I know about the danger zone for Sous Vide cooking (Pasteurization etc.) My question is - is it only relevant for meat / pork / poultry, or is it relevant for vegetables too ? (Both greens and root vegetables)

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The issue with the "danger zone" has to do with bacteria that are on the food. There are 2 issues.

  1. fresh food may have harmful bacteria on it. This is more likely by meat, but vegetables can have them too (this is why you wash off that apple before you eat it) Getting up to 140 degrees kills off everything.
  2. any bacteria that there is on it or lands on it post cooking. If the food is kept warm but under 140 or ie;danger zone then these bacteria have a wonderful place to live and can quickly grow. This makes no difference between animal or vegetables.
  • As an add on: 1) you normally sous vide vegetables at a much higher temperature than proteins, so you don't have to worry about it as much. 2) Depending on the produce preparation before it gets to you, you may be better off not washing it.
    – Batman
    Sep 27, 2017 at 22:17

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