A CREATIVE cooking solution ‘combining sous vide with roasting’ in a Sirane bag earned a food company a top award at the Australian Foodmagazine awards.
Grab and Go Hot Country Roasts by Creative Food Solutions – supplied into supermarkets including Woolworths - won the Meat and Smallgoods category.
Jeremy Haydn-Davies, sales director, said: “Creative Food Solutions have truly managed to take advantage of Sira-CookTM PA roasting bag properties to create a great product.
“The cuts of meat are bagged, vacuum sealed and slowly cooked sous vide style for up to 12 hours. The product is then heated for around hour in store – leaving the customer with a product they simply need to brown in the oven for a short time once they return home before serving up a succulent tasty meal that would have taken hours.”
Creative Food Solutions' Grab and Go Hot Country Roasts are available in three flavours: Australian Beef, Lamb and Pork - all ethically raised. The boneless roasts are rubbed with a marinade and herbs prior to cooking then pan seared to seal in the juices.
“The result,” said Jeremy, “is a consistently tender and moist roast. This is an ideal product for Sunday lunches, buffets, bistros and functions. The premium roast range can also be finely sliced and served as cold cuts with salads and for gourmet sandwiches.
“It could be used in mass catering just as effectively as single roasts for the family.”
Creative Food Solutions produces a range of sous vide roasts that it supplies on a large scale to ex-servicemen clubs and age care facilities, and has now developed a smaller 1kg roast meat range designed to be sold in conjunction with the currently expanding roast chicken market which supermarkets including Woolworths have developed over the past few years.
Vac-packing the meat has allowed Creative Food Solutions to offer 28 days shelf-life.
The company worked with Sirane’s Australian agents to combine sous vide, normally reserved for the hospitality industry, with an "ovenable" reheat bag, allowing the meat to be slow cooked and browned for meal time without any mess in an oven.
The product's cooking bag, made of a nylon structure, is what makes the Grab and Go Hot Country Roasts so innovative, the company told the award organisers.
"This is the first time we have been able to sous vide and roast the product in the same bag. This has allowed us to lock in flavour and moisture from paddock to plate," Creative Food Solutions said in its nomination form for the Foodmagazine awards.
"Is it as good as a Sunday roast made from scratch? It’s better," said Ian Hill, creative manager at Creative Food Solutions. "It's much better because you don't have to wash up. We provide the meat, ready to take home, sliced up, put it in front of the family and you are the star."
Sirane’s Roasting Bags are also perfect for whole chickens, turkeys and whole fish such as salmon or trout. Sira-CookTM PA is a unique packaging solution which allows food to be packed, shipped, retailed and cooked - in this case also sous vide - in the same package. The material absorbs the fat released during cooking, ensuring crisp, clean food.
“Sira-CookTM PA is a very flexible product,” added Jeremy. “While Creative Food Solutions are cooking the meat first sous vide, it works equally well for selling roasts uncooked which the customer can simply take home and cook in the bag themselves.”
For more information on Sira-CookTM PA Roasting Bags, email Jeremy Haydn-Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 1952 230055.