Experiment With Your New Sous Vide Home Cooker
Make restaurant-grade meals and side dishes from the comfort of your own home with these delicious and nutritious sous vide recipes.
Sous vide cooking offers succulent, nutritious meals which are full of flavour, texture and vitamins. Up until recently, this style of cooking has been confined to top-notch restaurants across the globe. However, the availability of home sous vide cookers has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for home cooked meals.
If you have recently invested in a sous vide cooker, then check out this selection of best sous vide recipes to get you started.
Succulent Sous Vide Chicken
You can’t go wrong with this juicy, tender chicken recipe which can be used as the centrepiece for a hearty Sunday roast.
Ingredients: Chicken breast, salt, black pepper, butter, olive oil and fresh herbs.
Method: Set your sous vide cooker to 60C with the timer on for 90 minutes. Season the breasts with the salt and pepper, then put into a resealable bag with olive oil, butter and herbs. Submerge the bag entirely in the water and leave for 90 minutes.
Once removed, quickly fry the chicken breast in a pan using olive oil, until the skin is crispy. Serve immediately.
This sous vide style of cooking lobster allows you to infuse the meat with extra sweetness.
Ingredients: 2 live lobsters (1 ½ pounds), 30g unsalted butter, 2 sprigs of fresh tarragon, lemon wedges, 60ml clarified butter
Method: After killing the lobster, twist off the claws and tail and insert skewers into them. Boil the tail for 1 minute and the claws for 4 minutes, then transfer to an ice bath. Remove the meat then place in a resealable bag with the unsalted butter and tarragon. The air should be vacuum-sucked out. Cook in the sous vide bath for up to an hour, then serve with lemon wedges and clarified butter.
Poached Pears with Port
This the perfect indulgent dessert for those with a sweet tooth.
Ingredients: 6 firm peeled pears with stem left on, 120ml port, 180g sugar, 3 tablespoons of honey, 2 cinnamon sticks and 5 cloves.
Method: Preheat your sous vide cooker to 85C. Pour the port into a pan, add the sugar, honey and spices, then boil until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan and set light to the port to burn off the alcohol. Once cool, pour the liquid into a vacuum bag along with the pears. Remove the air and seal the bag. Cook in your sous vide machine for 2 hours. Serve with the remaining sauce and ice cream.
Perfect Carrot Side-Dish
This simple but delicious accompaniment goes well with many types of meat main courses, whether it be a Sunday roast or chicken pasta.
Ingredients: Carrots, salt and pepper, parsley, butter and olive oil.
Method: Preset your cooker to 90C and pop the timer on for 30 minutes. Peel your carrots, season them then place them in a sealable bag – add butter and a dash of olive oil alongside the parsley. Submerge the bag and simply cook for half an hour!
Egg And Bacon Bites
These bites are so moreish that you’ll be making them every day!
Ingredients: 6 eggs, 170g gruyere cheese, 85g cream cheese, 3 slices of cooked bacon cut into cubes, pinch of salt to taste.
Method: Set your sous vide cooker to 78C. Whisk together the eggs, cheese and salt until thoroughly combined. Distribute the cubes of bacon into the bottom of 6 canning jars with lids. Fill with the egg and cheese mixture. Place the lids on but only to fingertip tightness to prevent the jars from shattering. Submerge the jars for one hour, then enjoy straight from the cup.
These recipes are just a brief selection of the wonderful ways that you can experiment with your new sous vide cooker. If your mouth is already watering, then it’s time to get cracking on making your next sous vide treat.
Summer is my favorite season! Plenty of fruits, warm weather, beach time and a lot of tanning. Not mentioning that kids love it too, but mostly because it is the holiday time which means no school and no homework. As a mom, summer time does not mean more free time or more quiet moments. So, it usually means yelling, laughter and your kids` friends coming over. But as any mom, you cannot but not love them. Despite all the moments when you just want to lock yourself in the pantry and pretend you are not in the house. I will leave that conversation for another time though. This time I am going to talk about the best ice cream recipe made with summer fruits. It is easy to make, it has a lot of nutrients, and it is the perfect dessert for your kids and their friends. You will need the following ingredients:
- Summer Fruits : blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, and redcurrants. Of course you can add other types of fruits as well if you wish.
