Sous vide? Vacuum sealers??

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Krish

Sous vide? Vacuum sealers??

Has anyone any hands on experience of cooking this way? I have been tempted to experiment by using a deep fat fryer filled with water on a low setting (I have a pretty accurate thermometer too!) as a trial this weekend...
I know you are meant to vacuum seal the food first - but again was going to improvise with the zip lock bag and straw method.. Does anyone own a proper vacuum sealer and if so are they worth investing in?
Am looking to cook a couple of steaks and wanted as much advice and tips as possible!
Kx

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Sous vide

No idea, but so lovely to hear from you Krish!

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SonyaK

Sous vide? Vacuum sealers??

I think Bolas is the expert on vacuum sealers and I do remember him mentioning 'sous vide' - had to Google that one!! So hope he sees your post!!

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Linzechris

vacuum sealers.

I have one and it is brilliant and can be used for sous vide too.

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Krish

Results

Thanks for your tips, Bolas.
Well I did all I said regarding the steaks - the ziplock bag/straw vacuum method worked surprisingly well. Was also shocked how well the deep fat fryer (a £15 Lidl model from years back!) managed to keep the temperature at a steady 55 degrees.
I waterbathed the steaks for about 2 hours - in which time they turned an insipid pale brown colour - took them straight out of the bags and flash fried on each side to brown. Results - very nicely cooked steak (medium rare) - very tender and not at all chewy. Think they would have been even better had I seasoned them first tho. Will definitely try this method again but will hang fire on purchasing a dedicated vaccuum sealer just yet!

K x

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Sousvide

Vacuum Sealer

I have cooked Sous Vide a lot. You have to get bag sealed or water will go in its when cooking. Vacuum seal bag provides best result. I tried cheap lidl vacuum sealer but seal no good with strong bag. I am now using Eiffel Freshpack Pro vacuum Sealer, A+ seal and strong vacuum. I like idea of fryer tank, but have now got a waterbath anyway.

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Queen of Puds

Sous vide

I have had one for a while now. I have posted my experiences of sous vide cookery in my recipes. Great for long slow cooking, esp perfectly cooked steak. Have a read & then ask any Qs & I can reply. I have a vacuum sealer too - both items came from Lakeland.

 
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