Sous Vide?

What in the world?!?!? I haven’t lost my mind and I’m not calling a pig (Sou eeee). I’m talking about a precision cooking technique. Allen and I have been using the sous vide method for 2 years now. Allen bought this crazy looking contraption (Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker)  because he was tired of over cooking steaks. WHAT???? With sous vide (pronounced sue veed), you place the cooker in a container of water to the time and temperature needed, and you can get the perfect product every time. Now Amazons Alexa (Echo Dot ) makes cooking even more simple. Alexa can connect to our cooker.

Anyway, what made me feel like sharing this is that I’m about to do ribs for my brother in law and my birthday party! I also did pork Carnitas in it this weekend. Here is the recipe for Carnitas, it has become a staple in our house.

  • 2 1/2 lb bone in pork shoulder (you could use boneless, I can just never find)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 6-10 cloves of garlic

Pre-heat water to 185 F. Rinse and pat dry pork with paper towel. Cut pork up so that it is easier to seal in Ziploc bags. (I really like using the Ziploc bag method better than a food saver. I don’t feel like i can get all the air out of the bags when using a food saver. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Oh and get the high quality ones.) After cutting place pork in a large bowl with everything but the oranges. Juice the oranges on top of this and then mix everything well. Divide everything evenly into 4 gallon size Ziploc bags. Next is the tricky part, when I’m lazy I ask Allen for help with this (shhh don’t tell him), place bag in water along the side of your container (1 at a time), remove the air out of bag and seal. Cook for 8-12 hours. 

Once cooked, remove the meat only from bags and shred. Take the amount that you will eat and place in a baking pan and broil for about 7 minutes. You could also do this on the stove if you prefer. You just want to crisp the meat up.

Next, ENJOY! We serve on low carb tortillas as tacos, as taco salad, or if in a real hurry just on a tortilla.

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