Serve A Perfect Steak Every Time – Only with CVap® Staging.
Perfectly seared steak in less than two minutes flat! Yep, I said it. Seared to perfection, and melt-in-your-mouth texture, all from CVap® Staging. How do we do it? Start with a CVap Cook & Hold Oven. Cook the steak to a perfect 130°F and just let it hang out in the CVap oven. The amazing part of the process is when the steak reaches temperature, the oven won’t overcook the steak. During the busy service rush in your restaurant, don’t worry about checking the CVap Oven. The oven does the work and the steaks won’t overcook. CVap Technology will hold to perfection. Think of it as sous vide re-engineered. It’s similar to immersion circulators, with one added advantage; volume. CVap can cook a large volume of food – up to ten hotel pans in our smaller CVap ovens.
Set the CVap Cook and Hold at 130°F vapor, 131°F air. Cook Time will depend on the type of steak and the amount of steak you are cooking.
Marinate steak with your favorite marinade. I’m loving chimichurri sauce right now. Vacuum seal the steak. Place in preheated CVap oven and press start. Then walk away! Once the cycle finishes, pull steaks as needed for orders.
Heat your grill pan on high heat for ten minutes. Pat steaks dry on both sides. Season with Himalayan salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
Sear steak on each side for 30 to 45 seconds. Pull off and let rest. Slice and serve.
Want to watch a quick, quirky video about CVap® Staging? Click here.
Ah, the much celebrated, occasionally maligned combi-oven. Many a chef has salivated over the thought of adding a combi to their kitchen. But are they all they’re cracked up to be?
Combi ovens allow the user to steam bake, roast, and do a combination of these processes (hence the name combi). Some ovens allow very intricate setting capabilities, perhaps even being controlled by touching a picture of food. They cook fast, and honestly do a good job overall. That being said, those who are familiar with combi units also know that most of these units are very complicated to develop setting for and are almost always underutilized by the customer.
In comparison, CVap ovens also allow you to steam, bake, roast, and do a combination of these processes. They do not have the same kilowatts as the combi, so they are not going to cook quite as fast. But they are a fraction of the cost, a heck of a lot more reliable, and don’t require a vent hood (depending on local codes). While the combi is often oversold, the CVap oven is a great value piece that has endless cooking opportunities.
Want to learn more about CVap equipment? Click here.
As the weather heats up, many folks begin daydreaming about barbecue. May is National BBQ Month – an entire month focusing on the delicious ways we’ve discovered to make proteins their savory, smoky best.
Barbecue has been a frequent topic in our blogs, for a couple of reasons. First (obviously) is that barbecue is freakin’ delicious. But another huge reason is how perfect CVap® Staging technology is at bringing the lip-smacking best out of barbecued meats and veggies. I’m amazed (but not surprised) at just how many calls we get at Winston asking about how to prepare barbecue in CVap. (for a quick, quirky video about CVap® Staging and sous vide, click here).
CVap technology positively impacts your BBQ recipes in many ways. Cook amazingly tender briskets in a CVap Cook & Hold. Add a Winston Smoker Box to your CVap Holding Cabinet to smoke bodacious Boston butts in a CVap holding cabinet. You can even Sous-Vide-Que your ribs using the method outlined on the Amazing ribs website.
In our most recent BBQ test, we prepared baby back ribs using two different methods of “sous vide” – bagged and bagless, simultaneously in the same unit, our new CVap RTV5-05 Retherm Oven.
- Remove membrane from ribs and rinse.
- Rub mustard on all sides of the ribs.
- Liberally sprinkle Memphis Dust on all sides of ribs.
- Weigh each slab of ribs.
- Smoke ribs in preheated CVap Holding Cabinet to 170°F food temp and 170°F air with smoker box set for two hours. In this case, we used hickory chips.
- Vacuum seal three slabs of ribs in vacuum sealer, using high temp bags.
- Allow ribs to rest in refrigerator for a minimum of six hours.
- Preheat CVap RTV5-05UV to 190°F water temperature and 240°F air temperature.
- Place prepared ribs into oven and cook until ribs reach 203°F.
- Remove ribs and weigh for yield.
- If preferred, place on grill and crisp, then finish with another dusting of Memphis Dust.
|Weight In||Weight Out||Yield||Time to End Point||End Point|
|Vacuum Sealed||3.607 kg||3.207 kg||88%||2 hours, 23 mins||203.1°F|
|Bagless||3.087 kg||2.657 kg||86%||3 hours, 10 mins||201.7°F|
- Ribs that were vacuum sealed in the traditional sous vide style cooked more quickly and had a slightly higher yield.
