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Kaplin261

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Sous vide cooking, is it Mustachian?
« on: December 08, 2015, 08:57:09 AM »
I picked up a sous vide cooker the other day from Anova for $99.

I love cooking great food but cheaper cuts of meat are problematic for me, I never seem to cook them correctly. With my new cooker I have bought budget sirloins steaks and they came out better then a grilled tenderloin. I have also cooked some cheap chicken thighs and they turned out to be the best chicken I have ever cooked. I can buy the cheapest cuts of meet from my grocer and get amazing results.

I'm cooking a 2 pound bottom round roast that I purchased for $8. The piece of beef has to cook for 48 hours, I have insulated my cooker but I'm not sure how much money the energy used to cook this will cost me.

Anyone else using sous vide? Are you saving money?  I think if I can get at least 5 years of cooking out of this device it should pay for itself.

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Re: Sous vide cooking, is it Mustachian?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2015, 09:04:51 AM »
Meh?  I've had sous vide stuff before, and it can be perfectly fine.  It's really just another take on slow cooking, and I prefer my crock pot for that sort of thing.

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Re: Sous vide cooking, is it Mustachian?
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2015, 09:05:55 AM »
We just got one as a wedding gift. If nothing else perhaps we can share the best "Mustachian" sous vide recipes in this thread - best taste bud experiences for your buck, mediated by a sous-vide.

I think the concept is similar to using a slow-cooker or pressure cooker: time and pressure can turn the cheapest meats into melting deliciousness. The payoff probably depends on whether you would've paid for more expensive cuts of meat otherwise.

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Re: Sous vide cooking, is it Mustachian?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2015, 09:14:35 AM »
My husband is a great cook.  He uses his sous vide quite often for a lot of different things, and I have to say I have never had such tender meat in my life -- even cheaper cuts.  And he was making incredibly tender meat even before he got it.  Now, what he makes in his sous vide is better than anything I get in a restaurant (even the ones that use sous vide themselves!).

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Re: Sous vide cooking, is it Mustachian?
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2015, 09:40:56 AM »
My biggest beef with them is really just the waste of plastic that gets tossed after vacuum sealing every piece of meat that you're cooking.

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Re: Sous vide cooking, is it Mustachian?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2015, 09:50:55 AM »
My biggest beef with them is really just the waste of plastic that gets tossed after vacuum sealing every piece of meat that you're cooking.

Yeah, that is a disadvantage, for sure.  But personally, I see a huge difference in the quality of the food between a sous vide and a crock pot.  Not that a crock pot doesn't have its place, though.