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Vinegar Pearls

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Budget: $$$$$
  • Vinegar Pearls


  • - 4 cups of mineral water
  • - 2 tsp calcium chloride powder (available from specialist stores)
  • - 4 cups Aceto Balsamico di Modena with Bitter Orange Peel or another Maille vinegar of your choice
  • - 3 tbsp sodium alginate (available from specialist shops)
  • - 1½ of sodium citrate (available from specialist shops)
  • - 1 bowl of fresh water
  • - 1 syringe or pipette


La Maison Maille has partnered with FERRANDI Paris, one of France’s leading schools of gastronomy, to provide the definitive techniques that a seasoned food lover should master to make their meals memorable.


  1. In a bowl, mix the mineral water with the calcium chloride powder and whisk to make a calcium bath.

  2. Add the sodium citrate to the calcium bath to help neutralise some of the vinegar’s PH.

  3. Pour the vinegar into a separate bowl with the sodium alginate and mix with a hand blender.

  4. Pour through a funnel into a syringe or pipette.

  5. Gently and slowly drip the vinegar into the calcium bath to create the pearls.

  6. Once formed, scoop out the pearls and place in a bowl of fresh water. The spherification process will take several minutes.

  7. Serve with your favourite salad.

Prep Time:
10 minutes
Total Time:
10 minutes

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