- Both ribs were highly acceptable relative to taste, tenderness, and juiciness.
- Ribs cooked in bag were slightly more tender; ribs cooked bagless were slightly more toothsome.
- Ribs cooked in bag had a less-defined outer bark, and more of a wet finish.
- Ribs cooked bagless in CVap had better bark and more defined rub taste.
- Duplicate Amazing Ribs Sous vide Que.
Space. It’s a precious commodity in any commercial kitchen. Particularly space under the vent hood. Most food codes require certain equipment to be placed under the hood. Winston Foodservice recently had our CVap® RTV Retherm Oven tested by Intertek, an independent testing and certification company. Our goal was to definitively determine whether CVap commercial ovens require a vent hood. The results? The CVap oven passed FDA Method 202 testing with flying colors. Both the Winston CVap RTV Retherm Oven and CHV Cook & Hold product lines gained approval.
- Save Space – Chances are, if there’s already a hood in the kitchen, there’s already equipment that requires it. Adding CVap ovens to the lineup won’t require a game of musical chairs with existing appliances. Save that valuable hood space for the stuff that needs it.
- Save Money – Let’s face it; hood systems cost out the wazoo. They require thousands of dollars in hardware and infrastructure, to the tune of $1,000 a running foot. Eliminating the hood saves money, both on the hood system and on the power it requires.
- Expand Your Menu – CVap ovens offer versatility that few other ovens can match. Bake, roast, steam, CVap® Stage™, braise, retherm, “bagless” sous vide (with or without a bag) – all in one footprint – a footprint that DOESN’T REQUIRE A HOOD!
Of course, local codes may vary. Check with local officials before investing in CVap ovens, or any other commercial restaurant equipment.
Need proof that CVap ovens don’t require a hood? Here’s the full report. Need to take a nap? Here’s what the EPA has to say about Method 202.
On a trip to Ukraine, we were able to see some beautiful architecture, absorb a bit of the country’s amazing history, and experience the humbling real-life changes that are in full swing in Kiev (and the rest of the country).
Spencer Cole, a Winston Global Accounts Manager, had the opportunity to train several local chains and chefs on CVap® theory, he also provided live cooking demonstrations, and had the chance to catch up with our loyal customer, Star Burger. Star Burger CVap® Stages their burgers, with great success. According to TripAdvisor, their customers agree!
Had a double cheese burger with onion and chips, also had a large Heineken with corn Parmesan. All was very good and clean.
There are two things that make Star Burger different. First, Star Burger was introduced to the concept of CVap burgers from the Winston YouTube Channel, specifically the video of John T. at The Commissary:
Second, Star Burger uses charcoal grills to finish their burgers, so they can really capture that “fresh off the grill” backyard taste. Star Burger uses a CVap Holding Cabinet (HA4507) stacked with a CVap Cook & Hold (CAC507) so that they can adjust with to the flow of business. They cook all the burgers in the CAC oven and then move them to the holding cabinet until they are ordered. This configuration allows them to start “CVap® Staging” new burgers when the business flows dictates, which allows the maximum flexibility.
Star Burger has loved the CVap® Staging platform so much, they are considering CVap® Staging other menu items, such as chicken and salmon!
For more information about the complete line of CVap products, please visit our website.
October 4 is National Taco Day. If you’re like us, you don’t need an excuse to eat tacos and you’ll surely agree they’ve become an indelible delight devoured daily by millions worldwide.
Historically speaking, the origin of the taco predates the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico. There is anthropological evidence that the indigenous people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. Writing at the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans, a meal which Hernán Cortés arranged for his captains in Coyoacán. Source: Wikipedia For more fun facts about tacos and what people love about them, click here: https://nationaltoday.com/national-taco-day/
There are so many varieties of tacos to count, it’s difficult to choose a favorite! So in honor of this special day of tribute to the taco, we thought we’d go uber-taqueria-traditional and share our CVap® preparation for Tacos de Lengua.
Beef tongue is exactly what it sounds like – the big ol’ tongue of a cow. Though not as commonly found on the average U.S. family’s dinner table, it’s widely used in Mexican cuisine, as well as several European, Asian, and South American cultures. It’s a great example of a fairly tough cut of meat that a CVap oven can cook beautifully. Using a low-and-slow method to prepare it in the CVap Cook & Hold breaks down the extensive connective tissue within the beef tongue, resulting in surprisingly tender, tasty meat.
