Atomic Tomatoes. They look innocent.
It was almost what I wanted, except I wanted a single hole on the end of the thing. And if it could be angled instead of blunt, that was a plus.
|The tip has been cut off and angled. Sharp!|
My victims were some cherry tomatoes. The plan was to create an injectible sauce that was like salsa, but without the tomatoes, since I would be injecting the stuff into tomatoes. The anticipated result? Spicy little one-bite flavor bombs.
For the sauce, I used Hot Heads Pepperspread, cilantro, and fresh avocado. Then I added a bit of sour cream. I considered adding onion, since that usually goes into my salsa, but decided to skip it for this experiment.
I blended it with my stick blender, but it was still too thick for the injector, so I added a bit of water. Lime juice, tomato juice, beer or wine would have been nice. And then I whizzed it up again and the consistency was better for getting it into the injector.
This time it worked much better, but there were a couple times where the injector kind of got stuck. I suspect there might have been a pepper seed or a larger bit of cilantro that hadn't been pulverized enough. If I ever do this on a larger scale than just appetizers for the two of us, I might strain the mix through a medium sieve to catch any larger bits that could jam up the needle.
I also tried using the injector to remove some of the tomato juice from a few tomatoes to make room for more spice. I'm not sure if that was worth the bother or not.
The tomatoes I had were pretty small, so there wasn't a lot of room for the extra liquid inside. But since Pepperspread is so spicy, it didn't take much to give them a kick. Next time, I might try some smaller tomatoes.
And who knows? Now that I've got a new (modified) kitchen toy, I might find other used for it. It's not like I was using that turkey injector, anyway.