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Old 16-04-2012, 05:28 AM posted to alt.food.barbecue
Steve B[_13_] Steve B[_13_] is offline
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Default Vacuum marinating


"B. Server" wrote

In short, I don't see how the vacuum process makes any difference. Can
someone post a cogent explanation?


In my brief experience and intellect, I really think we are talking about
different things here.

First of all, and mainly vacuum. We all have experience, training, and
schooling to one degree or another on vacuum. What it is, etc, etc, etc.

My training is in gases, and that in two areas. One is gases dissolved in
body tissues, and the other in gases related to industrial processes, and
their applications thereto. I Really think that true vacuum devices do not
come into play in current meat preparation, and that deep vacuum pressures
are used.

In my life, I have seen different "vacuum" devices. Seal a Meal comes to
mind. to me, Seal A Meal is not a true vacuum, it just removes most of the
air so that freezer burn is lessened.

Then I saw those things that had glass jars, and the vacuum pump was applied
to the airspace between the top of the food and the lid. More approaching a
vacuum than Seal a Meal, yet not a true vacuum.

From what I know, for a real vacuum to work, it would have to be applied in
force and for some time, so that not only the bubbles and pockets and porous
foods could offgas their gas pockets, but also that the gases that were
dissolved in the meats would offgas. In other words, a heavy vacuum for a
long time.

Now is where it gets conflicting for me, at least. In my experiences with
Seal A Meal, when all the air is gone, the vacuum pump then starts sucking
out the liquid, as it is squeezed out of the package. If one used liquid
marinade, it would all be sucked out. If one used powdered spice marinade,
it would not be sucked out nearly as much.

I really don't know how it works about drawing the marinade into the meat
during the refrigeration time, or whether it is sucked up when the vacuum is
relaxed.

I just do know that I have had good luck with PARTIAL vacuum sealing of meat
and marinades in bags. Perhaps it provides a small amount of negative
pressure so the marinade goes into the meat. Perhaps just the encasement of
the meat in marinade and the elimination of air pockets improves things a
lot.

Surely, this is not an answer, Shirley. But just a couple of thoughts on
the subject.

Steve