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  1. A couple years ago I was responsible for Thanksgiving turkey and had extremely good luck with a very high heat and relatively short cooking time method - the result had more in common with a perfectly roasted chicken than the Thanksgiving turkeys I grew up with.  I mean, it was amazing.


    I'm handling turkey again this year but lost the recipe. Can someone point me to a good recipe for this method? I think I had my oven cranked to like 475 or even higher, but don't remember the cooking time and what I allotted for carryover. This year I'm cooking a pretty small turkey too - a 9.75 lb Petite. Any suggestions? I've got a reliable Thermoworks probe thermometer so am hoping that I can hit this one out of the ballpark.

  2. So I saw this great looking recipe for Billi Bi (mussel and cream soup) at nytimes this week (can be found here, but with annoying auto-opening accompanying video) At the end of the recipe they have you drop an egg yolk in the hot soup, but warn you if the soup is too hot, the yolk will cook into strands instead of acting as a thickener. I've got a thermapen, so wonder if anyone here can tell me what temp I need to make sure the soup is down to before dropping in the egg. Thanks.

  3. If he has access to the new Anova, which won't be officially released until December....why is it so difficult to believe that he may have access to the app....and why is that a problem, exactly?


    "The app, which will be released in December, should make it easy for people who are new to sous vide to get up to speed."


    "110v systems will be available December 2014"

    "The iPhone App makes it incredibly easy to cook with Anova."


    I can't swear to it, but I am pretty sure that this is a revision. When I read it a day or two ago I remember being struck that the writer gave the impression that he had used the app and that there was no mention that the app was not yet available.

  4. Not necessarily any fault of the Anova, but I thought the NY Times writeup and accompanying video were sloppy and not very helpful to the layman. And I was suspicious about the writer's reference to the iphone app. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I suppose he may have been given access to a pre-release version of the app, but he should have said that to avoid the suspicion of cheating on his research. Overall the journalism seemed a little shoddy even for a fairly light lifestyle/tech topic.

  5. I'm surprised at some of the responses here that seem to imply that accurate temperature measurement is just not that big a deal. Of course after trial and error I could very likely figure out how to get good results with an out of whack immersion cooker (assuming it was at least consistent), but wouldn't it be better to ensure that it is accurate by testing and calibrating it with a trusted thermometer? Without that, you can't even say what temperature you like for a "perfect" medium rare because frankly you can't accurately say what temperature your circulator is setting the water at.


    Generally speaking, I'm all for the "Just cook, man" approach, but for certain sous vide recipes, I think you need a more exact approach. For instance, there are times when you are aiming for minimum doneness for safety reasons, and two degrees can matter a lot then. If at all possible, I'd like accurate temperature control on my immersion cooker when cooking meat that way.

  6. I agree tenths of a degree are not important for most sous vide applications. I'd just like a way to make sure mine is not off by 2 degrees when aiming for perfect medium rare on an expensive cut of meat. I'm guessing 5 or more degrees and it will be obvious there's a problem even without a thermometer, but 2 degrees might not be as obvious, while still compromising what you're trying to achieve.

  7. I'll hopefully be receiving an Anova Precision Cooker sometime in the next month, and after seeing all the complaints about temperature accuracy issues on their customer forums, now want a reliable and accurate way of checking its temperature accuracy for myself. I see a lot of people using the thermapen - is that the consensus choice? And once you have one, are you just supposed to have faith that it is calibrated correctly? I've read that temp inaccuracy is non-linear, so that measuring accuracy at the temp of ice water and/or boiling water won't necessarily tell you anything about accuracy at sous vide temps.

  8. I used my Searzall for the first time yesterday on a raw flat iron steak bought from Whole Foods. Would have gotten a thinner skirt steak but they were out. I'm not sure of the thickness, but would estimate my piece ranged from 1/2" to 3/4"across the approx 10" length of meat. Rested it on counter for an hour to bring internal temp up a little, and then brushed it with canola oil. I didn't time it, but think it took about six minutes to finish both sides, and then rested for five more minutes. Ended up medium rare on the thinner side and very rare on the thicker area.  The whole process produced far less visible smoke and grease in the air than my usual cast iron sear method, and the house did not reak of oil and meat (although interestingly my smoke alarm still went off). Pretty happy with this first attempt, and anxious for my Anova Precision Cooker to arrive so I can sear some precooked thicker cuts.

  9. I'm assuming on Amazon at some point


    "At some point" ended up being yesterday! I should have it tomorrow and am excited to try it this weekend.


    A quick search of youtube and the web shows lots of people finishing SV steaks with the Searzall, but I wonder if anyone has taken a thin cut like a skirt steak and cooked it start to finish with it.

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  10. Does anyone here have experience with this particular Weston Model? It's the 65-0501-W (amazon link).  For the longest time I'd been eyeing the Weston $400 model that seems to have a reputation for being rock solid and bemoaning the fact that there's not much to be found in between that price point and the junkier Food Saver models.  Could this $170 Weston be what I'm looking for?  And are there other viable sealers for $150-$200 that offer a significant upgrade in reliability over the Food Saver line?

  11. Has anyone seen the ads for this not yet released product? Essentially an electric bread box that automatically vacuum seals whenever you open or close it. The design looks great but I'm skeptical that I'd get much value out of the main container. Could you put other things in it in addition to bread? And could you really put different things in it without smells/flavors mixing? It does look really cool though.


  12. I've had my Sous Vide Supreme Demi for two years now and suspect it is off by at approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit above its displayed temperature - would love to confirm or rule this out! So here's my possibly stupid question: how exactly do you go about using a thermometer like the Geratherm to measure/calibrate the temperature of your sous vide water baths? Is the process different for a non-circulating sous vide oven versus something like the Polyscience or Sidekick?

  13. I've used regular zip locs for 48 hrs with no problems

    Thank you, but I'm not talking about the regular zip loc freezer bags (which I've used for 72 hour short ribs and the like), but rather the zip loc vacuum bags that have both a zip seal at the edge and a one way vacuum valve through which you can pump out air. It's that valve that I'm concerned about.

    Here's the product page for what I'm talking about


  14. Has anyone here been using the Zip Loc vacuum bags for long-cook sous vide applications? I've cooked chicken breast, salmon and some tender steak cuts in them with no issues, but those all were 90 minutes or less. I have a piece of skirt steak that I want to try for 24 hours but am a little more apprehensive about trusting the "one-way valve" on the bag for this.

  15. I received a bag of pea tendrils from my CSA this week. I've never had them before, but judging from what I've seen on the internet, my bag seems a little stemmy with very small leaves. Undoubtedly those stems have some great flavor, but I am not interested in chewing into a whole bunch of them. I'm thinking it might be best to blend this into a soup, but can't find any recipes. Any ideas?

  16. That's pretty cool, JAZ. Another good thing about the Amy's pizza is that it has great flavor but likely half the sodium of some of the junkier options, which are usually spiked to the hilt with sodium to compensate for other deficiencies.

    That said, I have fond memories of the Totinos party pizzas that used to be on sale for a dollar. Growing up, my mom would always have like ten of them in the freezer and I LOVED them!!

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