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Questions about food safety and technique for cooking sous vide.

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Preparing chicken burgers for sous vide then freezing while keeping shape

I am having a hard time finding good, reasonably low fat precooked chicken burgers currently, presumably due to COVID; I used to buy these for reference. As such, I figured I'd prepare my own. I'm ...
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Why is sous vide steak brown on the outside?

When sous viding a steak, lets say at 130F for 90 minutes, the steak will be completely red on the inside. However, the steak will look a pale gray on the very outermost portion. The point of sous ...
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What's happens at temperatures in both the 'pasteurisation' and 'danger' zone?

I am new to cooking and even newer to sous vide cooking. I have been trying to find as much information as I can with regards to cooking steak in the sous vide. One thing I am particularly confused by ...
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How long can you safely store home-prepared vacuum packed food for at home? [duplicate]

I have a consumer-grade vacuum sealer (Aicok) which I regularly use for sous-vide cooking with the manufacturer supplied bags. Under these different scenarios, how long can I keep food for, sealed and ...
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Slow cooking chicken (thigh), why 4 hours?

I don't get why slow cooking recipes recommend 4-6 hours for chicken thighs on LOW (which is 185F) when Sous Vide recipes for chicken thighs recommend only 1 hour (up to 8 hours) at 160F. Again, for ...
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Is it safe to sous vide chicken to less than 74°C for a longer amount of time?

When researching cooking temperatures for sous vide chicken, I came across this website among others that claimed that chicken is pastaurized if held at temperatures as low as 60°C for sufficient time....
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Can I Sear Sous-Vide Rib Eye Under Infrared Broiler?

I'm new to sous-vide and plan on trying it for the first time with a rib eye steak that is about 1-1/4" thick. I know when it's done cooking, I need to sear it. I was thinking of trying my gas ...
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What's the trick to seal sous vide foil if liquid contained

I experience problems with sealing sous vide dishes if they contain liquid. Think of marinade for example. While sealing, the liquid is flowing up and prevents proper sealing. Current workaround is ...
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How to properly slow cook lamb's head?

There is a (Turkish?) specialty, boiled lamb's head. In restaurants, I've noticed it's boiled to an extent that you can pull apart skull segments easily and access the brains. Whatever I try I can't ...
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What makes sous vide brisket tender?

Recently a friend of mine made a sous vide brisket. This was done by leaving the brisket at 140F for 4 hours, then finishing it on the stove with high heat. It was extremely tender, even though it ...
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What is the difference between cooking at low temperature and sous vide in a plastic bag?

Why do you sous vide in a vacuumed bag, which is more complicated than just cooking your meat or vegetable at a low temperature while being in contact with the water? Does it loose taste?
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Sous-Vide cook out juices

I’ve been trying out various styles of thickening the sauce inside the bag while cooking. My focus is creating a marinade style/glaze while cooking my meat, so when it comes out, I can just flame ...
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Seasoning chicken in sous vide?

Question: should chicken be pre-seasoned or post-seasoned when sous vide-ing? See my results below, but please post your own preferences and results as well.
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How to finish sous vide carnitas without drying them out

I've followed this recipe from Serious Eats to make sous vide carnitas. The sous vide step is easy - just leave it in the bag for 12-24 hours. The last step of the recipe is to break up the meat with ...
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Why does meat go bad after 1 month sous vide at 55-60C ( 131 - 141F)

See this I COOKED a Brisket for a MONTH and this happened! and Can Viewers SAVE a 1-month BRISKET? of a brisket cooked in 55C and 60C for 1 month. It smells very bad! So they proved (twice) that the ...
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Is it possible to make yoghurt directly in the milk carton using sous vide?

I recently got a sous vide circulator as a gift. I've made yoghurt before but using jars and a thermometer, and the method is heating it to 82 degrees, cooling it down to 46, then adding the culture ...
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Is sous vide better for lean meat or fatty meat?

