Monday, April 8, 2013

Sous vide cooking in Valhalla's kitchen

We cooked our first beef roast in a sous vide - that is, a hot water oven - and had it tonight. A tough cut from a grass-fed Longhorn steer as raised and very generously donated by Valhalla's neighbor Doug right next door, yet after spending time in the sous vide we could cut with a fork! Amazing.

The sous vide cooker heats water to a selected temperature (132 degrees F for medium) and keeps it there within a few tenths of a degree. The meat or other ingredients cannot overcook nor will they turn to mush as sometimes happens in a slow cooker. 

To start, we trimmed the excess fat, seasoned the meat, and sealed it in a a vacuum bag, then dropped it into
the cooker. The techniques book advised keeping it in for 72 hours which we did.

It is an incredibly liberating method of cooking because we could go about other business not worrying about stirring, heat levels, or burning.

After we removed the roast, we heated a skillet till oil began to smoke and seared all sides. A bit of a reversal from searing and placing in the oven, the usual technique.

We then made a quick sauce from beef stock and bourbon while the meat rested. Deglazed the pan and rescued all that nice fond.

The meat was delicious and we are eager to try other cuts and types in this amazing cooker. Highly recommended! You can also take a look at the following 2 minute video featuring chef Richard Blais if you might be interested in the possibility of adding a sous vide unit to your own kitchen:

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1 comment:

  1. I have Pergo and love it! I have the older stuff that was glued together. The new stuff is snap together. Kind of a tung and groove thing.