Things are heating up with new compostable pouches

SOUS Vide Tools has launched what it believes to be an ‘industry first’ in the shape of the Sustaina Pouch – a range of plastic-free, compostable, chamber vacuum pouches.

The firm said one of the most common concerns relating to sous vide cooking is the use of plastics, but these new pouches allow the user to dispose of them in the same way that they dispose of food – into the food waste stream or their home compost bin.

Made from rice, potatoes, corn, and a fossil fuel copolymer, their strength means they can also be steam cooked, microwaved, or boiled in a pan. The pouches take up to six months to disintegrate but can then be used on the garden or vegetable patch.

At 80mu (microns), the compostable pouches are described as being ‘considerably thicker’ than a standard alternative and have been designed to withstand the temperatures of sous vide cooking. This means that can function in temperatures of up to 85°c for 12 hours.

There are five different sizes of bag in the range – 150mm x 250mm, 200mm x 300mm, 250mm x 250mm, 300mm x 300mm and 300mm x 400mm.