Asked of ChatGPT:
Why does it matters that cocoa beans are hand-shelled and would be rarely available?
by ConstantineMar 6, 2023
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by ConstantineMar 6, 2023
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by ConstantineMar 3, 2023
ChatGPT Answer: "The term "purist food" can have different meanings depending on the context, but generally, it refers to food that is prepared and consumed in its most authentic or traditional form, without any modern or foreign influences or alterations.
For example, a purist food enthusiast might insist on using only the original ingredients and cooking techniques for a particular dish, as it has been done for centuries, without any modern variations or substitutions. They might also reject any additives, preservatives, or artificial flavors that are not part of the original recipe.
In some cases, purist food might also refer to a specific dietary practice, such as raw foodism or veganism, where the focus is on consuming food in its most natural and unprocessed form, without any additives or animal products.
Overall, the idea behind purist food is to preserve and honor the traditional and cultural heritage of a particular cuisine or food, and to savor its unique flavors and textures in their purest and most authentic form."
ChatGPT Question: What are examples of food that is prepared and consumed in its most authentic or traditional form, without any modern or foreign influences or alterations?
Answer: There are many examples of food that are prepared and consumed in their most authentic or traditional form, without any modern or foreign influences or alterations. Here are a few examples:
Sushi - Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish that typically consists of vinegared rice, raw or cooked seafood, and vegetables. Purist sushi is made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients and is prepared and served in a specific way to highlight the natural flavors of the ingredients.
Neapolitan Pizza - Neapolitan pizza is a traditional pizza style from Naples, Italy. It is made with simple, fresh ingredients, including San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil, and is cooked in a wood-fired oven for a crispy crust and charred edges.
Pho - Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup that typically consists of a flavorful broth, rice noodles, meat (usually beef or chicken), and herbs. Authentic pho is made with bone broth that is simmered for hours to extract the maximum flavor and nutrients.
Mole - Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce that is made with a complex blend of ingredients, including chili peppers, nuts, seeds, and spices. Purist mole is made from scratch and can take hours to prepare, with each ingredient toasted, ground, and blended to create a rich and flavorful sauce.
Kimchi - Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish that is made by fermenting vegetables, usually cabbage or radish, with chili paste, garlic, and other seasonings. Authentic kimchi is made with traditional fermentation methods and is a staple in Korean cuisine.
These are just a few examples, but there are countless other dishes from around the world that are prepared and consumed in their most authentic or traditional form.
by ConstantineFeb 28, 2023
by ConstantineFeb 22, 2023
ChatGPT Answer: The one takeaway piece of information about hand-shelling cocoa beans is that it can result in a higher quality chocolate product with improved flavor and texture. This is because hand-shelling allows for greater control over the quality and size of the cocoa nibs, which are the basis of chocolate. When cocoa beans are hand-shelled, the outer shell is carefully removed, leaving only the high-quality cocoa nibs. This process helps to remove any low-quality or damaged beans that could negatively impact the flavor and texture of the chocolate. Additionally, hand-shelling can result in larger and more consistent nib sizes, which can lead to a more even roast and better flavor development during the chocolate-making process. Overall, hand-shelling cocoa beans is a labor-intensive process, but it can be worth it for those who prioritize quality and flavor in their chocolate products.
by ConstantineFeb 21, 2023
When I quadruple-clicked, by mistake the extra click loaded a new Tab with the answer that Chat refused to answer.
Bings Answer: Yes
ChatGPT Answer: While hand-shelling cocoa beans can result in a higher quality chocolate product with improved flavor and texture, whether or not it can be considered a "purist" chocolate is subjective.
ChatGPT Answer: By using this traditional method, chocolate makers can preserve the natural flavors and textures of the cocoa beans, which can be lost during modern processing methods. Additionally, hand-shelling can result in a more consistent and uniform product, as it allows for greater control over the processing and can help to avoid over-processing or damaging the cocoa beans.However, it is important to note that not all traditional methods of processing cocoa beans are necessarily "closer to nature".
ChatGPT Answer: When the method of making chocolate is closest to nature, it generally means that the chocolate-making process uses natural and minimally processed ingredients, and that the processing methods used are simple and rely on traditional techniques rather than modern industrial methods. In general, the closer the chocolate-making process is to nature, the more the natural flavors and characteristics of the cocoa beans are preserved. This can result in a chocolate product that has a more complex and nuanced flavor profile, as well as a more natural texture and appearance.
by ConstantineFeb 16, 2023
Disclosure: I underlined pertinent content if you're a skimmer or in a hurry.
