Still have no idea what this thing is? That's okay. My family and friends are confused, too.
The short version is that this 50lb contraption will let me vacuum-seal liquids and things with liquid components.
I received it on Friday and gave it an inaugural over the weekend. The first thing we made was compressed watermelon tequila bites.
First we cut up watermelon and put it in bags, along with some homemade tequila syrup.
The, we used the
Compressed Watermelon Tequila Bites
1/2 of a small seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. tequila
1/4 c. lime juice
Divide watermelon cubes among two food-grade plastic bags and set aside.
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and set saucepan in an ice bath to rapidly chill. Once the syrup is cool, stir in tequila and lime juice.
Divide the tequila syrup between the two watermelon bags. Compress each bag on HIGH. Refrigerate at least an hour, but 2 days seems to be the magic number.
I totally winged this recipe, and it turned out really well. The watermelon takes on a sort of meaty quality when compressed, and the tequila infusion packed quite a punch. These would make excellent party snacks, but be careful - it's easy to get boozy without realizing what's going on.
You'll have some watermelon-infused tequila left over in each bag, and with that we made a couple of martinis, adding in a bit of triple sec and vodka, plus a compressed watermelon cube (or two).