food science, sous vide cooking
2 words: "sous vide"
I believe it's french etymology, and the literal meaning is "under vacuum".
What it really means though: when folks talk about sous vide cooking, they're typically referring not to the vacuum-sealing itself, but rather, to the process of using an immersion heater / circulator to both pasteurize, as well as to modify the texture and composition of the food itself. AKA sous vide cooking.
I periodically like to find at least 4-5 articles to refresh my understanding of the food science I like to do in the kitchen. Some folks say cooking with love makes things better, but what if I love science?
["Denatured myosin = yummy; denatured actin = yucky. Dry, overcooked meats aren’t tough because of lack of water inside the meat; they’re tough because on a microscopic level, the actin proteins have denatured and squeezed out liquid in the muscle fibers."]
Featured quote from linked article, originally sourced from:
Cooking for Geeks, Jeff Potter
more info about curing
--- For folks who want a recipe:
["Curing meats such as bacon, ham, or pastrami is fun and the results are often better than store bought. But curing is very different from any other recipe because you are using a preservative, sodium nitrite. You must read and thoroughly understand my article on the Science Of Curing Meats before attempting to cure meat or before you ask any questions. That page also contains info on scaling the recipe up or down."]
Sourced from: Home Made Corned Beef Recipe, Meathead Goldwyn
--- Want to roll your own recipe?
["Before using this nitrite curing calculator, please read this article on nitrite curing safety"]
--- Here's a quote that one too:
["For centuries, humans relied on chemically reactive nitrItes to preserve meat in the absence of refrigeration. Nitrite kills the toxic, nasty and stubborn botulism bacteria that readily grows in smoked or canned foods. c. botulinum refuses to die in boiling water like its more compliant salmonella or norovirus brethren, so curing was a seminal invention in the history of mankind. It saves lives."]
This thread was getting long [fixed] Oh whoops, this is a repost: accidentally quoted & linked the wrong article earlier.
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