Sous-vide, a popular method of cooking in restaurants, is now achievable in the comfort of your own home. The sous-vide method of cooking occurs when food is sealed in an airtight plastic bag and placed in a water bath at an accurately regulated temperature, much lower than normally used for cooking. We had the pleasure of using the Kuraidori Precision Cooker so we could try out sous-vide cooking ourselves and it’s safe to say we’re hooked.
Opening up the box and reading the instructions, we could easily figure out how to operate the precision cooker and decided to whip up a delicious and healthy steak dinner. As specified, we filled up a cooking pot with water and inserted the precision cooker in the water bath to begin the heating process. As the water heated, we seasoned the steak on both sides with salt and pepper and placed it in a large freezer zip bag. Using the ‘water displacement method’ we submerged the steak, sealed the bag and clipped the bag to the side of the pot to ensure the steak wouldn’t move around too much. And with that, the steak began to cook.
Talk about set it and forget it, we set the timer for the steak to cook for two hours at 130c. The instruction manual provides a large chart with cooking times and temperatures for all types of meats and vegetables. Setting the temperature to 130c and letting the steak cook in the water bath for 2 hours allowed the steak to cook to a perfect medium rare.
The timer went off and we carefully removed the bag from the water bath with a pair of tongs, opened the zip bag and placed the steak on a plate to pat dry before the final step. Now, when you remove the bag from the water bath, the meat looked very unappealing, but I knew that after a quick sear in a very hot cast iron pan, this steak was going to be incredible.
After a minute on each side, we removed the steak from the cast iron pan and let it sit for a few minutes before slicing it. The steak had a beautiful seared crust and as we cut in, we could see how perfectly cooked the meat was. Served with sautéed kale and roasted sweet potato squash, this meal was beyond delicious.
There’s no doubt the sous-vide method of cooking is restaurant quality, and the Kuraidori Precision Cooker is our new favourite cooking appliance, but it’s not a way of cooking we’ll be able to do every day. Yes, the meal was delicious but over 2 hours to cook a steak was a bit long. If you’re okay with the extended cook time, this is a perfect new kitchen appliance and a great investment you won’t regret.
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