Sous Vide Supreme Review

The latest gastro craze promising the perfect cooking results is upon us… and it comes in the form of the SousVide Supreme!

As far-fetched as this may sound, the Sous Vide (pronounced soo veed) really is the latest and greatest piece of kitchen tech, loved and used by some of the world’s best chefs – Simon Rogan, Alvin Leung – to name a few. The basis of the Sous Vide is quite simple: it is a culinary technique in which vacuum-sealed food is immersed in a water bath and cooked at a very precise, consistent temperature. Originally from France, Sous Vide literally translates as the French for “under vacuum,” and was developed in the mid-1970s by chef Georges Pralus for the Restaurant Troisgros in Roanne, France.

Pros

Little prep-work. Food cooked in the SousVide requires little seasoning with salt, pepper, and desired herbs and spices. The vacuum sealer then seals the food in a food-grade pouch, certified as suitable for cooking. You then immerse the pouches in the water bath that has been brought to the desired temperature and leave the food to cook. The food can’t overcook even if you forget about it! It really does eliminate all of the things that could go wrong when cooking, that usually do…

Surplus cooking options. All kinds of food can be cooked with the SousVide, including beef, lamb, game, and pork. It works equally well for poultry and delicate fish and seafood, ensuring it is not overcooked. Any type of vegetable can also be cooked sous vide with delicious results. British chef Simon Rogan prepares a beautiful beetroot-based dish using the SousVide at 85C for an hour. You can also cook eggs and fruits, make alcohol infusions, ice cream bases, béarnaise sauce, crème anglaise, cakes – the list goes on!

It’s healthy. With the SousVide, beneficial nutrients are locked in the airtight pouch; delicate fats prone to damaging oxidation at high temperatures are better preserved and nutrients,often lost in cooking liquids, are retained.

Creates perfectly cooked food. Food is cooked evenly from edge to edge so you can achieve the perfect results.

Cons

It eliminates the smells, sounds and sights that makes the process of cooking so enjoyable. Yet with every con to the Sous Vide, it seems there is a plus side. You still benefit from the smells when you come to add finishing touches. For example, cook a filet steak in the Sous Vide so the filet is equally cooked and retains its moisture, then finish with a flash fry in a pan for added taste and outer texture.

It’s fussy to set up. More of a common misconception than a ‘con’ per-se, the Sous Vide really is simple to set up. The first time you use it, preparing food might take a while as you get used to the components and the vacuum seal. But, once you’ve used it for a multitude of different dishes, including fish, meat, vegetables, fruit etc, there really is little difference in ease and usability between the Sous Vide and, lets say, a simple microwave – other than guaranteed professional results, every time.

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