What you need to consider when purchasing a sous vide machine
Once the domain of professional chefs, sous vide is now a common cooking method used by home cooks across Australia thanks to the introduction of affordable and easy-to-use sous vide machines. These devices offer precision cooking for reliable results every time as food is cooked to your specified cooking times and cooking temperature. Before you buy one, think about these factors:
Size - A standalone immersion circulator device is ideal if you're short on space and are on a tighter budget. A sous vide machine with a built-in water bath is a unit that comes with everything and is better suited to kitchens with more countertop room.
Capacity - There needs to be enough water in the pot for the device to circulate it. Many sous vide machines come with water level indicators to help you get the right amount.
Controls and display - A sous vide machine lets you set the exact temperature and time you need to cook your food to your desired doneness.
Extra features - Some sous vide machines come with extra features to make using them even easier, such as Bluetooth, wifi connectivity, built-in clips, timers and more.
Sous vide cooking explained
Sous vide is a cooking technique that uses precise temperature control to cook food to an exact degree of perfection. It is done by placing the food, along with herbs and seasonings, inside a bag and vacuum sealing it to slow cook in a water bath at the specified temperature. The result is food that is cooked evenly and consistently with a moist and tender centre that's full of flavour. After your sous vide food is done, you can finish it off by searing, broiling or even grilling it on the BBQ to add a crispy exterior.
How powerful does my sous vide machine need to be?
The greater the wattage of your machine, the faster the water will be brought up to the correct temperature. However, the higher the power and flow rate, the more you risk evaporation of the water inside. If you are cooking food for longer than 2-3 hours, make sure you monitor it closely to ensure the water level stays within the minimum and maximum levels.
Cooking sous vide vs slow cooker
Sous vide machines and slow cookers both offer gentle cooking at low temperatures for longer periods of time. This is in contrast to a pressure cooker, such as the Instant Pot, which cooks food quickly at very high temperatures using water and steam.
A sous vide machine differs from a slow cooker in that it uses a circulator to cook sealed food in water at a precisely controlled temperature which is lower than when using a slow cooker. Food simmers inside a slow cooker for hours where the steam gradually breaks it down and softens it.
Sous vide water bath vs sous vide immersion circulator
When choosing a sous vide machine for your home, you will have two options:
Sous vide immersion circulator - A sous vide immersion circulator is a standalone device that simply clips onto any pot you have in the kitchen. They're small, convenient and a great space-saving and cost-effective option. You can also find immersion circulators that can be controlled through Bluetooth or wifi for remote cooking!
Sous vide water bath - If you have the countertop space, a sous vide water bath is an all-in-1 solution. It comes with a built-in water bath to eliminate the need for a seperate pot and all of the controls can be managed via the control panel. Some water baths, and immersion circulators, will feature a touchscreen.
Featured products - discover the best sous vide machines in Australia
We've got the best sous vide machines to perfect your cooking skills and master those delicious sous vide recipes! There is the MasterPro Sous Vide Precision Cooker made from stainless steel with a digital display that shows the temperature, time and power buttons plus water level indicators to help you get the right amount of water.
The Laica Sous Vide Immersion Cooker will heat your water between 25C and 95C to create a perfectly controlled environment that can cook poultry, fish, meat and more for up to 99 hours and 59 minutes. There's also the Westinghouse Sous Vide Immersion Cooker which comes with a handy turning dial to easily increase or decrease the temperature.
If you're after a water bath, the Laica Sous Vide Water Oven is a stellar option, holding up to 8L of water and featuring an electronic panel, temperature control, timers and detailed instruction manual.
Vacuum sealers to bags - accessories you need when cooking
You don't need many items to sous vide at home. The basics will include:
Sous vide equipment - You can choose from an immersion circulator or a water bath.
Pot - If using a standalone device, you will need a pot.
Sous vide bags - Choose food-grade, BPA-free bags that can be vacuum sealed.
Vacuum sealer - A vacuum sealer is a fast and easy way to suction the air out of your bags in preparation for sous vide. The FoodSaver Lock & Seal System is a top choice.
Cookbooks - These are optional but they're a great way to get inspired and discover some new and exciting recipes to try out with your sous vide machine!
Buying online with Kitchen Warehouse
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How do you make sous vide at home?
A sous vide machine can help you to make restaurant-quality food at home. The process is easier than you may think! All you need to do is choose a sous vide machine, such as our MasterPro Sous Vide Precision Cooker, attach it to a pot of water and set the time and temperature needed to achieve your level of doneness. Place your food in resealable plastic bags with a small section of the bag left open. When the air has been suctioned out by the water pressure, seal it up. Let the machine work it's magic!
For an even easier set-up, the Laica Sous Vide Water Oven is an all-in-one sous vide unit that holds 8L of water and includes an electronic panel with adjustable controls.
What are the benefits of sous vide?
Whether you're an occasional home cook or a dedicated professional, there's plenty of reasons to add a sous vide machine to your cookware collection. They can:
Cook food evenly to an exact temperature and set time to avoid overcooking
Retain the juices in the food so that it is moister and more tender
Help you to save money by cooking even the cheapest meats to perfection
Reduce the risk of burns from hot water as food is slow-cooked at a low temperature
Be healthier for you as slow-cooking keeps all of the nutrients inside the food
Be used almost anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet
Cook different meals in the same water bath to please everyone!