Introduction to Sous Vide Cooking

Sous what? Sous vide (pronounced sue veed) is a method of cooking often used by restaurant chefs. But now sous vide cooking is available to the home cook, thanks to appliances like the Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide and 6 QT Slow Cooker. This multifunctional kitchen companion allows you to cook with either the sous vide method or in slow cooker mode. Because most of you are familiar with slow cookers and slow cooking, we will introduce you to the sous vide method and help you get started in your own kitchen.

What is sous vide? Sous vide is a no-fail cooking method that uses a temperature-controlled water bath to cook sealed food evenly and to desired doneness.

Why use the sous vide method of cooking? Cooking on the stovetop or in the oven can sometimes leave you with undesirable, uneven results. Have you ever walked away for a few minutes and overcooked a steak? What about setting the oven temperature too high and turning your root vegetables into mush? Time isn’t always on our side when cooking on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill. Cooking sous vide is a different story.

With the help of the temperature-controlled water bath, sealed food reaches the exact desired internal temperature and stays there, eliminating the chance of over or undercooking your meal. Sealing food in a bags locks in moisture and seasoning throughout the cooking process, leaving you with flavorful, tender results. The method also helps achieve evenly cooked food. Prefer your steak medium-rare? Easily achieve a medium-rare steak – from edge to edge. 

Sous vide cooking also allows for maximum flexibility in the kitchen. Using sous vide, you can leave your meal in the water bath while you prepare the rest of the meal, or even run errands. Because the food is held at the exact programmed temperature, there’s no chance your meal will overcook. It’s perfect for the grilling enthusiast seeking that perfectly pink center, or a frequent entertainer who wants to wow guests with a tender roast, or a family that just wants easy and flexible cooking.

Which foods can you sous vide? Sous vide is a popular method for cooking meat but you can cook a variety of foods – everything from fish to fruits and vegetables, even eggs, sauces and desserts.

Getting Started with your Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide/6 QT Slow Cooker 

Fill the vessel with warm water to slightly below the MAX line. The crock is easy removable so you can take it directly to the sink for filling. Then cover with the lid. Press the ON/OFF button and a red light will indicate that you are in sous vide mode. Use the arrow buttons to select the desired temperature. Press the TEMP/TIME button and use the arrows to set the cooking time. Press START and the water will begin to heat.

Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide Slow Cooker Controls

While the water bath is heating, season and seal your food.  Seasoning your food before you seal it will impart flavor into the food while it cooks. Add your favorite fresh or dry herbs, compound butters, or oils. We recommend vacuum sealing your food for the best results, but you can also use resealable bags that can withstand high temperatures. When using a resealable bag, just be sure to remove as much air from the bag as you can before submerging it in the water bath. 

Sous Vide Chicken and Asparagus

When the desired temperature is reached, the appliance will beep and the START button will flash. Submerge your sealed food into the preheated water bath for cooking. When the food is finished cooking, remove from the bags and serve. With some foods, like steak, you may want to pat dry and quickly sear to achieve a beautifully browned exterior before serving. 

Sous Vide Chicken and Asparagus in bags

Whether you like to entertain, are a grilling enthusiast, or just want to test your skills in the kitchen, the Hamilton Beach Sous Vide and 6QT Slow Cooker can help you achieve perfectly pink meat, crisp vegetables, moist chicken, and much more.  

Want to bring this multi-functional countertop appliance into your kitchen? Enter to win a Hamilton Beach® Professional Sous Vide and 6QT Slow Cooker using the Rafflecopter widget below and return to the blog next week for some easy sous vide starter recipes.


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    I have been wanting a slow cooker like this for some time. I love cooking this way.

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    I would like to cook healthy with this slow cooker.

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    Julie Price

    I would love this to replace my very old crockpot that is needing to go and this one looks awesome and so much more versatile than what I have.

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    Bailey Dexter

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    I would love to find a way to cook healthier, but I often find doing so either takes more time or more money. So far, I have found easy recipes with everyday food items, not those ones you don’t recognize or are only found at those expensive, health food markets. Some people complain that slow cookers take too long to cook, but when you consider the length of time to cook and compare it to clean up as well? I think this definitely moves to the top of the list in time and effort. Therefore, my health, those I cook for, and my checkbook- we are all worth the change.

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    Nice cooker

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    Jennifer Marston

    I’ve seen so many cooking shows use this method of cooking. It seems foolproof! I’d love to try it!

