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    Noddy, weck

    Honestly, I'd never heard of this as a "high-tech, cutting edge restaurant kitchen" technique. It's how Mom used to boil up the Stouffer's SOS (creamed chipped beef) we'd eat as kids.

    As a note to "practical survivalism", I'd like to offer up this little nugget of wisdom I learned the hard way this weekend. Our power went out this weekend for ~48 hours. After a time, my phone battery needed a charge. I went to the car to plug it in. Bored, I flipped on the radio and started surfing the web on my phone... I didn't want to run the engine, I just kept the electrical part on. Ecologically friendly, you know, not spewing fumes out everywhere.

    Yeah, oops.

    Some time later, everything went dark. The phone used as much juice as it was sucking up, and stayed about as dead as when I took it out there. Plus, the car wouldn't start.

    Moral of the story: if you're going to do this, at least start the car every few minutes to keep up the power.

    Weathering Michigan's recessions since the '70s.

    by jennifree2bme on Mon May 07, 2012 at 02:04:05 PM PDT

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      Noddy, jennifree2bme, FG

      Quite different, actually. There was a time, a couple of decades or so ago, where "boil in the bag" was heralded as a new way of cooking. Prepared foods were bought already sealed in a bag. You took them home, and as you said, boiled them.

      Sous vide is not about boiling. Basically, you are putting the bag of food into water that is held at the desired temperature of the food for serving. It's a much slower process than boiling, and you can't overcook it because the food itself will never rise to, or be exposed to, temperatures higher than serving temperature. Boiling also has side effects besides the time...extreme temperatures change the structure of proteins and other molecules, often for the worse. Sous vide doesn't go anywhere near that.

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      by lotac on Mon May 07, 2012 at 05:32:46 PM PDT

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