In pro kitchens, dehydrator machines are all-important to deeply concentrate flavors into versatile powders, a.k.a. dusts. Here are five kinds that chefs are making now.
Mixed into the fruit filling for a sourdough cake at Coi in San Francisco.
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Sprinkled on clams at Boston’s Uni Sashimi Bar. The effect is like a modernist chowder.
Dusted on seared venison at B Too in Washington, DC.
Added to tomato salad for an umami kick at Eveleigh in Los Angeles.
Used as a garnish for citrus salad with sorbet at Chicago’s North Pond.
How to Make Rosemary Dust
Coat the needles from 1 oz. rosemary sprigs on a plate with vegetable cooking spray. Microwave on high power for 2½ minutes, until the needles look dry. Let cool until crisp, then grind in a coffee grinder.