1. USE HIGH QUALITY BAGS
You can sous vide ingredients using regular zip-top bags. To ensure your ingredients are protected throughout the cooking process, be sure to use good quality plastic bags that won’t allow water to leak in as the food heats.
2. AVOID OVERFILLING THE POT
To help prevent spills and messes, be sure to account for the size of your ingredients and avoid overfilling the pot with water.
3. BE MINDFUL OF WATER TEMPERATURE
Because sous vide is a temperature-controlled technique for heating food, it’s important to know how hot the water is while the ingredients are cooking with a thermometer or sous vide circulator.
4. ADJUST BURNERS WHEN NECESSARY
To help ensure even cooking when using the sous vide technique on the stove or cooktop, adjust the burners when necessary for a consistent temperature as the ingredients cook, especially after initially placing the bag into the water.
5. SEAR TO ADD FLAVOR
If you’re preparing a protein like steak, consider searing the meat before or after cooking for added flavor and texture.
6. USE A COOKING TIMER
Use a kitchen or phone timer to know when to remove the ingredients from the water bath and ensure accurate cook times according to your recipe.
7. SECURE THE BAG DURING COOKING
To protect the ingredients against excess movement, consider using a clothespin or clip to secure the plastic bag to the pot.