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Dusty

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For pro chefs out there who have access to a sous-vide machine, if you need to soak a stone in under a minute, try vacuum sealing it in a bag with water. I've tried this with a Rika 5k and a Beston 500 and both worked a treat, even the very thirsty Beston! Its also fun to watch all of the air get punched out of the Beston in a couple of seconds.

I thought of this idea whilst using the sous-vide machine to compress fruit - watching the air rush out of my apple and the sugar syrup rush in.

I know its not hard to soak a stone, but I often find myself with just a few minutes to spare for a quick touch up between services.:D
 

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Next thing you know, people will be sous-vide-ing their knives with stones in the bag. They come out tomato-test sharp!
 

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Yeah - Or sous-vide-ing a new cutting board in mineral oil to get the oil infused quickly.......?
 

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Besters are seriously thirsty stones. I've found if I use real light pressure the stones will stay wet longer. That and I just started presoaking them for over an hour.
 

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You don't even need a bag you can use a half hotel pan with the stone and water in it then wrap the whole thing tightly with heavy duty plastic wrap. That way you don't waste a bag either.
 

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You don't even need a bag you can use a half hotel pan with the stone and water in it then wrap the whole thing tightly with heavy duty plastic wrap. That way you don't waste a bag either.
That would also work.

I just had another thought, sous-vide stones would also be good way of transporting permasoakers
 

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A sous vide machine does not pull vacuum. A vacuum pump (in a bag sealer, or a chamber) does.
 

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Definitely going to try this. Rounding off the edges would probably be a good idea.
 

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nice... and I agree that you don't have to put it in a vacuum bag if it's a chamber type vacuum machine... just put it in a pan with water and you're all good...

Awesome idea! :)
 
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