Marshmallows are one of the earliest confections known to humankind. They are made from only a few ingredients, which fall into two main categories: sweeteners and emulsifying agents. Sweeteners include corn syrup, sugar, and dextrose. Proportionally, there is more corn syrup than sugar because it increases solubility (the ability to dissolve) and retards crystallization. Corn starch, modified food starch, water, gum, gelatin, and/or whipped egg whites are used in various combinations. The resulting combination gives the marshmallows their texture. They act as emulsifying agents by maintaining fat distribution and providing the aeration that makes marshmallows puffy. Gum, obtained from plants, also can act as an emulsifier in marshmallows, but it is also important as a gelling agent.
A solution is formed by dissolving sugar and corn syrup in water and boiling it. Egg whites and/or gelatin is mixed with the sugar solution. Then the ingredients are heated in a cook kettle to about 240°F (115°C). The resulting mixture is passed through a strainer to remove extraneous matter.
In the pump, the mixture is then beaten into a foam to two or three times its original volume. At this stage, flavoring can be added. The heated mixture is transferred to a heat exchanger. Air is pumped into the mixture. The mixture cools in a tempering kettle, passes through another filter, and continues on to the "hill." Marshmallows are extruded through a machine or deposited onto bands.
The extrusion process involves the foam being squeezed through a die to produce marshmallow's familiar pillow shape. Usually, they get a coating of corn starch to counter stickiness and help maintain their form after they have been extruded.
The pillows are formed into a rope of pillows and are cut and dried on a rubber conveyor belt.
The "guillotine" cuts the pillows to its appropriate length.
After the pillows have cooled, they are weighed and packaged.
A view of the whole production process. It's the marshmallow factory category after all! XD
The original ingredient was from a plant called a mallow,a plant found in the marsh.Marsh-mallow.Anyways...The first time I saw the white tank part I thought it was a pig!So if you modified it,you could use that same design for a pig,or Phipson...
I like it
August 23, 2010
this is great, i love the detail, and build itself was great, gave me a chuckle~Nick
I agree with Stu - I read and I read, feeling my anticipation rise with each passing sentence, for the hilarious innuendo that never came. (Heheh, came). Anyway, I do feel very informed now, like I just watched an episode of "Unwrapped."
you know,i always loved documentaries,
so it s no wonder why i love this!
i know more about spiders habits
in africa that i know about the ozzborne familly,and that does nt make me particularly popular!
i just love every part of your build,
as it is so carefully detailed,
i don t know the rules of your contest,
but a part of me screams;where is the surrounding building!
it s just that i m into industrial builds these days so...
and thanks for your comments,greatly appreciated!
and if i was allowed i d give you my vote!
Ya know, that pump reminds me of an albino version of Phipson's pig... Did you try to hide it? =P Well, it's refreshing to see that someone actually looked something up for a build. Good luck with the MOColympics and that guillotine is awesome. ~Waff
Neat builds and informative too! I must admit I was waiting for a dirty joke or a bit of slapstick from you - you didn't grow up while I was on vacation did you? *shudder* Don't even want to think about that.... Good Luck!
This is a great build and highly detailed. I felt like I was watching the Food Network with your step by step description of the marshmallow making process.
By the way I hate to bother you with this at such a last moment but I can't get my link to work for my entry. I tried retyping it several times and nothing. I just keep getting the same message saying the page doesn't exist. If you give me any ideas I would be most greatful. Thank you.
Great, now I'll never be able to have fun with marshmellows again. I actually fell asleep reading that. Can't imagine how you stayed awake while researching it! Great little build though and educational mocs are always welcomed haha! 7 points! ~ Chris.
Wow, it must have taken hours to cut and paste ALL that text...LMAO Nice build with great details. The guillotine is inspired and the cutting of the marshmallow ropes turned out fab. Should be seeing you in round 2!~H
this is awesome, the spoiler piece used as guillotine is simply brilliant, for someone not liking its category you did very well, you've kept it simple and yet added the necessary detail to make it look realistic, I love it