If you thought sous vide was easy before, it just got much easier! Everyone who dives into sous vide for the first time is always amazed by how easy and satisfying the process can be. From the outside it seems so difficult. The resulting food tastes so exquisitely unique. The equipment involved seems so odd and intimidating. Yet, the process is always quite easy. Sure, it requires care and attention. But what sort of cooking doesn’t? Honestly the biggest challenge you’ll face after adding sous vide to your culinary repertoire is figuring out how to maximize the potential of your sous vide menu! Wrapping your head around how to use a sous vide cooker is easy. Delivering consistently delicious and exciting dishes in sous vide? That tough. Or at least it used to be…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably noticed the explosion in popularity of delivered meal kits. It’s a way to take the pressure off of trips to the grocery store and learn about to whip up restaurant quality meals at home. Given that sous vide cooking has taken off in popularity at the same time, it only makes sense that there would also be a proliferation of sous vide meal kits as well. A few companies provide pre-cooked sous vide meals which are packed in vacuum sealed bags. Once delivered, you can either toss tese meals in your sous vide water bath for dinner that night (thawed ) or freeze it for later. Frozen sous vide meals can be placed right into a sous vide machine without having to worry about de-thawing. It really is that easy. Oh sure, you’re probably thinking – why buy pre-cooked meals for sous vide? Much of the cooking/heating process is the same whether I vacuum sealed my own meal or purchased one online. The answer is convenience and taste. This is an incredibly easy and approachable way to enjoy delicious sous vide meals without sweating your way through hours of meal prep.
These meals are perfect for to come home to after a long day. There’s no stress involved. No long wait before digging into your feast. Just toss the meals right into your sous vide machine. This eliminates your exhausting weekly Sunday meal preps of vacuum sealing meals for coming the week and gets rid of the stress coming up with new recipes. Now, let’s not be mistaken – we don’t want you to stop creating your own meals. This simply provides an alternative option for those busy weeks, allowing you to eat healthy and delicious meals with minimal effort. Nothing will stop you from developing your own stunning sous vide recipes, but this will allow you to enjoy your favorite form of cooking on nights when a heavy cooking session feels impossible.
Now, let’s talk about the taste. After all, what could be more important? Thankfully, this isn’t something you’ll need to worry about with a sous vide meal kit. These pre-packaged sous vide meals are 100% created by professional chefs. From seared and grilled chicken breasts, to eggplant confit and red chili braised pork shoulder, frozen meals have never been so exquisite. It’s like getting a high end dining experience in a bag. We probably have your attention now, so let’s dive into your two main options for ordering ready-to-eat sous vide meals.
Cuisine Solutions is one of the pioneering companies of sous vide. And now, after perfecting the technique for decades, you can buy their chef-created delectable dishes shipped right to your door. That’s right, you won’t even have to leave the house to enjoy the work of some of the finest sous vide chefs in the world. Products available for online purchasing change from time to time, so you’ll have to check their webside to see the most up-to-date options. As of this write-up, there are five primary choices including:
- Creamy Corn and Poblano Soup
- Eggplant Confit
- Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce
- Grilled Seared Chicken Breast
- White Beans with Thyme & Garlic
Newer into the sous vide market is Nomiku. Nomiku created the first WiFi sous vide immersion circulator .which can be controlled from anywhere, and even use the Tender App to share recipes. It was a breakthrough in sous vide convenience that has been copied by many competitors, but never topped. In addition to their collection of innovative sous vide machines, Nomiku Eats provides same-day meal delivery fulfilled by UberRush. This ensures optimal freshness without having to freeze the food. Best of all, you won’t have to meticulously plan your order in advance. Decide what you want to eat that night, put in the order, and prepare when it arrives. It’s that simple. Their line-up changes to provide customers with culinary variation; however, choices as of this write-up include:
- Red Chili Braised Pork Shoulder with Hominy
- Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala
- NY Strip Steak with Mushroom Sherry Sauce & Root Vegetables
- Garlic Ginger Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
- Sicilian Meatballs with Caramelized Fennel Marinara & Polenta
Nomiku also provides subscription meal delivery which can save you some money by purchasing in bulk. The only negative is that this service is only provided in San Francisco, CA as of right now. Check them out and be on the lookout for their expansion!