Sous vide - Anyone tried it?

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porkbeaks
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Sous vide - Anyone tried it? - Sat, 10/13/12 10:38 AM
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I recently have started using this method of cooking with a crock pot, temperature controller, and Ziploc freezer bags. Berkshire pork chops came out perfectly cooked; tender, juicy, and way better than anything I've ever had except at The Admiral in Asheville where they were also prepared sous vide. Chicken breasts on the menu for tonight and rib-eye steaks next week. I would be most interested in hearing from any of you with any experiences using this method or about any great dishes you may have had prepared this way. pb

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Re:Sous vide - Anyone tried it? - Sat, 10/13/12 12:13 PM
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I am curious about the temperature controller on the Crock Pot.  Does it turn power on & off tp maintain temp?  Sounds like it would be a less expensive way to try out sous vide than buying special equipment.

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Re:Sous vide - Anyone tried it? - Sat, 10/13/12 12:37 PM
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It works like a charm as long as the crock pot has a manual off/on switch. It won't work on a digital appliance. Some folks use a rice cooker. I got mine on Amazon for $100. Here's a link to the manufacturer DorkFood. http://www.dorkfood.com/

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Re:Sous vide - Anyone tried it? - Sat, 10/13/12 12:48 PM
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Great idea.  I think we'll find one under the tree this Christmas.

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Re:Sous vide - Anyone tried it? - Sat, 10/13/12 1:03 PM
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This guy made his own controller and he uses a rice cooker, but you'll see the results on a rib-eye steak. Pretty impressive? http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WQD3os7OVIs

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Re:Sous vide - Anyone tried it? - Tue, 10/16/12 9:39 PM
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I don't know how old that video happens to be but I would proceed with caution about using a regular zipper bag. Even one that does not contain BPA.

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Re:Sous vide - Anyone tried it? - Tue, 10/16/12 9:44 PM
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I use Ziploc freezer bags.