Its that time of year. Thanksgiving is coming. Big Bird Day. Turkey Day. (T-Day, if you will). Imagine this, you’ve gotten a Sous Vide this year, you’ve had a lot of success with most of the stuff you’ve tried. Now you’re getting reallllly cocky. You want to make the big bird in the SV.

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Im here to be your guinea pig. I set out to make a mock Thanksgiving turkey ahead of the big day. And heres how it went. Since I have never attempted turkey in the SV, I followed some great advice on the Anova facebook group. I decided to follow the Chef Steps recipe for Legs and the Kenji Lopez recipe for breasts.

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🔪Prep Time 10 minutes

🛁Sous Vide Time Legs/Thighs 24 hours @149F/65C

🛁 Sous Vide Time Breast 3 hours @145F/62.7C

Broil Time: 10 Min

🎂 Total Time 24 hour 10 min

Ingredients

Legs/Thighs

  • 2 Turkey Legs w/ Thighs (Skin On)
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Aromatics of choice

Breasts

  • 1 Large Turkey Breast (Skin On)
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

For this experiment I decided to get all the relevant Turkey pieces to try.

To start, I took my legs and thighs and gave them a light pre-sear on the skin. Heated a heavy bottom Cast Iron Skillet over medium high heat and add a high smoke point oil. Seared till golden.

So more big news on the blog, JB Sous Vide finally has a vacuum sealer. Ill be running this one through its paces and then do a review.

Take your turkey legs and seal.

Set your Sous Vide cooker to 149F/65C and place your pouches into your Sous Vide Container

At hour 9 into the Legs cook I took to prepping my turkey breast so it had time to absorb the salt.

First remove the skin and set aside. As per the recipe we’re crisping that separately.

Season the turkey generously and seal. I set my breast in the fridge to rest for 12 hours.

At hour 21 of the leg cook, I dropped the temperature of the water bath to 145F/62.7C and set the breast in for a 3 hour cook. I left the legs and thighs in to finish its 24hrs out.

To work on the skin, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. You’re going to take a shallow sheet pan lined with parchment. (I used a pyrex here. do as kenji says, not as I do). Spread the skin over the first layer of parchment.

Cover with a second layer of parchment and press out the air with your hands. Set another sheet pan on top and place in the over. Roast the skin for about 30-45 min.

After 24 hours cooking the legs and 3hrs for the breast, its time to get to searing. Remove the pieces from the bath and pat dry with paper towels. Right now it doesn’t look that appetizing, but we’ll take care of that in a minute.

Place the leg pieces on a rack over a sheet and pre heat your broiler to as high as you can get it. Broil the legs for between 5-15 min. Keep an eye on them to avoid burning.

Slice up your Turkey breast and serve with you favorite T-Day sides and enjoy!

Conclusion

Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking. How did it taste? Well, I would say it was an OK representation of turkey for me. The star of the show was without a doubt the legs/thighs. They were so tender and juicy. So much flavor. I would do that again. The breast was not my favorite. I just didn’t enjoy the texture it gave me. I will have to do some tweaking there to see if I can get to something I love.

Now, would I sous vide a whole turkey for your Thanksgiving? No, I don’t think I would. At this point in time at least. I think if i were going to do it, I would make a Turkey roulade but after this experiment I would still lean towards the traditional roast turkey method. Just me. Whatever you do though. Practice it before the big day. Do not. I repeat, do not! wing it. Looking at you Mary.

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Sweaters, hayrides, turkey, fireplaces, apple picking and Pumpkin Pie. Those things just seem to go with fall and boy, do I have a hankerin for some fall. Heading into the holiday season I decided to dive into the dessert realm again and see if it just as easy as Chef Steps makes it look. If I can just get desserts down it’ll be a great winter!

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🔪Prep Time 15 minutes

🛁Sous Vide Time 1 hour @185F/85C

🎂 Total Time 1 hour 15 min

Ingredients

  • 16oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 2g Salt
  • 0.5g Ground Allspice
  • 0.5g Nutmeg
  • 0.5g Ground Cinnamon
  • 165g Sugar
  • 0.5g Ground Cloves
  • 1g Ground Ginger
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 12oz Evaporated Milk

Additional Equipment:

  • Hand Mixer
  • Mason Jars (I used the 4oz jars here)

Instructions

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Start out by combining all your dry ingredients into a bowl. In this cook I used a hand mixer to blend together but a food processor will also work.

Once the ingredients are mixed well, add in your eggs and combine again.

Next, add in your evaporated milk, and you guessed it, combine once more till everything is well blended.

At this point you have a decision to make. If you would like a silky smooth pumpkin pin you can now run the mixture through a strainer. I did not have a strainer big enough so I left it as is. I think it turned out just fine without. After making this decision, fill your mason jars up leaving a little space up top. Seal the jars fingertip tight. You don’t want the lid on very tight or the air wont be able to escape and the jars could crack.

Set your Sous Vide cooker to 185F/85C and place mason jars in the bath for 1 hour.

