Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh and prepared food and the new frontier Sous Vide.

Grocerant fresh and prepared Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food had been driving the growth of retail food sales for 7 years. Those of you who follow this blog have witnessed the success in both traditional avenues of distribution and unconventional avenues of distribution.

Technology improvement in refrigeration, packaging, and regional distribution has greatly contributed to the growth in grocerant Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food. Retail foodservice traditionally does not lead with regard to technology particularly in chain organizations. Sous Vide has been utilized off and on again in restaurants around the world for 30+ years. It is again about to take off, this time to a level never seen before. Leading chef’s from around the world are now pushing the envelope and commercial sous vide products are not far behind. The grocerant niche will endorse and utilize sous vide to level the playing field.

With Nathan Myhrvold’s new book: Modernist Cuisine The Art & Science of Cooking the food retail world will again be reintroduced to quality Heat-N-Eat food that can reduce industry cost while elevating consistent quality. Here is a link: Here are some other books as well.

Douglas Baldwin has a great book that talks science and provides recipes. It costs about $30 and is a good value. (

Thomas Keller: Under pressure: Cooking sous vide (2008) ISBN: B0023Z02UI

Viktor Stampfer: Sous-vide: Garen im Vakuum (2008, 200p, bilingual edition German and English) ISBN: 3875150279

Sue Ghazala: Sous Vide and Cook-Chill Processing for the Food Industry (1998, 341p) ISBN: 0751404330

Jeffrey M. Farber and Karen Dodds: Principles of Modified-Atmosphere and Sous Vide Product Packaging (1995, 464p) ISBN: 1566762766

Sara L Leadbetter: Sous-vide: A technology guide (1989, 22p) ASIN: B0007BOL70

Cooking Sous Vide : A Guide for the Home Cook by

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