Everyone on Instagram raves about their Instant Pot, but my chef-schooled friend swears by Sous Vide cooking as the best way to get a delicious dinner on the table with minimal effort. Intriguing, right?
photos via Williams-Sonoma
The other weekend, I visited my good friend Jodie in Beaufort, SC. She’s the type of person who just adds at least one extra detail to everything. For example, when I arrived, she had an artichoke dip with sliced bread laid out on a plate. Extra detail: the bread had a salty spice sprinkled on top. (It was Montreal steak spice and fantastic.) For breakfast, she made deviled eggs and bacon. Extra details: served on a pretty deviled egg platter with coarse sea salt and pepper sprinkled on top. An after dinner drink: a key lime pie cocktail with brown sugar on the rim. (Seriously. Better than a key lime pie.)
She went to culinary school after college so the girl knows her way around the kitchen. I asked her, “Do you have an Instant Pot?” because that seems to be the thing on the internet and
How it works
Q&A: Sous Vide Meal Prep
Curious, I kept asking questions.
- So you could put
chickenin the night before and eat it the next day for dinner? Yes, yes you can. So her main course is already cooked when she comes home from work and then she just preps a few sides for dinner with her kids.
- What kind of container do you use? You can use any pot you already have.
- What about vegetables? Yes, you can cook veggies too.
- Does it cook in
water? No, you put the meat or vegetables in a sealed bag or glass container, and submerge in the water to cook – the water does not touch the food.
- Where did you get this thing? “You can get it on Amazon, and I would only get the brand Anova.”
Search the internet, and you’ll find lots of articles pop up about sous vide cooking, with recommendations, recipes, and tips. TheKitchn.com notes, “If you’re cooking for a range of food preferences or allergies, sous vide cooking can make life easier. For example, you can cook chicken marinated in a lot of spices as well as
Which Sous Vide Cooker to buy
Here’s the one my friend recommends: Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker on Amazon or the Anova Precision Sous Vide Cooker with Wifi on Williams-Sonoma.
In the morning, sometimes even a dump and go recipe in a crockpot is too much to manage. My husband is concerned an Instant P
I love kitchen gadgets. What are your favorites to get dinner on the table during the week?