AquaChef Sous VideOver the past year, I had read some reviews and articles about sous vide cooking and discovered the AquaChef, as well as some other products for sous vide. Despite doing quite a bit of cooking at home, I had never tried sous vide, but was aware of the technique as something being used by top chefs in restaurants. I held off on purchasing any sous vide equipment and then I saw the AquaChef here on Kitchen Collection. With it being Thanksgiving time, I said what the heck, and decided to purchase a unit though Kitchen Collection. The ordering process was a piece of cake, and sure enough my AquaChef arrived the day before Thanksgiving. Great timing. We hosted Thanksgiving at my house, and since we had some guests that are pescatarian, I figured we’d use the AquaChef to prepare some salmon to have with dinner. So Thanksgiving morning, we set up the AquaChef, which was an easy and quick process. So easy, that even my 5-year-old could help with the set up. After he finished using the Seal N Fresh vacuum sealer as a pretend drill, we placed the already seasoned salmon in the vacuum sealed bag, sealed it up and placed it in the AquaChefs water bath. We let it cook at a low temperature for about two hours and it was ready to serve with dinner. It turned out moist and flaky and was a big hit with dinner with those who ate it. Success! The AquaChef is really easy to use. If anyone is interested in giving sous vide a try, then I would recommend this product.
Lovin' It!One of my friends actually told me about sous vide cooking. Then I saw it mentioned on the Food Network Channel as being the latest food trend in five-star restaurants. Sounded like a cool idea, so bought one. Ordering through Kitchen Collection was quick and convenient, but I was especially impressed with their fast shipping. The AquaChef arrived the day before Thanksgiving, which gave me plenty time (and holiday-guests) to try it out with.
Once I got the hang of it, sous vide became second nature - I just seasoned my meat and veggies, sealed them a in vacuum bag (included) with my vacuum sealer (also included), then cooked at the suggested temperature and time. It does what it promises - made one of the best steak and vegetable dinners we've ever had. We had a delicious turkey in the oven, but everyone wanted the steak (I know what's going on everyone's Christmas List this year!). Today I made lemon pepper salmon, and OMG! The friend that told me about sous vide has this exact same unit and will be coming over to give me some recipes and tips. She can work magic with the AquaChef - quick, convenient, no-mess AND nutritious meals? Can't wait!
I've been completely obsessed with researching and trying all things sous vide. Absolutely no regrets!