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Old 09-12-2006, 05:37 PM   #1
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Vacuum tumbler

Has anyone tried a vacuum tumbler. I got one last week and have chicken in it right now. This is the forth time I've cooked chicken since I got it (practicing different marinades). They seem to work awesome, in 20 minutes the marinate flavor penetrates through the meat.
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Old 09-12-2006, 06:19 PM   #2
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I buy chicken breast vac sealed and frozen from a smokehouse in Texas when I go home for holidays.

He has a tumbler like you are describing. I always figured it was some kind of very expensive machine. The end product is incredible.

There is a particular marinated breast called " Buttery Saut'e Mushroom" that I buy almost exclusively. It is very good.

Do give some detail about the tumbler you have.
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Old 09-12-2006, 08:37 PM   #3
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I've used one when I cut meat a while back. They work great for flavor, but I thought it made the texture of the meat a little mushy. I surmized that the force of the liquid through the membranes and cells, busted them up, producing mushy texture. We had a blast playing with that thing though. The company provided all kinds of different stuff to enhance with.

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Old 09-13-2006, 04:31 AM   #4
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Do give some detail about the tumbler you have.
This is the one I bought, it seems to do a great job on chicken. I like the marinate I tried last night. We will be using it on our comp chicken in the future.

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Old 09-13-2006, 09:01 AM   #5
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I have a food saver marinader that works pretty well. Never seen a tumbler but hey, anything to penetrate flavor into the meat.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:16 PM   #6
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Several of the folks down here bought the vacuum tumblers and they do work well..and not really all that pricey. If you want one give my old cooking pal Prickely Heat aka Scott Foreman a try. Think he sells them nowadays and they do a brisk mail order bizness on a lot of stuff:
http://www.homebrewerysupply.com/foremans.htm
Biggest improvement over the FS static vacuum marinate system is the time involved. Tumbling seems to cut down the time frame by about half. Dont call on Thursday thats his day off.

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I have a food saver marinader that works pretty well. Never seen a tumbler but hey, anything to penetrate flavor into the meat.
I'm thinking of getting the FS marinader. How long would you leave, say, chicken breasts in the vacuum? "Pretty well" is not a ringing endorsement. If yours broke, would you get another? Thanks for yor input.
Way better than "this thing is a piece of shit".
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I've had one of the FS marinators for a couple of years and its held up well. I cant say how it would compare to anything else since I have never had anything else. My biggest complaint is that they dont make a bigger one. I never have a set time for anything..not yet at least. But I thinkI only paid about 15 bucks for it on sale at wal mart so for that money its been great.
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I have a food saver marinader that works pretty well. Never seen a tumbler but hey, anything to penetrate flavor into the meat.
I'm thinking of getting the FS marinader. How long would you leave, say, chicken breasts in the vacuum? "Pretty well" is not a ringing endorsement. If yours broke, would you get another? Thanks for yor input.
Ok, it's freakin awesome and saves me a butt load of time. Better?
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:41 AM   #10
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I have been thinking of making one using a food saver container, Might be a good winter project, I have done chicken in a food saver container (buttermilk brine) it's great!
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