Questions about food safety and technique for cooking sous vide.

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Sous Vide and Plastic Melting?

Is there a danger of the plastic bag melting for cooking via sous vide? How do you know when the plastic has melted?
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Sous Vide Pork Butt Char Siew (Chinese BBQ)

I want to make Char Siew (Chinese BBQ pork). I also want to try it sous vide up to medium rare, then finished under the broiler to get that nice caramelized outside while basting. This way it ends up ...
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Best way to Sous vide two steaks to different temperatures

What's the best way to prepare two steaks via sous vide if you want to cook a medium rare and a medium steak? Is it best to cook the medium steak first at its temperature, then lower the temperature, ...
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How should I prepare venison hind leg sous vide?

I have a piece of venison I want to cook. On the package is says "hind leg". It is a 1kg piece without bones, in a rather round shape. I want to use sous vide on this piece, but I am not at all sure ...
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How to keep bags from floating in a sous vide supreme

I have had a few items float a little in my sous vide supreme machine. Mostly veggies. How do I keep them from floating up and stay submerged?
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Ziploc vacuumed bags expand in sous vide

I had an issue yesterday when I tried to cook some root vegetables in my sous vide supreme. I chopped them to roughly 1" lengths and placed them in a few quart Ziploc freezer bags and vacuumed them ...
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Sous vide whole salmon at what temperature?

If I'm doing salmon fillets then I'll normally do 50c for 25 minutes, but a whole salmon is a different kettle of fish. I've done sous vide whole salmon on several occasions and I do 55c for 3 hours ...
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Sous-Vide Chicken Thighs - Effect of temperature swings?

Perfect fried chicken is the Great White Whale in my kitchen. It seems I've tried everything, well almost everything, I have not tried sous-vide. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'm going to ...
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Cooking ribs weirdly?

So my brother who's pretty inexperienced brined his ribs, smoked them for an hour, put it back in the brine/fridge, and plans on sous vide+searing them. Is there danger in putting the cooked pork back ...
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steam oven vs conventional oven

I am in a debate as to whether diced, marinated pork shoulder cooked in a vacuum bag in a regular conventional oven gives the same result as the same pork, cooked in a steam oven. The bagged pork had ...
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Rendering fat by sous vide

I've seen that fat will render at 55-60 degrees centigrade using sous vide - but my question is how long that would be expected to take?
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Post-marinade (Seasoning?)

Has anyone experienced with post-marinade (or seasonings?) meat in the following way? 1) Cook meat in sous vide just with salt. Goal here is allow saltiness to spread through the entire meat and ...
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Modernist Cuisine-style BBQ brisket safety

I am going to try Nathan Myhrvold's 2-step BBQ brisket recipe: Smoke at 149F for 7 hrs, then vacuum seal and sous vide at 146F for 72 hrs. However, (due to travel for work) I won't be able to complete ...
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Presto multi cooker sous vide- clarification?

I read Marc-André LaFortune's post about using the Presto multi cooker as a secondary sous vide machine. I'm interested in doing this but it would appear to me that the machine is not accurate enough ...
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Changing Sous Vide water

How often do you need to change the water in your Sous Vide machine? Given food never touches the water I don't think I need to change it every time, but it does seem like I should change it once in ...
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Can I use a yoghurt marinade in sous-vide cooking?

I want to cook a Indian-inspired chicken dish. The recipe calls for yoghurt in a marinade for the chicken. I am fine with the marinade, but I also want to cook the chicken sous-vide. I now wonder ...
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What parasites are problematic in sous vide?

Obviously, one should use only clean ingredients. However, especially with game and river/lake fish that's rather difficult. What are parasites that should be taken into account in sous vide ...
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Dry sous vide steak

How do I stop my sous vide steak drying out? I have tried various temperatures and times from 55°C to 60°C and from 40 minutes to 4 hours. The colour and texture changes but the meat is always too dry ...
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Sous vide timing for prime rIb

I'm looking to sous vide a boneless, 6 lb rib roast, for NYE. If I set the temp for 136f*, how long should I leave this to cook? My thought was 6 hours, but that's just based on experience and not ...
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What sous vide parameters for entrecote?

I want to cook an entrecote using my sous vide waterbath. The piece is approx. 5cm thick and currently frozen. I would like it to come out as medium-rare. It has a quite a bit of fat on it. At what ...
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Will texture of fish cooked sous vide change, when cooking times increase?

I am experimenting with sous vide these days. I have successfully cooked salmon sous vide (60C to pasteurization according to Baldwin). One thing with sous vide that people brag about is the ...
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How long does breakdown of collagen etc. take for sirloin cooked sous vide?

I want to cook a sirloin steak cut (2cm thick?) sous vide. Based on my preference for medium-rare and some prior experiences with beef at 60 C, I will put it at 55 C. How long would it need to break ...
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How can I improve sealing of bags for sous vide?

I am occasionally using my vacuum machine to pack bags for sous vide cooking. The model is the FuturaVac clamp-style table model (see e.g. ...
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Sous-vide - What does circulation accomplish?

Sous-vide has been on my radar for a while, but there is no way I am going to spend $500 for a new kitchen toy, nor have I been terribly excited about the do-it-yourself projects that I've seen over ...
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Chicken breast sous vide: Time in fridge matters?

I have kept a chicken breast, packed in plastic (possibly in a near-vacuum environment) in my fridge for more than a week. The best-before-date is tomorrow. I am considering cooking this breast sous ...
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Sous vide vegetables packed in advance?

Is there a reason to not dice vacuum pack vegetables and keep them in the fridge for å few days before cooking them sous vide?
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At what temperature will the fats on meat render?

