Sous Vide Temperatures And Times 

Sous Vide

Sous vide means under vacuum so the first thing you need to do is buy a vacuum sealer. I would look at a mid-range option here, with bags that are readily available and cheap. I have an expensive vacuum sealer which needs special embossed bags. These are more costly per bag than the smooth ones.

Severin Vacuum Sealer
Severin Vacuum Sealer

There is a way around the problem which works most of the time. If you have a machine that only takes embossed bags you can put your food in a smooth bag. Then cut a strip off an embossed bag, about 2cm thick. Place the strip into the bag, making sure it goes right to the bottom of the food and extends past the sealer part of the machine. Now seal your bag. Once the air is vacuumed out create a second seal above the strip.

Food Saver Rolls
Food Saver Rolls

I found these food saver rolls in France and they are embossed and work with my machine. The great thing about getting the bags on rolls is that you can determine the size you want. I would recommend double sealing the edge before you cut off the length you need.

Severin Sous Vide Cooker
Severin Sous Vide Cooker

The second step is to check the temperature of your water. Set your machine to 50º Celsius. When it has reached the temperature, place a digital thermometer into the water. Mine is 2% out and I adjust this temperature chart accordingly. With a start temperature of 23º Celsius it takes 30 minutes for the water to reach 42º Celsius and 40 minutes to reach 48º Celsius. I also take this time into consideration when using the table.

Sous Vide Temperatures and Times
What are you cooking? Temp Time
Chicken Fillets 65º C 1.5 – 4 hours
Duck Breasts 57º C 2 – 4 hours
Pork Chops 60º C 1 – 4 hours
Rare Steak 53º C  1 -2.5 hours
Stewing Beef 60º C  4 – 24 hours

I will add to this table as I carry on experimenting.

The Benefits:

You never have to worry about the internal temperature of your meat. When cooking a steak, the meat will be warmed through, and the fat will be perfectly rendered. All you need to do is give the meat a quick sear to add some colour.

The hype over eggs:

I have tried the 63º C egg and so far we have not got it perfect. I think if you are only going to use the yolk then this is the way to go. But you end up with semi-cooked egg whites that are of no use. You may as well use an ordinary egg boiler. I also tried making whipped egg yolks, again with no success. I have a book on order that will hopefully give me more information.

The cons:

There is no quick meal solution!

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14 thoughts on “Sous Vide Temperatures And Times 

  1. I’ve thought about investing in one of these, so it was an interesting read. I also have to consider kitchen storage unfortunately.
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    1. It does not take up that much space which is a plus 🙂

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  2. I have heard many things about this cooking method, almost all positive, great post Tandy.
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    1. Thanks Cheri 🙂

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  3. I am so glad I came across this post! It will be forever bookmarked 🙂 My husband just bought a sous vide and we’ve had a few fails…this is so helpful! Plus, we already have a vacuum sealer! Score! Great, great post!!

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    1. Thank you Katherine for popping in! As I type this I am experimenting with oxtail. Hope you let me know of your successes 🙂

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  4. It is great to read more about the Sous Vide cooking technique and your experience with it! Thanks for sharing, Tandy!
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    1. My pleasure Miriam 🙂

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  5. This sounds like a very interesting machine. I have never heard of it before. I will investigate a bit more about it. Thanks Tandy.

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    1. It is a lot of fun to play with!

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  6. I have a sous vide device that I have never used and I need to change that!! I’ve heard awesome things about sous vide eggs, so I definitely want to give them a try 🙂
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    1. The jury is still out for me on the eggs!

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  7. I don’t have a sous vide machine but if I did I’d find this post super useful, especially about the bags too!
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    1. Thanks Lorraine!

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