(Apologies if this is already asked, I tried searching and, surprisingly, nothing came up). I’m unclear as to whether the benefit of sous vide (over conventional methods) is greater for lean meat or ...
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How much should I season meat before sous vide cooking?

I’m referring mainly to salt. I’m starting to Sous vide steaks and chops etc. I do a fast hard sear after the sous vide is finished. When the steak comes out of the bag I pat dry very thoroughly ...
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Dried and Salted Fish Fillets (e.g. cod) Sous Vide

I don't have much experience cooking with dried and salted fish, but as far as I have read traditional recipes start with a long soaking time in water (and also changing the water multiple times) to ...
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How is sous-vide different from simply cooking the chicken?

I am just starting out with my sous-vide project and ready to buy sous-vide equipment. I am having arguments with my partner, who thinks sous-vide is similar to cooking the chicken breast in liquid. I ...
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Smoking with chips after sous vide

I am planning on cooking a pork rack (pork crown). I like the precision of sous-vide, but I also like having a smokey flavor by using smoking chips. So I am faced with a dilemma: Either grill the ...
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Food safety of low temperatures like sous vide and slow cooking [duplicate]

While I really like low temperature cooked dishes, I ask myself whether all microorganisms are killed with these methods. I'm worried that not all parasites and bacteria are killed at 60-70°C. Is ...
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Sous vide top side beef joint - set temperature lower than it should be

I am new to sous vide and am currently cooking a relatively cheap cut of beef (~1kg of top side beef joint). The beef is in a vacuum sealed bag and has been cooking for about 5 hours at a temperature ...
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How long to sous vide shoulder lamb chop?

How to Sous Vide Lamb says: Blade Chop: Medium-Rare: 131°F for 18 to 24 Hours (55.0ºC) Shoulder: Medium-Rare: 131°F for 1 to 2 Days (55.0ºC) Sous Vide Lamb Chops with Chimichurri Compound ...
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can you make marmalade using sous vide?

Since making marmalade involves cooking fruit and pectin and juices at a particular temperature for a specified amount of time, can you use sous vide to mimic this process and make and can marmalade ...
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Can you add seasoning halfway through cooking with sous vide

I plan to cook a brisket for 48+ hours. However I ordered some liquid smoke online and it wont arrive until the next day. I cant wait for it to arrive or I will not have enough time to finish the ...
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Should I trust my Instant Pot or my ThermPro digital thermometer for temperature?

I cook sous vide in my Instant Pot Ultra (which lets you set a precise temperature), but when I check the water temperature with my digital thermometer, it is a few degrees off (I believe the ...
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Sous vide chicken without an internal temperature of 165 °F (75 °C)

I am new to sous vide food. I am cooking a chicken breast. I have read that chicken requires an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (75 degrees Celcius). However the recipe only requires a ...
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Sous vide egg white falling apart on cracking

I've been reading the sous vide guide on serious eats where eggs are supposed to come out like this where after sous viding, you poach it briefly to fully set the white. However when cracking my egg, ...
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How to Sous Vide Dried Beans Safely

I would like to try to cook some dried, red kidney beans via sous vide but am having difficulty finding anything authoritative on how to do this safely. If you google "cooking beans safely" most ...
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Safety: Keeping sous-vide cooked chicken in vacuum

My Problem I have sous-vide cooked some chicken breast, forgot about it, and kept it in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. The chicken breast was thoroughly cooked (63c for 1 hour) and kept in good vacuum....
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Does it make sense to vacuume brined meat? Why not sous vide in water directly?

If you wet brine a piece of meat and don't apply anything else to it, why exactly do you need a bag? Why not cook the meat directly in the brine? While it cooks, it can brine some more. Handy, if you ...
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Is striped bass suited for sous vide?

I have to cook some striped bass tomorrow. It is from frozen, and in fillets with no skin (if it had skin I would pan sear it, but alas it doesn't). I was thinking, season with salt, pepper, and ...
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Can I cook sous vide on a desk?

