Spain for the Day…
Had a fantastic day working at SOSA Barcelona with access to a dry stores you could only dream about. Read on for my tour around the factory, photos a look at a few products and recipes..
Sosa is a company servicing the savoury and patisserie sides of the kitchen and their products are being used worldwide. A former biscuit manufacturer, Sosa has extended their product range in recent years and focused their attention on flavour compounds, chemicals, equipment and freeze dried products. Led by Director Francesc (Quico) Sosa an enthusiastic and talented professional, whom many know by SOSA and his work as researcher and producer of ingredients. Delivering cutting edge technologies to the industry.
Collected from the Airport by Quico gave me chance to have a good old chat and ask so many questions on the one hour drive to the SOSA factory in a small village Castelltercol, Catalonia. Where I received a warm welcome from Quico`s Father, Sosa`s executive chef Jordi Puigvert Colomer and the rest of the staff.
Jordi Puigvert Colomer is a Lecturer at the famous Escola d’Hosteleria de Girona and has demonstrated all over the world. He is also Technical Demonstrator for SOSA and was formerly Head Patisserie chef at Les Cols Restaurant (1 Michelin star)
- Whole, Ground & Nibbed:- Almonds, Pistachio, Pine nuts, Hazelnuts, Walnuts and Macadamia nuts.
- Pure Nut Pastes:- Hazelnut, Almond, Pistachio, Pine nut, Pecan, Peanut, Macadamin & Walnut.
- Praline 50% Sugar nuts:- as above..
- Organic Cold Pressed Nut Oil:- Coconut, Walnut, Hazelnut, Macadamia & sweet Almond oil.
- Essential Oils:- Green Peanut, Bitter almond, Roasted Hazelnut and Pistachio.
- Turron Paste:- both refined & Granulated. A traditional Flavour of the Mediterranean.
The Next four pictures are of the Demonstration & Test kitchen. With all the products laid out ready at hand to see, Smell, taste & use. This is where I spent the rest of my day trying out new recipes and ingredients.
What a dry stores?
All the products Separated into sections. Alphabet of Flavours, Salts, Technological sugars, Organic Chocolates and Chocolate Products, Nut products, Spices, Freeze dried, Powdered, Dried Flowers, LioFruit, Fruit Pastes, Gelling Agents, Stabilizers, Thickeners, colourings, Emulsifiers, Gums, Aerating agents, Acidifies, Temupura, Fonds and Air bag.
The Demonstration and Test Kitchen.
The Demonstration and Test Kitchen had so much kit the only thing missing is a PaccoJet.
A Close up of the Kitchen.
Work room and yes more SOSA products
Machine to produce the fruit Pastes Evaporating off the water at low temperatures with pressure keeping maximum flavour and Colour of the natural product.
The pastes are excellent for Boosting the Natural Flavour in Mousses, Ice cream, Sorbets etc.
The Flavour Room…
All the Essential oils & Flavour drops are produced and decanted by hand in the flavour room.
The new range of Flavours offers the essence of every Flavour in some drops. You can use it in any Gastronomic application to increase a flavour.
Because the Flavours are Alcohol free it makes life easy to prepare “Alcoholic” ice-creams and sorbets with out the balancing problems.
The Flavour drops and Essential oils can be purchased in the above 50g bottles each coming with a dropper making it easy to apply flavour accurately. It also comes with a spray head allowing you to spray warm freshly baked products such as sponges you will not only receive a better flavour but save money by flavouring it after words then using excessive amounts flavouring the raw mix as the flavour is lost through evaporation when cooking.
The Whole range of Flavours can also be bought in this presentation box of over 190 essences its an ideal for learning sensory analysis. Its also a great instrument to experience pairing flavours. There is everything from Fruits, Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs, Spices, Alcohol, Smoke, Trees & Forests, Roots, Cocoa, Nuts, , Flavours of the Sea, (Lobster, Sea Urchin, Oyster). To the Fiction bringing back childhood memory’s Such as Chewing gum, Cola & Candy floss.
Watch this short Video of the Alphabet of flavours been produced in the Flavour room. A little better than my photography.
A few products that I used and really liked:-
- Gelcrem Cold:- A modified potato starch in the form of a powder. Gives a creamy texture Like confectioners cream & curds with out the application of heat. Just simply blend into the sauce or juice. Stable in acidic mixtures lemon curd can be achieved with out the addition of eggs.
- Maltosec:- Soluble both hot & cold. Capacity to absorb oils and convert them into powders that can be handled. Try mixing it with melted chocolate to achieve chocolate rock. Mix with SOSA`s Pure nut pastes, Or oils flavoured with essential oils.
- Sucro emul NEW:- Sugar to produce lecithin like foam but use with products containing alcohol.
- ProEspuma cold:- Dissolved in cold does not need heat to take effect, stable with alcohol. This results in a full bodied foam with no after taste that holds up for a long length of time.
- Maia whole egg – 480gr
- Sugar – 400gr
- Flour – 400gr
- Baking powder – 10gr
- Butter – 400g
- SOSA Basil Flavour – Desired quantity (Spray after cooked).
OR instead of Basil use: Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract Sosa – desired quantity Semi-candied lemon peel crushed Garnier – desired quantity
- Whisk the egg & sugar but do not allow to stiffen.
- Fold in the sifted flour with the Baking Powder.
- Add the Melted butter Gradually.
- Bake in buttered Moulds.
- When golden brown & springy, remove from the oven & spray lightly with the basil flavouring while they are still hot.
Watermelon soup, Compressed Diced Watermelon (Vacume packed), Vodka Jelly, Watermellon Sorbet, Basil leaves,
- Watermelon juice - 1.000 gr
- Pro-sorbet base Sosa - 0.100 gr
- Freeze-dried watermelon powder Sosa - 0.100 gr
- Sugar - 0.150gr
- Sosa neutral acid Á – 0.005gr
- Mix solids and liquids separately.
- Integrate with a blender and blend well.
- Allow to stand 1 or 2 hours, blend again.
This works well in a Pacco jet. For a more Creamy finish substitute the Pro-sorbet for Pro-crema.
Use the same recipe & Method as Sorbet but with out the Pro-Sorbet or Pro-Crema.
For more recipes please see my recipe file….
After been a Pastry Chef for the last 17 years working at the Two Michelin Star Restaurant Midsummer House for the last 8 1/2 years as Pastry Chef and later Senior Sous. I spent a long time using & experimenting with SOSA products. I recently trained with Jordi Puigvert Colomer in both London and Spain and now work as Chef Consultant for the Home Chocolate Factory (UK SOSA importer). Offering support, advice, recipes and demonstrations to all our SOSA Customers, T&J Fine Foods and Woods Food Services and Direct to Chefs buying from those company’s.
Here are a few useful contacts & Websites for SOSA Products;
- SOSA Facebook Page for info on latest SOSA products, recipes and Demonstrations http://www.facebook.com/pages/SOSA-Ingredients-for-Modern-Gastronomy-UK/267952115242
- SOSA on line catalogue http://www.sosa.cat/
- Home Chocolate Factory UK SOSA importer & supplier 02084501523 http://www.homechocolatefactory.com/
- T&J Fine Foods Dry stores company now stocking a range of SOSA Products. http://www.tandjfinefoods.com/
- Woods Food Services Dry stores company now stocking SOSA Products. http://www.woodsfoodservice.co.uk/