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Old 05-17-2014, 12:57 PM   #31
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One way or the other you pay for it, either the convenience of the Sous Vide Supreme, or the inconvenience of the less expensive alternative.

By the way the Sous Vide Supreme is extremely light when empty of water.
Inconvenience for many of us is having a big machine on our counter 24/7. I just don't get why you don't understand that. It certainly doesn't mean the "less expensive alternative" is a sub par product!
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:26 PM   #32
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I'm still going to try this method someday. If I ever see duck breast in the store.

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Love Chef John, Pac! I bet the food police is breaking his door down for using a zip lock bag though!
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:46 PM   #34
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I'm sure they would be if the water was boiling.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:16 PM   #35
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Good point Pac. I'd like to try that.
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Inconvenience for many of us is having a big machine on our counter 24/7. I just don't get why you don't understand that. It certainly doesn't mean the "less expensive alternative" is a sub par product!
I have a perfect spot right next to my sink, in the corner between sink and corner, that is not useful for me. That's where I park the SV.

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Old 05-17-2014, 09:36 PM   #37
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I have a perfect spot right next to my sink, in the corner between sink and corner, that is not useful for me. That's where I park the SV.

YMMV
I'm HAPPY for you Greg! I, on the other hand, do not.
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I'm still going to try this method someday. If I ever see duck breast in the store.
Might give local Asian markets a call. At least two of them here regularly have duck legs and breasts. Cheap, too.
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Thanks for the tip, GLC.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:47 AM   #40
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Pac,

I've ordered both breasts & legs online from D'artagnan. They are large & wonderful, though a little on the pricey side because of the shipping. They do have occasional specials with free shipping if you watch for them.

Maple Leaf Farms Farms also sells them online. That's the brand that my local Publix store carries. They are also very good & reliable, but $7.99 each for an 8 oz breast.

Another source is Fresh Market, but I'm not sure if they have stores in your area. They carry the D'Artagnan brand.

The most economical thing to do is buy a whole duck (they are usually in the frozen food case). Cut it up yourself; sear the breasts, confit the legs, render the fat from the excess skin, and make stock from the carcass. The last one I bought whole was only $2.99 a pound, and I didn't throw anything out except that nasty little 'sauce packet' they included.
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