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Benefits of Sous Vide Cooking

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For those of you who don’t know what sous vide is, it literally translates from French as ‘under vacuum’. What this means is the food is sealed in a pouch under vacuum before being cooked very slowly at controlled temperatures. Sous vide uses a water bath to accurately cook the vacuum packed items at a precise temperature, which then creates enhanced texture and taste.

Its benefits: 

• Unique flavours
• Vibrant colours
• Consistent results
• New opportunities to be creative

Operational benefits:

• Gives you accurate portion control
• Extended shelf life for food
• Reduces wastage
• Increases yield
• Lowers energy costs
• Increases profitability

Nowadays, more and more chefs are opting to cook food in this way and it has been used in many high end gourmet restaurants by chefs such as Heston Blumenthal. Not only does it keep providing consistently well cooked dishes, but it visually enhances the presentation of the food. We all know the first taste is with the eyes, and cooking food in this way makes it even more eye catching.

On Friday I attended Clifton Food Range product training on their range of sous vide water baths. They brought in a professional chef who prepared a few tasters for us, the first was salmon. Tasting the salmon steak cooked in sous vide style was exquisite, the fish was flaky and practically fell apart when savoured; normally a grilled salmon steak can be quite chewy. It has been said that customers can be apprehensive about eating salmon cooked in a sous vide because it looks raw, as it still maintains its vibrant pink colour. Through sealing the salmon in a sturdy vacuumed bag it keeps in all the juices and aromas that would otherwise be lost in the process, meaning it has a fuller flavour and because the item is cooked evenly, it means the outside will never be overcooked, therefore will keep its original colour.

For those of you needing extra hands in the kitchen, this is definitely a worthwhile investment and modern means of cooking.

Charlotte Le Lohé


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