- 4 to 5 Beef tongues
- 4 Cups beef broth
- 2 Cans (7oz.) Chipotle in Adobo sauce
- 2 Onions (sliced thin)
- 8 Garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Black pepper
- 1 Tbsp Ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp Mexican oregano
- Rinse and wash tongues in cold water
- Place onions in the bottom of a 4” deep full-size hotel pan
- Place tongue on top of onions, top with beef stock and chipotles
- Add garlic and all of the seasonings
- Cover pan tightly with foil and place in a CVap Cook & Hold (preheated to 180 water vapor, 250 air temperature) and cook for 8 hours constant cook.
- Remove from oven and cool to room temp, then refrigerate for a minimum of four hours.
- After tongues have sufficiently cooled, remove the outer skin. Shred the remaining beef.
- Puree the chilies, onions and remaining broth to create a sauce. Toss a third of the sauce with the shredded beef. Refrigerate the beef and remaining sauce.
I recommend doing this a day in advance of preparing your tangy tongue tacos.
Assembling Lengua Tacos
- Shredded tongue
- Oil of your choosing for saute
- Chipotle sauce
- 2 Cups Cojita cheese
- 1 Cup minced onion
- 3 Cups Fresh Cilantro (roughly chopped)
- Warm corn tortillas held in CVap cabinet at 140 water vapor, 142 air temp
- Preheat remaining chipotle sauce
- Using a little bit of the vegetable oil, saute lengua (tongue) until it is a little crisp on the tips and is heated through. This may be done on a flat top or a saute pan.
- Assemble tacos
- Add lengua to warm tortillas
- Top with a little sauce, then cojita, then onions, then fresh cilantro.
- Squeeze fresh lime juice over taco and enjoy!
Lengua tacos are delicious, and lip smackin’ good!
Many of you have discovered the benefits of precision low-temperature cooking provided by CVap® equipment. We often receive reports of you preparing the perfectly prepared rare steak or a beautiful mid-rare burger. But you might not know that this same process provided by Controlled Vapor technology can also be a critical part of your HACCP plan.
There are people who avoid low-temperature processing because of the fear of food-borne illness created by bacteria such as e-coli, salmonella or clostridium perfringens. Improper food temperature is the most frequent – and preventable – cause of food-borne illness, which is why temperature control is so critical to any HACCP plan. FSIS Directive appendix A&B Compliance Guidelines for Meeting Lethality Performance Standards defines the time/temperature requirements for achieving 6.5-log10 or 7-log10 reduction of Salmonella.
To give you an example of how CVap technology can help meet this type of bacteria reduction while maintaining the quality of a burger see test results of a medium rare burger below. In this test we have accomplished a +7 log reduction and still maintained the quality associated with a medium rare burger. Safe and tasty!
Child nutrition is important to Winston Foodservice, so every year we partner with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) to offer the annual Winston Equipment Grant Award. This grant is for schools in need of new equipment to serve their students hot and nutritious meals. The winning district may select up to 10 pieces of Winston’s CVap® equipment, based on the needs of their school kitchens.
This year’s winner is Grand Haven Area Public Schools, which is located in Western Michigan. The district serves more than 6,200 students across 7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and town high schools. As you can tell, the equipment will certainly be put to good use!
Grand Haven’s Director of Dining, Sarah Stone, spoke about the district and its challenges. “At Grand Haven Area Public Schools, we struggle with a really tight budget. We don’t have much funding to cover our aging food service equipment. Most of the equipment at our buildings are over 30 years old. The aging equipment has definitely served its purpose. It’s time to start replacing and making improvements. Having thermalizers in our kitchens will allow our staff to cook onsite, which will improve quality 100%! There is so much to say about cooking onsite vs. satelliting food in. For one, students will smell the food cooking, which leads to hungry students that want to eat what they are smelling, which leads to increase in participation!”
The application process for the 2019 Winston Equipment Grant will open online in September. Visit https://schoolnutrition.org for more information.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’re celebrating with a couple of festive CVap recipes – our own twists on pork butt enchiladas and tamales!
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a big celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances, and street festivals. Source: history.com .
BBQ Pork Enchiladas
CVap Cook & Hold Oven – Constant cook OFF (high yield).
Doneness 180, Browning 7.
Cook time 7:00 hrs; hold for at least 5 hours at Doneness 150, Browning 0.
- Pork Butt 7 – 14 lb whole
- Tex-Mex dry rub of your choice (I used my own secret blend)
- BBQ Sauce
- Flour Tortillas
- Manchego Cheese, Shredded
- Green Chiles, Chopped
Apply a layer of dry rub to pork butts as desired.
