Vacuum Distillation & The Rotavap

Vacuum distillation using the rotavap is an incredible, precise method for capturing the essence of an ingredient and freezing fresh, vibrant flavours in time.

The rotavap was described as a flavour scalpel by Dave Arnold and that sums up its ability to extract flavours in an incredibly controlled way at low temperatures which preserve the vibrancy and life of delicate flavours.

In this video I talk you through distillation, both traditional methods and hyper-modern low temperature vacuum distillation. I explain how I use it both for making drinks but also in dishes on my tasting menu, and why I see it as an amazing creative tool.

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