Healthy Eating with Sous Vide

Having problems keeping chicken moist, and flavorful? Sometimes, no matter how you cook it, the chicken comes out dry. If you have a Lap-Band you may have had the unpleasant experience of chicken becoming stuck. Did you know that there is a method for cooking chicken at the right temperature each time, AND leave the moisture in?

The latest method for this is called Sous Vide – meaning cooking under pressure. But in this case the cooking is pretty easy. First, you need to get a machine that does a vacuum seal for your bags – they area handy at Amazon.com.

Next you need to keep some water at 147 degrees – which is the perfect temperature to get chicken “done.” Fixing this is easy: Take a chicken breast. Season it with salt and pepper (you can add things like a sprig of Thyme if you like).

Vacuum seal it in the bag.  Then you’ll drop it in the water at 147 degrees – and in 35 minutes– you have  perfectly cooked chicken. Keeping water at that temperature can be a challenge – so there are machines that are made that do this – and again, Amazon has them .

Some people build their own. But if I were to outfit my kitchen, one of the essential cooking things I would have is the Sous Vide machine. Besides chicken, you can prepare meat at the perfect temperature—and vegetables too. This method of cooking allows the food to retain its moisture, and its vitamins.

Cooking in a water bath is a great way to cook, and the first question I usually get is, “How do you keep the water at the right temperature?” There are several ways to do this. Think of Sous Vide like another kitchen appliance – a microwave, toaster oven, or crock pot. Sous Vide is a small investment even if you buy the most expensive device.

Keeping water at the proper temperature is key, because a change in temperature can drastically affect the food. Many fine chefs have experimented with cooking Sous Vide, and chicken needs a different temperature than beef.

Least to Most Expensive:

Cooking Sous Vide on the Stove. This is probably the simple way to cook Sous Vide – using a pot of water. What you need is a pot, a heat source (the stove) and a thermometer. This can be a bit labor intensive. Still, starting out this is an easy way to do it.

Here is what you do: have some ice, or cold water standing by. Put the thermometer into your water and turn on the heat until you get to the temperature you want to maintain. If you go over temperature, it’s not a problem, simply add a bit of ice and stir. The water will stay at that temp for about five or ten minutes (depending on if you keep a lid on it, and how large a pot of water you have). Every five minutes you may need to add some heat to the stove. You can also do this by having a tea kettle near by and periodically adding some boiling water to it.

The advantage of this pretty inexpensive method is that it’s easy to add heat, or hot water, or cool down with a few ice cubes or cold water. Once you get used to how your heat source, and pot work, this becomes a routine. The disadvantage is you can’t just leave the food and go do something else. This is a good method if you want to fool around in the kitchen.

(You can find the following cooking items on Amazon).

Thermometer with a pot clip

Digital thermometer with a probe

Simple five quart pot like this would work well

But I prefer a larger pot for this, because the more water the easier it is to keep the temperature regulated.

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