Preheat oven to 180 + 7 with Constant Cook OFF (high yield).
Cook with fat cap up for 7 hours.
Hold for a minimum of 6 hours at 150 + 0 (We held for 14 hours).
Allow to cool and shred. Mix enough of your favorite BBQ sauce with the pork to moisten.
Steam the tortillas briefly in CVap to soften them.
Mix the shredded cheese and chilies together. Spoon some of the pork and the cheese/chili mixture onto each tortilla.
Roll the tortillas, place in pan, and top with additional BBQ sauce and more of the cheese/chili mixture.
Bake in oven at 200 + 5 for 90 minutes.
Serve immediately and enjoy with your favorite Mexican beverage!
Tamales, CVap Style
- Pork Butt, 7 to 14 lb Whole
- Tex-Mex Dry Rub of Your Choice (again, my secret blend)
- Red Pepper Sauce (or sauce of your choice)
- Masa (cooked per label instructions)
- Corn Husks
Apply a layer of dry rub to pork butts as desired. Preheat oven to 180 + 7 with Constant Cook OFF (high yield). Cook with fat cap up for 7 hours. Minimum hold time 6 hours (we held for 14 hours). Allow to cool and shred.
CVap Cook & Hold Oven – Doneness 200, Browning 5.
Cook time: 90 minutes – can hold at 150/0 for at least an hour.
Prepare masa and set aside.
Soak corn husks in warm water, set aside.
Mix enough tamale sauce into the pork to moisten. Add additional seasoning (cumin, red pepper, etc.) as desired.
Lay out a corn husk, apply a generous spoonful of masa and a spoonful of pork. Fold the corn husk to envelope the mixture.
Place in pan. Tamales may be stacked.
Pour tamale sauce over the top and bake.
Serve with additional tamale sauce.
Add some chips, salsa, guacamole, and margaritas with fresh lime, and you’ve got the makings of a real Cinco de Mayo Celebration!
Today I’m sharing one of our favorite CVap sous vide recipes: Shrimp with Butter Herb Sauce.
If you are looking for tender, perfectly cooked shrimp bathed in a light, buttery sauce with a bright, citrus-shallot flavor (with just a hint of thyme), you will really love this one. This might spark some menu ideas, since operators may be looking for lighter fair in the upcoming warm weather season.
There is virtually no limit to what you can cook in CVap using a sous vide preparation. Because of CVap equipment’s unique ability to create and maintain precise temperature environments, even the most delicate products – like shrimp or fish – will turn out beautifully every time.
Try this amazing recipe yourself and download our free ebook: The Sous Vide Primer!
Recipe: CVap Sous Vide Shrimp with Butter Herb Sauce
Summary: CVap Sous Vide Process
- 12 shrimp or prawns, peeled (16-20 count)
- 1/4 cup clarified butter
- 1 medium shallot minced
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
- 1/4 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
- Place shrimp and all ingredients in preferred bag for vacuum sealing.
- Vacuum seal shrimp (prawns) in a single even layer.
- Set CVap Cook & Hold Oven to temperature of 125F + 0F differential. Allow to preheat for 30 minutes.
- Place vacuum sealed shrimp in CVap oven for a minimum of 20 minutes.
- Maintain in CVap until ready to serve. When ready to serve, cut open and place in serving dish or toss with delicate pasta, such as capellini.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
We’d love to try your favorite recipes too, so please share them!
The CVap® RTV5-05UV-ST is a great alternative to traditional combi ovens, without the high cost of maintenance and repairs. CVap® Stage, sous vide, bake, braise, roast, poach, low-temp steam, and more with this powerful commercial oven.
This stacked pair comes equipped with C-Touch Controls, USB HACCP Data Download, and Convection Mode. With a capacity of 10 sheet pans, 20 half sheet pans or 20 hotel pans, this model is versatile, and no hood is needed!
We love experimenting with trends, often blending techniques and flavors to come up with new creations. The one we share here combines two enormously popular ingredients – eggs and wraps – and gives the dish a Latino twist. And although these ingredients probably bring breakfast to mind, the dish is hearty enough to serve during any daypart.
We prepared our eggs in the style of an Italian frittata. According to Wikipedia, the Italian word frittata derives from fritta and roughly translates to egg-cake. This was originally a general term for cooking eggs in a skillet, anywhere on the spectrum from fried egg through conventional omelette, to an Italian version of the Spanish tortilla de patatas, made with fried potato. Outside Italy, frittata was seen as equivalent to omelette until at least the mid-1950s.
