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Compressed fruits

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MasterC
MasterC Posts: 1,386
I received an anova chamber vacuum last Christmas. One of my favorite and easiest thing is to compress fruits.


By vacuuming the air is extracted but not the juice. The visual of the vivid colors and slight translucency are a wow factor. Followed by an extremely juicer piece of fruit and a texture change that's a must be experienced. I have used melons, pineapple and apple. Sliced thin enough they are translucent. 
Anyone else try this.
Fort Wayne Indiana 

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  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,922
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    Interesting, going to have to give this a go 
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    Very cool. Will give it a go soon!
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • caliking
    caliking Posts: 18,750
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    Whoa! First time hearing of this, and I dig it.

    Do you seal, and then eat right away, or any rest time involved? I wonder if there's a way to "candy" the fruit... like some sort of all fruit gumdrop

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,697
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    Tried a piece each of watermelon and mango in my vp215 naked through three cycles, no significant difference. Must be user error, or it's the Anova's dedicated preprogrammed compress/release cycles that did it?
    canuckland
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    Tried a piece each of watermelon and mango in my vp215 naked through three cycles, no significant difference. Must be user error, or it's the Anova's dedicated preprogrammed compress/release cycles that did it?
    How much pull did you put on them?
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,697
    edited August 2023
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    Photo Egg said:
    Tried a piece each of watermelon and mango in my vp215 naked through three cycles, no significant difference. Must be user error, or it's the Anova's dedicated preprogrammed compress/release cycles that did it?
    How much pull did you put on them?
    Till the needle max'd out at the bottom of the green zone, pulled this pic from interwebz
    Edit: now I'm thinking perhaps I should let it 'dwell' there for few minutes each cycle? Would love to hear from OP the Anova's automated suck/release/rest pattern that accomplished this.

    canuckland
  • Ybabpmuts
    Ybabpmuts Posts: 950
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    "Tried a piece each of watermelon and mango in my vp215 naked through three cycles"


    I ws naked on one cycle and almost lost something in the chain. I can't imagine being naked on three cycles. That must increase the odds of losing something in the chain for sure.. My sister Beulah rides some kind of cycle every month. It hurts her something awful. I think someone needs to get her a new seat

  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,697
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    To say I feel stupid is an understatement  :)
    I now realise they must be in bag to get compressed. Without bag I was merely creating vacuum and re exposing the fruit to atmospheric pressure, doh  :)
    canuckland
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,697
    edited August 2023
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    Just tried it in bag, worked. Time to start playing with longer infusion with alcohol, flavours, etc.

    Edit: the look of the watermelon pre compression is deceiving, although extremely pale it's sweet and juicy, but they say you eat with your eyes first  :s
    canuckland
  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,922
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    To say I feel stupid is an understatement  :)
    I now realise they must be in bag to get compressed. Without bag I was merely creating vacuum and re exposing the fruit to atmospheric pressure, doh  :)
    LoL
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • RRP
    RRP Posts: 25,930
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    Cool idea! Now my mind just slipped a sprocket or two…backwards! 

    You see years ago bacon wrapped pickled watermelon rinds were hot “must do sisters” to ABTs. I bought 24 jars of them at that time and served many at local eggfests since they were unique! I still have some jars and I believe compressing those will create a new - never had before taste to a cocktail party!

    Perhaps with a fancy toothpick or perhaps stuffing a compressed rind into a hollowed olive.


  • MasterC
    MasterC Posts: 1,386
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    I apologize for starting this and going silent. 
    The Anova has a setting for this and all I know for certain is that it runs for 42 seconds on vacuum. It will cause any liquid to bubble 


    5 seconds from done and liquids bubbling 


    Before and after 


    You can run the cycle multiple times if you like, I do when pickling red onions.

    I will try my best to respond in a timely manner.

    Fort Wayne Indiana 
  • MasterC
    MasterC Posts: 1,386
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     Canugghead said:
    Photo Egg said:
    Tried a piece each of watermelon and mango in my vp215 naked through three cycles, no significant difference. Must be user error, or it's the Anova's dedicated preprogrammed compress/release cycles that did it?
    How much pull did you put on them?
    Till the needle max'd out at the bottom of the green zone, pulled this pic from interwebz
    Edit: now I'm thinking perhaps I should let it 'dwell' there for few minutes each cycle? Would love to hear from OP the Anova's automated suck/release/rest pattern that accomplished this.

    I the cycle runs 42 seconds the last 3 seconds are cooling
    Fort Wayne Indiana 
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,697
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    Thanks. Anova's presets are more user friendly, the vacuum/sealing/cooling durations on the vp215 needs to be set independently in one second increments. Like I said, I struggled because I didn't use bag.
    canuckland