Jalapeño Sriracha Pickles

Recipe courtesy of Derek Gaughan ( Makes approximately 3 quart-sized jars of pickles INGREDIENTS For the brine  21 ounces (630 ml) water  21 ounces (630 ml) white wine vinegar ¼ cup salt (70 g) ¾ cup sugar (170 g) Note: like your pickles a little sweeter? Up it to 1 cup. 3 tablespoons (45 ml) Sriracha For the vegetables 4 cucumbers or 15 to 20 pickling cucumbers 3 jalapeños, sliced in half 6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 9 sprigs fresh dill 3 teaspoons whole peppercorns Additional for assembly Quart-sized canning jars with lids, cleaned and scalded with boiling water … Read More

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

From SousVide Barbecue (Paradox Press 2011) Makes about 1 quart (.9 liter) INGREDIENTS 6 large egg yolks 1 cup (75 g) superfine (castor) sugar 1/4 cup (29 g) non-fat dry milk powder (organic if available) 1 quart (.9 liter) half-and-half * 1/2 vanilla bean   INSTRUCTIONS Fill and preheat the water oven to 140F/60C. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar and non-fat dry milk until light yellow and thickened. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add them and the half and half to the yolks and beat just enough to mix. Pour the mixture … Read More

Dulce de Leche

(or Caramel, made simple) from Sous Vide Barbecue (Paradox Press 2011) Makes about 12 ounces (360 ml) INGREDIENTS 1 can (12 ounces/360 ml) sweetened condensed milk INSTRUCTIONS Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 185F/85C. Pour and scrape the contents of the can of sweetened condensed milk into a small (quart/0.9 liter) zip-closure cooking pouch. (If making multiples, put only one can per pouch.) Use Archimedes’ Principle (displacement principle) to remove the air and zip the pouch closed. Submerge the pouch(es) in the water oven to cook for 13 hours. Remove the pouches from the water bath and submerge them for … Read More

Fresh Watermelon Sous Vide Compressed

Courtesy of Chef Josh Horrigan ( Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 4 (1-inch/2.5 cm) thick pieces seedless watermelon 8-10 fresh mint leaves   INSTRUCTIONS Remove the rind from the watermelon and cut each piece into ‘steaks’ about 4 x 5 inches (5 x 12 cm) in size. Press a mint or two leaf onto each of the melon steaks and put each one gently into separate small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches. Vacuum seal each pouch, using as much vacuum pressure as possible to draw the pouch tightly down around the melon. (Compression is what you’re after here.) Refrigerate in the pouches until ready … Read More

Sous Vide Compression: Squeeze Me Sweet

Vacuum sealing is an important step in optimizing the perfectly reproducible cooking that sous vide technique offers (after all, the term sous vide itself means ‘under vacuum’). But while it’s immersion in an precision heated water bath that cooks the food perfectly, the compression itself offers advantages on its own. Compressing fruits and vegetables (and even chicken breast, but that’s another subject!) alters the texture and even appearance of the food, particularly if done with a chamber vacuum sealer that can really put the press on. Pressure makes fruits denser and sweeter and more translucent; it changes their character in … Read More