In addition to having the Modernist Cuisine team help produce a dinner party in his or her dorm room, the winner of our Modernist Cuisine at Home video contest will bag a cache of impressively high-tech culinary hardware. In this series of posts, we'll introduce you to the tools ready to be won.
Although I can't find any Internet evidence of it, I remember a few years back reading about a study which showed that duct tape is good for everything - patching canoes, repairing shoes, curing warts - except sealing ducts.
By contrast, the iSi Whipping Siphon is very good at whipping. The device, which looks something like a cocktail shaker with a crimped top, is apparently peerless at preparing whipped cream. It's also commonly used to make foams (or, if you're feeling fancy - or just want to pay homage to concept originator Ferran Adria - espumas.)
But if a salesman was demonstrating the siphon at a county fair, he'd very quickly move to the "that's not all" portion of his pitch. That's because, according to Modernist Cuisine's Scott Heimendinger, the siphon is "indispensable" for scrambled eggs and microwave cakes.
Would I use a $140 implement to produce a $1.79 cake? It's unimportant. The relevant question is, would you? If you're the sort of dorm room cook who's itching to apply the latest technology to your late-night Betty Crocker baking sessions, get thee to our Modernist Cuisine video contest rules page. And scurry: Videos must be submitted by 11:59 PM on October 26th, 2012.