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The lid locks with a bayonet-style mechanism that cinches against the sides of the cooker. Frequent overpressurization can damage this mechanism and render the cooker useless. Other designs use bolts that clamp around the outside. Athigh elevations, the air pressure is lower, so water boils at a lower temperature.

Food cooked in both open pots underpressure. At very high pressures, it rises farther and reopens the ventto release the excess steam. The valve regulates the pressure inside the cooker to a preset level: As soon as the cooker reaches the correct cooking pressure, reduce the heat to avoid overpressurizing it.

The sealing ring, typically a rubber gasket, prevents steam and air from escaping as they expand. This causes the pressure in the vessel to build as the temperature rises. Any food particles stuck in the seal can cause it to leak steam, so check and clean the gasket regularly.

There is too much liquid in this cooker. Generally, you should fill the pot no more than two-thirds full. Water vaporizes into steam, increasing the pressure inside the pressure cooker as it heats. Because the boiling point of water depends on pressure, it rises too—just enough to keep the water and steam temperature hovering right at, the boiling point for the higher pressure.

The pressure continues to rise until it is stabilized by the valve. Cooks who are new to pressure-cooking often use too much heat and resume boiling.

Repeated overpressurization can ruin both the flanges overpressurize the cooker. It's important to realize that overpressurizing and the seal around the lid. Familiarize yourself with the manufacturer's the cooker doesn't make the temperature inside it any higher-it merely instructions for understanding when your cooker is fully pressurized, causes the safety valve to release steam, which allows the water inside to overpressurized, and depressurized.

Add all of the ingredients, slir, and lock the id. Stirring to evenly distribute the liquid or fat is important to keep bits from burning on the bottom of the cooker. Once you lock the lid, you won't be able to stir again.

Most spring-loaded pressure valves are ringed with two lines or colors to indicate low pressure and high pressure. Warm the cooker on the stove top over medium-high heat. Watch or listen for the cues that the cooker has reached full pressure, and then turn the heat down to low. Adjust the heat as needed to keep the cooker fully pressurized. Start timing the cooking as soon as the cooker reaches the target gauge pressure given in the recipe. If your cooker has a spring-loaded pressure valve, the valve A jet of steam or fog from an overextended pressure valve should pop up just to the line, not beyond means that the pressure cooker is overpressurized, and it.

The cooker should not hiss loudly. If you for safety's sake the valve is relieving the excess pressure. You can simply let the cooker sit for several minutes to cool Read and follow the safety instructions in the down if the food can tolerate some addi- manual that came with the cooker.

Releasing a pressure cooker lid while its contents For foods that are more time-sensitive, such are still hot can splatter boiling water or food as risottos, run lukewarm water over the all overthe kitchen—or you.

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Before openingthe rim of the lid to depressurize the cooker cooker, use the pressure-release button, let the quickly. Don't let water run into the pres- cooker sit, or cool the pot under running water.

The pressure valve will sink down fully when the sure valve. Some cookers have a manual cooker is depressurized and is safe to open. Never attempt to lining around the lid isn't dried out or cracked. Not only will it These gaskets don't last forever; replace them as recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure the rim of the pot and the gasket are clean; any food particles stuck there could break the seal.

Set the cooker in the kitchen sink, and unlock the lid. If the lid is difficult to open, Don't fill the cooker more than two-thirds full. Avoid cooking foods that froth, like oatmeal and pasta. The foam can block the steam valves If the food isn't done, simply finish it on the and pressure-release vents. Alterna- tively, return the pressure cooker to full Tip the opening away from you as you lift the lid pressure, and continue cooking. Use canning tongs to remove hot canning jars from the cooker, and let the contents cool slightly before opening the jars.

