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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    Rushell Tuggle

    No fail! Makes my life easier, no more worries about overcooking! Love the convenience and great taste!

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    Kim Millholen

    Would love an easy way to have juicy chicken

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    Ayana Pendergrass

    This looks amazing!!!

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    Lisa Shepherd

    It would be a quick,easy,and healthy way to cook for my family!

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    Pascale Laroche

    La meilleure façon de conserver les aliments!

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    Janet Wysong

    Looks like a very healthy method of cooking! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Christopher Mason

    I need more steak

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    Meghan Hoffman

    Sounds like a interesting way to introduce new recipes into our household.

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    Brandon Sparks

    Because it would make my cooking so much better which in return would make my family so much happier..

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    It would be something different to try.

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    Cathy Liebgold

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    Angela Hendricks

    I would love to bring this into my kitchen because it seems easy and delicious!

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    I cook a lot of meals for those who are in the hospital or recovering at home. This would be wonderful to use!

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    This look easy to cook a meal with out worry burn your food

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    I want to win because I have read about Sous Vide cooking on many of the best food blogs and I want to try it. I think it would make serving the same meal at different times to different family members very easy and stress-free. Since this Hamilton Beach can also slow cook, I won’t even need to find storage space for it because I could give away my current slow cooker.

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    Lauralee Hensley

    Would like to be able to cook some tender, moist foods for some relatives that are in their 90’s. They’ve been complaining that so many foods are not as moist and tender as they’d wish they were. They are good people and deserve moist, tender foods for dining.

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    Jennifer Essad

    The Sous Vide would allow me to prepare meals easily for 2. I think it’s a healthy way to enjoy foods

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    I would like to win this because this gadget would make cooking easy!

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    I think that this would help out and make for delicious dishes!

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    Sous Vide cooks much evenly, if you cook meat this way the temperature and doneness is the same all the way through.

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    Sandra McFadden

    It would help me prepare healthier for myself and my family.

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    Debbie Warila

    I love how food won’t overcook, and I love the dual functions of this cooker.

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    Doyle Frazier

    I like to eat healthy and the Sous Vide sound like a great cooking method. I would really like to
    win one.

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    Who doesn’t love cooking in a slow cooker and I gotta tell you this one is way better than mine! That is why I would like to win it.

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    I would love to have this in my kitchen!

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    Pat Yagatich

    Never heard of this before. It sounds interesting.

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    This would be a great new way to add healthy and tasty food to our table!

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    I’d like to see what all the fuss is about.

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    Pretty interesting way to cook. I think I would be able to do that and would love to try it

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    Sous Vide is an excellent cooking method; food always at proper temperature, beautifully done, meltingly good!

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    I would love to have this appliance in my kitchen. Sous vide style of cooking would add more cooking choices and new flavor to our kitchen.

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    I love trying new cooking techniques!

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    Carrie Castro

    I love trying new techniques in the kitchen!

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    Great new way to cook

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    healthy cooking with sealing

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    Susan Brown

    Our older son is a culinary school grad and introduced us to Sous Vide cooking; it is marvelous! Especially wonderful for people who work long hours, and want to come home to a perfectly cooked meal w/little to no fuss. He’s moved to Minnesota, and I miss him dearly; would remind me of him every time I prepared a Sous Vide meal.

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    great new appliance

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    I love to cook for my entire family. This appliance looks like just the thing to help me make gourmet foods every night.

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    I can’t eat beef or pork. My husband is getting tired of chicken & turkey so this would be a great way to cook both at the same time!

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    Shirley Cochran

    I have a short attention span so this would be great for me to not overdo or under cook food!

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    Cheryl Malaguti

    I’ve never used this technique, but it looks interesting and would be immensely helpful during the holidays. I’d love to give it a try!

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    I would love to try this for upcoming holiday family gatherings!

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    Patricia Ann Everman

    This looks to be a great and better way to cook meals for my Diabetic Husband and healthier food for me.

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    Catherine Bradford

    This would make dinner so much easier!

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    This is a very interesting cooking method.

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    Jeanmarie Kollenkark

    I love cooking with my crockpot and this seems like the next step up in my cooking evolution.

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    Marcy Focht,

    Have seen this method on cooking shows and have been intrigued.

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    Dawn DeVinney

    I’d like to bring sous vide cooking into my kitchen to up my cooking game.

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    Rosa Espinal

    This would come in very handy with me raising 3 grandkids and my hectic schedule.

