I’m sorry for bringing this topic up yet again, but I’m looking for a not too expensive tempering machine to use in my own kitchen on occasion.
I have spent the last couple of days filtering through this forum and some of the threads are quite old, so I was hoping to get an up-to-date review of some of the machines and their usefulness.
I like to try a lot of different filling (ganache/truffle, whatever you like to call it) but I find myself spending nearly all of my time tempering the chocolate for the molds / coating. Especially while keeping the temperature correct after tempering.
Also a couple of times a year I have some friends over who think its fun to make the chocolate during holiday-seasons. They are not interested in learning to temper, just to make the stuff and have some to take home. And then its too bad that we use half the time, tempering chocolate instead of making delicious goodies :)
So what I’m looking for is something to let me concentrate on the fun stuff :) Either something that can do the whole tempering-routine and keep a constant temperature at the end or something that I can pour the chocolate into after tempering on a marble-plate and then keep the correct temperature while I dip or make a new batch of filling or waiting on molds to harden so they can be refilled.
I have found the following options:
1) ACME table top temperer (http://www.prembar.com/index.php?page=batch-tempering)
2) ACMC table top temperer (http://www.customchocolateshop.com/actatopchtem.html)
3) JKV Junior (http://www.jkvnl.com/Catalog/Machines_2.html#jkvjunior)
Don’t know the price and can it even a temper?
4) Little Dipper (http://www.hilliardschocolate.com/pages/cfEquipment_LittleDipper.cfm)
Con: Other thread mentioned it was not an actual temperer, but more an advanced temperature-controller.
5) Revolation 2 (http://www.chocovision.com/choco/site/revolation2_spec.htm)
Cons: It was mentioned that it wasn’t very reliable
6) chocolatier-electro (http://www.chocolatier-electro.com/english/)
Did I miss any of the good ones? My pricerange is max $700 / £500 / €500 as I live in Denmark and will probably have to endure heavy taxes and toll.
One last question that has bothered me for some time. The chocolate used for coating, is that harmed by the it? I always end up making chocolate-raisins or some such of the rest of the chocolate instead of saving it as I’m unsure if its “pure” enough to re-temper on a later date and use for molding?
Thank you all in advance for the help.