What Do You Need To Cook Sous Vide?
Cooking sous vide really requires very little equipment. Most people choose to buy a standalone sous vide machine which will include nearly everything that you need.
If you choose to buy a standalone sous vide machine or water oven all you will need to buy is BPA free plastic bags and a vacuum sealer. You want to have BPA plastic bags because of the health risk associated with cooking food in plastic.
You’re going to need a vacuum sealer because any air that’s in the plastic bag when cooking can lead to your food being unevenly cooked. However, it is possible to cook sous vide without a vacuum sealer. From my experience, the food does not come out tasting nearly as good. I highly recommend that you buy a vacuum sealer if you’re going to be cooking sous vide.
If you don’t want to buy the vacuum sealer, just make sure that you take all of the air out of the plastic bag before you put it into the sous vide machine.
If you decide that you don’t want to buy a standalone sous vide machine, you can buy one of the more popular immersion circulators. An immersion circulator allows you to use your existing pot to cook sous vide. The immersion circulator circulates the water within the pot so that you get the sous vide effect.
This is actually a really good thing if you’re going to be cooking large quantities of items sous vide at once. Standalone sous vide machines are generally only 3-4 gallons. So if you’re going to be cooking a lot of food, you may need an immersion circulator to use in a giant pot.
Either way you decide to go, you’re going to love cooking sous vide. It’s a really great technique.