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The Best Sous Vide Machine for Cooking in a Small Kitchen
The Sous Vide Machine is a hot item in the French cooking scene and amongst other kitchen equipment, it is also known as vacuum food sealer. There are many misconceptions about this cooking equipment. So, here is when you should start your sous vide experience: what exactly do you have to get started with your sous vide experience? Here is when you should know what you are looking for in a sous vide machine:
The most important piece of equipment that you should start out with is a sous vide machine or vacuum food sealer, as it is commonly known. But no matter what it is called, this is what you want. Thankfully, as sous vide technology becomes more widely accepted, the availability of this equipment itself has increased. But there are many choices to choose from so it makes sense to shop around first to find out which brands and models are available in your price range and which one meets your particular cooking needs.
Two of the most popular sous vide machines on the market right now are the Cuisinart Megaashi and the Sous Vide Pro. Both machines are widely regarded as the ultimate in their respective categories. The Cuisinart Megaashi is a dual processor unit that uses both an Automatic Water Release and a timer based locking system. The other is the Sous Vide Pro which offers a powerful compressor with high-end settings and various options for temperature control. You can use them both to cook thin layers of ice cream or soup or for roasting your meat using their built-in warming dials.
If you're going for something with a little more power, then look towards the Cuisinart Beagle IVIP instead. This is the smaller brother of the above mentioned machine but also incorporates some cool new features like the ability to infuse water through its immersion circulators. While this product isn't nearly as popular as the Sous Vide Pro or Cuisinart Megaashi, it's still worth checking out because of its practicality.
If price is an option, then there's the Sous Vide Thermo Fountain to consider. It has all the same features of the bigger and more expensive brothers, but it's also much more affordable. At just over $100, it's far more affordable than some of the higher end products. And it has some fantastic reviews, so if you have a chance to check them out, you should definitely take it up on this great little cooking method. Just keep in mind, however, that these were designed specifically for sous vide machines, not immersion circulators, and are therefore only suitable for use with those models.
Finally, there's the all inclusive, budget-friendly solution of the Verneger Chef Water Balloon Maker. While it doesn't offer the sous vide machines and the circulators that came with our first three choices, it does have its place in the kitchen. It allows you to cook nearly anything under the sun, and due to its lightweight construction, it's very easy to transport and even store. Because it's small and compact, it will be very effective in shrinking your kitchen counter space.
With the different types of machines out there, it's important that you understand the differences between them before making a final decision. Some brands, for example, are designed to be used with specific brands of pots and pans, and some don't fit well with others. This makes it really important that you understand exactly what you're looking for before purchasing a set of appliances. Luckily, with sous vide cooking being so versatile, there's a pretty good variety out there.
While this article has focused on the various types of sous vide machines available, there are also other considerations you should make. How much space do you have available for a sous vide machine? Do you already own a portable stove that you plan on using with your machine? These things should be considered before buying, because you don't want to buy something that's too big or too small for your kitchen.