P r e s s u r e - C o o k i n g in C a n n i n g j a r s Several recipes in this book take advantage of cooking in canningjars metal rack or trivet—or, in a pinch, on crumpled sheets of aluminum foil. We use them for ingredients that would Add enough water to cover the rack so that the pressure cooker can build otherwise need an intensive amount of stirring, such as polenta, and for up steam. After fully tightening the lids of the jars, loosen them a quarter makingsmall batches of rendered fat, garlic confit, or extracted juices.

The side the cooker. After using a jar for pressure-cooking, inspect the glass jars should also never touch the bottom of the cooker. Set them on a for cracks before cooking with it again. Their performance at very low your oven, it matches that thermo- anything in an oven knows that baking is capri- temperatures—those most useful for Modernist stat setting by monitoring a dry cious.

It can take years of experience to fully recipes—is typically even less predictable and thermometer, which senses the "dry-bulb temperature. Several common limitations of these appli- Second, some parts of the oven are hotter ihe "wet-bulb temperature"—What ances conspire to make it difficult to get even, than others. The door, especially if it has a glass a thermometer would read if it could sweat. That wet-bulb temp- consistent results. The back corners of the oven tend to dramatically as relative humidity erature controls.

They tend to be poorly calibrated be quite a bit hotter than the average temperature. Yet there's no way to control it on a conventional oven. Compare a hot steam room to a dry sauna at the same air temperature, and you'll immediately see why humidity matters.

The steam room feels much hotter to your skin rV because your sweat barely evaporates when the air already contains so much water vapor enough that the room actually fogs up. When water or sweat evaporates, it absorbs a very large amount of heat energy from the surface it is leaving; that's why it cools your skin. And that's why you can stay in a hot but dry sauna longer than you can in a steam room at the same temperature. Food "sweats," too, after a fashion; as the oven heats up, the food loses moisture to the air through evaporation.

Until the outside of the food dries or the humidity of the air in the oven rises, evaporation from the surface of the food keeps it cooler than the air around it.

But the degree and duration of that effect depend on the size of the food, its water content, the weather, and other factors. Humidity inside a conventional oven, unfortunately, is largely under the control of the food, not the cook, it depends on how full the oven is. A small test batch may bake very differently than a full oven-load of the same food.

Newer kinds of ovens, known as com hi ovens and water-vapor ovens, do offer some control over humidity. Like sous vide water baths, they A convection oven, such as this Viking model, uses a powerful fan to circulate the air. Evenly heated air can produce much more consistent results than transfer heat more rapidly, but it doesn't address inconsistencies in radiant heat that lead to inconsistent baking.

This extra control com- conventional oven-is oversimplified. Convection makes a bigger difference when heating thinner foods than mands a premium price, but more affordable 't does thicker foods, but there is no simple rule that applies in all cases. Each oven has its own personality.

The one in your home is no excep- To do that, you need a good digital thermometer that includes an tion. You don't necessarily understand why it does what it does. You oven-safe probe and wire lead, as well as some patience.

If you have have only a vague idea what the temperature in your oven actually graph paper or a spreadsheet program, you can make a quick chart to is. But by trial and error you have figured out what you have to do get a handle on how the temperature in your oven fluctuates as heat to achieve the result you're trying to achieve.

Wouldn't it be nice to leaks out the door and the thermostat turns the burner up and down. We have a remedy for this You can also map the hot and cold spots inside. Then clip the probe of a digital oven thermometer see page 8 to Move the probe to various spots in your oven, if you're curious. Oven walls always Repeat these measurements at various tem- perature settings—say, every 50 degrees. The end of the probe should hang radiate heat unevenly.

The walls are thicker The thermostat is often much less accurate in the air and point toward the center of the or darker in some spots than in others, and at the low end of the scale than it is at higher oven.

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Close the oven door, and wait a few some parts of the wall are closer to the burn- temperatures. You might also record how minutes for the temperature to recover. So the long ittakes your oven to preheatfrom room Write down both the temperature you set temperature can fluctuate by tens of degrees temperature to various set points; you can and the true temperature shown on the from one spot to another.

