Sous vide cooking stands for under vacuum cooking and are the process of vacuum sealing food in a bag and cooking it in water bath under precise temperatures. This cooking technique delivers consistent results and it is what most high end restaurants use. The results achieved through this cooking method are unmatched and cannot be achieved through any other.
With the precise temperature control, sous vide cooking offers a number of benefits including food cooking consistency, tasty foods because they get cooked in their own juices and waste reduction because there is no drying out. When you choose this cooking technique you also enjoy plenty of flexibility because there is no need for constant attention, as long as temperatures are set, you do not need to worry about your food getting overcooked or burning like it is the case with most other cooking methods.
Among the foods that can be cooked using this method are vegetables, eggs, cheesecake, chicken, beef, stock and oatmeal as well as teak and fish. But to enjoy the amazing results using this cooking technique, you will need to get the right machine and setup for your kitchen. Below are considerations you can make so you have the best setup in the end.
The immersion circulator – This is the standalone sous vide machine that will heat and circulate the water around your pot maintaining even precise temperatures. When looking for your immersion circulator, go for a machine that is easy to use and one that is offered at affordable prices. Most of the machines are designed to take very little space but you also want to ensure that yours can clamp and adjust to any pot you may need to use when cooking. Besides the immersion circulators, you can also opt for water ovens to enjoy sous vide cooking that is just as good.
The plastic bags – Resealable plastic bags are what you will use to place food in before immersing into the water bath. It is best that you choose heavy duty backs that come with sipper locks because they are versatile and can withstand high water temperatures. Silicone bags can also make very good cooking bags in sous vide cooking, especially because they can be reused. The other bag options you have are vacuum seal bags and vacuum sealers which come at very affordable prices. For foods such as beans, custards and cakes, glass canning jars can be better options.
The water holder – It can be a pot, cooler or plastic bin that you already have at home; there is really no need to get an additional vessel to enjoy this kind of cooking. Choose your water holder or cooking vessel according to the size of your cuts to enjoy the very best of this technique. The rule is to avoid using a vessel that is too small for the amount or size of the food you are cooking. With the above equipment in place, you are ready to enjoy the unmatched cooking.