Financing Available At Vacuum-Packer.com!

Vacuum-Packer.com has teamed up with FinCap, LLC to offer our customers financing options to purchase Henkelman Vacuum Packers and sous vide equipment.

Over the years customers have requested financing options and payment plans to facilitate the purchase of sous vide equipment. Many customers took the time to email and ask the question; Vacuum-Packer.com took the time to find a solution.

Customers frequently express a strong desire to own a Henkelman vacuum packer or Fusionchef immersion circulator. They are either interested in cooking sous vide the right way, or simply extending the shelf life of their products through vacuum packaging in a professional, consistent manner.

We are confident that teaming up with FinCap, LLC, a customer service-centric financing company, will offer a welcome solution to help our clients get the equipment they need.

By clicking the “Apply Now” button, which is prominently displayed on applicable product pages throughout the site, you will be taken to an easy, single page application form. Once completed and submitted, you could be approved within hours! The process could not be simpler.

The fine print: The minimum amount is $1,000.00 and is primarily available to our commercial customers.

If you have any concerns, doubts or questions regarding this financing option, our products or the services we offer, please contact me at your convenience. My name is, Trey Rios, and I am delighted to speak with you about the process, the equipment, cooking sous vide, and all things vacuum packing.

Coming soon to a kitchen near you!

Trey Rios, Director
Vacuum-Packer.com by Absolute Source, LLC
t. 561.961.1559
f. 815.301.2672
e. trey.rios@absolutesource.net / info@vacuum-packer.com

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Sous Vide – Chocolate Ganache at, Batch PDX

Not long ago I had the opportunity to speak with a good customer of ours, Jeremy Karp, an accomplished chocolatier in Portland, OR, who has been preparing ganache for truffles and bonbons sous vide.

I thought this was really interesting, and another great way to implement efficiencies in certain food preparation tasks utilizing the sous vide technique.

Using a Henkelman Jumbo 30, the chocolatier is able to pre-prepare, store and later use larger batches of infusion for his production of ganache. The beauty of sous vide is not simply the difference in the end product achieved, but the production planning possible when vacuum packing (i.e., extending the shelf life of your product without lose of quality), and heating or cooking your pBatch PDX logoroduct at very precise temperatures. Not to mention the consistency with which each and every batch, component or dish is prepared.

What do you sous vide?

Check out our favorite chocolatier’s delicious creations at: BATCH PDX

Chamber Vacuum Sealers: Lynx 42 vs. Boxer 35

The battle of choice between two superb chamber vacuum packers can sometimes be a difficult one. Some would automatically assume that this equipment is used “in back of the house,” kept in some back corner of the kitchen. After all, Henkelman vacuum packers, while well designed, are work horses.

However, as kitchens become more open, and the audience or diners, in fine restaurants enjoy viewing the craft involved in creating their plates of food, aesthetics becomes ever more important.

This is a side-by-side look at two stars from the Henkelman line-up of tabletop chamber vacuum packaging machines:
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Tale of the Tape

(Being a big boxing fan, I thought this illustration might be an effective way to measure up the two vacuum packers side by side.)

You will notice that the Lynx 42 is more expensive, but offers a longer seal bar (16.5 inches) and a variety of features not offered on the standard Boxer 35 unit.

For example:

Advanced Control System:
This control system comes standard with the Control Sensor (Vacuum by %); 20 program memory, a USB port to program settings on your PC, and transfer the information with a thumb drive. In addition, a Henkelman thermal label printer can be connected to the unit to print self-adhesive labels for your vacuum-sealed packages.
(The Advanced Control Systems can be fitted to all units, except Jumbo models).

Thermal Label Printer
The label printer automatically creates a self-adhesive label to be placed on the vacuum packed bag. The label can have information pertaining to the level of vacuum created, name of the product, date product was packaged, etc.

Design
The Lynx Series of vacuum packers is built to be shown off. It’s sleek design and flat work top are perfect for open kitchens. The Lynx 32 and Lynx 42 are unafraid of the lime light or heating lamps, but the real beauty of the Lynx models is that they fulfill both fashion and function, staying true to it the Henkelman tradition of uncompromising quality.