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    Shelby Carmichael

    Sous Vide cooking looks a little daunting to me; however I do like to tackle new ways of cooking; especially if I can eliminate some of the extra fat from my cooking routine.

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    Mary Ann Hart

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this until now. I’d love to try it.

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    The cooking technique looks amazing!

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    Barbara Copeland

    I don’t own a slow cooker,and I eat very unhealthy because I’m in chronic pain so I grab whatever I can,eat a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, this for me is Perfect,just toss and wait, I would love to win this and Thankyou for this chance

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    Donna Bitting

    This sounds unbelievable and would love to try it for myself. Curious to see if it can cook salmon and steaks better than I do on the grill.

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    Marjorie E Wheeler

    With my hectic work schedule, this would be the perfect way to get a hot meal on the table, with as little fuss as possible.

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    Alice Barker

    Would love to try the Sous vide method of cooking!

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    My boyfriend has a sous vide and it is incredibly amazing!!!! The easiest way for a lazy cook like me to make a meal without any time pressures!

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    Stacey Matula

    Wow! This looks amazing! I’ll about an easy way to cook and this looks awesome!

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    great way to get food cooked perfectly and easily.

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    I like the idea of being able to cook a variety of foods at one time.

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    This is the appliance that I desperately need. No more overcooked meals! Sous Vide where have you been all of my life?

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    John Thomas

    Always looking for new cooking techniques!

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    Looks like a time saver, and that is important in our hectic lives!

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    Looks like I need to try this pot. It makes everything so simple.

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    Dixie Neitzel

    I would love to try this out!!

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    Cathy Kimsey

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    Fred Wenger

    This looks awesome. I HAVE to try it!!!

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    Charlette Traeger

    This looks like it will make a healthy delious meal so easy and stress free. Can’t wait to try it!!!

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    My sister and her husband use theirs all the time and love it. They even have a second one for their home at the beach.

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    Nichole Smith

    I’ve seen this technique on cooking shows. It looks easy andI has to be so much better for us than frying everything.

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    This just seems like a healthier way of cooking and we are trying to change the way we eat in our family to a better way, and it would bring variety to my meals.

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    This looks like a great way to get food cooked perfectly and easily.

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    Not only would this method of cooking be convenient, it would also ensure that my meals were cooked to perfection!

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    April Lopez

    This is the first time I’ve heard of it.

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    Helen Johnson

    I entertain quite often and would love to try this method on my guests! I always love to try new things!

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    Rebecca Wilson

    I have heard a lot about sous vide and would be very interested in trying it.

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    I would like to try this method of cooking. It seems it would provide an easy method to come home to perfectly cooked foods.

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    Lynnette Lamance

    It seems easy and healthy

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    Holly Oswald

    would love to try this – cooking like poaching without getting soggy would be great

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    sounds very interesting. would love the versatility and convenience not having to worry about timing different parts of a meal to all be prepared and cooked simultaneously alloowing the complete m eal to be served at the best temperature for enjoyment

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    Sounds perfect for a busy family!

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    Carla McReynolds

    I’ve worked in large professional kitchens with a Sous Vide machine before and to have that in my own kitchen and share some of the amazing food I once created from my own recipes would be a dream.
    P.S. I own a lot of Hamilton Beach products, and gradually replacing old “other” products brands, and I have yet to find even one Hamilton Beach product that I didn’t love and use constantly!

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    Ginger Petry

    I would like to experiment and then enjoy all different kinds of food products including wild game meats. I would like to share my knowledge and experiences with others through the use of cooking classes when I have mastered the sous vide process.

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    I am always looking for new ways of cooking that saves time and money!

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    Jerry Cundiff

    Healthier cooking

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    Healthy Cookng option and I love to learn new things..

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    Deborah Schnell

    My husband and I are retirees who love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Health issues mean we must cook very carefully and healthily. Trying sous vede is right up our alley.

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    Chandra O'Connor

    nevermind my comment just read rules only US eligible. Good luck.

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    Chandra O'Connor

    Being able to have a tasty meal using less hydro, and less time in the kitchen so you can enjoy your family. I think many chain restaurants use something similar to this method. The food pretty much tastes really good.

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    Kelly Felipe

    I would love a new way of cooking in my kitchen! With 4 hungry athletes in my house I am always cooking and this would just help me!! Please!!!

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    The ability to make a variety of meals quickly.

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    Steven Finnamore

    I would love to try sous vide cooking. It seems it would produce the perfect results.

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    Kathleen Basile

    Looks like a different and easy way to cook!

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    healthy cooking is why id like to own one

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