Let’s Talk Sous Vide: What the crap is that anyways?

I have recently become obsessed with sous vide cooking. My boyfriend actually introduced me to it. At first, I thought he was being a weirdo. So I reluctantly researched it and eventually agreed to try it. We spent an entire weekend testing out recipes… It turns out sous vide steak is amazing, and he is totally not weird at all. Well he may be a little weird, he is dating me. Still he knew what he was talking about.

Anyways, back to the sous vide since that’s the main topic here. In case you are wondering it’s a method of cooking where the food is submerged in a temperature-controlled water bath. You vacuum seal the food first to seal in all the juices and flavor, then you set it in the water bath along with the sous vide machine which controls the temperature.

It basically means that you can get a steak perfectly medium rare without having to precisely monitor it over an open flame.

It also keeps meats from drying out since it’s in a vacuum sealed bag. You can cook vegetables in it as well. Which also come out perfect with no risk of over cooking them.

We made a pommé puree (French for mashed potatoes) that came out phenomenal. To make them you just rough-cut potatoes and put them in the bag with the butter, milk, garlic, salt and pepper. Set your timer and go chill for a bit. Then just put them in a bowl and mash them. The recipe recommended pushing them through a wire strainer. I didn’t do that (I am a rogue chef) and they came out amazing.

The lack of water from boiling made them the richest potatoes I have ever eaten. We also didn’t have to watch them the whole time. You just set a timer, walk away and do your thing, then voila timer goes off and potatoes are done.

Back in the day, a sous vide would’ve cost you a few thousand dollars. Which meant they weren’t suitable for average home use. These days you can get the machines for under $200. While that might still be a bit pricey, compared to $2000 it’s not bad at all!

In case you are wanting to check out sous vide cooking further here is my list of favorite sous vide articles:

Sous vides range from about $80 to $200. We use the Anova which costs about $149 on Amazon. We picked it because it isn’t the most expensive, yet has some outstanding reviews. You’re welcome to use that link to check it out. The Joule, also has just as many outstanding reviews and is about $129 on Amazon.

There are of course cheaper models, but the reviews on them aren’t as good. Since I don’t feel comfortable linking to things I haven’t tested or at least heard amazing things about I won’t be posting the other models on here.

I also want to note that we use a method with freezer bags, rather than the vacuum sealer. We have had no issues with it at all and it saved us nearly $100 on the vacuum sealer and bags. If you want to check out this method you can learn about it here Ask Jason: How to use Ziploc Bags for Sous Vide.

If you have tried sous vide cooking please tell me about it in the comments below! I also love recipes so feel free to link to your favorites 🙂

To check out a few of my personal favorites visit this link to an article I wrote on My Favorite Sous Vide Recipes.

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