With the temperature dropping and people searching for heartier meals, Winter might be the perfect opportunity for you to get some more experience with sous vide cooking.
What is Sous Vide Cooking?
- Sous vide is French for ‘under vacuum’.
- Sous vide is a cooking technique in which food is vacuum sealed and slow-cooked in water.
- Sous vide allows you to cook food at a precise temperature to achieve a consistent result that maximizes the taste, texture, and aroma of food.
- Vacuum sealing bags are perfectly safe and are the most recommended method for cooking sous vide.
Why try Sous Vide Cooking?
- Prime and secondary cuts of meat can be used, allowing for less food waste
- Many food items can be cooked overnight, saving you kitchen time
- Low energy consumption as opposed to oven/gas range, creating a greener cooking alternative
- Shelf life is extended
- Reduce portions/meat bills by up to 20%
- Extend the life of soups far beyond their usual shelf life
- Preserves flavour and aroma as water-soluble substances especially aromatics are not lost
- Flavours are enhanced; colours retained and less salt is required
- Nutrients are preserved, as water-soluble minerals are not leached into cooking water as poaching in a vacuum bag eliminates this
- Research has shown that sous vide gives the highest retention of vitamins vs. steaming and boiling
- Little additional fat required during cooking
- Consistent results every time a dish is cooked
Looking for a kickstarter guide into getting into Sous Vide Cooking?
We’d recommend checking out some of the awesome apps currently available on both the Apple & Android App stores. Our favorite is called “Sous Vide °Celsius” and it really is awesome! It has all the information you need to get stuck in Sous Vide Cooking such as cooking times, temperatures and even recipe ideas. You can’t go wrong!