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FeChef

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  1. FeChef

    Pork Reconstructed

    Yes I built the controller and the air circulator is just copper tubing bent into the shape of the tank and i used a drill press to drill very tiny pin holes down the entire copper tubing, and then plugged the end.
  2. FeChef

    Pork Reconstructed

    Thanks i appreciate your kind words. The cubes are just a really heavy pork stock with fresh herbs and italian seasonings. You SV the bags to re-therm the meat and the stock cubes melt and hydrate the meat while re-therming. Then you build your sandwich and pour the juices ontop.
  3. FeChef

    Pork Reconstructed

    I think it would hold up just fine. After it sets, it bonds the meat is if it was one big solid piece of meat. But i would probably SV the meat to atleast 135F for 12 hours before finishing off in the smoker.
  4. FeChef

    Pork Reconstructed

    Sorry, the blocks you see are the pork stock frozen into ice cubes. The seasonings settle to the bottom of the cubes.
  5. FeChef

    Pork Reconstructed

    Thanks, and your welcome. I got the Moo Gloo off amazon, i believe it was from modern pantry i think the company was called. It cost $14 shipped for a 25g package. My heat source is a heating element from a masterbuilt butterball turkey fryer. Its i believe 1650w. I use the turkey fryer as my everyday SV but drop the element into my 35 gal Igloo cooler for larger meats. Ive done four 8lb pork butts in it once for a family picnic this past summer. The pump is submersible. I believe it was a 200gph i bought from harbor frieght for $9.99. Ive used it a few times for 30+ hours straight @ 155F and it hasnt failed yet. I use a air circulator i built for temps above 155F like 185F for vegetables but that i built into the turkey fryer tank. Im not sure what you mean by little blocks. The meat was cut into strips and chunks then formed into a log. so your seeing the chunks of meat glued together. Unless your talking about a few spots there was a few tiny air pockets.
  6. These bags can be reused if light duty like 132F steaks for a few hours. I dont know if they would hold up for 2+ day baths though.
  7. FeChef

    Pork Reconstructed

    Its was very moist, tender, and flavorful. I have a million more pics of the stock, cheese, greens...ect but i'll keep it simple and get to the end product.
  8. A few months ago i bought this stuff called "Moo Gloo"(aka Transglutaminase). Its basicly a synthetic enzyme that bonds proteins together. It is used in just about every deli lunch meat you buy at your local super market. Since im obsessed with Italian roast pork sandwiches I thought i would give this stuff a try by taking a boston butt pork shoulder, removing the bone, connective tissue, and cutting it into chunks. Then rubbing Italian dressing season mix, ground black pepper, and celery seed. I let that sit in the fridge for 1 hour. Then mixed in 0.75% of total weight of Moo Gloo which equaled roughly 15g for 4/lb pork. I then formed a tight round log by using lots of plastic wrap. After wraping I let it rest in the fridge overnight to let the Moo Gloo set. Next morning i sealed the log in a ziplock bag and gave it a 16 hour water bath @ 150F. During this time, amazingly it barely leaked any juices. After the water bath it went into the fridge overnight to slice the following day.
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