- Two tablespoons of organic honey. Make sure it is runny.
- Handful of nuts (your choice, also optional)
All you have to do is mix the fruits, nuts, honey and ice in a blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth. Place the mixture in a freezer proof container and leave it for a couple of hours or until frozen. Take it out and put it in the food processor or blender again to remove any hard ice bits. Place back in the freezer for another hour or two and then scoop it into a bowl when ready to eat. It can be garnished with more summer fruits or mint.
Summer fruits are a great add to your menu during the summer time. If you are a fan of gardening, having a few fruit bushes in your garden could save you a lot of money. It would also allow you to enjoy the sweet taste of summer fruits any time you want. Whether you prefer raspberries, strawberries, or you want to look for blackcurrant bushes for sale online, having at least one of them in your garden would be great. But, if you are a busy mom, it may be easier just to buy them from a supermarket.
No matter where you get your summer fruits from, you can always mix them into delicious and easy to make desserts. This will make you the favorite mom among your kids` friends. And not only that, but you will also ‘trick’ your kids into eating their daily serving of fruit with this delicious ice cream recipe. To be a revolution mom, you need the right ‘weapons’ in the fight against unhealthy crisps and sweets. Although your kids most likely prefer them over fruits. But not anymore, the ultimate ice cream recipe is here. It is easy, healthy and a great way to keep your kids` cravings for sugary foods and drinks in check. Be a smart mom, be a revolution mom!
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Since shows like The Great British Bake Off first appeared on our screens, the UK has seen a huge rise in the number of people picking up an apron and wooden spoon and taking to the kitchen to whip up a sweet treat. Mastering the art of cake design is just important as a good sponge if you want professional looking cakes, so we bring you a guide to sugarcraft, and how to master it.
So what is Sugarcraft?
In simple terms, sugarcraft is a type of cake decorating, used to make your cakes stand out and al
low you to create three-dimensional designs. Similar to the techniques used by clay sculptors, it’s the art of modelling 3D figures in a cake using rolled fondant. Rolled into sheets, sugarcraft can be draped over cakes and also used to make intricate designs including ribbons, bows and flowers.
So Where Do I Begin?
One of the best ways to master the art of sugarcraft is to purchase a DVD or watch some videos online, to watch some experts in action. If you can, a class in sugarcraft is an even better option as you’ll have an instructor on-hand to personally show you some techniques and show you where you might be going wrong. Before you start, just remember that learning sugarcraft takes some time to master, and it can be very fiddly and irritating to get right. There’s really no right or wrong way, you’ll just need to use your artistic eye and try some different methods to find one that’s right for you.
What Do I Need?
There are a number of different utensils used in sugarcraft, and you can find them all on sites such as MakeBake. Here are just a few of the instruments you might want to pick up:
- Stainless Steel Metal Cutters – for creating delicate blossoms, leaves and flowers.
- Sugarpaste- prepared to use, sugarpaste gives you a smooth and sleek finish every time, allowing you to decorate cakes without the fear of cracking. Icecraft is a good brand to sue for this, being significantly less gritty and oil than other sugarpastes and offering a vibrant white, unflavoured colour.
- Spray Can Colours – spray cans are a great way of colouring a variety of icings including sugarpaste, marzipan, buttercream, modelling paste and much more. You’ll also find a great selection of colours available.
- Rosebuds and roses – perfect for decorating delicate cakes, sugarcraft roses and rosebuds give you cake a beautiful finish and are available in a variety of quantities and colours including lemon, peach, violet, pink and red.
- Piped roses – if you’re making cupcakes, piped roses are a great option and are usually available in pink and white.
How It’s Done
Before you start, make sure you’ve prepared the fondant in advanced and stored in an airtight container in the fridge until you need to use it. Then let your imagination run wild! Be aware that liquid food colourings shouldn’t be used when rolled fondant is ready for cake decorating. Colouring paste is a much better option, preventing the fondant from turning runny.
And remember, sugarcraft is a difficult art to master. If you don’t get it right the first time, practice is sure to make perfect. And just think of all those delicious cakes you’ll get to eat along the way!