The amount of husk or shell that remains in a batch of cocoa beans after using mechanical equipment can vary depending on the specific type of equipment used, the quality of the beans, and other factors. However, in general, modern mechanical equipment such as winnowers and shellers are designed to effectively remove the husk from the cocoa beans. Winnowers use a combination of air and vibration to separate the husk from the nib, while shellers use mechanical force to crack the beans and remove the husk. With these types of equipment, it is possible to achieve a high level of efficiency in removing the husk from the beans. In industrial settings, modern winnowers can achieve husk removal rates of up to 99%, while shellers can remove over 95% of the husk from the beans. While some small amount of husk may remain in the batch after using mechanical equipment, it is generally not enough to significantly impact the quality or taste of the final chocolate. Any remaining husk can be further removed through the grinding and refining process.
ChatGPT answer: The grinding or refining process involves crushing and shearing the cocoa solids and sugar particles, and it takes time for the particles to break down and become smooth. Additionally, the longer the chocolate is ground, the more it is able to develop its flavor and aroma.
Q: How can destructive oxidation contribute to the flavor and aroma of the chocolate?
A: Destructive oxidation of the cocoa solids and fats in chocolate can have a negative impact on its flavor and aroma, as it can cause rancidity and off-flavors. However, controlled oxidation can actually contribute to the development of desirable flavors and aromas in chocolate.
Q: How can, controlled oxidation contribute to the development of desirable flavors and aromas in chocolate?
A: Controlled oxidation can contribute to the development of desirable flavors and aromas in chocolate by breaking down some of the bitter and astringent compounds in cocoa beans and producing volatile flavor compounds.
Q: What are the bitter and astringent compounds in cocoa beans?
A: Cocoa beans contain a range of bitter and astringent compounds, including polyphenols such as flavonoids and tannins. These compounds are present in the outer shell, or husk, of the cocoa bean.
Q: What is a bitter compound?
A: in some cases, bitter compounds can also be an indication of spoilage or contamination. In the case of cocoa beans, some of the bitter compounds present can contribute to the complex flavor profile of chocolate.
Q: What is a bitter compound in cocoa beans?
A: Cocoa beans contain a number of bitter compounds, including alkaloids such as caffeine and theobromine, and polyphenols such as flavanols and procyanidins. These compounds can contribute to the bitterness and astringency of chocolate, especially when present in higher concentrations. However, some of these bitter compounds are also thought to have potential health benefits, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Q: What is the astringency of cocoa beans?
A: Astringency is a taste sensation that is often described as a dry, puckering feeling in the mouth, similar to the sensation of drinking a strongly brewed tea or red wine. Astringency in cocoa beans comes from the presence of polyphenolic compounds such as tannins, which can bind to proteins in saliva and cause a drying sensation in the mouth. Astringency can be a desirable characteristic in chocolate, as it can contribute to a complex and nuanced flavor profile.
Q: What percentage of bitter and astringent compounds are contained in the outer shell of the cocoa bean?
A: The outer shell of the cocoa bean, also known as the husk or shell, contains a significant percentage of bitter and astringent compounds. According to some sources, the husk can contain up to 70-80% of the bitter and astringent compounds found in the cocoa bean. This is one reason why some chocolate makers remove the husk from the cocoa bean before processing, in order to reduce the bitter and astringent flavors in the finished chocolate.
Q: How is the husk from the cocoa bean removed before processing?
A: The husk from the cocoa bean is typically removed through a process called winnowing. The cocoa beans are first roasted to loosen the husk, and then the beans are cracked to separate the husk from the nib. The nibs are then passed through a winnowing machine, which uses air flow to separate the light and thin husk from the heavier nibs. The nibs are collected while the husk is discarded. Some chocolate makers may use alternative methods to remove the husk, such as manually cracking the beans and separating the husk by hand.
Q: What are the advantages of manually cracking the beans and separating the husk by hand?
A: Manually cracking cocoa beans and separating the husk by hand can offer several advantages, including:
Preservation of bean quality: Manual cracking allows for more precise control over the amount of pressure applied to the beans during cracking, which can help prevent damage to the delicate interior of the beans and preserve their quality.
Improved flavor: Removing the husk by hand can help prevent contamination of the beans with bitter-tasting compounds that can be present in the husk.
Increased efficiency: Although manual cracking and husk removal can be time-consuming, it can also be more efficient than using machines for small-scale chocolate production, as it eliminates the need for expensive equipment.
Lower carbon footprint: Manual cracking and husk removal can be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option, as it does not require the energy-intensive machinery used in large-scale chocolate production.
