and reused.

3. Cool the aspic jelly according to the procedure above.

4. Use the aspic as soon as it is ready. Various methods can be used to coat foods with aspic, depending on the size and shape of the item.

• For smooth, regularly shaped items, use a large ladle and nap them with a single smooth stroke, as illustrated in Figure 27.1. Working too slowly may produce an uneven, bumpy coat.

• Large items and items with steep sides or irregular shapes are harder to coat. Using a ladle, coat the sides first and then the top for best results.

• For small items, it may be more convenient to use a kitchen spoon than a ladle.

• A pastry brush can be used to coat small items. A brush is often used for small portions, such as canapés, that need only a light glaze rather than a perfectly smooth coating of aspic.

5. Chill the items until the jelly is thoroughly set.

6. Repeat with additional coats, if necessary, until the aspic is of the desired thickness.

7. To decorate, dip pieces of decoration in liquid aspic and place on the product in the desired pattern. Some items appropriate to use for decorating aspic are

Leek leaves Black olives Tomato peels

Fresh herbs, especially flat-leaf Truffles, real or artificial Carrots parsley and tarragon

As appropriate, cut the items for decoration into very thin slices and then into desired shapes. For most vegetable decorations, such as carrots and leek leaves, blanch to make them more limber and to intensify the color.

8. If decorations have been used, cover the decorated item with a final layer of aspic jelly to protect the design.

Figure 27.1

A smooth, regularly shaped item can be covered with an even layer of aspic using one stroke of the ladle.

Figure 27.1

A smooth, regularly shaped item can be covered with an even layer of aspic using one stroke of the ladle.

Continue reading here: Procedure for Lining a Mold with Aspic Jelly

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