Anyone cook Sous Vide?

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:09 pm

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:11 pm

seeahill wrote:Mongolian Marmot: Kill a marmot. Gut it. Put hot stones from the fire into the cavity and toss the marmot on the coals. Eat with wild onions.

I've done this, in Mongolia, and it wasn't terrible. I had no desire to do it again.
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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:27 pm

So I got one of the Anova units for my wife for Christmas. Hoping she likes it, but pretty sure I will no matter what. Looking for good recipe ideas.
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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:14 pm

I want to get one of those. Prob will after Christmas. I wanted one to cook a standing rib roast for the Christmas meal, but probably not happening.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Grandpa's Spells » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:49 pm

My brother's a chef and has done some sous vide stuff. If you get the Anova, and are doing beef, it may be handy to get a Searzall to sear stuff once it's cooked.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by milosz » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:42 pm

ChefSteps has a ton of sous vide videos online advertising their classes, the Anova website has recipes and Serious Eats has some sous vide content too.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by j-cubed » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:39 am

Yeah, Sous Vide is cool. I use the Anova. I've done chicken breasts that are cooked through and super juicy. Prime rib that is the perfect temp all the way through. I'll make a paste of spices and butter and slather the prime rib with it after cooking and broil it 10 minutes to make a nice crust.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:09 am

Ok, my wife didn't want it, so I kept it for myself. Did a tenderloin steak tonight. Steak came vacuum packed already so just put the whole package in the hut tub for 45 minutes at 136.5 degrees, opened package, removed steak and patted it dry, salt and pepper on it, about 45 seconds per side and edges on the grill outside at max heat, and holy shit it was good. Melt in your mouth and tasty. I am sold.
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Post by milosz » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:56 am

Sous vide really shines when you do things like 72 hour short ribs.

http://modernistcuisine.com/recipes/72- ... hort-ribs/

They don't mention it but it seems like a lot of people blanch the ribs for a few seconds before vacuum sealing so that all external bacteria is killed off.

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Post by milosz » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:00 am

ChefSteps and Michael Ruhlman recommend 48 hours and 64C/60C (respectively) for sous vide, which seems to obviate the need for any kind of pre-sear or blanching.

http://blog.sousvidesupreme.com/2012/11 ... ysa4e.dpbs

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:25 pm

Ordered an ANOVA wifi sous vide stick. Looking forward to using it.

For those who cook hot and fast, and maybe use tougher meats, look for a jaccard manual meat tenderizer. It makes a difference

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:36 pm

I went and bought a $2.50 styrofoam piece of shit cooler from Walmart, cut a round hole in the lid using a razor blade that the Anova thing fits into, flipped the lid so it hangs down deeper into the cooler, and that's my cooker. Had it out in the garage for cooking, where it was about 30 degrees. No problem heating the water at all, great insulation. I'm just leaving the water in there. Might stick a paver in the bottom to fill up some space, as the Anova doesn't quite reach to the bottom as is. If I can find a smaller one, I'll spring for it, as 30 quarts is oversized for a lot of things.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:19 am

Dinner tonight was a ribeye, coated with salt and pepper, in a plastic bag (no vacuum sealing or ziplock with the air sucked out needed, it sinks and pushes all the air out as is). Set it for 135 degrees. Head to the park for the hour long workout, shower, pop a beer, take the steak out, pat it dry, and blast it with the Searzall for about 30 seconds per side. Awesome.

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Post by Grandpa's Spells » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:04 pm

Huge discount on Anova for Prime Day to like $70. Would have posted had I remembered this thread.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:45 pm

My wife is all on board with it now, and makes the best London broil with it. Just fries it in a pan to brown it. Tender and all that.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by johno » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:18 pm

OK, we've got the Anova. What's the best blowtorch for searing sous vide steak, etc.?
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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Grandpa's Spells » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:02 pm

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OK, we've got the Anova. What's the best blowtorch for searing sous vide steak, etc.?
Searzall, but:
We also tried what is perhaps the most well-known searing device, Booker and Dax’s Searzall. It’s not a stand-alone torch, but rather a cone-shaped attachment for the TS8000. Two layers of wire mesh at the end help spread out the flame, so you can cook more surface at once. It also slows down searing: In our tests, browning time doubled with the Searzall. We liked the results, but not enough to justify the extra cost. Since it’s an add-on to the TS8000, we suggest starting with the torch by itself and upgrading only if you’re looking to take your searing to the next level.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:19 pm

I got a TS8000 by itself, works fine.

I will say that pan searing, while not as cool, I think gives you a better tasting hunk of meat.

We use bags like these for the cooking. They are BPA-free so you don’t get extra hair on your chest or weird tumors, but you don’t have fiddle around with vacuum sealing or ziplock bags. Just put the food in the bag and plop it into the water, with the lid holding the top of the bag. All the air gets pushed and the meat sinks. Too easy. Takes seconds to get it going.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:57 am

Did a package of 4 chicken thighs (cheap) the other night. Cooked at 150 degrees for about an hour and a half or so, while out doing a workout. Then tried to fry them in a pan to crisp up the skins, but the skin stuck to my non-skid pan with some oil in it, so bit of a cluster. The chicken was perfect, however. Cooked through but not tough at all. Two of the pieces I threw a bunch of curry powder in with the bags to cook, and that was good too. The others I just used salt and pepper.
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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Sangoma » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:26 am

I am a new convert to sous vide. Fuck, cooked a 45 days aged ribeye sous vide and seared it with the chef's torch. Calorie limit was blown out of the window that day. Definitely worth it.
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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by nafod » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:18 pm

Cool!

Had sous vide London broil last night. My wife has it down to a fine art now.

We've gone from frozen brick of meat from the freezer to pan-seared in 1.5 hours (that was an emergency cook job) and it was still awesome. Usually lets it thaw prior and then go 2 hours in the beer cooler out in the garage.
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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Shapecharge » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:46 pm

We're all wired different but regardless I can't accept the food+plastic+heat equation...I don't care how "mild" the heat is and the validation that the plastic is safe. I'd love to get into it but I'm not going to. Come up with another barrier to transmit heat and I might be down.

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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Fat Cat » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:36 pm

Shapecharge wrote:
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We're all wired different but regardless I can't accept the food+plastic+heat equation...I don't care how "mild" the heat is and the validation that the plastic is safe. I'd love to get into it but I'm not going to. Come up with another barrier to transmit heat and I might be down.
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Re: Anyone cook Sous Vide?

Post by Shapecharge » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:42 pm

Direct flame to plastic does make sense.

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