The Boxer 35, on the other hand, is the most popular model in the Henkelman line-up. This is because of the economic price it is offered at, the strong Busch vacuum pump for the size of the chamber, and because we offer this particular model standard with the Sensor Control (Vacuum by %) option (usually an additional cost with other models). The value to our customers make these models of machine a sound investment. In fact, this applies to all models manufactured by Henkelman.

Bottom line, both the Lynx 42 and the Boxer 35 are exceptional vacuum packers.

Which vacuum packer will you choose?

(If you like the Lynx units, www.vacuum-packer.com, also offers the smaller version, Lynx 32 at a discounted price.)

Happy Vacuum Packing!

Behind The Vacuum – The Henkelman Story

This is the story of a manufacturer’s rise in an industry of food preservation and fine culinary tradition.

Founded in 1994 by Mr. Henkelman and Mr. Muskens, the company began a quick assent to become today’s leading manufacturer of chamber vacuum packaging machines. The two men, having roots in the industry and in the manufacture of chamber vacuum sealers, decided it was time for them to go on their own and do their best to elevate the products they knew so well. The two men were pioneers, up against the odds, motivated by their will to create a better vacuum packer.

The same year the company was born, Henkelman Vacuum Systems, successfully introduced newly designed chamber vacuum packaging models at the largest meat processing and butchery equipment trade show, Slavakto, in their home country, Utrecht, Netherlands.

The attitude that made their introduction a success – that good products can be better – permeates the Henkelman culture. Just as they proved nearly 20 years ago that they could do better, today’s team of engineers and market experts strive to better what already is considered among the best and most reliable chamber vacuum sealer. While not simple, they believe they can do this; and they have proven that they do. (See the Lynx Series of Chamber Vacuum Packaging Machines)

Through technological advances in design software and techniques from 2D to 3D, the experienced engineers at Henkelman have been able to create vacuum packing machines that provide optimal levels of functionality, hygienic design, and ease of maintenance and service, which are unparalleled by competitors.

While the quality of the chamber vacuum packaging machines produced by Henkelman B.V. is unquestioned, the level of service and manufacturing process is a source of pride and honor. A dedicated R&D department is constantly improving how machines are designed and produced. The thought they have given to how the machines are assembled at the plant in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL has optimized the assembly line in a way that ensures unbelievably quick lead times, and ever higher levels of efficiency and quality.

Henkelman B.V. currently employs 47 proud and dedicated professionals, sells their machines to over 100 countries across the globe, and extends the shelf life of food and non-food products everywhere they are found.

With the growing popularity of sous vide cooking in Europe, the Americas and elsewhere, chefs, both modernist and traditionalists, are turning to sous vide to solve and create. Like any tool in the kitchen, the chef must be able to rely on its perfect function day in and day out. Henkelman offers this solution to top chefs around the globe including 3-time winner of Best Restaurant in the World, NOMA, where you can find a proud, Boxer 42.
(Watch the Copenhagen episode of CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and see if you notice the Henkelman double-sealed vacuum bags)

Henkelman Vacuum Systems continues to push the envelope with its enviable tradition of pragmatic, thoughtful design, while maintaining the highest levels of quality. While we, the many loyal customers, shall continue extending the life of our valuable products.

Please take a moment to take a look behind the scenes at the leading European manufacturer of chamber vacuum packaging machines, Henkelman B.V.

Henkelman Jumbo Plus – 18 Years!

I just had to drop a quick post about a Henkelman customer in Miami. These guys have a Jumbo Plus vacuum packer at their Spanish tapas restaurant where they serve the most delicious Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. This is a slow dry-cured ham from Spain that comes from black-footed pigs who fatten themselves on acorns (bellota). It is easy to compare it to Jamón Serrano or Prosciutto di Parma, however, genuine Jamon Iberico has no real equal.

The artisans that hand slice the jamón straight off the bone-in leg, take their craft very seriously. They will slice from different parts of the leg to highlight the different textures and Jamon Iberico flavors of meat and fat running through this veritable mine of pleasure. Then gently place it in a circular pattern on the plate. Or, if you would like to take some home they can place it in a vacuum bag, pack it in the 18-year old Jumbo Plus and send you off, giddy with your prize.