Be sure to give the then more accurately estimate the total time thermometer. Better Baking Given the many factors that influence baking, it seems a small wonder Pay attention to browned spots. Move the food around and rotate it that any cook ever achieves consistent results. Here are a few simple as often as necessary to keep hot spots of radiant heat from scorching suggestions to minimize the variability of your oven. Measure the performance of your oven.

At a minimum, use a reliable Look into modern ovens. New models of combi ovens that can control thermometer and the step-by-step procedure above to check the both the dry-bulb and wet-bulb temperatures are starting to appear temperature of the oven in the center, where the food will bake. For details, see Combi Ovens, page Preheat the oven. Preheating takes longer than most people would like because the goal is to heat the walls of the oven, not the air.

But once the oven is preheated, it holds a large reservoir of heat energy, so it can quickly restore the temperature after you open the door to insert or check on the food.

The cooking appliance at the center of most Home fcitchens-ninctionally, and often physically as welMs thecstfurentfonatoven and range. The basic design has not changed in generations. Except for a few details, gas and electric stoves are very similar in construction and operation. When you one of these large pipes, the gas is turn on a burner, the control sends electric current to mixed with air at the beginning of the make a spark, and at the same time it adjusts a screw pipe to ensure complete combustion.

The operation of the oven hi controlled electronically in response to Kit internal temperature sensor and the setting on the control dial. When you turn the oven off, the flow of gas to the heating element is completely shut off for safety. It is similar in design to an outdoor propane heater. In an electric oven, the broiler element is made of resistive wire Inside a metal lube that glows red hot as current passes through it.

But the seal is never perfect, so the front of the oven is always cooler than the back-not only due to heat loss but also because the oven window does not absorb and reradiate heat as efficiently as the metal walls do. The coolest parts of the oven ere the bottom comers next to the door.

The main heating element of the oven is at the bottom. In electric ovens, the oven element often sits directly on he oven floor. The burners on this professional-style range are more powerful than those on a typical home stove top.

Typical home ranges have much weaker burners that draw 5, 7, BTU an hour. Exhaust leaves the oven through this duetto a vent behind the range. On all stoves, this vent provides an outlet for steam and smoke that otherwise would build up inside the oven.

On gas stoves, this vent - also exhausts combusted gas. It's best to also run an external exhaust fan when cooking, especially if using gas, which produces carbon monoxide when it burns. The opposite corners; at the bottom by the door, are where the oven is the coolest.

Broiler gas is supplied through this small pipe. A convection fan, increasingly common on home ovens, circulates the hot air inside. That improves the consistency of cooking by making the temper- ature throughout the oven more even. It also increases cooking efficiency by accelerating heat transfer from the air to the food. The sides of the oven are also well insulated so that they radiate much of the heat that they absorb inward toward the food, rather than outward to the room. The bottom of a gas oven requires less insulation because the heat rises from the flames.

Oven gas is supplied through this small pipe;. The higher the we know. It can do just about anything a conven- temperature, the faster the surface of the food tional oven, convection oven, steamer, or sous vide desiccates and browns. We have used them to cook fish, injecting water in its vapor form—steam—into which we most often prefer steamed to about the oven chamber. Some combi ovens are self- dehydrate, brown, and bake food with more cleaning, and certain models are programmable precision than conventional tools offer.

Set the as well. For browning, increase the temperature hold it warm until serving time. The result easily matches or even exceeds the quality obtained by slow-cooking sous vide. Roast chicken comes out with extremely crispy skin and a succulent interior; fried eggs come out with both the yolk Combi ovens were once only accessible to professional chefs, but and white cooked perfectly.

But now manufacturers have started making versions for the home kitchen. Consumer-grade combi ovens differ from their professional counterparts in a few ways: But these modern ovens still vastly out- perform conventional ovens in both accuracy and versatility. We predict that they will eventually become quite common as they become increas- ingly affordable. Best for: For egg recipes, see pages and Baking Roasting Best for: Two-Step Cooking Dehydrating Best for: Cooking Sous Vide Best for: Spencer got the idea for the oven when he an excellent job for many cooking tasks.

