Sous Vide: How it Works and Why You Should Try It

Sous vide, a French term meaning "under vacuum," is a cooking technique that's gaining popularity among professional chefs and home cooks alike. But what exactly is sous vide, how does it work, and why should you give it a try? In this blog post, we'll dive into the world of sous vide cooking with insights from Certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale.

How Sous Vide Works

Sous vide is a cooking method that involves sealing food in a plastic bag or glass jar and then cooking it in a water bath at a precise, often low, temperature. Here are the steps:

  1. Season your food as desired and place it in a vacuum-seal bag or airtight container.
  2. Set your sous vide cooker to the desired temperature based on the type of food you're cooking. The sous vide cooker will heat the water to the exact temperature and keep it there.
  3. Submerge the sealed bag or container in the water bath and let the food cook for the specified time.
  4. Once the food is cooked, you can sear, grill, or broil it to add a delicious, caramelized exterior.

Now that we understand how sous vide works let's explore the reasons why you should give it a try.

Precise Cooking

With traditional cooking methods, getting the perfect level of doneness can be a challenge. Sous vide solves this problem by cooking food to a precise temperature, ensuring consistent results every time. It's almost impossible to overcook or undercook your food with sous vide.

Improved Flavor

Since sous vide cooks the food in its own juices, the flavors are locked in and intensified. Moreover, the slow, low-temperature cooking process can break down tough fibers in meats, resulting in tender, succulent dishes.

Saves Time and Energy

Once the food is in the water bath, sous vide cooking requires very little supervision. This "set it and forget it" method can free up your time for other tasks, making it a great option for busy home cooks.

Minimal Cleanup

As all the cooking is done within the sealed bag, there are no dirty pots, pans, or splatters to clean up. Just dispose of the bag (or wash and reuse, if applicable) when you're done cooking.

Nutrient Retention

Because the food is cooked in a sealed environment, it retains more vitamins and minerals than it would with other cooking methods, making your meals healthier.


From precision and flavor enhancement to time-saving and nutrient retention, sous vide cooking offers a host of benefits that make it worth trying. While it might sound intimidating, getting started with sous vide is easier than you might think, especially with the right equipment and guidance.

If you're ready to try your hand at sous vide, consider joining us for a Sous Vide Two-Day Workshop led by Certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale. It's the perfect introduction to this exciting cooking method and a chance to learn from a master. And don't forget to check out our Sous Vide Essentials at the Rosendale Collective Shop for all your sous vide equipment needs. Happy cooking!