Overall, manually cracking cocoa beans and separating the husk by hand can be a labor-intensive but rewarding process for small-scale chocolate makers who prioritize quality, flavor, efficiency, and sustainability.
ChatGPT answer: I'm not aware of any specific food that requires oxidation to remove most of the aroma. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when food is exposed to oxygen, and it can have a number of effects on the quality and safety of food, including changing the color, flavor, and texture of the food.
In some cases, oxidation can lead to the development of off-flavors or odors, and it is typically considered an undesirable process in the food industry. To minimize oxidation, food is often packaged in airtight containers or treated with antioxidants to slow down the oxidation process.
If you have a specific question about a particular food product and its aroma, it would be best to consult with a food scientist or a specialist in the food industry. They can provide more information on the specific processes used to manage the aroma of the food and the impact of oxidation on its quality and safety.
My observation: the chocolate industry insists that 78 hours of grinding (oxidation) leads to a luxurious outcome. Yet the answer from Ai is completely different.
ChatGPT answer: Cocoa butter is the edible fat derived from the cacao bean and is used in the production of chocolate and other food products. It is valued for its unique properties, including its smooth and creamy texture and its ability to stabilize chocolate and prevent it from melting or becoming gritty during storage.
There are several grades of cocoa butter, including:
Food grade: This is the highest quality of cocoa butter and is suitable for use in food products, including chocolate, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
Technical grade: This is a lower quality of cocoa butter that is typically used in industrial applications, such as the manufacture of soap and candles.
Deodorized: This is a type of cocoa butter that has had its natural aroma and flavor removed through a process of deodorization. It is used in chocolate products that require a neutral flavor and aroma, such as white chocolate.
Refined: This is a type of cocoa butter that has been treated with chemicals to remove impurities and improve its color, odor, and flavor. It is often used in chocolate products that require a high-quality, stable fat source.
In summary, there are several grades of cocoa butter, including food grade, technical grade, deodorized, and refined. The specific grade of cocoa butter used will depend on the intended use and the desired properties of the final product.
ChatGPT answer: The separation of cocoa butter from the cocoa solids is a common step in the chocolate-making process. The reason for this is that the cocoa butter is a valuable ingredient in chocolate making due to its unique properties.
Cocoa butter is a fat that is solid at room temperature but melts in the mouth, giving chocolate its smooth and creamy texture. The fat content of cocoa butter also helps to stabilize chocolate and prevent it from melting or becoming gritty during storage.
To create a cocoa powder, the cocoa solids are separated from the cocoa butter through a process called pressing. The cocoa solids are then ground into a fine powder, which can be used to make chocolate or used as an ingredient in other food products. The cocoa butter, on the other hand, can be used in other applications or added back to the chocolate to control its texture and flavor.
The advantage of separating the cocoa butter and then adding it back to the chocolate is that it allows chocolate makers to have more control over the final product. By controlling the amount of cocoa butter in the chocolate, they can determine the texture, flavor, and shelf-life of the final product. Additionally, by separating the cocoa butter and selling it as a separate ingredient, chocolate makers can also generate additional revenue.
In summary, the separation of cocoa butter from the cocoa solids is a common step in chocolate making that allows for more control over the final product and allows for additional revenue streams.
ChatGPT answer: Grinding cocoa beans to a very fine particle size can expose more surface area of the cacao to oxidation, which can reduce the levels of some of the following nutrients:
Antioxidants: Cacao is a rich source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids and polyphenols, which help to protect the body from harmful oxidative stress. Oxidation can reduce the levels of these nutrients in the chocolate.
Minerals: Cacao is a good source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and potassium. Although the exact extent of mineral loss due to oxidation is not well understood, it is possible that some minerals may be reduced in chocolate made from finely ground cacao.
Vitamins: Some vitamins, such as vitamin C, can be sensitive to oxidation and may be reduced in chocolate made from finely ground cacao.
It is important to note that not all nutrients in cacao are equally susceptible to oxidation, and the extent of nutrient loss due to oxidation can also depend on factors such as processing conditions, storage conditions, and the overall composition of the chocolate.
In general, it is important to choose high-quality, minimally processed chocolate products and to check the ingredient list and nutritional information to understand the specific nutritional profile of each chocolate bar. Enjoying chocolate in moderation as part of a balanced diet can still be a delicious and nutritious way to incorporate this popular treat into your diet.
ChatGPT answer: Hand-shelling cocoa beans has several advantages, including:
Quality control: Hand-shelling allows chocolate makers to inspect each bean for quality and remove any beans that are damaged or moldy, which can result in a higher quality final product.