Black cod the rays bouncing everywhere around them. If you seal vegetables with a little liquid oven set on high, for example, and it may take the radar was turned on. But when a bagful of kernels are plastic wrap, the microwave creates enough steam all crowded together into one mass, the microwave to counteract its tendency to cook unevenly.

And, heats up that larger target rapidly, and the first perhaps surprisingly, microwave ovens are the best kernels pop in less than a minute.

This phenom- Inexpensive microwave ovens tools we know for making beef jerky or fried herbs enon explains, incidentally, why the last few achieve their power levels by turn- for garnishes. Because of the physics Like conventional ovens, each microwave generates microwaves during only half of the cooking time. Newer of microwaves see page 42 , they heat small oven has its own idiosyncrasies. Through experi- microwave ovens use.

In most cooking situations, it's hard The microwaves deposit energy a couple of Hybrid devices incorporate a broiler element to detect a difference between centimeters deep into the food, not just at the for browning; some include a convection oven as the two kinds of power control. So volume matters more than surface well. Whichever type of microwave oven you have, area, at least up to a point. In fact, pieces of food experiment with its many applications.

Popcorn was one of the first foods cooked in a microwave oven and remains one of the most popular. Chapter 22 on Dishes for the Microwave strengths of this tool. Cooking Defrosting or Melting Dehydrating High power best for: Frying Warming Puffing Moderate power best for: The device uses a magnetron to produce electromagnetic waves distribute them. Without it, the at around 2. Putlhefoodin the center of Afetiven, and master the power level leaving the surrounding food raw.

Radiation isn't reaching you. Dishes and containers can stay cool because microwaves heat mainly water and oil. So when you microwave vegetables in plastic bags, the water-1 ad en food heats up, but the dry plastic doesn't. If you use a ceramic dish containing met a I, ho we ve r, it will get hot- perhaps hot enough to break.

Use microwave-safe browning dishes instead. That s why f roze n food becomes piping hot in tome places while remaining frozen in others. As cooking progresses, diffusion of heat within the food helps to even eat Mich temperature differ- ences. When food is sealed, however, steam accumulates in the bag and cooks the food evenly and efficiently. As with popcorn, steam emerges when you open the bag, so take care.

Larger foods absorb microwaves best. Small items may hardly cook at all. The secret trick to successful micro- waving: If you're used to "nuked" leftovers, oatmeal that overflows with a moment's inattention, splattered soups, and liquefied butter, experi- ment with lowering the power. The magnetron generates the microwaves used to cook the food. Thick items won't cook quickly.

Whole chickens, roasts, and other very thick items won't heat any faster than they would in a conventional oven or on a stove top.

For the heat to reach the center of the food, it must move by the slow process of thermal conduction. You can crisp food in a microwave oven with little fear of burning it. Dry foods that are naturally high in fat will brown because fat wi 11 not evaporate the way water does, so it keeps on heating the food after the water is gone.

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In some cases, you can brown food in a micro- wave by first rubbing oil on its surface. The imprecise temperatures technique that set our primate ancestors on the and uneven heat distribution make it difficult evolutionary path to becoming civilized humans. The The ability to control fire distinguished Homo approach we prefer is to cook our food sous vide erectus from other animals and allowed the most or by some other method that is easy to control, basic level of nutritional and culinary refinement.

Watch a The secret to the flavor of grilled food is the master griller stoke a fire, and you'll see him rake Now you're grilling with gas dribbles of juice, laden with natural sugars, pro- coals around or perhaps adjust a vent under the Gas grills are a great substitute for teins, and oils, that fall onto the hot coals and grill.