Our preparation of the eggs is also a form of CVap Staging. In this case, an operator could prepare the frittata component in hotel pans well ahead of service and then hold the eggs beautifully until assembly, saving time during the rush. The cooked eggs will maintain their texture and exactly the right amount of moisture, as if they were cooked to order.
- 1 dozen small tortillas
- melted butter
- 2 dozen fresh eggs
- 2 cups of half & half
- Chopped green bell peppers, red bell peppers, and onions
Place tortillas in preheated CVap Holding Cabinet (with a Food Temperature setting of 140° and a + 0 Food Texture setting). Prepare one full size 2 ¼ inch hotel pan with melted butter. Mix and add eggs and the half & half to the pan, and sprinkle chopped veggies over the entire pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook in a preheated CVap Cook & Hold Oven set with Constant Cook ON, a Food Temperature setting of 200°F (Doneness), and a Food Texture setting of 0 (Browning), for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and place with the tortillas in the CVap Holding Cabinet (set at 140° + 0).
To assemble, we cut the cooked eggs into 2 x 3 inch strips and placed one piece in a warm tortilla. We then topped with black beans, shredded colby-jack cheese, fresh pico de gallo, and cilantro, giving the dish a Latino flavor.
You could put a dozen different spins on this preparation by changing up the vegetables or stir-ins that you add to the egg mixture prior to cooking, varying the type of tortilla or bread product you might serve it on, and finishing with different toppings and garnishes. Couple that with the CVap Staging process, and there’s no limit to the variety of dishes you can quickly crank out!
Happy New Year! 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)
The Year of the Dog is nearly upon us. Though commonly thought of as Chinese New Year here in the US, it’s a holiday celebrated by much of the Asian world, and nearly a fifth of the planet’s population.
Like any good holiday, an important part of the it is sharing good food with family and friends. In that spirit, we’d like to pass along this recipe to you. It’s an amazing rib recipe shared with us by Chef Chas Tatigian of Twin Eagles Golf and Country Club. Chef Tatigian created this recipe specifically to showcase one of his CVap techniques, and this one – involving a slow braise under vacuum seal – is a real winner!
If you like what you see, let us know and tell us how you CVap!
RUB FOR THE RIBS (enough for approximately 4-5 Danish racks)
- 1/2 Part Ground Coriander
- 1 Part Allspice
- 1 Part Chinese 5 Spice
- 4 Parts Brown Sugar
- Cayenne to taste
BASE COOKING MARINADE
- 1 Cup Soy Sauce
- 1 ½ Cups Teriyaki Sauce
- 1/3 Cup Bacon Fat
- 3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
- 1 ¼ Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1 Roughly Chopped Scallion
- 1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
- Liberally rub ribs and let stand at room temperature for 30-40 minutes.
- Char ribs on hot grill and refrigerate.
- When cooled, slice ribs into pieces leaving a little meat on both sides of the rib bone and bring to room temperature.
- Combine ingredients for cooking marinade (this is enough for 4-5 Danish racks).
- Heat the cooking marinade to approximately 100° to melt sugar and fat.
- Place room temp ribs in a vacuum bag and put enough warm marinade in to cover ribs.
- Seal bag at 90% to 95% vacuum.
- Cook ribs in CVap Cook & Hold oven at 135/0 for 32 hours.
- Cool bags in ice bath to use at later date OR, to use immediately, remove liquid and flash-roast bare ribs at 400°F until a little crisp, garnish with diced grilled pineapple and green onions, cut on a long bias.
Chef Tatigian is a long-time member of the CVap Nation. But don’t just take our word for it. Take his.
“Gumbo is a veritable art form in Louisiana. There are as many gumbo recipes as there are cooks.” Stir the Pot: The History of Cajun Cuisine, p. 135
Of all the dishes in the realm of Louisiana cooking, gumbo is the most famous and likely the most popular. Although ingredients vary from one cook to the next, and from one part of the state to another, a steaming, fragrant bowl of gumbo is one of life’s cherished pleasures – as emblematic of Louisiana as chili is of Texas (Adapted from A Short History of Gumbo by Stanley Dry).
There are many different recipes for gumbo, but it can essentially be described as a thick, well-seasoned stew with different combinations of meat or seafood. Roux (a thickening agent for soups and sauces) is a must, and most varieties of gumbo include onions, bell pepper, celery, and parsley.
This recipe is a classic Gumbo Ya Ya with chicken and sausage. And although it isn’t a traditional ingredient in Gumbo Ya Ya, I like to add crawfish (a.k.a. crawdads)for an extra flavor boost. What makes this recipe unique is that nearly every step is executed using CVap equipment.
