Cooking processes are getting more and more innovative, as are methods for preparing meals. Sous vide, (pronounced sue-veed), is on the cutting edge of progressive and convenient cooking techniques. This process was once only available to high-end restaurants, but nowadays you can sous vide in your own kitchen.
By using pinpoint temperature control, sous vide gets your food to the exact point that you want it. If you're making steak and vegetables, your vegetables get steamed to the tenderness or crunchiness that you like, and your steak doesn’t risk getting overcooked.
Sous Vide: Defined
Sous vide is a French term that means “under vacuum.”
The food that you want to cook is placed in a vacuum-sealed bag and then put in a pot or large plastic container of boiling water. The water is boiled to an exact and consistent temperature, often by a precision cooker. This method controls for the end result: A meal that’s cooked to the perfect point.
When you cook your meal any other way, like over a stove or in an oven, it’s impossible to control for all of the environmental factors. The result is often excess cooking or browning on the outside of the food and uneven coverage on the inside. Sous vide controls for these factors, maintaining the level of the heat so that nothing fluctuates.
How to sous vide cook
One of the easiest ways to sous vide cook is with a precision cooker.
A precision cooker is a device that boils the pot of water to the exact desired temperature. It’s not always a high boil, sometimes the water is like a warm bath for the food to cook in. Put the food that you want to cook into a sealed bag and then place the bag into the pot of water. Set the timer on the precision cooker, and then wait.
Expert tip: If you want to add a bit more of a crispy bite to your meal, you can lightly grill, sear, or broil your food after you sous vide cook it.
The food will marinate in its own juices when it’s cooked sous vide method, so none of the taste is lost in the cooking process.
And it gets even more high-tech than that…
The sous vide method is already a bit of a technological marvel in cooking processes, so it should be only a little surprising to learn that you can also communicate with your precision cooker via your smartphone.
Most precision cookers have Bluetooth and wifi, so not only can you turn on the precision cooker from another room, you can also use your smartphone to start the sous vide process when you’re miles away. The phone communicates with the precision cooker via Bluetooth and internet.
Your Alexa device can also tune into your precession cooker, just like how you can use Alexa to order meal kits.
Similarly to cooking with a slow cooker, you don’t have to be hands-on or present in the kitchen to make dinner with a precision cooker. All that needs to be done is a simple prep of the food and sous vide does the rest.
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