After an hour, transfer the jars to the fridge and let chill throughly. When ready to serve, garnish with your favorite crumbly topping and a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy your Pumpkin Pie.

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Conclusion

Yup, just as easy as it looks. And just as delicious. Im not much of a baker but having success with these desserts in the Sous Vide really makes me confident going into the Holiday season. With this and the cheesecake recipe from earlier this year I have no doubt I could put together large stunning dinner parties. That was certainly not the case before I got my SV. Go try this, and tag me in your cooks on social media! Id love to see how yours came out!

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You deserve it. Pork Belly is a guilty pleasure and is just one of those meals where flavor is bursting in every bite. I first saw this recipe by Kenji Lopez over on Serious Eats and just had to give it a try. You can also do this cook with the traditional bao buns but I have found that the slider gives you more real estate to build a good bite. Note: This is a great cook to put on before you go to bed, and take out when you wake up in the morning. Just throw the bag and the contents into the fridge until you’re ready to cook.

🔪Prep Time 5 minutes

🛁Sous Vide Time 10 hour @170F/76.7C

👨‍🍳Broiling Time 3-5 min

🐷 Total Time 10 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2lb Pork Belly
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Mirin
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • Your Favorite Slaw
  • Hawaiian Slider Rolls (or slider rolls of your choice

Instructions

Pour Soy, Mirin, Sugar, fish sauce, scallions, garlic, ginger into a bowl and combine.

Add braising liquid and pork belly to your bag. Im using the gallon size ziploc type bags.

Set your Sous Vide cooker to 170F/76.7C and place bags in bath.

In place of a nicely vacuum sealed bag, you’re going to want to use the water displacement method which is achieved by submerging the protein in the water till most of the air is out of the bag. The pork belly wanted to float so I pressed the sous vide up against it. Then secure the bags to the side of the Sous Vide Container with binder clips.

As I mentioned earlier, I like to put this cook on right before I go to bed and when I wake up its already done. From here, I will usually ice bath right away, and then throw the whole bag into the fridge till I am ready. With all that time you can get your sides ready. This time I made a nice slaw to top the sliders with.

When that time comes I take the pork belly out of the bag and transfer about 1/2 the liquid to a pan and begin to heat it up. After it warms up a bit, strain out all the solids and transfer the liquid back to the pan. You’re going to reduce this to a loose syrup. Kenji says about 15 min. I took it a little slower here, as I have a tendency to burn sauces. After you get a syrup like consistency, add about 2 tbsp of the syrup to the mayo and you have yourself a flavor bomb of a condiment.

For the belly itself, take and cut it like so. about 2″ strips and 1/3″ slices.

Right now they don’t look that appetizing but we’ll take care of that in a minute. We’re going to use the broiler for this cook. Crank that puppy up as high as she’ll go. These went in at 525 for about 5 min.

Take this time to prep your rolls. I decided to butter and toast them in the pan.

Now the fun part. The best thing about sliders is building them any way you want. This time, I kept it very simple. The braising sauce mayo and a light slaw. So good.

Conclusion

I was extremely happy with how these sliders came out (as was everyone else). I think the slaw worked well. I also think a more traditional set of toppings would be very good. Little cucumber, onion, cilantro? mmmm. Not much I would change with this one. Im def going to start incorporating more slider cooks in. They are so versatile.

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My Friend Chuck

When I hear roast, my thoughts immediately go to a beautiful standing prime rib roast. I mean am I alone here? Well, from browsing on the internet, Chef Steps told me that you could take a chuck roast at half the price and turn it into something almost as tender, and delicious. Well with a Chuck Roast and a little Sous Vide magic, I set out to make it a reality.

🔪Prep Time 15 minutes

🛁Sous Vide Time 18 hour @135F/57C

👨‍🍳Roasting Time 10 min

🥩 Total Time 18 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Chuck Roast (4-5lbs)
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary

Additional Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Roasting Pan

Instructions

As you look at your Chuck, you can probably notice the line of fat that run through it. At this point you have a couple options. Leave it in, or trim the fat out and use butchers twine to put it back together.

I went ahead and cut it out for this first cook. Im not averse to fat but I went on the trim side for now.

After your trim your going to need to use some butchers twine to fit the two pieces together. The two pieces fit back together very symmetrically.

Take your butchers twine and make it into a nice looking roast.

I then started the cook by building some flavor by pre-searing. For this, I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Heat up the skillet on medium high and when it just starts smoking add the oil. In this step you are not trying to cook the meat, you just want to get that nice browning color on the outside. After the meat came out, I tossed in my cloves of garlic and a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary to roast and release some of the flavors of the aromatics.

Then season the meat generously on all sides with salt and pepper. After Roasting the garlic and other aromatics, I transfer them directly to the bag with the meat.Im using the gallon size ziploc type bags.

In place of a nicely vacuum sealed bag, you’re going to want to use the water displacement method which is achieved by submerging the protein in the water till most of the air is out of the bag. Then secure the bags to the side of the Sous Vide Container with binder clips.