I know…I kind of speak about this stuff as I would a lover, but after the times I spent in Madrid, it has become something I cannot get enough of.

Ok, back to the point at hand, these guys have been using a Jumbo Plus Henkelman vacuum packer that they purchased in 1995. That is 18 years of faithful service!

Check out, www.Vacuum-Packer.com to see how you could benefit from 18 years of vacuum packaging delights

Masterchef UK: Professionals – Sous Vide

So, my wife and I enjoy watching cooking competition shows on TV: Top Chef, Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen, etc. Certainly, some are much better than others, but these fulfill our curiosity as food and cooking aficionados as well as our silly guilty “Reality TV” pleasures.

Recently, we came across, Masterchef UK: Professionals, on the BBC America channel. This has become one of my favorite cooking shows. Granted, the brits certainly do not have the flair for the dramatics like us Americans do, but for reality television the quality of the chefs and food prepared carry it very well.
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Something that took my wife and I by surprise was the frequent use of the sous vide technique in almost every challenge and cooking test. They used it to cook all types of proteins, of course, but also for preparing compressed fruit, vegetables, and even custards.

Once the contestants are whittled down to the finalists, they are sent to work the line at Michlin-starred restaurants, and be evaluated by the chefs. Conveniently, all of these kitchens used sous vide preparations, in some manner on their menu.

I was very pleased to see how normal the technique is in these professional kitchens. How commonplace vacuum packing and cooking under vacuum (sous vide) has been adopted despite it being a modern technique.

Chamber Vacuum Sealer – Special Offer

This is just a quick note for those who might be interested in a top quality chamber vacuum packer. We have a Special Offer on a specific Henkelman vacuum packer model, Jumbo 42 XL, which was slightly damaged in transit, while shipping. The damage is solely cosmetic and minimal. The unit functions perfectly, and has been deeply discounted (nearly $500.00 off regular price).

As always, Vacuum-Packer.com is offering FREE SHIPPING and FREE INSERT PLATES.

Please visit our website for more details: www.vacuum-packer.com

The product page for this particular unit is: Jumbo 42 XL – Scratch and Dent Special Offer

On this page there are images of the actual machine, as well as a quick video showing the damage and how the unit works.

Please take a look if you are interested, and if there are any questions or concerns contact us at your leisure.

Chicago Town – 2013 NRA

This Is My Kind Of Town, Chicago Is…follow up

Well, as expected I had a wonderful time in Chicago. The days were full of “work,” and evenings full of fun.

I was very fortunate to have been visited by my good friends from Henkelman, to spend time with all my colleagues from around the Americas, and to do it all in Chicago at the 2013 NRA Show.
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If you read the post prior to my leaving for the show, I was attempting to get reservations at the acclaimed new restaurant by Chef Shin Thompson, Kabocha | Japanese Brasserie. Well, the gods sprinkled their seasoning dust on me, because I was able to squeeze a small group in for dinner on Saturday night.

The restaurant is very pleasing and comfortable. Very sophisticated décor, the wait staff knowledgeable, accommodating and not too hipster. The young lady that helped us explained the menu, which worked out to be just how we wanted to order – start with several items to the center for us all to enjoy, then have our own main plate. It was a kind of pseudo-tapas menus with individual larger entrees.

Any way, however you decide to order, if you ever have the pleasure of dining there, it will work out just fine – the food was fabulous.

We started off with the Scallop and Crab Motoyaki with torched Ponzu Aioli. This was the best item we tried, exceptional. We were so excited we missed taking a good picture of it, which I regret.

This was the picture we decided to take in our state of salivation…

The Scallop Dish Shown Here...

The Scallop Dish Shown Here…

After scarfing the scallops down as quickly as we could without looking too uncouth, we moved to the other items…

Duck Confit Potstickers - Shaved Fennel / Duck Prosciutto / Sour Orange Glaze

Duck Confit Potstickers – Shaved Fennel / Duck Prosciutto / Sour Orange Glaze

The other really interesting dish from the Raw portion was the Tuna & Hamachi Mosaic

Kabocha Mosaic

Next up were the entrees, unfortunately. The menu is full of things we wanted to try, but alas, we only had four mouths to feed.

