Is Sous Vide a fad, or cooking method that's here to stay?

I've been using a DIY sous vide rig, but I see more and more retail solutions for sous vide cooking. Do you think it's a fad or something that will work it's way into the kitchen as a standard appliance? And what recipes do you use if you use this?

  • Posted by: Sam1148
  • January 29, 2017


Liz B. January 8, 2018
I just learned about this a few weeks ago from the NY Times. To me, unless you want to start cooking many meals like this, the investment isn't worth it. It seems like something that makes more sense in a restaurant kitchen.
Sam1148 January 1, 2018
I use my bread machine every month. Granted It's more of 'make me a dough' machine...but I use it.
Sam1148 January 1, 2018
I see this topic has floated back. Here's my take on it, or any 'fad'
"when you see it at wal-mart" it's not a's here to stay.
There's a sous vide stick at wal-mart this year.
Tami W. January 1, 2018
Bread machines are sold at Walmart but everyone I know quit using theirs a long time ago. Yes the sous vide is here to stay but eventually won't be used often. Amtrak has been using them for years but how often do most people eat on trains........?
Tami W. January 1, 2018
Sous vide cooking is not new just the gadgets on the market today. If you have problems cooking steak, chicken, etc then try it. If you have mastered steaks, chicken, etc. then it is not for you and a waste of time and space.
My F. January 31, 2017
For my family the $150-200 appliance is completely worth it and that's even if I only ever used it to cook pork shoulder and cheap cuts of steak for tacos. I used to throw a bone in pork shoulder in the crock pot for 18-24 hours to make carnitas for tacos, which is a great way to do it since it cooks only in it's own juices. However due to the imprecise nature of the heating element in a crock pot sometimes it would get up to temperature too fast and make the meat seize up, it would always get tender cooking for that long but if you cook it too fast at the beginning there is a certain amount of dryness that will remain no matter what. With a sous vide I can increase the temperature slowly and purposefully.

And in my professional life as a personal chef I use it often to cook vegetables. Many of my clients have found my service to change their diet and blanching green veggies with sous vide means they have a great crisp-tender texture and retain the majority of the nutrients. For those in this feed who were gifted a sous vide setup and are skeptical try throwing asparagus or haricot vert in with a splash of lemon juice/your favorite vinegar and pinch of salt, set the temp to 180F (be sure to only add what your cooking once it has reached the desired temp) and cook for 10 minutes (for vegetables they cannot stay in the water bath until you need them, they will get mushy, take out at no longer than 20 minutes).
PieceOfLayerCake January 30, 2017
I think its just a natural progression of cooking technology. If used properly, its very useful (I would say about as useful as a microwave) and takes a lot of guesswork out of cooking. It took me a while to get used to but now that I have the basics down, I'm doing some fun, experimental stuff with it.
Uncle J. January 30, 2017
I think that with time it will never become a must-have appliance, but many cooks will use it effectively - about on par with a pressure cooker - a niche device that is truly useful for those who roll that way.
Sam1148 January 30, 2017
My wonderful husband built me a controller for the crockpot. It cost about 16 dollars for the main part and we had the other bits on hand. That was last fall. I've been using it a lot, mostly to turn chuck roasts and cheap cuts of meats into something close...but not exactly like prime rib. I like it. I'll get a stick unit eventually.
E January 30, 2017
I don't think it is a fad, but it's definitely not a technique for everyone. I don't buy meat that often, but when I do, I spring for the best that I can get. So for me, sous vide has helped me make sure my proteins are cooked exactly the way I want, with minimal issues. I use my ANOVA once a week at the least. I primarily use Kenji Lopez-Alt's recipes on Serious Eats to great success. But I have friends who eat meat more often, and but dealing with the rig set up isn't for their lifestyle. I have a vegetarian friend who loves her sous vide set up, because she loves making those perfectly runny eggs so she's a different example of a person who utilizes sous vide as a real technique as opposed to as a fad.

For reference, my friends and I are staunchly average / above average in our interest in at home cooking, as we live in NYC and SF and eat out often, so when any of us utilize a cooking technique more than once, it's because it makes our lives easier. None of us have professional cooking ambitions either. So at least in my friend group of amateur cooks, sous vide is a cooking method here to stay.
Uncle J. January 29, 2017
I got the Joule sous-vide setup a few months ago. Its great for me. For things that need to be done to just the right temperature - eggs, steak, fish, shrimp for instance. I takes the stress out of a meal where several things need to be ready at the same time. When my green veg is ready to go in the pan, I take the pork chop out of the SV and sear it and let it rest while the chard is wilting. Both get plated at the perfect time. I don't use it everyday - more like once a week or less, but it is definitely not a fad for me.
Dina January 30, 2017
This is my experience too. It's great for those of us who fail at getting all the dishes ready at the same time. I've got a full system, not just an immersion circulator, and I can't wait until I've got enough counter space for it to have a permanent home.

It's excellent for things that you tend to over- or under-cook (like steak for me), and for things that have a tendency to get dried out if not cooked correctly (haven't tried yet, but it's supposed to be awesome for turkey).
MMH January 29, 2017
I tried to ask this question less pointedly a couple weeks ago. We got the attachment for Xmas and I'm still asking why. We are good cooks and like to cook and I think it's the fad of the season. Why would I want that? Both dishes I've tasted were horrible - the texture is Aweful. It's an expensive fad that we be taking up space in our kitchen.
Dina January 30, 2017
This hasn't been my experience at all. Everything I've had from our machine has been excellent, although I haven't attempted poultry yet. I could see how that might not have a texture that you're used to. I wonder what we're doing differently?
sydney January 29, 2017
Plastic is a known, proven endocrine system disruptor, and especially so when heated. Heat leaches toxic molecules directly into the food, so it's a toxic way of food preparation from an autoimmune perspective. Hard to know if those health issues will affect its popularity as a kitchen tool. (Oh, and try to avoid acidic foods/beverages in plastic. A lot of leaching there as well.)
Blake I. January 29, 2017
I've done many recipies sous vide that I normally would conventionally cook. I have found very little serious application except for time management type apps. EX: if I know I want chicken/fish/steak but I don't know when I want to eat. It's super easy to throw it in and given a certain time, just take it out, sear and it's perfect. But, I also did pulled pork and it took 24 hrs, which to me is just silly, considering you have to refill it with water every 3 hrs or so. all and all, I like it for very specific applications. as far as retail apps, if you want freshly seared never dried chicken/fish/steak, find that balance between how many you go through and when they are going to be ready. EX. chicken breast will last for an hour-an hour an a half depending on thickness, so you want just enough in the bath early that you will meet demand, but they won't get mushy from overcooking, even though they will always look beautiful. Hope that was helpful!
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