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    Dina Zietlow

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    Heather Maloney

    I watch a lot of Australian and New Zealand cooking completion shows and they are always using the sous vide method of cooking…and it ALWAYS turns out perfect! It’s an exciting way to cook and I’d love to try it out!
    Thanks Hamilton Beach

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    Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’d Love To Try This Because It’s A Huge Time Saver, Plus It’s Easy And Healthy!

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    Charla McCracken

    I would love to use the sous vide to have perfectly cooked and moist meats as well as perfect vegetables. The idea of retaining more nutrients is great as we are trying to get healthier in our household.

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    I would love to try fish in this. It looks like a great way to get tender fish without any dryness.

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    I have been intrigued by the sous vide method since I first heard about it 2-3 years ago. I consider myself a decent cook, but steak is one of those tricky foods for me to cook just right…I’d love to try this method for better outcomes!

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    I would love to give it a try!

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    Since all of my kids have moved out of the house, I haven’t been cooking as much. I deserve to eat well and I’d love to experience new and different–still delicious–recipes.

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    carla Ball Sharp

    Using the Hamilton Beach® Professional Sous Vide would be a blessing as I dont have a lot of time for cooking, so using the Vide would provide a flavorful and tasteful meal for my family “That would be ready and waiting” without the hassle of trying to prepare a quick meal with little taste for my family whom seems to be always hungry. LOL

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    I love to try new things!

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    I would love to have this since I have 2 kids and my husband works all different hours.

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    I’m interested in cooking sous-vide as it gives you specific control over the final temperature of the meat, avoiding overdone, dried-out food.

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    Looks like an easy way to cook healthier.

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    I like “clean” food, not too much added just herbs and spices, sous vide looks like a very controlled way to cook.

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    Sous Vide cooking is truly amazing. I’ve been doing it for a few months now and have had amazing results. From steak, to pork, to chicken each items comes out juicy and full of flavor. A unit like this would allow to take my game up even further.

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    I’d love to bring sous vide cooking for a healthier tastier method of making delicious dinners.

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    This looks an incredible machine

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    I have to cook large meals for the family. This would be a blessing.

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    i would love to bring this beauty into my kitchen because who doesn’t want crisp vegetables and moist chicken to serve for dinner! we are a family of 5 and we would so put this beauty to good use.

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    I would love to bring sous vide cooking into my kitchen so that I can expand my recipe collection. Seems like this is a great way to get more flavor on our plates!

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    Susan Jordan

    I would like to try Sous Vide Cooking so I would know whatever I cooked would be at the perfect temperature plus it wouldn’t lose any nutrients or flavor!!!

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    Steven Epstein

    in my house we have so many kitchen appliances. We would love to add this to the collection.

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    Love cooking for my boys (hubby and sons), like trying and experimenting dif’rent recipes, and I don’t have enough kitchen gadgets, to win this one would be great, be a good help!

    Thanks for the chance, and I do love to try this one!

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    Duane Cowan

    I would love to try this. I love trying out new to me methods of cooking.

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    Odelia Chavez

    This seems like a great concept and I would love to try. What a great time saver!

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    Like many others, I love to try new things. I vacuum seal many foods so this would be a fun way to try and cook them in the bags.

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    Looks like an interesting way to cook; I’d love to try it!

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    Chicken and dumplings

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    Have never seen this type of cooking, interesting…

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    Patty McKernan

    I would love this!

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    Amanda Falicki

    I would LOVE to cook my food this way for less mess, and even cooking!

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    I would love to be this to cook meat. Our winters are very harsh and we get sick of baking all the time. I also love the color retention on the veggies as well!

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    I looks like it would be a great way to cook healthy, and control the cooking time and temperature of foods.

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    I would love to try this – so often it’s hard to watch everything you’re cooking if you have multiple items on the go.

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    I would love to bring this into my kitchen because it looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! It also looks very easy and fast to make!

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    Looks very interesting, my family would love to try anything that makes cooking not only fast but easy.

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    Dameon Schiree

    I would love to win because with 2 kids in looking for any devices that would help make mealtime easy.

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    I’d love to use sous vide for my meats, usually we tend to overcook and it gets really dry, I think the sous vide will help remedy that! Wold love to try it for the vegetables too, it looks like it will retain so much more nutrients this way of cooking!

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