Incredibly tender steak cooked using the sous vide (water bath) method in the Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide Slow Cooker.
If you’ve ever watched Chopped or other cooking shows, you may have seen someone place food in a sealed bag and place it in a hot water bath machine. On a compressed time frame show like Chopped it is done mainly for marinating or pickling. I have always been curious about this cooking method, so I said yes when Hamilton Beach approached me to ask if I’d like to try their new sous vide machine, which also doubles as a slow cooker. They’ve also generously included a second unit to give away. Most sous vide machines are in the $800 price range and include a circulating motor. While this does not circulate the water, it’s at a price point that’s affordable for home cooks that want to be producing pro results.
This is may be most tender steak I have eaten in my life. Check out my Facebook Live video to see how I did it step by step.
I used their Steak with Chimichurri Sauce recipe (included in the booklet) as a starting point, giving it my own Recipe Renovator flair.
Since we’re featuring paleo-friendly recipes this month I wanted to showcase a cooking method that’s low and slow, which is the best way to cook red meat to reduce possible carcinogens from grilling. The final quick sear adds a brown crust without increasing that risk. If you spend a lot on grass-fed pastured beef (which we eat only about once a month), you don’t want to ruin it. That’s what I like about this machine, as it is nearly impossible to overcook the meat. Be warned, it’s not a fast method. It took 20 minutes for the unit to come to temperature (starting with hot tap water) and then 2 hours to cook the meat. So it’s definitely a weekend option, although you can use the slow cooker option on any day of the week.
Note: You will need 4 heat-safe bags (BPA free). I used Ziploc quart-size freezer bags.
I’ll be giving away this fantastic Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide Slow Cooker on October 27, 2016. Look for the sweepstakes post on that day to enter.
Required FTC disclosure: I was sent one unit myself in order to test and develop this recipe. I was not paid to write this post.