PolyScience Sous Vide Toolbox App Description & Overview
The PolyScience Sous Vide Toolbox™ is the winner of the StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress Innovator Award.
The PolyScience Sous Vide Toolbox™ guides you to a successful and food-safe sous vide cooking experience. It helps you determine the optimal sous-vide cooking and re-heating time for a variety of foods. All data are plotted in graphs to show you the relationships between time, temperature, and pathogen reduction in your food. The Cooking Journal lists each event during the cooking process and explains if needed. Once the process is finished, you are notified via message and audible alarm.
Instead of providing a limited number of combinations of foods, sizes, shapes and temperatures as found in time/temperature tables, the Sous Vide Toolbox provides a much wider combination of options - with just a few taps on your screen.
The thermal conductivity (heat transfer) characteristics of protein are almost identical for every type of protein. So rather than measuring how long it takes to cook food at different thicknesses, we can use this value to calculate the time it takes at a given temperature and thickness for the item to reach core temperature and different levels of pasteurization.
This takes out the guesswork of determining the correct cooking time at a certain temperature. It also provides great guidance as to what level of pathogen reduction occurs at what time and whether your choice of temperature and time is considered safe.
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PolyScience Sous Vide Toolbox Reviews
Not Completely Sarisfied
The ap is useful but the temperature limits are frustrating. So if your food is frozen or above the low 70s, you will have to thaw/chill to get it into the aps range.
Want a refund
By H Yukibee P
I read a recommendation for this app so I bought it but it's nothing I was looking for. Any way I can get a refund?
A bit clumsy
User interface is straight out of 1990. Doesn't have the ability to predict cooking times for frozen food. Not worth buying; better options are available.
save your money
total trash. Don't waste your money.
Wish it had option for times from frozen
I actually do a considerable amount of sous vide cooking from frozen. It lets me keep steaks around without worrying about them going bad. I wish this app allowed a starting temperature into the frozen range handled by most refridgerators.
Cooking times are off. Told me 1h40m for a 1" thick salmon fillet (at 129F). Other recipes called for no more than 30m. I took it out at 1h and it was thoroughly done. Gave similarly long times for dishes I've successfully made in the past at shorter times. And that's just on time to core temp, not even pasteurized.
Cooking times are completely wrong
Would love to return this app. Totally useless. 1.5 inch steak doesn't take 3 hours at 58c.
Don't waste your money
This app is terrible. Horrible interface and doesn't work correctly.
Won't Go Beyond 6 Hrs
By Fort Worth Kelly
App works decently for simple cooking demands but will not calculate cooking times beyond 6 hours. If you want to cook a piece of meat for 30 hours this app will not accommodate your request.
By home cook2
I bought this to get the cooking temp and time for veal. It wasn't listed, only common cuts of meat which anyone can find on the internet.
Very limited, can't select a whole chicken !!! Will not recommend.
NIce, but don't buy both this and Sous Vide Dash
I purchased both Polyscience Sous Vide Toolbox and Sous Vide Dash on the same day thinking they might be different. Anyone who thinks they're not functionally identical is misinformed. The ONLY differences are the colors and the selection of circulators. Polyscience Sous Vide Toolbox even refers to itself as "Sous Vide Dash" within the app. PSVT allows you to select from a wider range of Polyscience circulators than SVD and unlike SVD does not allow selection of other brands of equipment (though it does include "Generic Non-circulating" and "Generic Circulating").
This is a useful tool for estimating time-to-temperature for various thicknesses and shapes of food and for estimating reduction in 3 pathogens (E. Coli, Listeria sp., and Salmonella sp.) It's flexible and has fairly reasonable defaults, and includes a fairly wide range of specific foods so you can select lamb loin chops vs. rib chops instead of just going by shape and size.
My recommendation is to buy Polyscience Sous Vide Toolbox if you have a Polyscience circulator or like red, or buy Sous Vide Dash if you have a different brand of equipment or like yellow. One or the other is certainly worthwhile if you plan to cook anything sous vide.