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Beginner Tips for Your New Circulator

Were you recently gifted with a circulator and are not sure where to begin? Here’s a handful of tips to get started.

BY Sara Johnson

Your friends know you’re a foodie, so it makes sense that you were gifted with the hippest of kitchen gadgets: a sous vide circulator. Used to streamline professional kitchens for years, the devices are now affordable and accessible to home chefs, and with a little education and attention to best practices, you’ll soon wonder how you got dinner on the table without one.

If your gift only included the circulator device, you’ll have to acquire a few more tools to get started. First off, most sous vide recipes require a vacuum-sealer and sous vide–safe bags, like a FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit. (If you just can’t wait to try your device, you can prepare eggs beautifully with sous vide directly in a water bath.) You’ll also need a container to hold the water bath. The industry standard are Cambro’s polycarbonate food containers, although any large pot will also do the trick.

Once you’ve assembled your four pieces of equipment—a vacuum-sealer, sous vide–safe bags, a large container, and of course your new circulator—you’re ready to get started. Here are some great beginner recipes to give your soon-to-be-favorite cooking system a try: Sous Vide Flank Steak, Turkey Breast with Sage Brown Butter, or Roasted Beet Salad.

Want more tips? Check out Sous-Vide magazine’s How to Cook Sous Vide Guide, which features video tutorials with Cuisine Solutions Executive Chef Bruno Bertin.

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