First we knocked out the rice (3 pounds long grain par-boiled + 3 ¾ quarts of water) by cooking it in a CVap Thermalizer on channel 6 (200 + 150) for one hour. The cooked rice was then held in a CVap Cook & Hold Oven at 150 + 0 until we were ready to serve.
We cooked a dozen bone-in chicken thighs in a CVap Cook & Hold Oven at 170 + 0 for 45 minutes to an hour. The bones were removed for the overnight stock, then we shredded the chicken meat and set it aside.
For the overnight stock, we combined the chicken thigh bones, celery, carrots, onion, fresh thyme, bay leaves, and whole black peppercorns in a stock pot and added water until everything was just covered. The stock was cooked overnight in a CVap Cook/Hold Oven at 180 + 0, strained in the morning, and then refrigerated. Then all we had to do was skim before adding it to the gumbo.
Recipe: Gumbo Ya Ya
- 4 onions, diced
- 4 green bell peppers, diced
- 2 stalks of celery, small dice
- 10 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 pounds andouille sausage, sliced
- 2 pounds chicken, shredded
- 2 pounds crawfish tails (optional)
- 5-10 bay leaves
- 4-5 thyme sprigs
- 1 gallon chicken stock
- 3 cups vegetable oil
- 5 cups flour
- ¾ cup green onion, chopped
- Sauté the onion, celery, and bell pepper, add garlic, and then remove from heat.
- Roux is one of the basic ingredients to a great soup or sauce. At the risk of boring the more seasoned cooks among you, I’ve included instructions for preparing a roux.
- Roux is made from equal parts fat and flour. In this case, vegetable oil and flour. Warm oil over medium-low heat, then add the flour.
- Stir constantly in a figure-eight pattern to evenly distribute. Watch the roux closely to prevent burning.
- Cook the roux over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes a dark caramel color (see picture). Remember that roux must be watched carefully – you don’t want to have to start over!
- Mix all ingredients together (using only half of the roux) and add 3 quarts of stock, sausage, crawfish (optional), and chicken. Stir and place in a CVap Cook & Hold oven at 200 + 3. Stir every 45 minutes or so. Check the thickness – if it needs to thicken more, add more roux. If it is too thick, add more chicken stock. After 2-3 hours, stir in the chopped green onion. Serve over hot rice.
Try this heartwarming dish for yourself and Laissez les bons temps rouler!
In my heyday of contemporary cooking (call it what you will, Farm to Table, Conscious Cuisine, Haute Cuisine, whatever), preservation was (and had always been) a major trend. Preservation – in the forms of pickling, fermenting, smoking, curing etc. – are all ways to preserve the season you are working with. This allows chefs to provide the best products and extend the seasons.
How does this relate to CVap? If you have ever done any at-home vegetable canning, you know how difficult it can be. It is equally difficult to manage all those jars and lids in a restaurant kitchen. So I removed the conventional boiling of jars from the equation and used CVap technology instead. Removing boiling water from the process makes canning much safer and easier.
Many factors are involved when canning items; acidity, altitude, head space, etc., to name a few. Because these variable factors can cause a canning process to go wrong, I will avoid providing a recipe. However, I will list the steps that I used to pickle vegetables and preserve clementines in CVap.
- In the Cook & Hold Oven, I set the unit to 200 Food Temperature and 4 Food Texture. This gave me an overall temperature of 230°F. By doing so, I am able to ensure that all the bacteria are eliminated and the jars sanitized, and eliminating the processing step.
- I brought my CVap up to temp and loaded all the jars, open, facing up into the unit. In that same pan, I placed all the lids and bands.
- While the sanitation process was working, I prepared my pickling liquid and vegetables separately.
- When I was finished with the vegetables and liquid I was able to remove the jars from the CVap and fill each.
- When dealing with potentially hazardous foods, it is essential to keep the jars sanitized until they are ready to fill. By leaving them in the CVap, I was able to ensure the jars remained safely sanitized.
- After they were filled, I placed the lids and bands on each jar (finger tight) and loaded them back into the CVap for the processing step. This last step is crucial to the canning process, enabling a tight seal.
- When they came out, I left them to cool at room temperature for 24 hours. The lids did not bubble and a week later I got to pop open a jar and enjoy the vegetables I pickled.
