By Spot Dash Dev LLC
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SousVide Dash is an interactive dashboard designed to help determine the optimal sous-vide cooking time for a variety of foods. You simply choose a food, shape, dimensions, and cooking method. SousVide Dash then computes an estimate of how long it will take for the food to reach temperature and how it will get there. You can also choose whether you wish to pasteurize the food and how. SousVide Dash also supports tuning cooking times to specific sous-vide equipment.
The three cooking modes SousVide Dash supports are:
1. Time to Temperature
Use this if you just want to cook your food until the core of the food reaches the selected temperature. Complete or partial pasteurization may or may not have occurred when the food reaches this temperature.
2. Cook and Pasteurize Surface
Use this if you just want to cook your food until the core of the food reaches the selected temperature and the surface has been at a sufficiently high temperature long enough to pasteurize it. The core of the food may or may not also be pasteurized.
3. Cook and Pasteurize to Core
Use this if you just want to cook your food until the core of the food reaches the selected temperature and has been at a sufficiently high temperature long enough to pasterize it.
In any of the three modes SousVide Dash takes the place of pre-computed cooking time tables like those found at eGullet.org or douglasbaldwin.com. Computers have gotten fast enough that it is now practical to compute times like those in these tables on something as small as an iPad or iPhone. This opens up tremendous new possibilities.
Instead of sticking to the limited number of combinations of foods, sizes, shapes and temperatures found in the tables, sous-vide cooks can now explore a much wider combination of options with just a few taps on their screen. It also enables equipment-specific calculations that take the performance of the bath or circulator being used into account when computing cooking times. Finally, advanced users can customize the specific parameters of the simulation to analyze scenarios not contemplated by the built-in settings.
On top of the three cooking modes above, you can also choose to add additional cooking time for tenderness and/or compute the ice bath time needed to adequately chill your food if you wish to do so when you remove it from the cooking bath.
A Note on Food Safety
Food safety is important to everyone. The times and temperatures SousVide Dash computes are for advisory purposes only. You should always consult the documentation that came with your sous vide equipment and any and all guidelines published by local authorities in your area before cooking anything sous vide.
What's New in Version 4.0
iOS 7 support.
iPhone 5s and iPad mini support.
minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Ok but limited
Seems to be the minimum times compared to the table of suggested times by VacMaster and other manufacturers. Does not contain turkey, duck or game hen which are quite different than chicken (Poultry). No vegetables or fruits are included.
It seems to rely mainly on the thickness to increase the time to meet the minimum cooking time table I have been using. Maybe some of the shapes could be better defined for the novice.
It seems very important to bag the item then measure thickness and add 1/4 or 1/2 inch at least then “Cook to Pasteurize to Core” at “FDA Sugg.” temperature from a cold refrigerator (37F).
Very precise interrelated inputs points. A novice at Sous Vide needs to add thickness (for sure), Cook to P~ Core, and add “tenderness time” to the inputs. Always add more time to the minimum or “Total Time” displayed. Better food, safer product.
Overall a good guide for professionals but lacking some important foods that are outstanding Sous Vide products. In the kitchen, printed tables are quicker and easier to use with know results. A good beginning. Hope there are updates planned. Especially in equipment selection.
Not a bad effort.
From a scientific point of view this app seems to be one of the better ones out there. No surprise that PolyScience uses a copy of this instead of writing their own. This one version is better as I have a Nomiku.
One suggestion though: Rather than having to set everything up from scratch each time you use the app it would be far more friendly for you to be able to save basic combinations so that you can quickly recall them or edit then after you've cooked them and want to tweak. Obviously not every setting can be saved as thickness may change each time you cook. But the majority of settings can be saved and recalled. This should be done in iCloud and synced between devices.
Other than the above, this app is one of the better ones out there so highly recommended for all levels of sous vide chef.
Input of parameters could be simpler but overall is a great tool.
To the reviewers complaining about the app not supporting frozen food, think about what this app claims to do. It predicts the temperature profile based on type of and mass and shape of the meat using a model. Frozen/solid material has to be heated to transition from solid to liquid. This amount of heat, heat of fusion, must be applied before the temperature changes. If the app tried to model this, it would have to assume that the meat was totally frozen to properly estimate the time/water temperature to cross into liquid state for the existing model to work. If meat isn't completely frozen, the estimates would be way off, which would result in real negative reviews!
App does what is reasonable even if not meeting the unrealistic expectations of some reviewers.
- Category: Food & Drink
- Updated: Jun 22, 2014
- Version: 4.0
- Size: 4.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Spot Dash Dev LLC
- © Copyright (c) 2011-2014 Spot Dash Dev LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.