Stella Cast

Stella Cast

Think of Stella Cast! as 1/2 talk show, 1/2 news service, and 1/2 culinary Q&A.

Chef Jacob aggregates everything that's going on in the Stella Culinary Universe and turns it into podcast form. This allows you to stay up to date on the Stella Culinary forums, behind the scenes happenings, and really anything else that Jacob feels like talking about.

While a lot of the audio podcasts will be Chef Jacob flying solo and answering forum questions and talking industry news, he also taps into other industry professionals in the form of interviews and guest co-hosts to bring interesting perspectives from different areas of the culinary arts.

This is an un-edited, casual culinary conversation. Explicit language is sometimes used.

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SCast 007| Menu Planning

If you've ever wanted to be a fly on the wall for one of our menu meetings, now's your chance. We spend the first 20 minutes of the podcast talking about chicken wings and sauces, and then switch gears into planning an all sea food menu for an upcoming pop-up dinner. Maybe you'll find it fascinating, maybe you'll find it dreadfully boring. But this is a big part of what we do for a living, so I thought it might interest some of you. Whether you love it or hate it, I'm open to hearing your feedback on this episode.

SCast 003| Sourdough Baguettes, Double Hydration, Soy Lecithin

This one's for the bread heads! We talk sourdough baguettes and why you need to bake at a higher temperature than traditional breads, and I give Tmorrision feedback on his sourdough boule. I answer a question on double hydration sourdoughs, and how soy lecithin can be used to enhance your breads that contain fat. We finish the conversation troubleshooting large holes in the interior crumb of a bread.

SCast 002| Pink Salt in Brines, Tyndallization, Duck Confit

In this episode we talk about using sodium nitrite when brining pork for added flavor and color retention, and how the addition of baking soda can lead to more tenderness. We also talk about "tyndallization" and if that concept can allow you to sterilize meats for long term storage using sous vide. Then we finish this episode with a quick question about fats turning rancid after being used for confit, and get an update from Mack-The-Knife on his Halloween dinner preparation, talking about pumpkin pie and cheese cake.

SCast 001| Pork Stew, Infused Oils, Mother Sauces and Eggs

In this episode we jump on Mack-The-Knife's Halloween inspired dinner, talking about braised pork stew with apples. We also talk infused oils and how they can be incorporated into various dishes, sauces, & emulsions; I answer PagenBear's question on how to best practice the Five French Mother Sauces, and we finish the episode talking scrambled eggs and omelettes.

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