[islandlabs] Induction cooking. @ Smoothie Satuday?

Jeff jeff at islandlabs.org
Mon Feb 5 23:34:09 EST 2018



Great to hear from you and thanks for the photo update Joshua Tree State Park. 


I agree with your comments on Sous Vide. Do you have a recommended temperate to set or just keep the temp just below boiling. 


I noticed you said precooked. have your tried just cooking chicken or steak in a vacuum seal bag? Also on a side note since I'm cheap and don't want to buy a vacuum sealer. Is it ok to take chicken that is pre-vacuum sealed from the farm and cook it. My guess is the bags are not meant for that.  Plus there would be no way to add any seasoning. 


As for the induction top I was planning on buying one to see how well it would work for off grid on a generator. But i was going to order cook top this week as I thought someone might want to try using the top to cook something at an upcoming meeting but no one has shown interest. So I will probably hold off on buying it till the spring. 




From: Ephraim Hernandez [mailto:ejhern at gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, February 5, 2018 02:06 PM
To: Jeff; Island Labs
Subject: Re: [islandlabs] Induction cooking. @ Smoothie Satuday?


Sous vide is a great method for cooking low and slow or for holding food at specific temperatures. The pots do not have to be on the stove top. I recommend a kitchen hot pad. The cord could be a fire hazard draped over a stove top.

I have pre-cooked and smoked salmon and flash froze to vacuum seal. I use sous-vide to bring them up to temp and hold for hours at the right temp the day I needed them.

You can do the same for steaks and vegetables etc... but low and slow. Slow cooker slow.

Induction is preferred as the electric stovetop for off grid. Very power efficient as they only heat when and where the pot is touching. 

A faster way of cooking crock pot meals is by using pressure in the crossover multi use insta pots.


and hey! 


Joshua Tree State Park last week.


On Feb 3, 2018 9:11 PM, "Jeff <jeff at islandlabs.org <mailto:lt%3Bjeff at islandlabs.org> > via List" <list at lists.islandlabs.org> wrote:

To go with our smoothie day we might want to cook something.

I was considering purchasing an induction cook top. They are pretty inexpensive. If anyone would be interested in maybe trying to do some cooking at one of the meetings. I was thinking maybe specifically the meeting on Feb 17th at Smoothie Saturday since making smoothies plays into cooking. If so I will purchase one and bring it to that meeting to test out. The one I linked to below comes with the induction compatible pot so we don't have to worry about what cookware to bring. and whether it is magnetic or not. I know the idea of cooking something at meetings has come up from time to time. Also I'm sure there are some of us who would like to see how it works.

I was thinking someone might want to try making Bananas foster. But I realized this involve alcohol. So we need a different dish idea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bananas_Foster

Rosewill 1800W 5 Pre-Programmed Settings Induction Cooker Cook top , Included 10” 3.5 Qt 18-8 Stainless Steel Pot, Gold, RHAI-16002

Let me know if I should order one.

Another cool cooking method that I came across while looking into induction cooking was Water bath/ water oven cooking. Which appears to be a method in which you place your food vegetable or meat in a vacuum sealed bag and drop it in basically boiling or almost boiling water and letting it slow cook. I've actually done this style cooking when camping often, when making breakfast. Un-Shelled Egg in a zip-lock bag with cheese bacon and whatever else in a the bag into a pot of boiling water for about 2-3 minutes. And you have an omelet. But I never considered doing anything more. I imagine cooking a steak this way could possibly taste amazing. there seems to be a wide variety of appliances for doing this but it kind of seems like it's way cheaper just to buy a big pot and use a normal stove. There are actually circulator pumps you can buy to clip on to a standard pot but I don't like the idea of an electrical cord running across my stove.

I'm not go to buy one of these for Saturday as it's probably not practical for cooking things fast. But I thought I was cool. Especially since I have apparently been cooking in what is called a water oven for years now when camping.

Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven, SVS10LS
This link has a video that shows why it's better to use a water oven.

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