Egg-cellent!: A Guide to Sous Vide Eggs
Eggs are one of the most popular foods in the United States, and more people are consuming them than ever before.
In fact, in 2018, U.S. egg consumption reached an impressive 278.9 eggs per person.
Are you an egg eater? Are you getting tired of the same old cooking methods?
If you’re getting bored with frying or scrambling your eggs, you might want to consider upping your game with sous vide cooking.
Never heard of sous vide cooking before? Not sure how to use it to prepare your favorite breakfast food? Keep reading.
Here is your complete guide to sous vide eggs.
What Is Sous Vide Cooking?
The French term “sous vide” translates to “under vacuum.”
Sous vide is a type of cooking that involves sealing food in an airtight container, such as a vacuum sealed bag. That food is then cooked in temperature-controlled water.
When you use a sous vide machine, the food never comes in contact with a heated metal surface, and there are no flames, smoke, or steam. The water never comes to a boil, either. Instead, a heated metal coil warms the water and keeps it at a consistent temperature.
The sous vide cooking process is controlled and gradual. It takes longer than other cooking methods, but it makes it very hard to overcook a protein. This means no more dry, rubbery eggs!
Benefits of Sous Vide Cooking
In addition to almost fully eliminating the risk of overcooking your eggs, there are lots of other reasons to cook them using the sous vide method. Some other benefits of sous vide cooking include:
When food is prepared using sous vide cooking, it is less likely to dehydrate. This, in turn, helps it maintain its natural flavor, color, and aroma. You’ll find that you get tastier, more flavorful eggs when you use sous vide cooking to prepare them.
Eggs are incredibly nutritious–they’re full of protein, healthy fats, and other micronutrients. Sous vide cooking helps you to reap all the health benefits of eggs since none of the nutrients are lost during the slow, low-heat cooking process.
Sous vide cooking makes it easy for you to consistently cook your eggs well, too. Because you can control the temperature so precisely, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your eggs are cooked perfectly every single time.
Less Time in the Kitchen
Sous vide cooking takes longer than other methods, but it also requires very little supervision. You simply prep and vacuum seal your eggs, then let them sit and cook. It’s almost totally hands-off!
Easier Large Quantity Cooking
Planning a big brunch or breakfast gathering? Sous vide cooking allows you to easily and precisely cook large quantities of eggs at one time.
Reduced Food Waste
Finally, sous vide cooking is great for minimizing food waste. Food cooked this way tends to last longer, so there’s less food thrown out.
It’s also easy to prepare individual portions, so you’ll be able to cook just what you need and avoid leftovers that are just going to get tossed out.
How to Prepare the Perfect Sous Vide Eggs
Okay, you’re convinced that sous vide cooking is a great option for preparing delicious, perfectly cooked eggs. But, how do you actually cook your eggs using this machine?
Here are some tips that will help you prepare perfect sous vide eggs every single time.
When most people think about sous vide eggs, they think of delicious, perfectly poached eggs.
To poach your eggs, cook them at 143 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. Then, gently crack the egg into a bowl and scoop it out with a spoon. This will cause the watery white of the egg to fall away.
Next, heat a pot of water to a simmer. Once it’s simmering, decrease the heat.
When the bubbles stop forming, slide the egg into the water for about one minute. Drain the water.
Now, you’re ready to enjoy your egg on toast, an English muffin, or all by itself.
Sous vide scrambled eggs are also a thing of beauty. And, they’re incredibly easy to prepare.
Beat your eggs, then add them to the bag. Cook them at 165 degrees Fahrenheit for about thirty minutes. Every ten minutes, “agitate” or gently shake the bag to scramble the eggs.
You can also mix your beaten eggs with some milk, cream, and melted butter if you prefer a creamier scrambled egg dish.
Many people also love sous vide soft boiled eggs.
To prepare soft-boiled sous vide eggs, start by boiling them for three minutes. Then, transfer them to the sous vide and cook them at 143 degrees Fahrenheit for forty-five minutes.
This cooking method will provide you with a slightly firm egg white and nice, runny egg yolk.
You can also prepare hard-boiled eggs using a sous vide machine. Sous vide hard-boiled eggs are firm without being rubbery or dry. They’ll also be more flavorful.
To prepare sous vide hard-boiled eggs, simply cook them at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for about one hour.
This is a great option if you want to prepare lots of hard-boiled eggs at once or want to prepare them ahead of time for an event or as part of your weekly meal preparation.
Want More Sous Vide Tips and Ideas?
Sous vide cooking isn’t the only method you can use to cook eggs, but it’s definitely one of the best.
Are you ready to start serving up perfectly cooked eggs?
Keep these guidelines in mind and you’ll be able to wow all your friends at your next breakfast or brunch gathering with delicious sous vide eggs.
Want to learn how to use sous vide cooking to prepare other foods? Want to make sure you’re using your machine the right way? Be sure to check out the sous vide machine advice section of our site today.
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