Sous Vide Cooking

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Salmon sous vide – 1st trial with Turbigomme and a thermometer probe, 54°C Core temperature

by on Jul.27, 2009, under Equipments & Accessories, Recipes

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Their is now a long time that I wanted to cook sous vide salmon with Turbigomme and a probe. Viktor Stampfer book indicates salmon should be cooked 54°C for 10 minutes (core temperature) with a 56°C water bath. In my former experiment I raised the time to 14 minutes, as I didn’t have any equipment to take the core temperature.

This time I purchased Turbigomme on a French site called svdiffusion.com. Turbigomme is a gum made to be glued on a pouch. The gum is supposed to be airtight if you go through with a probe. I bought it 8.85 euros (3 meters) + 10.94 euros shipping costs! I was really mad when I reallized that SVdiffusion cheated on shipping costs. Who can believe that a 110 gr parcel could be sent for 11 euros!

Anyway I have now everything: 4 cm Turbigomme piece, a 3 mm Mastrad probe (I know this is very thick but this is a cheap thermometer – less than 40 euros) , 2 rubbers to fix the Turbigomme in the case the self-adhesive would not be enough and a nice piece of salmon.

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I glued the Turbigomme on the pouch, strapped it with rubbers and pierced the all with my 3 mm probe. I didn’t face any issue during this process. The pouch did not look like “loosing vacuum”.

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During the cooking process I was doubting if air was not coming inside the pouch as I could see some bubbles appearing. I was feeling more comfortable when I saw the other salmon vacuum pouch I made without Turbigomme was doing the same…

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To sum up I would say my experiment was successful. 8 euros Turbigomme (plus shipping costs!) and a cheap thermometer (40 euros max.) where enough compared to those very expensive 1 mm hypodermic thermocouples probes (approx. 200 euros) and thermometer.

My only issue was the cooking time. The starting temperature of the salmon was 8°C and it took 30 minutes to reach 54°C core temperature. My water bath was set at 56°C. I decided to take the salmon of the water bath as soon as the core temperature reached 54°C (instead of waiting 10 more minutes as suggested by Viktor Stampfer).

I was afraid the salmon would be overcooked. It was the case…nothing to do with a raw appearance salmon!

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Next time I’ll try 72 hours pork ribs. No need of an internal probe for this kind of cooking!!!

Jean-François

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No need for a professional or powerful vacuum machine for sous vide at home

by on Jul.12, 2009, under Equipments & Accessories

sous_vide_cooking_org_cookery_equipment_vacuum_machine_cookingissuesWhen I started cooking sous vide I had difficulties to decide which vacuum machine to purchase. Finally I bought a non professional vacuum machine (Lava 100) which is powerfull and high quality made. This vacuum machine was a big investment  (EUR 250) for my student budget.

When surfing on the excellent CookingIssues.wordpress.com site I found a very interesting post about vacuum machines affecting textures of ingredients (click on the image bellow for a direct link to the post).
To sum up this post I would say that there is no need of a powerful vacuum machine for vegetable, fish and poultry (such as chicken). CookingIssues even says that for some ingredients such as chicken, the more you increase the amount of vacuum the more you affect the texture and the flavour! On the other hand CookingIssues did not mention any drawback regarding high amount of vacuum for meat.

Just to say that sous vide cooking at home is definitely possible with a cheap vacuum machine. Remember that the issue consisting in sealing sous vide a marinate can be solved by freezing the marinate.

Jean-françois

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Cooking Salmon and asparagus sous vide (Viktor Stampfer recipe + SousVideMagic 1500B of Fresh Meal Solutions)

by on Jun.19, 2009, under Equipments & Accessories, Recipes

I tried a recipe of Victor Stampfer (and also simplified it ;-) ) called “Sockey salmon with asparagus salad and black morels”.
I didn’t have morels therefore I just cooked salmon and asparagus.

Viktor’s Stampfer’s book indicates:

  • for the salmon:  54°C core temperature (129.2°F) for 10 minutes with a water bath at 56°C (138.2F). I don’t have a digital internal probe to take the core temperature of the salmon. Therefore I raised the global cooking time at 14 minutes.
  • for asparagus: 82°C (179.6F) for 45 minutes.

