One of the popular modern cooking techniques is sous-vide cooking. This method allows food to be brought up to a specific temperature by being enclosed in a sealed or zip-lock bag and then placed in a bath where the cooker circulates the water and heats the water to the specific temperature. By bringing the food up to that temperature, it allows the food to cook, without the surface burning.
One of the great things is being able to add flavor to the items cooked, but enclosing things to the bag with the food, such as butter, salt, lemon, soy sauce, etc. Only a small amount is necessary. As the item cooks, it releases juice in the bag and draws in the flavors added.
Vegetables can be really enhanced with this technique. Take some baby carrots and place in a bag, add some butter, a little salt and some carrot juice. It will really make the carrots sing. Take short ribs and add a little soy sauce and pineapple juice. Seal and let cook for 72 hours. The short ribs will be incredibly flavorful and tender. They will also give out an amazing amount of juice, which you can pour into a pan and reduce for a pan sauce to serve over the short ribs.
For those who watch Top Chef, you may notice the popular higher end sous-vide cooking machines, which can cost upward of $1000. However for home cooks, there have been some new devices that are much more budget friendly and do an amazing job.
One of the items recently released is the Precision Cooker by Anova. This unit can be attached to a pot to cook items. It is easy to set the temperature and will connect to a smartphone app to set the temperature based on the type of food cooked.
I was impressed at the build quality for the price. It can easily provide the most bang for the dollar for sous-vide cooking.
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Note: I did not receive any financial consideration for this post. I am simply a happy user of this device.