Molecular Gastronomy: Basic Spherification to Make Caviar

Get a molecular gastronomy kit to start experimenting at Learn how to make juice caviar with Basic Spherification, a molecular gastronomy technique developed by Chef Ferran Adria. This video shows you the possibilities of basic spherification, how it works and how to make spherification caviar with a syringe or a caviar maker.

The Caviar Maker has 96 pipettes connected to a syringe releasing 96 drops into the calcium bath in the same amount of time you would be releasing just one drop using a syringe or squeeze bottle. You can get the caviar maker at

Basic Spherification can be used to make small caviar-like spheres or large spheres. However, it is mostly used to make caviar spheres since the viscosity of the bath is thin allowing the small droplets to cohere into a spherical shape in the bath and the spheres don’t stick together as in reverse spherification.

Learn everything you need to know about spherification at


Retro Game Throwdown says:

Can I add alcohol? 😀

Arch says:

How to know when the alginate has dissolved perfectly in the liquid? How long it took you to dissolve the Sa in the plum juice?
I’ve tried adding Sa into filtered water, blended it for 10-15mins, but when I poured the solution to the calcium bath, no spheres formed. I even made 1% and then 2% alginate solutions yet no spheres formed.
And why my Sa color (bought it from local store) different from yours? Mine is brownie.

Dribob says:

Can i add miso soup?

keremkaragoz says:

What can I use to reduce acidity, instead of sodium citrate? And do you always use distilled water when making baths and rinsing the product?? Thanks…

Marco .Ossola says:


Alison Friedman says:

Thank you for this video. I became interested in this after seeing a recipe for parfaits on Luxirare’s website (which is now only accessible from Wayback Machine because she took it down). She included lots of photos but not many instructions and this definitely helped.

Nipah Auauau says:

Is the only limiting factor for your liquid’s sphere formation acidity?

For example, could I make alcohol caviar or bacon caviar?

Rebecca Cornel says:

nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cool idea sir

Anež Laščáková says:

Good day, I try it when I put 250ml with 2,5g algiat and 500ml water with 3ml clorur and when i put juici into the water it is only “water” without gel. Can you help me? And sorry fom english.

Bryan Ha says:

Could this process be used with milk or cream? Or would the sodium not mix well with the milk? Just curious about the process bc all the videos I’ve seen used juices. Thanks for the video!

Jerry Giesler says:

I would use calcium lactate instead of the chloride to avoid the bitterness… 😉

diana cardona marin says:

donde consigo ese aparato para hacer ese caviar

Ryan Gunnip says:

At like 2:40 I thought there was a HUGE spider on the table but it ended up being a whisk. I need some glasses.

AllaMortify says:

In some of your videos for making these spheres you use Agar Agar (or even gelatine) yet in this one you mention Sodium Alginate. What is the difference between these and are there specific reasons for using one or other of them?

Jeremy Cabrera says:

where can i pick up one of those caviar makers?

death pandemic says:

what happens when the gel base is to acidic? i know one has to control the acidity, but why?



TheAwesomeness123452 says:

Can I perhaps reduce the acidity, but not distort the flavour of my dish? My ‘juice’ had a thick consistency, like just a touch more than coating the back of a spoon. Its meant to be tart and sweet at the same time. Its made with mangoes.

Jay Schtulmann says:

or just by the spherificator for 100usd and cut the preparation time in half

Joe Wu says:

A lot of recipes out there call for high accuracy scales to measure out the gram, and since I have limited budget, getting a scale for this is out of the question. Is there a teaspoon & cups version of the recipe? I’ve been trying different measurements, but the spheres won’t form or hold shape. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.

Pam Parker says:

my friend and I have a science project and thanks to you it turned out great

Fion SMACKS says:

if i don’t want to use syringe, can i like use teaspoons instead if i want to make a bigger caviar? what is the difference between this technique and the reverse one that you guys did? thankyou 

an interested student of pastry 😀 

John McLachlan says:

In asia we call this Bubble Tea

Valeska van Broekhoven says:

Are these spheres similar to the bubble tea pearls?

Shahira Kamal says:

Hello everybody, Im shahira totally new to this world, need to ask about something, if I make those fruit caviar  pearls, if I add to jelly , what happens when jely sets , will the caviar stay the same , or will they get crushed 

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