Sous Vide is one of the most popular ways of preparing food in restaurants. If you've ever wondered how the chef made you the perfect steak or salmon fillet, the answer is probably sous vide.
While we don't all have the budget to eat out too often, you can cook using the sous vide technique at home. Combine that with meal planning, and you have a recipe for delicious food that will save you money. We've collected some of the best sous vide recipes for you – read on to learn more!
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What Is Sous Vide?
If you haven't come across the technique before, sous vide is simply the technique of cooking food that has been sealed in vacuum bags, in baths of hot water. A sous vide machine is used to control the timing and temperature, which gives you much more control over how well done your food should be. There's a lot more to it, but that's the basics.
While the taste of the food is a big advantage, sous vide also works hand in hand with menu planning, and that helps you to save money. By deciding on a menu for the week, you can buy in bulk and do your preparation ahead of time, giving you restaurant quality sous vide meals at a fraction of the cost.
Best Sous Vide Recipes
To give you an idea of how Sous Vide can help, here are some weekly menu ideas made up of sous vide recipes. If you find yourself short on time during the week, recipe selections that can be prepared ahead of time will help you make the most of your day.
This is probably the most popular meal cooked with sous vide because it gives you so much more control than a skillet or broiler. Adjusting temperature and time will help you get the perfect steak which you can combine with a sauce of your choice.
A great pork chop can be delicious and succulent, but too often they are dry and tough when cooked in the oven. When they're vacuum sealed and cooked sous vide, you'll get a perfect finish – which you can sear afterward if you like a crispy outside.
Crispy might not be the first thing you think of when you cook sous vide, but if you fry your chicken legs in oil to crisp the skin and then vacuum seal with stock and veggies, you have a casserole with a nice crunch.
Salmon en Papillote
Cut up julienne carrots, peppers, onions and courgettes and pop them into the bag with your salmon fillet. Cook sous vide, and serve with a side of potatoes. Although ‘en papillote' means in paper, and this recipe is traditionally made in baking parchment parcels, the same effect can be achieved in a vacuum bag.
Warming up Leftovers
In terms of money saving, the best sous vide recipes also make great leftovers. Reheating those for lunch or dinner is simple, and helps save you money.
You'll soon find that your sous vide machine has become one of your must-have cooking tools. After all, we all want tastier food, easily prepared that saves us money, right?