Sous vide has gained in popularity over 2017 and may be the “hot” new way to make your Thanksgiving great! Basically translating to “cooked within a vacuum”, sous vide cooking is done by vacuum sealing the food you are cooking and controlling the temperature while it cooks, creating optimal results. Heat is distributed throughout the food ensuring that uneven cooking is eliminated. At the same time the seal locks in moisture and the flavors you include in the bag. This method can be ideal for your Thanksgiving star, the Turkey.
While you may not be able to use this method to cook a whole bird, you can isolate different cuts of the bird and cook them to their ideal temperatures. That way your dark meat gets fully cooked without sacrificing the moistness of the white meat.
There are several sous vide devices on the market ranging in price from $50 up to nearly $1,000, depending on how deeply you want to get involved in this method. Some models even offer apps for your phone to help you get the best out of your experience. Check out Amazon.com’s choices.
You can find instructional videos on YouTube that explain the procedure step-by-step. From the vacuum process to usage of the device to knowing when your meal is ready, the videos will walk you through the steps to make your guests think you’re a professional.
The only notable downside to the sous vide method is the appearance of the meat once it is removed from the bag. It tends to appear less than ideal. But that can be easily fixed using garnishes, sauces, or a quick trip to the grill for the color.
All in all, sous vide cooking is taking the cooking world by storm and is worth a shot in anyone’s kitchen. Check out Amazon’s selection and find a device that will work for what you are hoping to accomplish this holiday.