If you think sous vide is just an expensive fad, you might be surprised to know just how much money it actually could save you in the long run.
Once you’ve got your sous vide water bath or thermal circulator and a vacuum sealer, you’re ready to start saving money every single week, as well as spending a lot less time in the kitchen.
Essentially, sous vide allows you to buy your meals in bulk and freeze them to reheat whenever you want.
We’re going to run through all the ways that sous vide could help you start saving money!
Buy In Bulk
While buying your meat in bulk will save you a lot of money, it’s important that you’re smart about it, as you don’t want to buy more than you’ll be able to use or more than you can safely store.
And we don’t just mean picking up the latest multi-buy offer at the supermarket here. The best way to save is to go direct to a butcher or wholesaler.
While the initial cost will be more, this is where you can really start to make some long term savings by buying in bulk, but just remember not to buy more than you’ll be able to use!
Both local and nationwide wholesalers are beginning to sell more to the general public, so be sure to seek one out.
And, because sous vide tenderises much tougher (and cheaper) cuts and makes them far juicier and tastier than traditional methods, it means that you can get away with buying much cheaper cuts than you normally would, without having to worry about a drop in quality.
Season & Freeze
Next, you’ll have to freeze the meat to use later on, but be sure to season and vacuum seal them beforehand so that they’re instantly ready to be cooked without any further prep.
Split the meat up into portion sizes, and add in any salt, spices or cooking oil that you want to use, before sealing using a vacuum sealer.
It’s also a good idea at this point to label the packages with the contents and the date that they were frozen, as it can all get a bit confusing if you don’t.
While this step can take a bit of time, it’s worth it for the time it’ll save further down the line, and it’s quite satisfying knowing that you’ve got all your food for the week (or even longer) set and ready to go when you need it.
Cook Using A Sous Vide Machine
Finally, when you’re ready to use some of your pre-frozen meat, simply pop it into your sous vide bath or another container.
Generally, we would recommend thawing out the meat and cooking it for the same amount of time as you normally would, but you can cook straight from frozen, although you’ll have to essentially double your cooking time.
You’ll also cut down on wastage because there’s no risk that you’ll over or undercook the food, all of which means more money in your pocket at the end of the week.
While the method certainly does take a little longer than a microwave meal or ordering a takeaway, the results are much tastier, healthier, and ultimately not that much more expensive.
Freezing Full Meals
Instead of just freezing meat, you can actually freeze entire meals once you’ve started to get the hang of things.
This means that you can essentially create your own frozen ready meals, ready to cook whenever you wish.
In fact, there isn’t much which can’t be cooked sous vide, so you might be surprised with just how many things you can freeze and sous vide later.
A good idea is to simply make a little bit extra than you need when you’re next cooking, and simply put the leftovers in a vacuum pouch, ready to freeze.
Leftovers generally tend to sit at the back of the fridge until they’re forgotten about and end up turning less than appetising, so this is a good way to get more out of them and cut down on wastage.
(Another advantage of cooking leftovers like this is that you don’t even have to sear them when they come out of the sous vide machine!)
So if the cost of a sous vide machine it putting you off, just consider how much money you could potentially be saving on your meals for years to come, with a little planning. Not only this, but they’ll also be tastier, healthier and easier to prepare too!