A Healthy and Tasty Way of Cooking For the Family: Sous Vide

Are you familiar with the cooking method known as Sous Vide? I wasn’t until a good friend of mine introduced it to me and I fell in love. With sous vide, you will be cooking food for a long period of time, inside a vacuum sealed bag. As the food is inside a vacuum, it lacks the oxygen that many toxic bacteria require to survive.  But you also heats food just enough so that it reaches the exact “doneness” you desire, with no risk of over- or under- cooking.With sous vide, you really do get the best of both worlds. You no longer need to decide between taste and health, as this method results in food that is more tasty and more healthy!

Here are sous vide tools you’ll need to get started:

sous vide machine

sous vide container

vacuum sealer machine

Now let’s talk about my favorite topic: the health benefits. 

Tangible Health Benefits of Sous Vide Cooking

 

Nutrients are Preserved

Cooking at hight temperatures can deplete valuable nutrients in meats, oils, and vegetables. When food is cooked the sous vide way, these harmful changes are very much reduced (because they are caused by high temperatures). Also, juices have nowhere to run – they are trapped inside a bag! This is really good news for us, because it means that the food keeps more of its healthy and essential nutrients.sous vide cooking

No Need for Added Oil

With sous vide cooking, you do not need to use cooking oil – the food is suspended inside a bag, and never comes into contact with a hot surface unless you decide to sear it after it has cooked. So eliminating the oil from the process is actually one of the health benefits of sous vide cooking!

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Preparing Healthier Meals In Advance Using Sous Vide

There is no denying the fact that healthier food takes more time and effort to prepare than unhealthy food. Unfortunately, we have a well established food industry which specializes in preparing food that is made for convenience and flavor, but which neglects health.

If you are cooking in a rush, the probability is higher that you will make less healthy food choices.

On the other hand, sous vide cooking requires food be prepared in advance. This allows you to plan your meal carefully, selecting high quality ingredients and preparing a delicious meal that will be good for you.

These chicken breasts were sealed and are ready to be cooked at a moments notice.IMG_0572

Food Safety

With sous vide, you will be cooking food for a long period of time, inside a vacuum sealed bag. As the food is inside a vacuum, it lacks the oxygen that many toxic bacteria require to survive.

So there you have it.  Would love to hear your thoughts on sous vide cooking and comment below if you have any questions.

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