How you can prepare restaurant-worthy dishes at home

Published May 21, 2018 6:00AM (EDT)

The kitchen can be a frustrating place: cooking over an open flame or electronic heat source can produce some pretty delicious food — but just as easily (in as little as just a few moments), you can burn, overcook or undercook your dishes and ruin perfectly good ingredients. For precision-based, higher-tech cooking that's not as unapproachable as it might seem, use this Chefman Sous Vide Precision Cooker with WiFi.

It's perfect for a wide array of dishes, whether you're preparing vegetables, appetizers, protein, or even dessert — and despite probably hearing about sous vide cooking techniques on high-level cooking shows, it's not exclusively for restaurant kitchens or professional chefs. To cook something sous vide is usually when your ingredients are vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch, then cooked at a precise temperature for a specific amount of time.

The beauty of sous vide cooking is that it's the exact opposite of more temperamental forms of flame cooking. When sautéing ingredients, or baking them, you need to remove the food from heat at a precise moment — too soon, your chicken could end up raw, and too late means indigestible, tough meat. Even then, your dishes are only perfectly cooked for a small period — and if you have late guests, then that window to enjoy the entree has passed.

With sous vide cooking, you bring the food to the exact temperature it needs to be — plus, the food never gets hotter than the temperature you set for the water bath, so it remains at the ideal done-ness you want it to be. The Chefman Sous Vide includes a few features that elevate it even above the typical sous vide, making it intuitive enough to use for beginners, but sophisticated enough for amateur chefs (and pros).

The Chefman Sous Vide features advanced temperature settings – there's an LCD display that clearly shows a timer, the current temperature, and your desired temperature, giving you total control. There's even the choice between Fahrenheit or Celsius, with a swivel dial that lets you set the time and temperature in seconds. And even though it would be difficult to mess up, there's also smart sensors that monitor the water levels and heat, with an automatic shutoff feature (just in case).

Plus, this sous vide cooker fits on any medium or large-sized pot and includes a 360-degree directional pump that helps circulate the water, so your entire pot (no matter the size) reaches and maintains your desired temperature. Amplify your cooking game: usually, this Chefman Sous Vide Precision Cooker with WiFi is $129.99, but you can get it now for $89.99.

By Salon Marketplace

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