Sous vide, which is French for "under vacuum," is the process of placing food in a vacuum-sealed bag and then cooking it in hot water using an appliance called a precision cooker or large pot on a stove. A sous vide cooker will make cooking a lot easier by heating water to the correct temperature and keeping it there for hours at a time. Cookers can be pick up anywhere from local stores like Target to online though Amazon.
Sous vide cooks food at a very precise temperature, so the results are more consistent than other conventional methods. For example, oven cooking can sometimes leave your meals on the dry side, cooking in water helps food retain its juices and flavors. Plus, you also won't have to worry about keeping an eye constantly on the cooker and triple-checking to make sure your meal isn't getting overcooked, as the precision cooker will never go over the optimal temperature.
First, you need to prepare the water bath. Fill a large pot with an appropriate amount of water for the amount of food you are cooking. Then place your sous vide cooker in inside according to the appliance’s instructions and begin preheating the water. The water should always be preheated before placing any food into the bath to ensure the best results and food safety.
Once you have preheated the water and sealed your food into a plastic bag, you can drop it into the water and let it cook. That is it! Set your timer and remove your food when it is done cooking. Enjoy your flavorful packed meal.
EcoVac brand vacuum sealer bags and chamber sealer bags are ideal for sous vide cook with their durable construction and ability to handle high temperatures. Oh and, Click here to check out some of our favorite sous vide recipes with cooking instructions.