Why don't more restaurants use sous vide?

Joined May 3, 2015
Why don't most restaurants cook meats sous vide? It results in a tenderer and evenly-cooked steak, although since the Maillard reaction doesn't happen, you may have to blowtorch if you like a crust.

It would completely eliminate the issue of a raw center with a cooked outside that often happens when trying to cook fish or chicken, and the meat would retain far more of it's juices.

Joined Apr 25, 2014
I think more than enough restaurants do.  Maybe too many too often.  Even when it doesn't improve the dish. Do you want even more than more than enough?   Some might call that too much.
Joined Oct 10, 2005

Well, um, let's see....

-First there's the cost of the S.V. circulator

-Then there's the cost of the vacuum packaging machine--of which many smaller places don't use for it's intended purpose of packing.

-Then there's the cost of the actual vacuum bag,it ain't cheap, a good quality one is abut 60 cents

-Then there's the cost of labour--vacuuming the item.

-Then there's the fact that many health inspectors crawl all over the place when they see a S.V. rig, they want to see operating procedures for every dish, want to see recording logs for every bagged item, and recording logs for every piece of refrigeration.

If you really go back in history and look at S.V. you'll see it was developed by a Chef who wanted as little cooking weight loss as possible for his foie gras.  Then the mega-institutions like hospitals and prisons jumped on it, except they called the "knacka system" and used it as a cheap way of rethermalizing meals.

Then the butchers found out they could wet age meats in the bag and get the consumer to pay for the weight loss--this really got the vacuum packing machine down in price and in place in most larger hotels and kitchens.  I remember back in the '80's those machines used automotive oil and automotive oil filters, and if they weren't changed when they should, the whole kitchen got enveloped in a cloud of smoke.....

So S.V. has it's place, but for cost effectiveness, it should be used for larger items--not individual a'la carte entrees.

That,and the fact that the S.V. fad has passed it's prime.....
Joined Feb 17, 2010
I'll have my meat cooked over fire, no blow torch.

As far as cooked outsides and raw center, your not cooking it properly, doesn't happen here.
Joined Oct 23, 2013
Foodpump said most the reasons why I dont have one, plus there really isn't enough space to add the equipment in my kitchen, unless it is going to be used, a lot and make money. So many things need fixing/ replacing before I could rationalize one to Upper mgt.

I want one though. Not necessarily to replace traditional steak and chicken etc but to add to our abilities.

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