What is the Sous Vide Technique

The Sous Vide technique is a method of low temperature cooking that was developed in 1974.It is a method that has been preferred by many chefs. Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, is a cooking technique. As the name suggests, it involves cooking food at lower temperatures for longer time so as to retain the moist juices Food should be sealed in a plastic bag with all the air removed.

This cooking technique works very well with different types of meat and seafood. It demands precise temperature control with circulation to produce results that can’t be achieved through any other cooking technique.Cooking times can vary from 15-20 minutes to few hours. In some cases, food can be cooked for 24 hours or more. It depends on the cut s and types of meat. The process, is divided into four steps. We determine the temperature and cooking time to achieve the results we want.

Then we heat some water up to that temperature, seal our food in a vacuum bag or Ziploc bag and place it in the water until the food comes up to the temperature of the water. Vacuum sealing prevents evaporation and allows for the most efficient transfer energy from the water to the food. This step keeps the flavor of food and keeps it from getting into the sous vide machine. Due to this technique we get tender meat pieces that are moist with their own juices.

The humid environment within the bag ensures that the meat is juicy. Maintaining the temperature allows the meat to be evenly cooked.Unlike traditional cooking methods, with sous vide the outside layers will not be overcooked during this process, because the food cannot get hotter than the bath it is in, When the food is cooked, we finish it by searing, grilling, or broiling the food in a hot pan or on a hot grill, to add a crispy, golden layer.

With precise temperature control in the kitchen, sous vide provides the following benefits:

  1. Food is cooked in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender,it preserves the natural flavor The freshness, color and appearance of the food remain unchanged which makes it more preferable. One of the best parts of sous vide cooking is that you don’t need to do much to your food before cooking.Most kinds of meat,fish and vegetables only need salt and pepper to shine, butter and marinades are not necessary, even lean meats will retain their moisture on their own.
  2. Traditionally prepared food dries out for example, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking, loses none of its volume.
  3. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking, the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside,

With sous vide cooking technique, you can hold the meat at safe temperature for longer periods without affecting its quality.

Breakfasts Kids Will Love

What a disaster it is to have kids with low appetite or who have issues related to their appetite. They eat very few things and are very peaky when it comes to food. Every breakfast is a special ceremony of convincing them to eat not to have vitamin deficit or health issues. I will share my experience with you as an experienced mother of 3 kids who are not that easy to be raised.

I believe that every situation has its solution, no matter how hard it is. You can figure out the solution if you wish. I will share a secret with you – kids like creativity and games and this is why you need to make the process of eating like a game so that they think they are playing an interactive game while they are eating in fact.

Add some creativity and that’s it.

One day you can serve porridge but not a plain one. Add either berries – some blueberries are perfect choice, or alternatively you can add a handful of dried fruits with some nuts and cashews in it.

As for the second day, you can serve some scrambled eggs but again, not plain ones. You can give them any shape you like – heart shaped, star shaped and what not. There are special shape giving tools that you can buy and use to entertain your kids and make every breakfast fun. You can use even slices of sweet pepper and break the eggs in the pepper and this will be a natural shape-giver.

If your kids adore Nutella and you do not let them eat it, there is a smart way to get through this. You can buy an alternative thing to it, like natural ones and use them with pancakes you will make in 10 minutes. You can use chocolate spreads with hazelnut and not only, even fruit jams can be added to the layers of the pancake and be served with a cup of proper tea.

Do not forget about decorations. They are a must when we deal with kids. You can use every food you have at hand and make up something out of it. For example, you can make your kids eat vegetables by making animals out of various vegetables using your imagination and creativity. You can make flowers from sausages and many other creative and attracting things for kids to boost their appetite.

Fruits on empty stomach are always a good idea so you can make lollipops from fruits or gels with fruits or various juices to make sure your kids use fruits and get the vitamins from them.

With some creativity you will make yummy and nutritious breakfasts for your kids.