Questions about food safety and technique for cooking sous vide.

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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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How do I get breading to stick to pre-cooked chicken for pan frying?

I tried pan fried chicken and pre-cooked the chicken sous vide. This meant that the chicken just needed to be crisped once it went in the pan. I dredged in flour then egg and then panko (Japanese ...
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Why are my sous vide salmon fillets coming out raw in the center?

My wife and I have tried a couple times to sous vide salmon fillets and they seem to keep coming out undercooked or raw in the center and I'm really not sure why. I took pretty good notes on what we ...
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Sous vide octopus for maximum tenderness

A few years ago I had a delicious 15-hour slow-cooked (then charred) octopus at a japanese restaurant in New York. The flesh was moist and tender without being gelatinous, and I could sense the ...
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Sous vide - add liquid or no in the bag?

I'm the proud owner of a new-fangled sous vide instrument. So far, I've seen mixed statements about adding extra liquid (brine or some other concoction of my choosing) to the bag. When grilling, I'm a ...
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How to Sous Vide Filet Mignon to Medium Rare

I made my own Sous Vide with a crockpot and an Arduino and would like to cook a Filet Mignon cut to medium rare. However, a quick google search of '"sous vide" "medium rare" "filet mignon"' shows ...
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Sous Vide Beef steaks look overcooked at 59°C and 56.5°C

I have just started cooking steaks in my sous vide machine. I am getting results when cooking sous vide that do not agree with the theory and instructions I have read. For my experiments I have ...
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How to set up the sous vide bath for guineafowl breasts?

I have a hard time finding hints on how to sous-vide guineafowl breasts properly. Traditionally in an 140-165°C oven they’re really hard to get right. Some of the few recipes i’ve found place them in ...
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Sous vide timing for prime rib

I'm looking to sous vide a boneless, 6 lb rib roast, for New Year's Eve. 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 ...
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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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Sous vide without plastic bags?

I really like the idea of cooking steak using sous vide. However, I am very wary of heating food up together with plastic, and then eating the food, as I believe that at high temperatures, chemicals ...
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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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What has a cooler got to do with sous-vide cooking?

Kindly explain paragraph 3. I can't see link between this device for sous-vide cooking and coolers? What does unmatched versatility mean here? This is the Chefsteps Joule sous-vide cooker
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Sous Vide Interrupted

I'm trying to cook beef short-ribs sous-vide at 140° for 72 hours. Imagine my shock this morning when I went into the kitchen and found the machine had turned itself off! It could not have been for ...
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My sous vide chicken is tough and stringy - did I cook it too long, or too little?

So far I've attempted it twice. The first time I cooked legs and thighs at 60C for an hour and a half; the second time I cooked two breasts at 60C for about 45 minutes. Both times the chicken came out ...
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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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Can I use sous vide instead of pressure cooking

In a recipe, I have to pressure cook vegetables in mason jars in duck fat. I don't have a pressure cooker but I do have an Anova Sous Vide Immersion Heater - can I use that instead? Any other factors ...
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What is a good way for a beginner to start sous vide cooking?

I am just about to start experimenting with Sous Vide cooking. My plan is to start out with some very simple equipment (A PID controller and a kettle) and slowly build up until I have made my custom ...
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Sous-Vide shrimp, minimum time and temp for safety?

It seems that the Internet has not quite caught up with sous-vide technology, I'm getting a lot of conflicting information by Googling. I am making Gumbo for sale at private clubs. I'm packaging it ...
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Sous Vide long cook meat prep?

Do I need to do anything special to prep a flat iron steak for an overnight SV bath? I have seen some references to dunking in boiling water for anti microbial effect, but am not sure what the best ...
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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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Should I sear sous-vide chicken breasts?

I'm planning on cooking some boneless skinless chicken breasts tonight sous-vide. Should I finish them with a quick pan sear like I do with my steaks or should I just season and slice?
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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 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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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 sauce,...
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Which torch to buy for finishing sous vide meat? Butane or propane?

I have started cooking sous vide and am thinking of buying a torch to finish off the meat. I have seen stores selling little butane torches for creme brulees, but some have claimed they are not hot ...
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Sous Vide Strip came out medium well, what did I do wrong?

I picked up two NY Strip steaks, about 6 oz each this weekend with the hopes of showing off how awesome my new sous vide circulator (Anova Precision Cooker) with a nice medium-rare steak. I pre-heated ...
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Training on molecular gastronomy and sous vide [closed]

I am looking for suggestions on opportunities for learning techniques directly from a skilled professional, preferably in a classroom setting. I have been dabbling in molecular gastronomy/precision ...
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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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How do I impart “extra” flavor with Sous Vide cooking?

I've been cooking Sous Vide 2-3 times a week for about 10 months now, and I absolutely love it. The control of temperature and time makes for some really interesting possibilities. But, one of the ...
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Searing after sous viding - what temperature?

I just got a sous vide supreme for christmas and I am super excited to use it. Many of the recipes I have seen online suggest to sear the meat after cooking to provide a crust. No problem. My ...
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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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Collecting & using cooking profiles on foods like coffee roasters do

With precise devices like sous vide, which have sensors like thermometers that you can download readings from, I am curious if people have started collecting 'cooking profiles' much like coffee ...
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Does anyone know how to make a Sous Vide style cooking vessel?

The last year I was in culinary school (2014) my chef instructor was really excited about culinology and the new innovations that were emerging and becoming to be utilized more often in the industry, ...
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How can I vacuum seal acidic ingredients with meat or poultry for freezing?

What if I want to prepare packets for sous-vide and freeze them? I want to include an acidic marinade in the bags, but I don't want to turn the meat into mush.
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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. http://www.sousvidenorge.no/produkt/sous-vide/vakuum/...
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What temperature should “simmer” be for candying fruit?

I want to make Candied fruit more efficiently, and all the recipes I have found say basically "bring simple syrup to a boil, then lower to simmer with the fruit/peel in until translucent" So my ...
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Where can I find “food safe” glass marbles for sous vide cooking?

I would like to find "food safe" glass marbles for sous vide cooking. They can be used for keeping bags from floating, to space out ingredients in a bag, or even as "filler" space in a chamber vacuum ...
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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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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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How Long Can I Store Seasoned, Vacuum Sealed Chicken [duplicate]

I'm trying to optimize making food for the week and one of the things I want to do is season chicken breast with salt/pepper/herbs/etc in advance and vacuum seal them individually so I can just drop ...
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Inexpensive vacuum sealer not pulling out air

I bought a Seal-a-Meal for sous-vide cooking. It felt like a bargain at the time, it was very inexpensive because it was a close-out model. It seals great, I'm not having any problem with leaking, but ...
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Flank Steak Sous Vide - Blood Spots?

I got a SV wand for X-Mas, so have been doing alot of that this month. I did a flank steak today, which I cut into 3 parts, 3 bags, and did at 52 Deg C for 4 hours. I then Ice Bath'd all three ...
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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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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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Sous vide chuck roast or chuck steaks?

I've never cooked sous vide before, but am now equipped to try thanks to the holidays. We have a 3 pound chuck roast -- I'm not sure what the exact cut shape is, but it's vaguely cube shaped. If we ...
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Can I pre-cook chicken in a sous vide bath while cooking something else?

Let's say I'm in the middle of a 72-hour 135F sous vide recipe, and I want to cook some chicken thighs for dinner for tonight. Does it make sense to put the chicken in the bath at 135 for my normal ...
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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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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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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?