Best Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings

Matching the Best Wine for your Meals

Wine is a good companion for meals, usually for dinner. So the question that begs to be asked – is there a hard and fast rule about which wine to pair with which food?

The answer is no. At the end of the day or the meal, it comes down to your own personal preference. You can always enjoy your crispy bacon with a Chardonnay. You might be pleasantly surprised how well they go together. (more…)

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Red Wine Beef Stew recipe

Tender, Flavorful Beef Stew by Sous Vide

My idea of a perfect beef stew is tender beef in sauce of the right consistency and full of flavor. We are going to give specific tips on how to achieve this perfect beef stew using the sous vide method of cooking to get the beef all tender and juicy.

The beef

Choosing the meat

Fresh beef

Fresh beef

We want meat that has lots of connective tissues so when you cook it, it softens and breaks down and adds flavor and texture to the beef stew. Ask your butcher for a boneless chuck roll that has been cut from the front shoulder of the steer.

Cooking the meat sous vide

Beef Sous Vide Cooking

Beef Sous Vide Cooking

This involves using a sous vide machine and a vacuum-sealer. To cook sous vide means you are going to give the meat a water bath. You put the meat inside plastic bags, vacuum-seal it to lock in the flavors and to make sure water does not seep into the bag. The vacuum-sealed bag is then placed inside the sous vide machine where temperature is controlled at around 55 to 60 degrees Celsius, which is lower than what is used for normal cooking.

Equipment needed for sous vide

vacuum sealing beef

The first equipment you need is a trusty vacuum-sealer and some bags. You put the food inside the bag with the spices. You then vacuum-seal the bag. To find the best vacuum sealer machine for sous vide cooking, we can access at this site: https://vacuumsealeradviser.com/best-vacuum-sealer-for-sous-vide

sous vide water bath

sous vide water bath

The second equipment you need is a sous vide water bath. Most purchases will already include the stainless steel rack that holds the bags with the meat, making sure they stay under water. Most sous vide water baths have digital display for easy operation. (more…)

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