What Is Sous Vide?
When you are cooking a steak, you probably know exactly the color and texture you’d like, right? With sous vide (pronounced “sue veed”), you simply set a pot of water to the corresponding time and temperature. Now you can get that same steak to the perfect doneness you desire. Professional chefs and restaurants have been relying upon Sous Vide for decades, and recently it has been gaining popularity with home cooks.
It’s a relatively simple method that can easily be used at home to improve your favorite meals. It removes unnecessary stress from cooking and frees you from focusing on one aspect of your meal. No more waiting to get your steak to the doneness without overcooking it. Now you can focus on a creative side dish, sauce, or dessert. Once you try sous vide, you will be obsessed with it. There are tons of amazing things you can make with it, from carnitas to perfect crème brûlée, to smoky ribs.
HOW DOES SOUS VIDE WORK?
So, how does sous vide work? With traditional cooking methods, heat flows from a burner to a pan then into our food. The glowing elements of an oven heat the air around the food, cooking it. The air in the oven and the metal in the pan are much hotter than you want your food to be. This is why you have to take it away from the heat at just the right time.
Take it off at the wrong time and your food is either over- or under cooked. When cooking with water, instead of an oven or a pan, we can raise the temperature just enough to get the food to the exact temperatures we prefer. We can take it out as soon as it’s done cooking, or let it rest in the water until we’re ready to eat. No more obsessively checking inside the oven.
Instead of obsessing, pour yourself a drink and chat with your guests. Perfect food that’s easy to prepare. That’s what makes sous vide such a popular solution in restaurants, and that’s what makes it an amazing tool for home cooks as well. Try it, and you’ll see how it can drastically improve matters in the kitchen. You will be cooking more and having more fun doing it. Your steaks will be the stuff of legend.
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