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.
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.
I NEVER review apps. Realizing that this app doesn't have enough reviews, I wanted to show some love.
As a scientist, I really enjoy every component of this app! Using the usual time and temperature chart was simply too conservative and frankly, not comprehensive. Few tweaks: having the option to save particular setup & ability to input freezer temperature would be ideal. Other than that, I'm in love with this!
Useful but could be better
I am a novice at home sous vide cooking. The app is pretty much self explanatory and gives useful information. I'm a bit perplexed as to why frozen food cannot be the starting point in calculating cooking times as that would be very useful. Seems the physics would be pretty much the same so just knowing freezer temp is all that is missing. Easy enough to measure that but the app will only accept temps as low as 0C/32F so cannot get calculation for frozen food. Too bad.
- 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.