My Savvy Review of the Geoffrey Zakarian #ProForHome Sous Vide Circulator @gzchef
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Have you Sous Vide? I have to tell you that I have been interested in this method of cooking for quite sometime as I am a big foodie and I have heard for quite sometime about all of the wonderful benefits of Sous Vide cooking. At first I found myself deciding between a sous vide cooker or immersion circulator as they are quite similar devices, but I’d just heard so many great things about the former that it ended up being the obvious choice to try. My thoughts? Perfection! This is the most amazing thing ever! This is by far the most exciting thing to happen to my kitchen in a long time and I am truly loving the results that Sous Vide cooking provides.
So you may be thinking…. just like me…. what is Sous Vide? Sous vide, literally translated from French, means “under vacuum,” referring to the technique of cooking food in a sealed bag, completely submerged in a water bath that maintains a precise temperature. This method was first introduced in the 1970s, and has been used in professional kitchens for decades thanks to its consistency, accuracy and ability to be left alone while other tasks are completed. This is the method that all of those top restaurants and high end eateries use for precision cooking and it is seriously amazing.
With the Pro For Home Sous Vide Circulator, you can now easily reap the benefits of this professional technique in your own kitchen. This will take the worry out of overcooking expensive proteins like steak and fish, tenderizing tough cuts of meat, and will make cooking for a crowd super easy and with delicious results. This is perfect for preparing meals for dinner parties and special occasions and is so super easy to use that it is perfect for weeknight dinners and lazy Sunday brunches. The sous vide technique will be one you’ll learn quickly and use often as it works with everything!
As you can see by the pics above…. this is a super easy process. You simply add your meat to the bag, add herbs, butters, sauces…. whatever it is you are using to season the protein and then simply remove as much air from the bag as possible while sealing shut. An air tight seal is perfect and honestly…. if you have a vacuum sealer…. that is the perfect way to prepare your sous vide meals. The less air the better the results. You can also use a zipper bag and as I noted above simply remove as much air as you can while sealing. After you get your bag or bags ready…. you simply clip them to or submerge them into the pot you have chosen to add the Pro For Home Sous Vide Circulator to. The Pro For Home Sous Vide Circulator attaches to any pot that you choose. You do not need a stove or any cook surface as the sous vide circulator does all of the work itself. You can even clamp the Pro For Home Sous Vide Circulator to a plastic bucket and use for cooking out or tailgating! This thing is so amazing and provides delicious results and it is also so practical and versatile and can be used anywhere that you have an electrical outlet.
So you can see that I made a few small sirloin steaks using my Pro For Home Sous Vide Circulator and I honestly ran late with my other side dishes so I left the steaks in for about an extra hour. I really thought it would be the perfect test to sous vide cooking itself…. and can I tell you that it passed with honors! Well yes it did because they were the most delicious and amazingly tender steaks I have made in quite sometime. This will turn the toughest, cheapest cuts of meats into masterpieces! Check out the small sirloins I made with the sous vide circulator! It was perfection with some healthy baked onion rings plus a celery and goat cheese salad as my sides.
The Pro For Home Sous Vide Circulator comes with a fabulous instruction book with some amazing sous vide recipes from Geoffrey Zakarian as well as times and instruction for cooking different meats and proteins plus so much more. You can make Polenta and sides via the sous vide process as well. Now with the steaks that I made (pictured above)…. I simply put them in for an hour and a half and made my sides and such while the sous vide circulator was working its magic on my sirloins. As I told you before… I left them in for an extra hour for a total of 2 and a half hours…. give or take a few minutes. Once I removed them from the bags I patted them dry with a paper towel, seasoned a bit with salt and pepper and then seared them in a stainless steel pan to get that delicious crispy texture on the outside. Once I had the crust that I desired… I simply pulled them and let them rest a few minutes on a cutting board. When I sliced into them… they were a perfect medium or medium well after searing but what I have to admit that I truly loved….was that there were no juices or blood running out of my steaks when cutting them. They were like butter and so soft and tender and cooked to perfection… and well I cannot wait to make some seafood this weekend with the Pro For Home Sous Vide Circulator. I know that it is going to be the most delicious and succulent seafood that I have ever made and I cannot wait to tell you all about it!