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Questions about food safety and technique for cooking sous vide.

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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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Is a vacuum strictly necessary for sous-vide cooking?

I'd always assumed that things cooked sous-vide (which translates as 'under vacuum'!) needed to be under a good vacuum for the most efficient heat transfer into the meat, since air is less convective ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why and how does the egg white stick to its shell when cooked sous vide?

I've been cooking eggs sous vide and love the control over the consistency of the yolk; a perfectly jammy egg yolk is one reason the sous vide approach impresses me. However, there is one sticking ...
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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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Are the claims legitimate linking botulism to vacuum prepared foods?

I have read in many places 1,2,3 claims of a link between preparing foods sous vide and botulism, with claims that this is because the food is prepared in a vacuum. This struck me as illogical, so I ...
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Sous Vide Frustrations

I recently purchased an Anova Precision Cooker circulator and have been unsuccessful in both attempts to cook meat using the sous vide technique, and I'd like to figure out why. Attempt #1 - Ribeye ...
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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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Sous vide: why do cylindrical / cylinder-like and spherical / sphere-like foods cook faster than slab-like?

The Douglas Baldwin's "A Practical Guide to Sous Vide Cooking" has charts for sous vide cooking times. Unintuitive to me, cooking times are drastically shorter for spheres and cylinders than slabs. ...
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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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Sous Vide Spoilage

Can food cooked by the sous vide method spoil once vacuum packed? I sous vide spaghetti squash. I, then, vacuum pack the squash. Finally, I forget to put it in the freezer so it sits at room ...
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How long do I sous-vide a 5.5lb veal breast?

How long and at what temperature should I sous-vide a 5.5lb veal breast?
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Smoker or Sous Vide first?

I am going for a smoky and tender beef brisket cooked to ~200 degrees. Sous Vide roughly calls for 5-6 hours of time for the brisket to come to temperature, however, I also want it to sit on the ...
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Is it advisable to sous vide in “steam fresh” bags?

Is it advisable to sous vide in steam fresh bags, the type where one cooks the veggies in the microwave for 4 minutes?
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sous vide producing inedible food because of fat not rendered

I did a 36 hour sous vide ribs at 145 degrees F followed by a 5 min sear under the broiler. The meat was soft, tender, full of juice and the fat did not render from my spare ribs. The meal left me....
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Trying sous vide techniques with an induction cooker

I have a Nu-Wave induction cooker and the normal pans, and I want to try to use it as a sous vide cooker for steaks. I plan to get it going with the steaks and then move on to everything else, ...
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Basque cod with sous-vide

I recently cooked bacalao al pil pil, a Basque recipe. The trick is to render the gelatin from the fish at a low temperature, reserve the fish meat and then mount the gelatin with oil. The whole ...
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Is there any food safety advantage in blanching meat prior to cooking sous-vide?

There seems to be a lot of debate regarding the advantages of pre-searing meat prior to adding it to the water bath. I understand that the post-sear process is mainly for appearance and taste purposes,...
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Cleaning plastic bags used for sous vide

I am using this kind of vacuum bag for sous vide. They work perfectly but recently I have been having a problem cleaning them. I let them sit for a few days after using them without cleaning them, ...
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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 cooking, ...
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Beef Steaks : Cooking older-grade meat (C-Grade)

I'm an amateur cook and I can't afford to buy "good" steaks, so I made my own Sous Vide circulator to try and get the best out of cheap meat cuts. Thing is, where I'm from, even the less-glamorous ...
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Are long brines neccesary for sous vide?

I'm looking at a recipe which calls for two weeks of wet brining followed by 48 hours of sous vide for beef tongue. I've seen similar recipes for other tough cuts of meat such as brisket. It seems to ...
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Using sous vide to warm canned vegetables

Has anyone attempted to plunge a can of vegetables into the sous vide bath given it is already vacuum packed? I would, of course, take off the label.
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Sous Vide chicken for reheating

My understanding is that a lot of the technical knowledge around sous vide was developed in the prepared foods industry by Bruno Goussault of Cuisine Solutions. This makes me wonder whether some of ...
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Wouldn’t flash cooling inside a freezer ice cube box be as effective as an ice bath?

I’ve recently cooked marinated flank steak for four hours and placed it directly in the freezer ice cube box. By placing the warm item between ice sheets and allowing full contact on the food, ...
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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 long does it take botulism spores to germinate in the fridge?

Based on this question, I started wondering how long I could keep an anerobic food in the fridge before I have to worry about botulism colonization. 1 day? 3 days? 2 months? Clearly it's not a ...
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Sous vide power issue. Food safety

first I read the post that is similar but doesn’t answer my question. Last night my power won’t out for a few hours. I was cooking London broil for about 4-5 hours @125. Around 2am the power went ...
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Can soap be put it in the water used for Sous Vide?

This is a bit of a strange question, but may a small amount of soap or detergent be placed in the water when cooking with sous vide? Is the vacuum effective enough to prevent any taste of soap from ...
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How to pasteurize eggs in a sous vide machine (in the shell)

I have a Sous Vide Supreme machine and I like raw eggs (in the shell). I've made a few batches by simply boiling them at 134F for 2-4 hours, but I have 2 problems: some of the eggs crack and most of ...