Set your Sous Vide cooker to 135F/57C and place bags in bath for a long cook. This temp is more on the upper end of medium rare but it looked so good on other cooks that I decided it was a good starting point for the first time.

After 18 hours, your chuck roast is ready to be finished. Remove the roast from bath and pat dry with paper towels. Right now it doesn’t look that appetizing, but we’ll take care of that in a minute.

For the roasting I set about making a herb crust for the outside. This was done with an egg white wash on the outside and a rub of salt, black pepper, rosemary and thyme.

Set in a preheated 500 degree oven and roast till the crust browns sufficiently. About 15 minutes.

And just like that your chuck roast is ready to be sliced. and Enjoyed.

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Dinner is served.

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Conclusion

As far as the meat goes, it was amazing. Very tender and juicy, just like a prime rib. Although the meat was delicious there are a couple things I am going to change for the next time. The first is to bring the temperature down a bit. Being the first time with a large roast like this, id say I was a little skittish to go low. Not anymore. Next time I can see myself trying a 130-132 temp. The second thing I will change is that I will run the herb rub through my spice grinder to get a better consistency. I was not happy with the crust. And finally, being the first roast I was definitely on the cautious side in the oven. I prob could have let it brown a lot more and I think a better consistency on the rub would help this. I Would def recommend you give this one a shot. And if you do. Send me a picture or tag me on social media and I’ll repost it.

If you enjoyed this recipe id love to hear from you! Drop me a line and let me know what you liked or what you didn’t like, your opinion matters to me. As always you can follow this blog from the button below, as well as your favorite social media platform! Follow on Instagram and Facebook @JBSOUSVIDE to be the first to know when I post a new cook and share it with a friend!

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A Change In The air

No. It’s not just fall. I’m a purist. A traditionalist. I think that steaks should be able to stand on their own with only salt and a little pepper. No other way! But I’m trying. Trying to expand my horizons and give other ways a shot. So I thought the logical first step was a nice coffee rub. I like coffee. I like NY Strips. A match made in heaven. Right? Well for my first rub, I did my research and found a couple good options that peaked my intrest. I settled on a variation of a rub the Sous Vide Everything guys did. However, I did substitute by grinding up whole chilies instead of using the powder and I thought that added a lot to my rub. So here’s how it went.

🔪Prep Time 5 minutes

🛁Sous Vide Time 2 hour @130F/54C

👨‍🍳Searing Time 5 min

🥩 Total Time 2 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Coffee Rub

  • 3 Grass Fed NY Strips
  • 9 tbsp salt
  • 3 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp ground whole chilies
  • 4 tbsp Peet’s Big Bang ground coffee
  • An FYI. This is a big batch of rub. I had a lot left over. Which I saved and I’m going to use on different things.

Additional Equipment

  • Searzall
  • Cast Iron Skillet

Instructions

I started out working with the whole chilies. This step is optional as your standard chili powder would work. But I thought this added more of a kick. Took the stems off and put them in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make them pliable. From there they went right into the ninja to pulsed until they were in manageable sizes. I then used a spice grinder to make into a fine powder. Combine with the other dry ingredients to make your rub.

From here your going to want to generously season all sides of the meat with your rub.

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After they’re all seasoned you are going to put your steaks in your bag(s). Im using the gallon size ziploc type bags.

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In place of a nicely vacuum sealed bag, you’re going to want to use the water displacement method which is achieved by submerging the protein in the water till most of the air is out of the bag. Then secure the bags to the side of the Sous Vide Container with binder clips.

Set your Sous Vide cooker to 130F/54C and place bags in bath.

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After two hours, your steaks are ready to be seared. Remove the steaks from bath and pat dry with paper towels. Right now they don’t look that appetizing but we’ll take care of that in a minute. Its extremely important to get the outsides as dry as possible because that is what is going to produce the best contact with the pan for the sear.

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For searing these steaks I used a combination of Cast Iron Skillet and Searzall torch attachment. Really, the pan does a great job interacting with the rub so the searzall was mostly used to get the sides. Heat up the skillet on medium high and when it just starts smoking add the oil. I then seared for 60 seconds a side. As you can see. The coffee rub created a nice, deep crust.

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Remove from pan and hit the remaining edges with the searzall. Or just continue to torch it because you can and you like fire. Looking at you Evan.

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And just like that your coffee rubbed steaks are ready to eat and dinner is served.

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Conclusion

I mean look. I’m a big enough person to admit when I’m wrong. And boy was I wrong. It was so good. So tender and juicy from the Sous Vide. And the wow factor is off the charts! Full of flavor, and the coffee rub formed such a great crust. I Would def recommend you give this one a shot. And if you do. Send me a picture or tag me on social media and I’ll repost it.

Did I mention I WAS a purist. Not anymore. Rub all the meat!

If you enjoyed this recipe id love to hear from you! Drop me a line and let me know what you liked or what you didn’t like, your opinion matters to me. As always you can follow this blog from the button below, as well as your favorite social media platform! Follow on Instagram and Facebook @JBSOUSVIDE to be the first to know when I post a new cook and share it with a friend!