Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sous Vide Part 1 Chicken Beef Lamb and Pork

In this posting, I am laying out those items I plan to do in the first week or so of the grand sous vide experiment. Madame and I went shopping for:
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Pork ribs
  • Lamb chops
  • Beef sirloin
  • Leeks, peppers, celery
These are going to be turned into:

  1. mushrooms, onion, cream, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper
  2. onion, fennel, indian spices, salt, pepper
  3. ginger, kaffir lime, coconut milk, lemon grass, salt, pepper
  4. cumin, coriander, star anise, cinnamon, clove, hot pepper sauce, salt, pepper
  5. tarragon, salt and pepper
Pork Ribs
  1. home made bbq sauce (ketchup, fish sauce, brown sugar, paprika, molasses, cumin ++)
  2. fish sauce, lime (juice and zest) shrimp paste, mirin, palm oil, szechuan peppers
  3. apple, calvados, cider vinegar
Lamb chops
  1. mint, garlic, salt pepper, trace of grapeseed oil
Sirloin (prime)
  1. salt, pink pepper corns, trace of oil
Vegetable Medley
  1. leeks, peppers, fennel, carrots, basil,
here's hoping that at least some of these will come out well. The chicken will be set to cook at 65 C. The lamb and the beef at 50C. The pork at 60C. The vegetables at 80C. Since the dishes will be finished later (sauced dishes by reheating, non sauced dishes by searing), the final temperatures should come out properly, and in line with the FDA guidelines in the USA. The vegetables should concentrate their sweetness too, by finishing in the oven.
These dishes will all be frozen, and then brought out as dinners at various times this winter/spring. If I have to travel, then I want to make sure that Madame has tasty/nutritious items.
Subsequent postings will detail the experiments.

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