The fascination of V-ZUG
Sous-vide, a method in which food is cooked slowly in vacuum-sealed bags, is a recipe for success that guarantees exceptional taste experiences. Popular in haute cuisine for many years, the world of sous-vide cooking is now being brought into private kitchens by V-ZUG with a product known as Vacuisine. Designed in collaboration with top Swiss chefs, Vacuisine combines brand new culinary knowledge with inspiration for a modern, healthy lifestyle.
Sous-vide: taste the difference
Top chefs swear by this technique, and now more and more food lovers are starting to use it at home: sous-vide – known as Vacuisine at V-ZUG – creates taste experiences which cannot be achieved with any other cooking method.
Exceptional culinary experiences at Michelin-starred restaurants are down to both the skill of top chefs and often also to the use of special cooking methods. The sous-vide technique involves sealing ingredients in special vacuum bags and then cooking them slowly at temperatures of between 30 and 100°C. Thanks to the protective shell, the food’s natural flavour, attractive colour and texture are better preserved, as are valuable nutrients. It is a gentle cooking method which not only enables an incomparable taste experience but is also healthier.
Culinary experts have called this the most spectacular cooking innovation of the last 35 years.
Developed in France in the 1970s, sous-vide has gradually become established in the restaurant industry. Until recently, however, the technique was often too time-consuming and complicated for use in private kitchens. Vacuisine was developed by V-ZUG in collaboration with top Swiss chefs Tanja Grandits, Andreas Caminada, Stefan Meier and Philippe Rochat, and the result means that ambitious amateur chefs can now cook top-level cuisine in their homes as well.
Sous-vide at home – how Vacuisine works
Be it a high-quality piece of meat or an ordinary side dish, Vacuisine and a host of helpful tips from professionals turn every ingredient into a feast, even the most basic foods. The following film gives you an insight into cooking a dessert made with sliced apples.
Take one combi-steamer and one vacuum drawer
Pure sophistication: with a combi-steamer and the new vacuum drawer from V-ZUG, you have everything you need for sous-vide cooking in your own kitchen.
Cooking under vacuum requires constant, very precise temperature control. The modern combi-steamers by V-ZUG are perfect for this. Using the steam programme, all you have to do is set the correct cooking temperature and time and the appliance will guarantee a highly accurate steam temperature throughout the cooking process.
New: the V-ZUG vacuum drawer is doubly useful.
V-ZUG now offers the perfect appliance for vacuum-sealing meals before cooking, too. The high-quality vacuum drawer is easy to use and fits perfectly with your combi-steamer from an optical perspective. Incidentally, vacuum-sealing is not only ideal for gentle cooking; it can also be used for storing food. In comparison with other preservation methods, vacuum-sealed foods can be stored more successfully and for a longer time, regardless of whether they are raw or cooked. Three pre-defined vacuum levels ensure that meals are vacuum-sealed correctly – liquids at level 1, for example, and frozen food at level 3.
A pleasing appearance
Space-saving, elegant and without a handle in sight: the new vacuum drawer by V-ZUG is the perfect complement to a modern and healthy lifestyle. Discover all the key information on the appliance here.
V-ZUG provides practical step-by-step instructions for cooking a selection of dishes. Explanations and pictures will help you get started with Vacuisine, ensuring that your first meals will be a success.
Vacuisine© – the result of an exclusive collaboration
V-ZUG is bringing sous-vide cooking into the home in close collaboration with a team of top Swiss chefs. Vacuisine’s simplicity and excellent results surprised even the professionals.
To cook vacuum-sealed dishes, top-level kitchens originally used a variety of bain-maries at temperatures accurate to the nearest degree. The results were first class, but the cooking process was very complicated, requiring not only expensive and bulky machines but also the expertise of a top chef, making the use of this technique inconceivable for private households. The possibilities offered by modern combi-steamers gave V-ZUG the idea of simplifying this ingenious cooking method so that it could also be used in private kitchens.
Vacuisine makes it possible to cook a broad variety of dishes to Michelin-starred standards with a minimum of effort.
The idea was honed in collaboration with multi-award-winning Swiss chefs Tanja Grandits, Andreas Caminada, Stefan Meier and Philippe Rochat. Their expertise was combined with V-ZUG’s technological excellence during numerous discussions, presentations, tests and tasting sessions. The result is called Vacuisine and includes recipes tried and tested by top chefs, practical instructions and cooking charts – something which had largely been lacking for sous-vide cooking until now. Working together, the team created new culinary knowledge which will not only inspire ambitious amateur chefs but gives new insights even to the professionals.
Tested and developed by the best in the field
The fact that sous-vide cooking is now possible virtually at the touch of a button is down to numerous experiments and tests by the top chefs. “The ratio of temperature and time certainly posed difficulties,” explains Andreas Caminada, whose Schloss Schauenstein restaurant has already been awarded three Michelin stars and 19 Gault Millau points. “But the chefs often arrived at very similar results during testing. Everyone contributed their own experiences to the collaboration, and we then jointly agreed on the optimal values for temperature and cooking time.”
Culinary surprises even for star-rated chefs
Even the professionals were surprised by the possibilities of Vacuisine. Tanja Grandits, who Gault Millau crowned Chef of the Year in 2014, is delighted by the results with meat. “You have better control and can cook meat to perfection. We now use Vacuisine mainly for main courses with meat and increasingly also for fish,” she says. Vacuisine by V-ZUG has also inspired multi-award-winning chef Stefan Meier. “Our joint project enabled me to further perfect my sous-vide cooking. I realised that you can cook much more precisely with the combi-steamer than with traditional appliances.”
The star chefs’ expertise has been incorporated into cooking charts, recipes and user tips on sous-vide cooking. In combination with the V-ZUG appliances and high-quality, fresh ingredients, there is nothing to stop you getting stuck into some sous-vide cooking at home.
Cooking charts – the possibilities are endless
Play it safe with cooking charts: optimum values for temperature and cooking time as well as a host of useful tips on preparation for numerous foods from artichokes to zander will make your dishes a guaranteed success.
Confit of saddle of lamb
Spoil your guests like Andreas Caminada – he has summarised his exquisite creations in special Vacuisine recipes. Today the chef recommends confit of saddle of lamb with tomatoes, red pepper confit and harissa.
Tanja Grandits sets standards in the culinary world in terms of both flavours and colours. Try out an impressive sample of her work by following her recipes, such as sumac-glazed zander with rose beetroots in a sour cherry salsa.
V-ZUG gives you a taste of Vacuisine©
Special Vacuisine cooking courses and demonstrations teach you everything you need to know about sous-vide cooking. V-ZUG reveals the tricks that professionals use and explains how you can amaze your guests.
Whether you’re a newcomer to sous-vide or already an expert, these special cooking courses and demonstrations will give you ideas for new culinary explorations. V-ZUG experts guide you through the fascinating world of vacuum-sealing and sous-vide cooking and inspire you to experiment with ingredients and possibilities. Watch the professionals at work during the cooking demonstrations or get stuck into some cooking yourself on one of the courses – it goes without saying that you will have a chance to enjoy the food that has been cooked at the end of every event.
During our Vacuisine cooking courses and demonstrations, you will learn in a relaxed atmosphere how to add a pinch of haute cuisine to your cooking. We look forward to welcoming you at a V-ZUG event.
A foretaste of the Vacuisine cooking course
Learn new skills, chat, be inspired and enjoy incomparable food – this film gives you a foretaste of the Vacuisine cooking courses by V-ZUG.
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