Questions about food safety and technique for cooking sous vide.

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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to reduce the beany flavour of soya milk and tofu [duplicate]

I have set up a plant of soya milk and tofu. i am facing problem of beany flavour in it. kindly suggest any method by which the beany flavour can be taken out..thanks in advance
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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 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 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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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?
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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 meat without seasoning - strong flavor

I tried the beer cooler sous vide hack just now. On both a veal entrecote and a piece of lean beef braising meat. Both turned out OK, but as the sous vide technique does not impart flavor, most people ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tenderness of sous-vide pork chops

I made some sous vide pork chops this week that didn't turn out as tender as I expected. They were about as tender as when I grill them; maybe a little bit worse. I had marinated them overnight in a ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to make compressed watermelon without a vacuum machine?

I've got in mind to make a dish with compressed watermelon, but I don't have access to a vacuum machine. I've tried once using weight, but it just cracks because the pressure is all from one side. ...
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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 ...