Rarely will you see him add more coals. They tend to heat more evenly. You get the same burst into smoke and flame. By catalyzing myriad Instead, he's making the fire hotter by increasing grilled flavor because drips of fat chemical reactions, the intense heat forges these the amount of oxygen. We accomplish the same still hit a hot surface typically charred juices into molecules that convey the goal by aiming a hair dryer or fan at our coals. These new molecules A hair dryer can help get the fire going, too.

Gas grills offer more control over literally go up in smoke, coating the food with the Regardless of how you start the fire—kindling, the intensity of heat than coals do— unmistakable flavor of grilled food. This is the a little chimney, a blowtorch—the coals are not but because we use the grill only reason that meats have a pronounced grilled flavor, ready for grilling until they are uniformly covered for fast searing, our grill is always turned to high. The entire surface of the coals should As much as people love grilling, grills are be burning, and once the corners are hot, the hard to control.

Hot coals cool slowly, so you added airflow of a blower will cause the rest of must adjust the draft well before you want the the coals to burn much more quickly. Briquettes or Hardwood? Two distinct groups of people swear by charcoal grills: Advocates of briquettes cite their ease of use are glowing hot, neither briquettes nor hardwood charcoals and consistent, steady heat.

Grilling purists, on the other have any flavor left to impart. Carbon is carbon. Any aro- hand, point out that honest-to-goodness chunks of hard- matic compounds the fuel once harbored were vaporized wood charcoal burn hotter, faster, and cleaner. These are and destroyed long before the food was laid on the grill. If you're grilling large or thick foods, consider turning your in a cooler—see page For recipes using such tech- grill into an oven. After a quick sear over the coals, shift the niques, see pages This technique is called indirect grilling or mouth-watering grilled flavor because drippings don't banked grilling.

But really it is not grilling at all—it's baking. Instead, the food bakes at a lower temperature. Alternatively, toss a few dry wood A grill-turned-oven can't compete with a good gas or chips onto the coals to add a very slight smoke flavor to the electric oven, let alone a combi oven or water bath.

But this food. But note that the effect is a far cry from what you get approach has its place when grilling is your only option. A tight-fitting lid traps hot air that bakes the food. The lid also cuts off the supply of fresh air, starves the fire, and thus lowers the cooking temperature. Sear the food first, and set it on a bed of onions, aluminum foil, or some other buffer against the intense radiant heat of the coals. Place the food on the far side of die grill from the coals so that the heat doesn't burn the exterior before the interior cooks.

Use a small pile that is just larger. A tray of ice under the food humidifies the circulating hot air, which both accelerates heat transfer and slows the evaporation of juices from the food. The food both cooks faster and retains more of its succulence. Grilling Get that grilled flavor Keep food from sticking Classic grilled foods-steaks, hamburgers, sausage, chicken-contain Brush a thin layer of oil on the food, unless it has areadysource of plenty of fat to drip onto the coals, which is what gives food a grilled fat that will be rendered by the heat, as do steaks, hamburgers, and flavor.

Curefishbefore grilling it by soaking it in a solution that's fat, such as vegetables, benefit from being basted with tendered fat 3. Refrigerate the curedfishfor45 minutes, rinse it, and then grill if. We just squirt some onto the food or coals with a spray bottle.

Flare-ups Reflective walls bounce the heat back toward the food, a trick that can are stWtt bursts of flame from drips of fat burning. But the solution is easy: Pat the food dry before you grill it so that the A squirt bottle filled with rendered fat, heat goes right into the food and not into the clarified butter, or neutral frying oil lets work of boiling surface moisture.

The sprayed fat droplets change when they hit the coals into aromatic smoke that intensifies the grilled flavor Searing cooks only the exterior of the food. Of the food, so you 'II need to cook tile interior some other way. If you're cooking the food in a water bath or combi oven, sear it after- ward so that the crust doesn't.

We set out to create a grill so hot that it sears within seconds. The technique should also work for most other grills, as long The goal is to add a great crust to the surface of food that we as they use charcoal or hardwood fires.

