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AnomalyEE Jan 23, 2012 08:41 PM

My Sous Vide Demi recommends emptying the water after every use. I'm curious as to why this is. I'm assuming it's a sanitary concern as stagnant water is rarely a good thing. At the same time, the food is sealed and the water is tap water which has been treated to some degree.

This is purely a curiosity type question.

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  1. cowboyardee RE: AnomalyEE Jan 24, 2012 05:17 PM

    Leaving the water in is probably not so much unsafe (at least any more than having a big reservoir full of mold in your kitchen always is) as it is just kind of gross.

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      ferret RE: AnomalyEE Jan 24, 2012 05:33 PM

      And your next planned use is?? Next day? Later in the week? Following week? Assuming you haven't brought it to a boil (and even if you did) you're providing a good environment for incubating bacteria.

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        cutipie721 RE: AnomalyEE Jan 24, 2012 05:37 PM

        The food maybe not as "sealed" as we think. I can't pinpoint whether it is my fault, the bag's fault, or the vacuum's fault. Once I was paranoid and double bagged. I wanted to reuse the outer bag so I gave it a quick sniff before putting it back in storage - it smelled of the food. I was surprised.

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