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General, TGIF

TGIF

Happy Friday, everyone!

UPDATE: It is indeed a beautiful day today. “It’ll burn off” is once again a Seattle reality!

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I mentioned in last week’s TGIF post that we were going to experiment with sous vide cooking last weekend. I thought I’d share the process–and the delicious result.

(Note: This involves cooking meat. Turn away now, vegetarians!)

First, the protein (lamb loin chops in this case) are lightly browned:

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Next, the protein is inserted into a vacuum sealed environment for the sous vide cooking process

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Here’s the exciting part–the sous vide machine. The home units are a highly insulated, precisely temperature controlled water bath. The lamb was immersed in water held at 137 degrees F for 2-3 hours (2 being the minimum).

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Once removed from the sous vide process, the lamb receives a quick sear to add color and flavor…

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…and voila! The end result. Note how uniformly pink the meat is all the way through–that’s the key benefit of sous vide cooking. It was amazingly tender and flavorful.

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This weekend, I think I’m making cioppino. Or maybe cedar-plank grilled salmon. I need to make up my mind quickly on this one as the broth for the cioppino needs to be made tonight. Decisions, decisions…

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “TGIF

  1. Mmmmmm makes me hungry

    Posted by Jeremy Langhans | March 11, 2013, 4:43 pm
  2. Ok, will you please cook this for me sometime?

    Posted by bendwatsu | March 15, 2013, 10:28 pm

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