So would it be possible with some insulation perhaps from home depot to use a sous vide cooker like cheffstep's Joule on a surface like a wooden office desk with a medium to small sized pot or even a ...
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How to achieve “fall off the bone” in a leg of lamb using sous vide?

I have recently experimented with leg of lamb, following the popular recipe on chefsteps . Both times I cooked the meat, with bone, for 24h at 57°C (134°F). While the result was generally good, I ...
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Can a sous-vide circulator fully replace a crockpot?

The idea is, to put a regular pot in a larger pot full of water and heat the larger pot with a sous-vide stick. Would this accurately simulate a crockpot? The only downside I can see, is that ...
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Overnight cooking: Is sous-vide safer than electrical oven?

I am a fan of bone broths, but always have a problem with the overnight cooking part. For the overnight cooking part I have the following options: Interrupt cook, let the pot hot on the stove, ...
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What's the FDA recommended sous vide temperature for in-shell egg pasteurization?

My problem I am trying to figure out the official FDA guideline for time and temperature of in-shell egg pasteurization process in heated water (sous vide). What have I tried Googled this site, ...
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How long to sous vide a tough cut of steak?

With most steaks the recommended cooking time in sous vide is about an hour (of course depending on the thickness of the cut). I have done some sous vide cooks recently, and they always ended up ...
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How does sous vide cooking time affect moisture (final weight) of meat?

I know cooking meat at higher temperatures will cause meat to lose moisture as the proteins "constrict". This is well known. Cooking a steak sous vide at 160F will lead to a much drier steak than ...
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Is it safe to cook large cuts of meat sous vide?

I sous vide a lot and am familiar with the relationships between food safety, internal temperature, and time. I'll eat chicken breast cooked at a long time at 138F just to make a point. Some large ...
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No Butter Sous Vide: What did they mean by this?

I just watched an experiment on youtube, where they compare 2 steaks, side by side, the first one with added butter during sous vide (as many people do), the second one without butter. It seems the ...
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How long is too long for sous vide steak

I have sous vide for a while with mixed success. Mostly good, but still mixed. One thing I question which I hoping to get opinion on is time to sous vide beef (steak specifically, e.g. ribeye or ...
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Do I need to put blood in a vacuum sealed bag to cook it sous vide in this type of appliance?

If I used this type of appliance... https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01N1PQTIV/ ... to pasteurise blood at 60°C for 45 minutes (as per these instructions: https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/blood-sauce), ...
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Thermo bottle for impromptu sous vide?

I would like to try out sous vide, but I don't want to invest in the gadgets, until I have tried it and decided I want to keep using it. So I have thought about the best way to try it with no budget. ...
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Why were my sous vide sausages dry?

I cooked some sausages sous vide at about 158F for a few hours. Usually I cook sausage in my pan until it hits an internal temperature of about 155 and it climbs to 165 and they are incredibly juicy. ...
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Why would someone want a 15“ vacuum sealer over a 12”?

I am looking at a vacuum sealer. It seems pretty typical with a 12" seal bar. This is a Foodsaver type, and not a vacuum chamber. However, for a few more dollars (there's a sale) I can get a larger ...
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Why does Anova sous vide tell me to cook salmon to unsafe temperatures

I started using the Anova Sous Vide as a means to cook more meals at home and so far I really like it. I wanted to try out some salmon so I did it with olive oil and tyme in a sealable bag using the ...
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Should vacuum sealed food be exposed to air when thawing?

Must food packaged and vacuum sealed be exposed to air while thawing? I seal chicken or fish in a vacuum bag. I freeze the same. I transfer to the refrigerator to thaw with the expectation of ...
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Medium-rare sous vide steak - achieving coloring without slicing?

I have a nice piece of prime beef (for the sake of example, let's say NY strip or filet; I observe this with both cuts). I cook it sous vide at 130 degrees for 45 minutes. I immediately pat it dry and ...

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