Precision Cooking

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The precise temperatures below are useful for owners of precision induction technology, such as the Breville PolyScience Control Freak (recommended), the Hestan Cue (soon to be tested), and the Tasty One Top (not recommended). There is also the Ztove (untested), available in Europe.

Interested in getting started with precision cooking? Read my Breville PolyScience Control Freak review.

If you spot an error in the database or would like to contribute a temperature/time, be sure to use the comment form at the bottom of the page. 

FoodTempNotes
Beef, Post Sous Vide (Sear)450°FAfter reaching desired temperature via sous vide, sear for 1–2 minutes at 450°F per side
Butter (Browned)266°F
Butter (Clarified)240°F20 minutes
Carrots (Caramelize)300°F
Carrots (Sautéd)266°F
Chicken, Cubed/Small Pieces (Stir Fry)425°F
Chocolate: Dark (Melt)131°F
Chocolate: Dark (Temper)90°F
Chocolate: Milk (Melt)122°F
Chocolate: Milk (Temper)88°F
Chocolate: White (Melt)113°F
Chocolate: White (Temper)86°F
Cranberry Sauce220°F220°F is the temperature that sugar forms a gel that can bond with pectin.
Crème Anglaise175°F to 180°F

Crêpes
285°F
Curry Paste (Fry)350°F
Donuts (Deep fried)350°F
Egg (Poached)183°F5 minutes
Eggs (Fried)248°F
Eggs (Pasteurized)131°FPlace whole eggs in a pot of water that has reached 131°F. Maintain this temperature for 2 hours before using.
Eggs (slow scrambled à la Heston Blumenthal)175°
French Fries350°F
Garlic (Browned)248°F
Garlic (Sautéd)266°F
Garlic (Sweated)230°F
Grilled Cheese Sandwich375°F
Ice Cream180°F to 185°FWill curdle beyond 185°F. The higher the temperature below this point, the thicker the ice cream.
Nuts (Toasted)248°F
Onions (Caramelized)275°F
Pancakes332°F2 minutes per side
Potatoes (Deep Fried)338–374°F
Scallops (Stir-Fry)425°F
Shrimp (Stir Fry)425°F
Spices (Toasted)284°F
Tea: Black212°F/100°CSteep for:
Mild: 1 minute
Medium: 2 minutes
Strong: 3 minutes
Tea: Green176°F/80°CSteep for:
Mild: 2 minutes
Medium: 3 minutes
Strong: 4 minutes
Tea: Herbal203°F/95°CSteep for:
Mild: 3 minutes
Medium: 4 minutes
Strong: 5 minutes
Tea: Oolong194°F/90°CSteep for:
Mild: 2 minutes
Medium: 3 minutes
Strong: 4 minutes
Tea: White185°F/85°CSteep for:
Mild: 2 minutes
Medium: 3 minutes
Strong: 4 minutes

Different quality of oils may perform differently. These smoke points are only given as a general guideline. Do not heat cooking oil unattended

Fat Type Smoke Point
Butter 350°F
Canola Oil 400°F
Coconut Oil (Refined) 449°F
Rice Bran Oil 489°F
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 375°F
Vegetable Oil 425°F
Butter (Clarified)/Ghee 485°F
Coconut Oil (Unrefined) 350°F
Corn Oil 445°F
Duck Fat 375°F
Grapeseed Oil 390°F
Peanut Oil 445°F
Safflower Oil 465°F

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ELSIE
ELSIE
1 year ago

These may or may not be of interest:
Clarified butter @240F for 20 minutes
Caramelized onions @275
Poached eggs @183F for 5 minutes
Grilled cheese sandwiches @375 F
Strip loin steak: SV @133F ( or desired temp) for 1 1/2 hours, set cast iron pan on CF temperature 450F. When hot add oil, sear well dried steak for 1 to 11/2 minutes total

I have used the CF a few times now for SV applications but only for short cooks as there is no water circulation. For longer cooks I use either my Anova or my Polyscience Professional.

Sue Upton
Sue Upton
3 months ago
Reply to  ELSIE

Thanks you Elsie. Really helpful. I have just purchased a Control Freak after lusting after one for 3 years.

Sue Upton
Sue Upton
3 months ago
Reply to  Sue Upton

I cooked caramelised onions last night and I will be using them for a quiche today. Thanks for the assistance with the temp. I am excited but a bit intimidated.

ELSIE
ELSIE
1 year ago

Sear time should read 1 to one and a half minutes. Don’t know how that strange fraction happened.

Nick Rosende
Nick Rosende
1 year ago

Thank you both for making this list and updating it! It’s making me really want a control freak asap, just trying to see if I can find a good deal first!

EugeneP
EugeneP
1 year ago

hey – does anyone have the temperature for sweating onions without browning them? And in your experience, what was the length of time required to sweat? e.g., 5 min or 30 min etc.?

Laura Conover
Laura Conover
1 year ago

Thank you so much for this resource. I’ve been saving up for a Control Freak for a while, and I finally own the darn thing. It was worth waiting for, too! A lot of the things I regularly do wrong as a clumsy home cook this is already fixing for me – I have never before been able to do eggs so consistently well as I can now. I’m super-psyched about using it to temper chocolate, since that was something I never mastered the temperature control aspect of before. One thing, though, I’m a little bothered by is the awkward… Read more »

Laura Conover
Laura Conover
1 year ago

One other resource I wanted to share over here is this – a download from the Polyscience website with some suggested temperatures that presumably they’ve tried:
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0561/0929/files/CMC850_Temperature_Chart_original-rev-1.pdf

Peter
Peter
1 year ago

Please add Ztove to the list.

Paul (@bunkadefresh)
Paul (@bunkadefresh)
1 year ago

Hi everyone,

Great page, have you seen this?

https://thecontrolfreak.breville.com

ELSIE
ELSIE
1 year ago

Paul, that is quite the find. Thank you! I have been wishing for something like this.

ELSIE
ELSIE
1 year ago

I was away when I saw this and only looked at it quickly as i meant to have a better look at it once i got home. I cannot access this now as it gives me an
error message – does anyone else have the same problem? IIRC, it dealt only with sous vide cooking times, is that correct?

ELSIE
ELSIE
1 year ago

I tried to copy and paste this into one of my files by cohldn’t. I have typed tte whole thing out including the extensions. If anyone wants it, they can PM me through the eGullet site.

Kris
Kris
8 months ago

Does anyone know where I can download presets?

Jeffrey B.
Jeffrey B.
6 months ago

Great resource here! I just picked up my CF recently, and have been really having fun experimenting with nailing down the numbers on a lot of dishes I’ve always done by the seat of my pants on my gas cooktop. Love the idea of repeatability and the safety factor to keep me from ruining dishes should distractions arise. What I haven’t been able to figure out is where to get software updates for the thing… I can’t actually register it on the Breville website, either- it doesn’t appear in the list of appliances when I try to do that- thinking… Read more »

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