Got a Sous Vide Machine! Now What?
Getting your sous vide circulator is just the beginning! You still need to learn how to use it, pick out some favorite recipes to try, and browse all the cool accessories you can add on to it!
How to Learn About Sous Vide
Sous vide is a wonderful method of cooking that makes it easy to turn out delicious, amazing food that will impress your friends and family. However, there are some basics you should understand before you get started, as well as some more advanced techniques to maximize your sous vide experience.
If you are just getting started with sous vide, I offer a FREE comprehensive email course called Sous Vide Quick Start. It walks you through everything you need to know to get started with sous vide and you will be creating amazing food in no time that will wow your friends and family.
If you prefer to learn from a cookbook, my best selling Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Sous Vide is full of recipes and descriptions of the sous vide process. For a more basic and detailed look at sous vide, my Exploring Sous Vide cookbook will step you through the entire process, leaving you with a detailed understanding of sous vide.
If you are into healthy cooking, then my Healthy Sous Vide cookbook will present you with more than 70 flavorful, stress-free recipes with full nutritional information that will have you eating great.
If you have questions about sous vide or want to share your journey with others, I run a friendly sous vide Facebook group where people of all levels can ask questions and share their creations.
Recipes and What to Cook First
There are thousands of sous vide recipes out there and it can be daunting to figure out where to start. I put together some of my favorite recipes to get started with in my What Should I Sous Vide First? article.
You can also see all of my latest recipes in my sous vide recipes section. I'm always adding more recipes as I try out new things.
Sous Vide Accessories
We all love toys, and getting your machine is only the first step in the sous vide process! It's definitely enough to get you started cooking amazing food, but you might be interested in some of the other accessories out there that make sous vide even more convenient.
My absolute favorite sous vide accessory is my blow torch! It works amazing for searing foods without over cooking them and there is just something so much fun about using a blow torch. I use the Bernzomatic TS8000 and it works great.
While not nearly as exciting, getting a sous vide water bath container and accessories makes the whole experience much easier. There are several options here including a water bath to cook in, a lid to reduce evaporation, and racks or magnets to hold the bags in place. I put together an article on my recommended sous vide water bath systems that discusses the pros and cons of several options.
If you want to show off your love of sous vide you can check out my line of sous vide t-shirts, sous vide mugs, sous vide bags, and even sous vide notebooks!
If you find yourself regularly looking up heating and pasteurization times, then my sous vide timing ruler might be exactly what you are looking for. It's made of water-proof plastic and is a quick and easy way to double check your cooking times.
This article is by me, Jason Logsdon. I'm an adventurous home cook and professional blogger who loves to try new things, especially when it comes to cooking. I've explored everything from sous vide and whipping siphons to pressure cookers and blow torches; created foams, gels and spheres; made barrel aged cocktails and brewed beer. I have also written 10 cookbooks on modernist cooking and sous vide and I run the AmazingFoodMadeEasy.com website.
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