Every year, members of the Industry segment of the School Nutrition Association gear up for what we call “school show season.” We travel from state to state and participate in each association’s annual School Nutrition Conference. We set up our booths, catch up with our industry peers, mingle with our customers, and try to “sell our wares,” as my friend Joey says. But as a member of the Equipment delegation of Industry, often we find that state shows are more about food than our hardware. It’s understandable, considering that food makes up the largest expenditure for every school nutrition operation. Still, it can be frustrating because as sales people we are at the mercy of that goal we have to hit.
For years, I have heard about the Georgia Equipment Academy, a three-day conference occurring every other year that focuses solely on equipment and technology. In 2016 I was finally able to attend my first GEA to see what all the buzz was about. I have to tell you, I was blown away. We were lucky enough to be selected in the Hoodless Cooking class (each conference is broken up into categories voted on by need) and were able to conduct five 30-minute sessions over the three-day period. Each session is attended by about 20 decision makers. Not only are we allowed to educate about our equipment, we get to perform live demonstrations to show the “proof in the pudding,” so to speak. Local food vendors donate food for demos and dealers, reps, manufacturers, and the Georgia School Nutrition Association work hand in hand to make the conference a unique experience. Honestly, for what we do, it is the best show I’ve ever participated in, and for the directors, it allows them to truly learn about technology that can advance their programs without any distractions.
Winston Foodservice was proud to participate in the 2018 Georgia Equipment Academy. We are debuted our new CVap RTV Retherm Oven in the Hoodless Cooking category. Hope you had the opportunity to participate!
Whenever the weather starts turning cool, my thoughts turn to soups, stews, and broths. There is nothing better to take the chill off your bones than a piping hot bowl of soup. I am often asked if CVap can be used to make a good stock or broth, and the answer is a resounding yes! Over the years I’ve made great beef, pork, and poultry stocks. I’ve made Tonkotsu ramen broth out of mountain ham bones. One of my favorite broth-based dishes to make and eat is Pho. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish with fragrant and aromatic broth. No matter which broth is your favorite, the basic method detailed in this recipe creates a beautiful result. No worries about scorching with CVap – just enjoy this wonderfully fragrant, aromatic broth!
Recipe yields 10 servings
- 4 kilograms assorted beef, pork neck and poultry back bones
(charred bones in CVap cook & hold 150°F food temp 10, level browning for 2 hours)
- 4 onions
- 6 carrots (rough cut into large pieces)
- 7 stalks of celery (rough cut into large pieces)
- 6 pods star anise
- 85 grams of sliced fresh ginger
- 45 grams garlic cloves (smashed)
- 21 grams kosher salt
- 32 grams fish sauce (I prefer Red Boat fish sauce 40N )
- 10 liters of cold water
- 3 (8oz.) packages dried noodles
- 1.5 kg top sirloin (thinly sliced)
- 2 bunches of cilantro (stemmed and roughly chopped)
- 2 bunches of scallions (roughly chopped)
- 3 cups bean sprouts
- 2 bunches Thai basil
- Limes, cut into 4 wedges
- Bourbon Barrel Soy to taste
- Chef Edward Lees Sambal Hot Sauce to taste
- Preheat CVap cook & hold oven to 150°F food temperature and 10 level browning.
- Place bones in 6” deep full-size hotel pan and roast in the preheated oven until browned, about 2 hours.
- Place onion on char broiler and grill until blackened and soft, about 15 minutes.
- Add charred onion, carrots, celery, ginger, garlic, salt, star anise, and fish sauce in the pan with roasted bones and cover with 8 liters of cold water. Place pan in CVap oven set to 190°F food temperature and browning level 3. Simmer for minimum of 12 hours. Strain the broth into a clean hotel pan and place back into CVap unit until you are ready to serve.
- Place rice noodles in large bowl filled with room temperature water and allow to soak for 1 hour. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and after the noodles have soaked, place them in the boiling water for one minute.
- Divide noodles among 10 serving bowls; top with sirloin, cilantro, and scallions. Pour hot broth over the top. Stir and let sit until the beef is partially cooked and no longer pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime wedges, BBF soy sauce, and Ed Lee Chile-Garlic sauce on the side.
There are so many sensory delights to appreciate in a properly roasted turkey. The skin should have a consistent golden brown hue and a crisp texture that is audible when met with a knife (or a pair of fingers trying to filch a tidbit before it goes to the table). The breast meat should be tender and juicy while the dark meat should be succulent and toothsome. The aroma should be rich and intoxicating, filling the kitchen with a scent that is tangible and evokes memories of Thanksgiving or holiday feasts.
