Ever wondered if there was an easier, more consistant way to cook your food? One that would let you pretty much ignore the timer, but without worrying that you might dry out or overcook the food? Well, there is! (At least, now there is.)
Sous Vide cooking is a method that involves vacuum packing food into bags and then dropping them in a tightly temperature-controlled water oven to bring the food up to the exact temperature of doneness. In our testing, we used steak and cooked it to a medium-rare temperature, compared to a control batch cooked exclusively on the grill.
How to Cook Sous Vide Without a Machine
Of course, it’s possible to replicate this style of cooking without any fancy machinery. Its just going to take a lot more time and energy on your part. Here’s the stove top method of cooking sous vide using nothing but a pot, a thermometer, a ziplock, and a straw!
Maybe you want to try this once before dropping the coin on a machine? Though be aware that you are going to have to babysit that pot and continually adjust it for temperature control. Doesn’t sound like much fun to me.
Get a SousVide Water Oven
The SousVide Supreme Water Oven is available on Amazon in a variety of sizes and packages.
- The smaller 8.7 liter version, SVD–00101, runs $329 and should be big enough for most kitchens.
- The medium sized Sous Vide Surpeme, SVS-10LS, is a 10 litre unit for $429.
- The large SousVide Supreme 11.2 Litre Sous Vide Water Oven Package, which is what I tested, goes for $499 and includes a vacuum packing machine.
Geek Beat Editor’s Choice Award
While we can’t yet report on the long term reliability of the machine, in the short time we’ve had it the Sous Vide Supreme has proven to deliver exactly what it promises – namely, perfectly cooked food every time.
We’re awarding the Sous Vide Supreme a Geek Beat Editor’s Choice award because its the simplest, most repeatable, and most reliable cooking method we’ve ever come across. The only downside to using a water oven seems to be the additional time it takes to cook certain foods. But then again, it’s still faster than using a crockpot or smoker.
Got a good Sous Vide recipe to share? Drop it (or a link) in the comments below so we can all enjoy it with you!