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Meike and I decided on the Japanese BBQ Steak with green garlic, mushrooms, pommes frites and “Death Mustard.” The steak is cooked sous vide, and to perfection. The Japanese BBQ was so good I couldn’t help swiping my finger across the bowl for one last taste at the end of the meal.

My colleague and friend, Luis Fernando, had the Center Cut Pork Chop with spring pea raviolo, shaved asparagus and natural reduction.

Kabocha Pork Chop
Whole fried fish
Finally, Marrit decided to have the Whole Fried Fish with red rice ale tempura and fermented black bean chili sauce. I think her eyes were eyes were bigger than her hunger at that point…she wasn’t able to finish it all.

As you may have guessed, we did not have the endurance to include dessert (my wife, the pastry chef nearly slapped me with her spatula for this), but I would have loved to try the Sweet Soy Truffles or the Frozen Lychee Souffle. There is always a next time…right?

There is not much more to say other than dinner was a lot of fun. We enjoyed the company and the meal more than expected, which is saying a lot.

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Oh yeah, don’t forget to visit us at: www.vacuum-packer.com

This Is My Kind Of Town, Chicago Is…

I am really excited to be going to the NRA Show in Chicago this weekend. This is the second year in a row I will be attending, and I am sure it will be just as fun as last year.

The delicious food from the multitude of great restaurants the town has to offer has my stomach already growling. However, I have a specific spot which I am trying to get reservations at, the new restaurant by Michelin-starred Chef Shin Thompson, Kabocha | Japanese Brasserie.

I understand he recently closed his restaurant, Bonsoiree, to open this new concept. I am very interested in his work, because, well, it looks so yummy, but also because he has purchased several Henkelman Vacuum Packers.

At the first restaurant, Bonsoiree, he purchased a Jumbo Plus, our smallest unit with a really strong pump.

For the new place, Kabocha, he decided he needed a larger vacuum packer, and decided on the Jumbo 42, he fitted the unit with two seal bars, front and back.

I feel the repeat business he has given us is a flattering testament to the quality of the machines we provide. I really hope I will be able to take our friends from Henkelman to dine at his attractive restaurant.

I will report back about the trip and our time at NRA 2013.

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…Chicago is
One town that won’t let you down
It’s my kind of town…

As sung by Frank Sinatra

I Once Caught A Fish This Big…

Over the weekend my wife and I decided we were craving fish and decided to cook some up. Now, she and I have different preferences on most everything food-wise, but when it comes to fish we both love salmon.

We drove Sunday morning to the grocery store (Whole Foods) to get the best fish we could find, and found some good options. As you may have guessed we wanted to cook these ingredients sous vide, so we ended up getting salmon, sea bass, and cod.

We set the Pearl Immersion Circulator to 132ºF, and planned to cook all the fish for about 18 minutes. We were happy to see that this could be done in such little time compared to proteins like short ribs, which can take up to 48 hours, or more.

Sockeye’d
First up was the salmon. We vacuum packed the filet after slightly salting and peppering, and adding a sprig of thyme and some butter. We used the Henkelman chamber vacuum packer, Jumbo 30.

salmon

The results were extraordinary. The filet was perfectly cooked, completely moist, full flavored and delicious.

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Coddled
The next fish we decided to do was the cod. We vacuum packed this filet with some shallots, white wine, basil, lemon zest, butter and thyme.

Cod Mis En Place

Cod Mis En Place

While the results with the cod were surprisingly good, my personal opinion is that it could have used a bit more time over the 18 minutes, or been cooked at a higher temperature. I think it can be a bit more soft and tender.

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Patagonian Toothfish?
For the third and last filet we sous vide Chilean Sea Bass. I have to say, this was the best out of the three. We vacuum packed the bass in coconut milk, kafir lime leaves, lemon grass, shallots and garlic.

bass juice

Vacuum packed with a Henkelman Jumbo 30

Bass

…and cooked it the same way. 132ºF for 18 minutes with the Pearl Circulator.

You can see below the results. If pictures say a thousand words, then my taste buds are the strong silent type – I was speechless…

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This was a great experience, which my wife and I enjoyed thoroughly. If you have never had the opportunity to eat sous vide cooked fish or meat, you must.