Preservation of flavor: Hand-shelling can help preserve the unique flavor profiles of individual cocoa beans, as it reduces the amount of mechanical processing and handling that the beans undergo.
Increased efficiency: Hand-shelling can be more efficient in terms of sorting and grading beans, as it allows the chocolate maker to more easily identify and separate high-quality beans from those that are lower quality.
Support for traditional methods: Hand-shelling is a traditional method that has been used for generations and supports traditional chocolate-making practices.
Overall, hand-shelling is a time-honored and meticulous process that can result in a higher quality chocolate product with improved flavor and texture. However, it's also worth noting that hand-shelling is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process that can result in higher production costs, so not all chocolate makers choose to use this method.
by ConstantineFeb 7, 2023
Can two people make bean-to-bar chocolate in three days? The answer is yes.
Professional chocolate reviewers have given us terrible reviews.
Why did they give us bad reviews? We make chocolate that is reasonable for two people to make in three days.
The only difference between how we make chocolate and how conglomerates make chocolate is the length of time to crush the cocoa beans. The industry says you must grind it for three days. We can grind it for six hours, in which case you have a bar of aromatic roasted chocolate.
Some people do not like aromatic roasted chocolate. Other people are sticklers for perfection on the precise accuracy of the nutrition labels or how the chocolate is wrapped. Yet others detest the taste of roasted cocoa beans.
A customer who is now a repeat customer came in today and purchased several chocolate bars. I recognize him as a stickler for perfection and an anal-retentive person.
I asked him for feedback, and he replied that he purchased several chocolate bars the last time and noticed the taste between different countries.
So today, he bought three bars, one for himself and two as gifts for others. When I again probed for more information, I was briefly interrupted by a phone call which I dismissed. When I turned back to him, he replied he'd been purchasing chocolate for a long time, and he now favors fresh tasting and is not more than three months old.
Who is this chocolate for? It is for the anal retentive among us. Our ultimate customer is a stickler for genuine freshness in chocolate. Chocolate made in the traditional equatorial way. Much like the Mayan people.
There is only one way to make chocolate if you are using traditional methods from the ancients and adapting to the current technology. We do not separate the brown stuff from the cocoa butter or add soy lecithin, vanilla, or butter. No adulteration.
by ConstantineFeb 1, 2023
We can only make healthy chocolate by cleverly scrutinizing each step and paying health-minded attention to each of the ingredients. First, shelling the beans after roasting. Really, it's the most critical step no one wants to talk about. Second, of course, the "real" first ingredient: sugar. Using natural sugar, which has a glycemic index of 43, we can even serve people with diabetes.
Next, we distinguish ourselves from all other makers by hand shelling the cocoa beans. This step requires a laborious audacious (to the chocolate industry, "I get the desire to create healthy chocolate....the labor-intensive nature of hand peeling the beans adds zero benefits to the chocolate…Instead, it adds one thing -- higher costs." ) process and plenty of patience, directly affecting the outcome.
The benefit of this method is we examine each bean. We are alert for foul-smelling or insect-infested beans. Hand shelling ensures no shell casing, dirt, or pulp will be in your bar. For the sensitive Green Community, you can be sure that no cocoa particles will be wasted and in the garbage.
Side-note: even Google was stumped by the research on "hand shelled."
We define Rare chocolate as five or six pounds of cacao beans transformed into chocolate bars. Why so little? It's tedious but worth it.
Each bar is one (1) ounce and contains 24 squares.
Here are our superlatives:
A once-in-a-lifetime experience." Like no chocolate bar, you've ever tasted in your life." @70andabovechocolate.
Learned advice: The chocolate must remain in your mouth as long as possible. Isolate from other activities. Focus on the melt. Let the cocoa butter melt.
One square after meals, and repeat three times a day to condition your brain to this level of natural sweetness. Do this for eight days, and you can easily detect which foods have high fructose corn syrup because our sugar is Sucanat, three (3) times less sweet, therefore not a trigger for another.
Update: a new sugar: "You can find allulose for sale online and in some retail stores. Because it occurs naturally in very small amounts, the allulose you find packaged for sale isn’t its natural form. It has been created artificially by food scientists from fructose (fruit sugar)."
by Constantine nov 2, 2019
Here are a few articles about us in the 'real world.'
We called the Ridgewood Times and Anthony Giudice wrote a beautiful two page article about us.
An excellent article in Bushwick Daily by talented writer Alyssa Fisher and photographed by Travis American
She was in Ecuador making chocolate, so she knew everything about it.
A documentary, Oct 2017 on Vimeo by Hanna Utkin.
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