Industrial Sous Vide: The Key to Consistent Quality & Safety
Industrial sous vide is a cooking technique that involves cooking food under vacuum in airtight plastic pouches which are submerged in a cook tank/ water bath. Products are slow cooked in the cook tank which is held at a precisely controlled low temperature ensuring foods are cooked evenly and to perfection every time. DC Norris North America offers sous vide cook tanks with capacities up to 1,900 gallons, allowing large-scale commercial food businesses to use this cooking method efficiently.
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Sous Vide Delivers Perfect Results Every Time
The sous vide method of cooking eliminates guesswork and allows commercial producers to cook foods with incomparable taste and texture; perfectly cooked steak, tender chicken breasts and ribs with the meat falling off the bone. With industrial sous vide, products can also be cooked in a sauce or marinade giving food manufacturers additional recipe choices. Slow cooking foods at a low temperature through the commercial sous vide process improves texture, intensifies the flavors and preserves the nutritional quality of the foods being prepared. Times and temperatures are rigidly controlled so producers can be sure that the results will be the same every time and easily replicable. Products can even be left to cook unattended overnight with guaranteed results.
Sous vide food preparation is used worldwide by professional chefs and is gaining popularity within the food processing industry as its advantages are being recognized.
DC Norris North America has customers using industrial sous vide around the globe; providing meals for schools in Russia, hospitals and care homes in Norway, and cooking goat, chicken, lamb, and camel in Dubai.
Contact DC Norris North America to learn more about installing a commercial sous vide system in your production facility.
Sous Vide Cooking for Manufacturers
The Cook Tank forms part of the DC Norris North America Cook-Chill system; designed to slow cook vacuum packaged meat, poultry, and prepared foods in a circulating hot water bath – industrial sous vide style. Slow cooking at lower temperatures in sealed plastic casings radically reduces meat shrinkage, while retaining more meat juices, and enhancing natural flavors and tenderness. Sous vide processing is used in the food industry to extend the shelf life of food products.
Sous vide is French for “under vacuum” and this method of food preparation is gaining popularity as more chefs recognize the advantages of the process. Foods are vacuum-sealed in plastic pouches, then cooked using precisely controlled heating. Temperatures are lower and cooking times are longer. The result is a dish that retains all of the moisture, nutrients and flavors of the ingredients and is evenly cooked throughout.
DC Norris North America offesr two types of Cook Tank; a standard model for cooking only and the CTTC which is a dual purpose machine. Through the day it is used in the Tumble Chiller mode for cooling pumpable foods such as soups and sauces. Filled casings are circulated in chilled water which reduces the temperature of cooked food to below 40 °F (4 °C) in under an hour. At night it can be programmed to Cook Tank mode which slow cooks vacuum packaged meats, poultry and prepared foods in a circulating hot water bath − sous vide style.
“The trial was very conclusive. Products came out as expected. The reception was just great from senior management and the owner was fantastic.”
Extended Shelf Life & Other Sous Vide Cooking Benefits
Foods cooked sous vide have an average shelf life of 60 days.
Unprecedented Control Over the Cooking Process
Sous vide virtually eliminates the potential for human error and inconsistent quality in the finished product.
The commercial sous vide method of cooking maximizes yields, particularly among foods traditionally prepared through roasting or similar processes that yield losses of up to 40 percent.
Improved Food Nutrition
Sous vide cooking reduces the need for preservatives and additives.
Meats Are Naturally Tenderized
Other methods of preparation require the use of additional ingredients and spices to tenderize meats. The sous vide process naturally tenderizes meats.
Minimized Processing and Labor Costs
Sous vide can not only be largely unmonitored by human labor, it can also be cooked, chilled, stored, and rethermalized in the same
package (for specific applications) allowing food producers to recognize substantial cost savings.
Centralized Production with Safe & Easy Transport
Sous vide allows prepared and cooked foods to be easily and safely transported great distances without compromising quality.
Biological Barrier Prevents Contamination
The sous vide method provides a biological barrier in its
packaging, preventing many opportunities for contamination during cooking, cooling, and distribution.
Operational Control Over Material Costs
The portion controlled packaging allows operations to control material costs.
Naturally Intensified Flavors
The technique naturally intensifies flavors which allows for lower recipe ingredient costs.
Sous vide, without question, rose to today’s popularity for one main reason: it’s a fool proof way to deliver food products of consistently high quality. Today’s customer demands quality, nutrition, variety, and convenience. Sous vide allows global food producers to answer that demand.
The team at DC Norris North America can turn around a quote quickly. If you’d like to explore the possibility of implementing a sous vide cooking system in your commercial food manufacturing business, request a sous vide proposal today.