Manufacturers pair up for integrated sous vide station

Adande sous vide refrigeration unit

Refrigeration specialist, Adande, has teamed up with sousvidetools.com to offer a range of workstations for the storage, preparation, sous vide cooking, blast chilling, reheating and service of food.

Designed as totally integrated and self-contained solutions, the units are particularly suitable for fine dining, gastropubs, quick service restaurants and any environment where there is a requirement for the fast service of quality hot food, according to Adande.

The units are available in a variety of configurations, but typically comprise a self-contained under counter module, designed and specified by sousvidetools.com and fabricated by I-Line Counters, incorporating a vacuum chamber sealer and two 28 litre or one 56 litre capacity stirred water bath.

The unit is suited with an Adande two drawer module, which has an induction hot plate mounted on its work surface.

The workstations are designed to accommodate the storage of raw food, at chilled temperatures, in the bottom drawer of the Adande unit, before being vacuum sealed in a pouch and transferred to the stirred water baths.

Thermostatic control of the water baths’ 2kW element and constant agitation of the water, within the baths, ensure accurate temperature, within a range of 20°C to 100°C, and the elimination of hot or cold spots for perfect cooking conditions.

The water baths’ controllers incorporate a ‘set it and forget it’ function, allowing food to be cooked to a specific core temperature within a fraction of a degree.

When cooked, the vacuum packed food is transferred to the top drawer of the Adande unit, configured as a blast chiller, for fast pull down to a food safe temperature of below 4°C.

For service, food is reheated and ‘browned’ on an induction hot plate mounted on the worktop of the Adande unit.

The worktop of the Adande may also be used as a service counter.

Karl Hodgson, UK Sales Director, Adande, told FEJ: “We have worked closely with sousvidetools.com to produce a totally integrated system for sous vide cooking and the associated processes. There is nothing else like it on the market and we view the workstation as an ideal solution for the increasing number of chefs and foodservice operators, who are adopting this cooking technique.”

Alex Shannon, Managing Director, sousvidetools.com, added: “One of the principal advantages of this configuration is that all of the elements for sous vide cooking are at the chef’s fingertips. The chef can prepare, cook, blast chill, reheat and serve food without the need to leave the workstation.

“The fact that the chilled storage and the blast chiller are incorporated within a single Adande unit, suited with our equipment, provides significant advantages in terms of ergonomics and production efficiency.”

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