Scientists LOVE Data!!
I am endeavoring to embrace social media; to participate with the global internet community. But I’ve needed a tool to actually tell me, unobjectively, how I am doing. I think I found that tool today. I have linked all my social media accounts to klout score. This site provides a way to rank your influence within social media while also ranking the quality of the people you follow. Just starting out my score is a wimpy 13, but now I have a means to watch it improve. Klout scoring is pretty cool. Check mine out HERE.
Meeting at Katz Analytical Laboratories
March 18, I met with Dr. Bill Katz, President of Katz Analytical Laboratories. This company has diverse analytical services including ICP/MS, GC and HPLC. They can perform testing on a variety of products including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, clinical samples and food products. In addition, they are experienced in Method Development. Katz Analytical Services may be a great source for your analytical testing. Check them out!
In the Lab
The batch of blood orange marmalade was reworked by adding more lemon juice (increasing pectin level) and sugar (for increased viscosity). The final product is slightly more viscous, but still appears too thin. In addition, I believe it is too sweet. I noticed that each blood orange segment is about half red and half orange. The red half is sweet; the orange half is tart, like an orange. This observation may explain why the marmalade didn’t set properly; not enough pectin. I think this formulation needs to be made predominantly from traditional citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit)
1. Obtain commercial pectin
2. Make traditional Lime Marmalade
3. Continue to study the relationship of pectin / sugar / water in the setting process.
While surfing the Net, I came across a marvelous blog post by Shuna Fish Lyndo. Shuna is a professional baking chef, currently in New York City. Her writing is entertaining and insightful. I plan to incorporate her marmalade advice in my next batch. Check out here blog, it’s great.
© Gloria A. Rood, 2011
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