Sous vide cooking method
What a sous vide cooking method is and how it can be used for beef burgers which appear to be less than thoroughly cooked.
Sous vide consists of placing food in a vacuum sealed bag, then cooking it in a water bath. The food is cooked for a longer time and at a lower temperature than conventionally cooked food. Beef burgers cooked this way may look pink in the middle, despite being cooked to a time/temperature combination equivalent to 70°C for two minutes. Meats are often quickly grilled or fried after the sous vide process to caramelise and/or give the browned appearance expected by the consumer.
The sous vide system must be validated before it is introduced to check it will work as intended. Checks must be carried out to ensure the beef burgers consistently achieve a time/ temperature combination of 70°C for two minutes or equivalent.
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