I am expectantly awaiting the arrival of a sous vide circulator. I saw a clip where someone cooked a duck breast sous vide, finishing it off in a frying pan to crisp the skin. That simply makes no ...
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How to scale up modernist Potato Puree?

The recipe for Potato Puree in "Modernist Cooking at Home" calls for precooking the potatoes in water at 65 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. The bag should hold 500 g potatoes and 1 liter water. Since ...
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Sous Vide Roast: What should I do with the excess liquid in the bag?

I am new to sous vide. I am currently cooking a roast at 140 F. I can see there is a bit of liquid, and probably blood around the meat in the bag. It has been going for 8 hours now at or above 140, so ...
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Cooking Temperature for Crocodile meat?

Does anybody have any experience cooking crocodile meat sous-vide? We found some crocodile meat at our local butcher, and bought some on a whim. Judging by appearances, it looked quite a lot like ...
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How would you make a roux efficiently?

Making a big batch of roux is a hassle, so I'm investigating how to make my life a bit easier. According to 'Ideas in food', you can make roux in a jar in a pressure cooker. Nice, but the quantity is ...
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How does sous vide compare to other cooking methods?

I have a stomach ailment which makes me intolerant to roasted meat and grilled meat. Even though with grilled food most of the fat drips off, you will notice that smaller amounts of fat still fry on ...
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Sous Vide leg of lamb WITH bone?

I'm a new owner of a Sous Vide circulator, and I'd really like to make a leg of lamb for Easter. Making leg of lamb the "old" way (in the oven) I always get a better result if the leg is with the bone ...
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Brining…at high temp?

I read that brining makes meat moister by causing protein cells to absorb water from the brine via osmosis (Wikipedia) So I thought, hmm, why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone: brine + slow-cook ...
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Marinade then cook or cook then marinade?

For pork, does it matter if you marinade first, then sear + braise vs sear + braise first then marinade? More details: I'm trying to cook pork chashu using pork butt. The marinade is mostly soy ...
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Is it possible to do sous vide cooking in a crock pot?

I'd never heard of sous vide before coming to this site, but all the posts about it here have made me want to try it. I've seen the beer cooler method, which I also want to try, but, for a smaller ...
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Sousvide seafood for sushi

I'm curious whether the store-labeled "sushi grade" fish, like some salmon and scallops, can be made by cooking the fish sousvide and chilling it in the refrigerator afterwards.
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Sous Vide without vacuum. What liquid should be used?

I'm new to sous-vide and I am trying to figure out how to do it without vacuum. I've seen how other people have done it with oil to displace the air in the bag. But is this the best liquid to use? ...
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Should a sous-vide-cooked meat be frozen then reheated?

New to sous-vide, I was wondering, once you are done cooking, will it degrade the quality of the meat if I freeze it then reheat it back? The method of reheating probably matters, but let's say I am ...
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Using sous-vide oven to make stock or soup (no bags)

I have a sous-vide supreme water oven. I was wondering if I could use it to slow cook large amounts of soup or to make beef stock by slow cooking. The idea is to have the soup or stock directly into ...
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Sous vide over cooking toughens meat?

I'm new to sous vide cooking. The equipment I'm using is a Ronson slow cooker connected to Sous Vide Magic PID controller, no bubbler. No vacuum sealer. I calibrated the SVM temperature reading to ...
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How should I prepare an excellent sauce from sous vide juices?

Reading the other posts on this, I realize I should have coagulated the myoglobin and removed it before attempting to make a sauce with what's left over. Anyone have a good trick to do that simply? ...
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Is there additional risk in cooking meat sous-vide from frozen?

I am aware of the additional cooking time required when cooking frozen meat sous-vide. Beyond that, is there additional risk in cooking meat sous-vide from frozen?
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Is the rapid ice bath chill post-sous vide actually necessary when putting the meat/fish in the freezer?

In the past, I would frequently cook (in the oven) 6+ lbs (3+ kg) of salmon fillets (usually took ~25 min) to an internal temp of 145-150 F (62.5-65 C), take them out, let them set on the counter for ...
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Can I sous-vide meat (at a temperature between 40ºF and 140ºF) for more than four hours?

According to the USDA cooking chicken at 145ºF (63ºC) for 13 minutes (i.e. maintaining an internal temperature of 145ºF for that long) will bring about a "7 log10 relative reduction of salmonella". A ...
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Can I use my oven for sous-vide

I have an electric oven which has a temperature setting, starting at 50c and goes up in 5 degree increments; [50,55,60,65,...]. It also has a fan to circulate air. (pictured below) Will this be ...
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Is Sous Vide Oil Infusion with fresh herbs or garlic a practical technique to avoid botulism risk?

I've been experimenting with flavoring olive oil using dried herbs. So far, I've only used dried herbs in my home infusions because I have read a number of articles which claim there is a botulism ...
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Is there some trick to vacuum sealing broccoli?

In Sous Vide for the Home Cook Douglas Baldwin gives a recipe for broccoli. In brief, blanch the broccoli, cool in an ice bath, then vacuum seal as a single layer in a bag with salt, pepper, and ...
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How does double-bagging sous vide food affect cook time?

Does double vacuum bagging food for sous vide cooking measurably increase the cook times? Or is the extra bag not thick enough to make an impact?
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why use a pressure cooker for collagen to gelatin conversion?

I was watching S13E16 of Good Eats and to cook his chicken for "chicken and dumplings", he places an old hen (instead of a rooster) in the pressure cooker at the maximum temperature & pressure. ...