Sous Vide needed for better cuts of meat?

Asked by Gary Logsdon on Saturday, January 02
I have had several sous vide prepared meats that were tender and flavorful even though they were relatively "lower" cuts of meat. Does sous vide preparation make much of a difference with better cuts of meat?

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Sous vide really has 2 different uses. 1) Cook food perfectly. 2) Transform food in ways not achievable by other cooking techniques. <br /> <br />When dealing with "lesser" cuts of meat or some types of fish it falls under #2. The transformation that takes place in a short rib can't be done any other way. These types of foods really have a dramatic transformation and the resulting dish is unique to sous vide. <br /> <br />The types of food in #1 are the higher quality and less tough cuts. Sous vide's biggest benefit to them is to cook them perfectly, with even color throughout. With the proper skill level, you can replicate what sous vide does to a rib eye steak, or at least come close to it, using a grill or hot pan, it's just a lot more difficult. <br /> <br />So, in my opinion, sous vide is great for both meat types but the results are a lot more dramatic for the "lesser" and tougher cuts.
Answered by Jason Logsdon on Sunday, January 03
You can also find a lot of sous vide information, as well as over 100 recipes, in our book Beginning Sous Vide which you can get at or as a pdf download.

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