Hope everyone’s having a great Valentine’s Day, filled with great chocolate!
I was recently interviewed by Ted Burnham at the NPR Science desk for an article on Potomac Chocolate that is now live on NPR’s food blog, The Salt:
It’s a great article that highlights my passion for chocolate, my process, and, as the article puts it, my ‘menagerie of customized equipment':
There’s the convection oven, to which he added a rotating drum to roast more beans and keep the flavor consistent: “Best $75 I ever spent,” he says. There’s the hand-cranked winnower: Rasmussen added some plywood, a PVC pipe, and a small vacuum to replace a massive machine that could cost thousands of dollars. And there’s the melanger, which began life as a lentil grinder.
In fact, Rasmussen says he has just one piece of equipment specifically designed for chocolate: a tempering machine, which ensures the bars take on a glossy sheen and break with a satisfying snap.