In charcoal grills, the have already fully cooked sous vide, while overcooking as rate at which the fuel burns is limited by the flow of oxygen. Our first thought was that Gas grills are already designed to allow the optimum amount more oxygen equals more heat. So what would happen if of oxygen to mix with the gas. We experimented on a basic, kettle-style Weber grill. Aim the hair dryer up atthe coals through the open vent on the bottom of A fanned fire is amazingly hot, so watch the food like a hawk.

Watch your the grill. Some of the ash will blow into the air at first, so allow the ash to self, too-a blower that is too strong can throw sparks or unburned coal. A fan works.

Years ago, when we first started cooking sous vide, any other cooker that can hit the target tempera- it felt like a revelation. The taste and texture of ture you set and hold it there to within a degree the food was perfect—every time. The practical or two. When the food reaches the target temp- benefits, like being able to store and later reheat erature or time, you take it out, give it a quick sear our creations without sacrificing any of their or other finish, and serve it.

That's it. After cooking just The method yields results that are nearly a few dishes this way, we were hooked. The other steak was cooked sous vide to the same temperature, and then seared with a blowtorch to yield a juicier steak that is done to perfection from edge to edge.

It frees the cook from the tyranny pink and juicy. The delicate, custard-like texture of the clock, for example. With just sealed packages is ancient. Throughout culinary a moment's inattention, conventional cooking can history, food has been wrapped in leaves, potted quickly overshoot perfection. People have long foods will taste just as good even if they spend known that isolating food from air—accomplished a few extra minutes at the target temperature.

Packaging food also prevents more interesting and creative aspects of cooking. Precise control and uniformity of tempera- Although sows vide literally means "under vac- ture has two other big advantages. A computer- Second, you get highly repeatable results. The controlled heater can warm a water bath to any steak emerges from the bag just as juicy and pink low temperature you set, and it can keep it there every time.

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Food The history of sous vide at home: In this chapter, we guide you through the sous vide: We also explain the see page basics of how to use them and how to chill, freeze, A guide to chamber sealers: Getting started with cooking sous vide doesn't require a big invest- see pages ment in new gear. For other options, see pages Most of our recipes call for overcooking. This approach works well for tender red meats, cooking to a specific core temperature, meaning you remove poultry, fish and other seafood, and certain fruits and vege- the food from the bath as soon as the temperature at the center tables.

Tough meats, however, often take time t o tenderize. If you set the tempera- So our recipes for tougher foods typically indicate h o w long ture of the water bath or oven to just a degree or t w o higher t o h o l d the f o o d at the target temperature.

Cut individual portions so that they are equal in thickness. To vacuum seal the food, place portions in separate sous vide bags, optionally add oil, and seal. For details, see page Prepare and organize the ingredients for cook- Food is usually packaged before cooking it ing sous vide much as you would for any other sous vide in a water bath the most common cooking technique.

Usually, you want to cut method ; if you just put the food directly in the food into individual portions because the water, some of the flavor and juices could smaller pieces take less time to cook. Make the wash away.

You can also change the color or firm commercial operations that make many of their the texture of certain ingredients by searing dishes in advance. Home vacuum sealers are now widely available and easy to use see page 54 , but See page 58 for tips on removing the airfromzip-top bags.

Except when cooking for very long periods of time or when you want to store food after cooking it, zip-top bags work fine.

Canning jars offer another convenient alter- native in many situations.

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If you use a combl oven rather than a water bath to cook sous vide, you don't need any package at all—just put the food in an open pan, and stick it in the oven. You can use canning jars instead of bags for some foods. You can cook many foods sous vide in a combi oven A kitchen sink or cooler can maintain water temperature If bags float, use binder clips or a wire rack to hold them without packaging them.

