GOLD AND FOOD SILVER: THE MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS
What are edible gold and silver products made of?
Only pure gold and silver, processed in certified facilities for the production of products for food use.
Can you eat gold and silver?
Yes, absolutely. Edible gold and silver products are classified by European Union legislation as food colouring, with the abbreviations E175 and E174.
Do gold and silver food products have any effects on the body?
No, they do not interact in any way with our organism. Although over the centuries many have attributed extraordinary beneficial and healing properties to them, they are biologically inert. However, it is important to make sure that you buy pure gold and silver produced exclusively in establishments that have a health permit for the production of food products.
Do edible gold and silver products have a metallic taste?
No. When processed into a very thin sheet (tenths of a micron), edible gold and silver products are tasteless and absolutely imperceptible to the palate. Giusto Manetti Battiloro products are the thinnest available on the market.
How are edible gold and silver products made?
With ingots of pure gold and silver, produced with the centuries-old technique of goldbeating and with the most advanced production technologies. All stages of gold and silver processing for food consumption must take place in certified spaces that meet strict hygiene standards required by food safety regulations and that use dedicated machinery and equipment.
Is buying gold and silver food online safe?
Certainly, provided that the products are purchased exclusively from producers who area certified for food production and sale, and not from producers and retailers who do not provide all of the appropriate guarantees in terms of origin and food safety.
How much do edible gold and silver products cost?
Less than caviar and saffron! Once reserved for kings and queens, and, more recently, the kitchens of Michelin star chefs, edible gold and silver products- while maintaining their exclusivity - are now a luxury for all. Their cost is comparable to the price of fine spices. They therefore cost less than people think, but it is important to remember that quality has a price. The first thing to do if you want to buy edible gold or silver products is, therefore, to make sure that they are certified as edible products, i.e. that they meet all legal standards in terms of composition and production and that they are produced by companies that have a health authorisation for the production and trade of food additives.
What are the uses of edible gold and silver?
Edible gold and silver products are used to creatively decorate food. They have been traditionally utilised on cakes, chocolates, desserts, jellies and ice cream. They are also quite loved by chefs who use gold and silver to illuminate hors d'oeuvres and finger food, fish and meat first and second courses, vegetables, fusion recipes and sushi. They are also widely used to make unique and unforgettable cocktails, as well as in champagne flûtes, spirits and fine liqueurs.
Is it difficult to decorate a plate with edible gold and silver?
No. All you need is attention, creativity and a strong desire to experiment with something new. The result is unfailingly surprising. All it takes is a bit of powder, a handful of crumbs, a few flakes or a gold or silver leaf to add a richness to any dish, giving it an impalpable luminescence. You may use this gold and silver on anything from appetizers to desserts and on beautiful glasses of champagne and cocktails.
In what formats can I buy edible gold and silver?
The most common formats of edible gold and silver are leaf, powder, crumbs and flakes. Each format has different sizes and application characteristics. The gold and silver leaf is particularly suitable for decorating cakes and dishes with a regular surface, such as risotto. The powder is perfect for adding a sheen to chocolates and champagne flûtes. The crumbs are a touch of light that makes many recipes unique, from appetizers to desserts. The flakes are a way to show you have mastered decorating impeccable dishes and single-portion pastries by adding a touch of the spectacular.
How much gold and silver do I need when decorating?
It depends on the type of dish, the type of application and the number of people you are cooking for. The rule of thumb is that silver, even if it weighs the same, has a higher yield than gold and the powder’s brightness is more spread out than the crumbs and flakes. With the same mg of product you will attain significantly different visual effects. As a guideline, the 70 mg gold powder, crumbs and flakes are perfect for 5-7 servings; 125 mg for 8-10 servings; and 1 g is sufficient for 70-90 people. As for the leaf, one may be enough to decorate a risotto or part of a cake. For full coverage we need a few more.
Is edible gold a novelty in contemporary cuisine?
Not at all. The first uses of edible gold date back to the Far East and Egypt in the second millennium BC. The Greco-Romans also used gold decorations on food and a large number of sources cite its use in Renaissance courts. In 1500 in Padua it was utilised so much that the City Council was forced to put a limit on its consumption for food purposes. Find out more about the history of edible gold. Click here to go to the article.