I cooked sous vide these 2 ingredients with my new equipment: the SousVideMagic 1500B of Fresh Meal Solution. So far I am very happy with this equipment which works very very well.

The salmon was fantastic! It was looking a bit raw but in fact it was cooked. The salmon kept all its juicy texture. I loved it. I only regret that I didn’t take the time to put the salmon 2 minutes in the oven so that the appearance would not look white on the outside of the salmon (see the picture below).

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I had more problem with the asparagus that I didn’t succeed to cook sous vide at the temperatures recommended by Viktor Stampfer.
45 minutes was not enough to cook the asparagus. I had to wait approx 1:20 to get them cooked at 82°C (179.6F). I really don’t know what happened. Could anybody give me a hint? Anyway, after 1:20 the asparagus was good but I can’t say that I ate something unusual.

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Jean-François

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Sous vide cookery – Time and accurate temperature while cooking fish sous vide

by on Jun.15, 2009, under Time and Accurate Temperature

I thought it would be interesting to update the information available to me about cooking fish sous vide, especially since I had the opportunity to have a look to Heiko Antoniewicz’s book called “Werwegen Kochen” which means “Daring Cooking” in German.

The first table is a compilation of Viktor Stampfer’s recipes about cooking fish and ICC Roner Compact manual cooking information. The tables indicate both the core temperature of the fish and the cooking time at this temperature.

The second table illustrates the different core temperatures (not available for Heiko Antoniewicz) and cooking times chosen for the same fish by different cooks.

Table 1

  Weight Core °C Water bath °C Core Cooking Time (min.)* Comments
Viktor Stampfer          
Alaska Halibut 720 g 54 56 8  
Skate wings 2 fillets 54 56 25  
Stuffed octopus 2.5 Kg 66 85 36 hours chille 24 hours before serving
ICC Roner Manual          
Mackerel   43 43 8 to be served immediately
Sea Bass   50 60 15 to be grilled 2 min
Monkfish   48 60 12 to the furnace for some secondes
Ray   50 55 10 to be served immediately
Heiko Antoniewicz          
Dover Sole     62 14 roast in butter for 2 min
Haddock     56 15 blow torch to scruch the skin
Carp     56 10 under grill or salamander for 1 min
Sturgeon     56 14 blow torch

(*) If core temp. available otherwise cooking time at water bath temp.

Table 2

  Cook name Core °C Water bath °C Core Cooking Time (min.)* Comments
Tuna ICC Roner manual 38 50 11 to be grilled 2 min
Tuna Viktor Stampfer 54 56 20 Each piece should be 4-5 cm by 12 cm
Cod fish ICC Roner manual 38-40 50 12 to be served immediately
Cod fish Viktor Stampfer 54 56 10  
Cod fish Heiko Antoniewicz   56 15 under salamander or oven for 2 min
Salmon ICC Roner manual 38 50 12 to be served immediately
Salmon Viktor Stampfer 54 56 10  
Turbot Viktor Stampfer 54 56 8 to the furnace for some secondes
Turbot Heiko Antoniewicz   56 12 fry in butter

(*) If core temp. available otherwise cooking time at water bath temp.

Jean-François

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Fish core temperature and cooking time advised for sous vide cooking by Viktor Stampfer

by on Jun.03, 2009, under Recipes, Time and Accurate Temperature

Core temperature and cooking time is key for cooking sous vide. Find bellow what is advised by Viktor Stampfer especially for fish products.

  Weight Core °C Water bath °C Core Cooking Time (min.) Comments
Alaska Halibut 720 g 54 56 8  
Turbot 80 g 54 56 10  
Tuna Médaillon 480 g 54 56 20 Each piece should be 4-5 cm by 12 cm
Cod Fillet 80 g 54 56 10  
Skate wings 2 fillets 54 56 25  
Salmon 300 g 54 56 10  
Stuffed octopus 2.5 Kg 66 85 36 hours chille 24 hours before serving

Jean-François

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