Sous vide equipment, also known as immersion circulators, will cost you some money upfront. But there are lots of ways that it will save you money and time. Here the five top ways sous vide cooking can save you money.
1. Cheaper Cuts Turn Out Better
I don’t know about you, but I am not a pro chef. Many dinners have gone to waste from the meat being too dry or overcooked. Cooking meats sous vide makes even the difficult cuts easy to prepare. As long as you know the temperature and cook time, your meat will never be over or undercooked. For example, for a medium-rare steak, you would simply set the device to 134°F. This would give you a juicy piece of steak without any dry edges or undercooked centers.
2. Stop Wasting Food
As much as I would like to think I am, I’m not a Michelin Star Chef. And there were many times where meat would be overcooked (especially burgers and steaks) and my family would choke down what they could and the leftovers would either sit in the fridge and go bad or when I was being honest with myself, they’d just go in the trash. Since I started sous vide cooking, this doesn’t happen anymore. And my burgers don’t look like hockey pucks anymore.
3. Easy Food Prep & Bulk Cooking
When I go to Costco, which I do at least twice a month, I buy my meat in large quantities. It is so easy to prep, package, cook, and refrigerate or freeze my meals. My 25 pound box of chicken legs, portioned and seasoned in the vacuum bag, can all be cooked at once, flash cooled in an ice bath, and then frozen until I’m ready to use. The sous vide can also defrost and reheat your meals without danger of overcooking. This saves my family so much money on last minute fast food runs and we eat healthier all week.
Try This: Sous Vide Beef Roulade
4. Save Money on your Utility Bill!
Once your water gets hot, there really isn’t much that your immersion circulator has to do. The good folks over at Amazing Food Made Easy did a great article showing the math and the breakdown of how much electricity a sous vide uses. I don’t use my stovetop very often, except for a quick sear. I rarely use my oven, except for making bread. And I use less dishes – so I don’t have to run my dishwasher as often.
5. Stop Eating Out
Valentine’s Day is coming and I went to make reservations for my husband and I, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. A good steak at a decent restaurant is going to cost 17-30 dollars each.. I can get a 30 day dry aged steak for both of us and cook it PERFECTLY better than most restaurants. And there isn’t much I can’t cook better than most restaurants. Cheaper. We simply don’t eat out anymore. It isn’t worth it.