Disclosure: I received a SousVide Supreme and Vacuum Sealer for review. All opinions expressed are purely my own. I am grateful for opportunities like these, which allow me to continue to create and share delicious recipes with you.
We’ve got a lot to discuss today, so let’s get down to business friends.
First off, yes I am brining you ice cream in November. Don’t give me that look. I KNOW you are all still eating ice cream. Because nothing says the Holidays like a big scoop of ice cream perched on top of a slice of homemade pie, cake or bread pudding. You know I’m right. And I think our made-from-scratch desserts deserve to be honored with something more than just a store-bought pint. So I bring you Cinnamon and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. It’s the perfect pairing for all your Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. Or you know, for just eating straight from the container at midnight. No judgment.
BUT there is something else special about this ice cream. I made it in my SousVide Supreme!
OK, back up for a second. I did whaaatttt??? Let’s start from the top.
Sous vide cooking is a technique that involves cooking food in a vacuum-sealed pouch that is submerged in a water bath held at a precise temperature. It’s been used by chefs for years, but is now becoming more accessible to home cooks through convenient and easy to use water ovens like the SousVide Supreme. I’ve been wanting to try sous vide cooking for a while now (it certainly appeals to the scientist in me), so I was super excited to meet with the folks of SousVide Supreme at IFBC this year. And once I tasted the insanely tender and flavorful turkey they had made for the demo, I was hooked.
Let me just tell you about the machine itself for a hot second. As you can see in the photograph above, it’s pretty simple and sleek looking. I like that. But if you’re kitchen is like my kitchen, then I know countertop space is a precious commodity. So believe me when I say that this baby is light! Yes! I couldn’t believe it when I picked it up. You can safely store it in a cabinet without the fear of throwing out your back every time you want to get it out to use it. The user interface is super simple. All you have to really worry about is the on/off button and the temperature setting button. Boom! And as my mom pointed out to me, it’s completely silent when it’s running. Winning!
So why cook foods sous vide? Well, there are about a zillion reasons. But let’s just talk briefly about some of the reasons that are most important to me.
One is convenience. It’s the same “set it and forget it” mentality of your slow cooker, but with WAY more precision and control. Simply add the foods(s) to the pouches, seal, drop them in the water bath and walk away. Less dishes. And less time standing over the stove. Cook foods while you’re sleeping, at work or watching re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy.
The second reason, which I’ve all ready alluded to, is control. There is no ambiguity with “low”, “medium” or “high” settings. Here, you select the exact temperature that you want your food(s) to achieve. Again, the scientist in me just LOVES this part. And this precision means it’s almost impossible to overcook or undercook your food. Are you dinner guests arriving an hour later than expected (those jerks!)? No problem. Just leave the food in the water bath and it’s all good. You’re as cool as a cucumber. Martha Stewart would be jealous of how low stress you are.
And the third reason I want to share today is versatility. When I used to think of sous vide cooking, meat was pretty much what came to mind. But when I started digging into it more and uncovered all the other possibilities, I was blown away. And that’s how we get back to ice cream. I thought it would be fun to make something somewhat unexpected with my SousVide Supreme to showcase the versatility of this cooking technique.
Have you ever been cooking a custard on the stove and scrambled some of the eggs? Yeah, me too. Yuck. Well, with sous vide cooking that won’t happen. Simply blend together all the ingredients for the custard, seal them up and drop them in the water bath to cook. Then you chill and churn per usual. Easy peasy.
If you don’t have a SousVide Supreme yet (key word here is YET!), you can certainly make the ice cream base in the traditional way (heating up the ingredients on the stove and tempering in the egg yolks; this post is a good reference), but I certainly recommend asking Santa for one of these babies for Christmas. Hopefully you haven’t been too naughty this year…
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