Sous Vide Cooking

How do professional chefs consistently recreate great food with such confidence? They use an industry art perfected in the finest restaurants called sous vide, and you can easily try it in your kitchen. 

Sous vide simply means “cooking under vacuum” in French. How it works is that the food to be prepared is vacuum-sealed in a reusable container, then immersed into a “water bath” until done to the correct temperature. Cooking sous vide is a slower preparation method, making it ideal for fish, vegetables and tougher cuts of meat. You’ll use less oil, fat, and salt and the food will retain more nutrients for a healthier lifestyle.

You don’t need much in the way of equipment and can start with immersible ziplock freezer bags, mason jars or silicone cooking pouches and a pot to hold the water. But you’ll get more uniform results with a standalone immersion circulator designed for home chefs, such as the Anova Precision Cooker. It clamps onto the side of any pot to circulate the water and regulate the temperature. There are countertop appliances approximately the size of a microwave also include the water bath or water oven. Some home chefs get their own vacuum sealing system, such as the Miele vacuum drawer, to get the air out of each seal for longer-lasting freshness.

While there’s nothing new about submerging a sealed packet of food into water, sous vide techniques allow you to cook, freeze and reheat food with the ease of a master chef.


Virginia State Lighthouses

Virginia is full of history and scenic activities. Here are some of the lighthouses located in the state:

  1. Old Cape Henry Lighthouse – Built in 1792, this lighthouse is located on the Chesapeake Bay. It is one of the oldest standing lighthouses in the United Stated and has a lot of history.
  2. Assateague Lighthouse – This lighthouse was originally built in 1833 and was rebuilt in 1866. It is located on Assateague Island at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
  3. Cape Charles Light – Located on Smith Island, this lighthouse is the tallest in the State of Virginia. It can be seen from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but is not fully open to the public.
  4. Jones Point – This is the only remaining river lighthouse in the state. It was built in 1855 near Old Town Alexandria. This lighthouse is also not fully open to the public but can be seen and photographed from outside.

For a complete list and map of Virginia’s Lighthouses, visit https://www.virginia.org/lighthouses/ . Be sure to check them out!


Top Activities in the State of Virginia

Looking for some local activities? Look no further! Here are some of the top activities and destinations in the state of Virginia:

  • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge – This 14,000 acre wildlife preserve is one of the most visited destinations in the area. It is the perfect place to birdwatch, take photos, and even see the ponies! There are also walking trails and places to go boating.
  • Jamestown Settlement – Be sure to visit this historic site in Eastern Virginia. Learn about the history of America’s first permanent English colony. There is also a museum nearby to learn more about the local history!
  • Shenandoah National Park – Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 200,000 acre park is a must-see. There are many trails, wildlife, and gorgeous views!
  • Colonial Williamsburg – This is another great activity for those interested in local history. It is known as an “Outdoor History Museum” because of how much there is to see. There are colonial shops, churches, wagon rides, gardens, homes, and guides to tell you all about the history. It is a great day trip for the whole family!
  • Virginia Beach – If the beach is more of your thing, Virginia Beach is the perfect trip for you! Home to beautiful beaches, lots of shopping, and family activities, there is plenty to do here.

These are just some of the MANY popular destinations in the state. There are a ton of activities and sights all over the state, and many may even be in your local area. Be sure to check out all the beautiful state has to offer!


Colonial Beach, VA

Thinking of moving to beautiful Colonial Beach, Virginia? Here are some activities you can do if you decide to move to the area:

  1. The BEACH – Of course the main thing to do in this small town is to go to the beach! Lay in the sand, swim with friends and family, or fish on the pier.
  2. Visit local restaurants – Try dining locally. Visit places such as the Colonial Beach Brewing Company, the Riverboat on the Potomac, Dockside Tiki Bar and Grill, The Lighthouse Restaurant, and Wilkerson’s Seafood Restaurant.
  3. Get some outdoor exercise – Enjoy the fresh air and take a walk on the sidewalks around town or go for a bike ride. The Point is a perfect place to bike and get a nice beach view!

Colonial Beach is a smaller town, but there are plenty of things to keep you busy and relaxed. It is a very charming town and is a perfect place for photos. You can even get married or attend events on the beach. Check out Colonial Beach community information and homes for sale here, or Contact one of our agents about seeing homes for sale in the area and come see what life is like at the beach!


Spreading Love in Virginia

Ever heard the saying “Virginia is for Lovers?” Did you know there are over 200 LOVEworks signs all over the state?

Virginia residents have worked on spreading the love by building massive signs of the word “LOVE” in cities all around the state to spread joy. Many of the artworks and paintings on the letters represent that specific area, too. For example, Cape Charles made their letters out of kayaks and fishing accessories to represent their water-oriented lifestyle.

You can find these signs anywhere in the state, but some of our local sign locations include Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Montross, Warsaw, Richmond, Woodbridge, and more. Go check them out and spread the love! They are perfect for photo-ops.

The above photo was taken at one of the LOVEworks signs in our local area! (Colonial Beach, Virginia)

For a complete map of all of the LOVEworks in Virginia, please visit https://www.virginia.org/love