Both water baths and combi ovens require preheating, which usually takes thermometer to keep tabs on the food temperature see How to Check minutes, before the food goes in. You can minimize the preheating the Core Temperature, page 66 until you gain confidence in knowing time of your bath by filling it with hot water from the tap.

The bath or how long particular foods of a given thickness take to cook this way. The recipes and tables we include in food and its thickness. As a rough rule, doubling the thickness of the food Part Two are a good starting point, and experience will guide you to the quadruples the cooking time. So adjust the cooking time if your food is temperatures that produce the results that you like best.

You can exper- ature. Although setting the bath much hotter does accelerate cook- iment with longer or shorter holding times, however, to achieve different ing, it makes timing trickier, so we don't recommend it.

Use a probe textures. Each kind of food responds differently as cooking continues. Sear food in a pan, on a grill, in a deep fryer, or with a blowtorch our favorite method.

Add sauces and garnishes to complete the dish. Food cooked sous vide takes on a texture and appearance similar to that of aroma components give roast beef, grilled chicken, and panfried salmon food that has been poached or steamed. If that's acceptable, simply open their unmistakable, irreplaceable flavors. Because the interior of the food the bag, and transfer the food to a serving plate.

Some foods, however- is cooked to perfection, you want to use very high heat to quickly sear only such as a medium-rare steak—look and taste much better if you give them the exterior of the food. Pansearing is perhaps the easiest method, but a seared crust. Searing not only browns the food but also generates flavor- you can instead use a blowtorch, a deep fryer, or a grill see pages 14, ful compounds that form only at high temperatures. These taste and 27, and Edge sealers work best with.

Air is a pump as the bag collapses. The bottom line is poor conductor of heat, so the food heats faster Vacuum sealing and canning are the only safe that bags made expressly for cook- and more uniformly without air around it.

Even approaches when storing food for long periods, but ing sous vide. You can remove air from wraps such as Saran Wrap. Con- a bag by lowering it into water or running it over The plastic that comes into con- tact with the food is called polyeth- sistent temperature control is critical for Modern- the edge of your countertop.

Then either press ylene. Alter- it has been studied extensively. It Is safe. Do avoid very cheap plastic Packaging food without air can be as easy as natively, you can buy a variety of zip-top bag that wraps when cooking, however. These are made of polyvinyl c Mo- allowing the weight of the water to squeeze out the Any of these methods work for our sous vide nde PVC , and heating them presents some risk of chemicals majority of the air.

Or it can be as quick and con- recipes, except for the few that specifically call for leaching into the food. An edge sealer requires special bags that have a different plastics laminated together. The more layers the waffle-like texture on one side that creates channels through bag has, the higher its quality-and its price. These thicker which the sealer can suck out the air.

If you own a chamber bags also are suitable for storing frozen food, as they're more sealer, use the bags recommended for it. Premade bags are puncture-resistant than cheaper bags. Bags made for cooking the most convenient but you can also buy long rolls of bag food are perfectly safe see note on the previous page.

For foods that are liquid or surrounded by liquids, canning Bags must keep juices in and water out. They also must jars offer a handy packaging option for cooking sous vide.

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No single plastic has all of these characteristics, vacuum sealer. They soften at expensive, but they are quite durable and sucks air through the one-way valve in a port. Suitable for freezing: Use an impulse sealer or the water- longer-term, oxygen-free refrigeration of fruits, canning, can be used to cook food in a water displacement method to seal the bag; clip it vegetables, and delicate foods.

They are not bath or pressure cooker. Food in the jar must be to the bath so that water does not leak into it. Cooking takes longer than Suitable for freezing: In the United States, FoodSaver is the most c o m - mon brand.

The edge sealer works by sucking the air out of a specially textured bag. They offer the most reliable seal. And, unlike edge sealers, they expertly seal liquids, which allows for some neat tricks-like impregnating watermelon w i t h strawberry juice see page Even in the absence of oxygen, any anaerobic bacteria on or in the food will continue to grow.

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