Brining is an option many cooks exercise though we don’t do it every time we roast a turkey. When we do, a couple of our favorite concoctions include salt + sugar + paprika + granulated garlic + granulated onion + peppercorns + water or salt + sugar + aromatics (onion, carrot, celery) + thyme + rosemary + Italian parsley + bay leaves + water. The benefit of brining a turkey is to impart additional flavor to the bird and to add moisture. Of course, if the turkey is cooked correctly, brining is unnecessary! In the tests we did for this post, the birds were not brined. Nor were they stuffed. While stuffing a turkey may be a tried and true part of cooking a Thanksgiving feast for many, we discourage the practice. In order to get the stuffing inside the bird to a safe endpoint temperature, you risk sacrificing the moistness of the white meat by overcooking it.
In one test, we roasted a 10 lb. turkey in a CVap Cook and Hold Oven (CAC) with the Food Temperature set at 190°F, Browning Level at 8, and we cooked it for three hours with Constant Cook ON.
In another test we cooked a bird in a CAC at 180°F with a Browning level of 6 for five hours with Constant Cook ON. As you can see, this test yielded skin that was not as brown or quite as crisp as the other test.
An alternative suggestion might be to cook a turkey at 175 + 0 to end point doneness and then either flash fry or flash roast it to brown and crisp up the skin. Using this method will yield extremely tender and juicy meat.
No matter which of these methods you use, the moral to this story is that a perfectly cooked turkey is something to be very thankful for!
Mark your calendar! Your opportunity to apply for the 2018 Winston Equipment Award is December 1, 2017!
The award provides ten pieces of Winston Foodservice equipment to a school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities through a competitive grant process.
The winning school district can choose any ten pieces from Winston’s product line of CVap Holding Cabinets, CVap Hold & Serve Drawers, and CVap Retherm Ovens.
Winston works closely with the grant winner to determine needs and assist in the final selection of equipment. Winston also arranges delivery of the equipment to the district. Depending on which models are ordered, it could mean over $50,000 in new equipment for your district!
To apply, you must:
- Be an active SNA director-level member, who has been a member of SNA for at least one year.
- Be the person responsible for directing the school nutrition program for the school district.
How can I apply?
The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will open the 2018 Winston Equipment Award application process on December 1st, 2017. The deadline for the application is January 15th, or once the first 75 applications have been received (whichever comes first). The application spots usually fill up quickly, so don’t delay in applying!
Want to hit the ground running? Prepare your application ahead of time by downloading the Application Preparation Worksheet. Responses may be copied and pasted from the worksheet into the online application. Visit https://www.schoolnutrition.org/equipmentgrants to learn more.
Best of luck to all of you!
Life is busy. That fact is as true for us here at Winston as it is for anyone. Taking the time to have a good breakfast is a rarity, I suspect, for most of us.
What if you could easily provide your customers with just such a respite, without a big investment in time, ingredients, or manpower? Staging with your CVap Cook & Hold oven makes this possible.
One of my favorite breakfasts (both to prepare and to eat) is Eggs Benedict. It’s a simple recipe, and can easily be prepared and staged in a CVap oven. It requires a simple handful of ingredients, and only takes minutes to make. It’ll make your customers want to slow down – at least for a moment – to savor the fantastic flavors.
The recipe, as listed, is for a relatively small batch. But it can easily be scaled up to fit larger operations.
- 1 dozen biscuits (canned or frozen)
- 1 dozen eggs,
- shredded cheddar cheese
- melted butter
- salt and pepper
Set a CVap Cook & Hold Oven to Constant Cook ON, Food Temperature 150°F (Doneness) and Food Texture 10 (Browning), then allow to preheat. Place biscuits on parchment-lined half sheet pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove biscuits from oven, brush with melted butter, then use a pastry cutter to remove the centers (be careful to leave bottom crust intact!). Place a raw egg and a pinch of salt and pepper in the center of each biscuit.
Adjust preheated Cook & Hold Oven to Constant Cook ON, Food Temperature 156°F (Doneness), and Food Texture setting 1 (Browning). Place the egg-filled biscuits in the oven for 25 minutes.
Once the eggs are poached to your liking, remove the biscuits, sprinkle with cheese, and place the pan back into the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt. The beauty of CVap staging is that you can pause at virtually any point in the cooking process, and the food will remain unchanged until you’re ready to garnish and serve – whether that’s in 10 minutes or five hours.
We garnished ours with shaved Woodlands Pork Mountain ham, parmesan cream sauce, minced scallions, and paprika. You may want to use bacon, prosciutto, sausage patties – whatever savory protein appeals to you – to make it your own benedict.