How to Clean a Sous Vide Cooker: A Simple, Effective Guide

Sous vide cooking is a method of cooking foods at a precise temperature for an extended period of time. The food is sealed in plastic bags and submerged in a water bath.

This allows the food to cook without changing temperatures or losing moisture, resulting in perfectly cooked foods. Sous vide cooking is also known as sous vide immersion cooking, vacuum cooking, water bath cooking, and vacuum-sealed cooking.

A popular alternative to the pressure cooker for those who love to eat healthily and want to reduce the fat and calories in their food is the sous vide, a method of cooking food at a low temperature for a long period of time.

But cleaning your sous vide machine can be a bit of a pain. The first thing you need to know about sous vide machines is that they do not have a standard port or valve for draining off the water.

After every use, rinse your sous vide cooker with water, then wipe it dry using a clean cloth.

If your sous vide cooker has a heating element, turn off the heat source. Never use abrasive cleaning products or chemicals, as they can ruin the seals and gaskets in the machine.

How Often Should I Clean My Circulator?

The problem is, you probably don’t clean it as often as you should. This is because cleaning a circulator is pretty easy.

In fact, the most difficult part of cleaning a circulator is opening and closing the lid. It’s a fairly simple process, but one that’s easy to overlook.

It can take several minutes to open and close the lid of a circulator, and if you don’t do it frequently, you may never get around to cleaning it.

Since it depends on the water in the water bath it’s difficult to say how often this needs to be done.

It’s best just to keep your eye on the internal components, and do a cleaning when they begin to lose their luster.

The other time that a thorough cleaning is required is when there is a catastrophic event in the water bath.

This might include the leaking of the contents of the sous vide bag or the premature rupture of an egg, free-floating in the bath. These scenarios are particularly troublesome if not noticed early and are thoroughly “cooked” on.

See also: Can You Reuse Sous Vide Bags?

Sous Vide Cooker Cleaning Procedures

Sous vide cooker is a very convenient appliance for making different types of dishes, such as steaks and chicken breasts, that require an even temperature for the cooking process.

When preparing food in sous vide cooker, make sure to clean the water reservoir every time you prepare a new batch of water.

To do this, empty the water into a sink or other container. You can also wipe down the exterior of the sous vide cooker with a wet paper towel.

After that, you should rinse the inside of the unit with warm water to remove any food debris and soap residue.

Optional Cleaning Steps

Here are some optional steps you may choose to take if you have a circulator that opens up:

  1. Once the circulator has run for the hour, turn it off and let it cool down. Remove the circulator from the container and take the steps necessary to access the internal workings of the device.
  2. If necessary, use the vinegar water (or mild dish soap) and a toothbrush, or similar implement, to remove any lingering deposits from the working elements of the circulator.
  3. Be particularly careful not to bend the impeller and its connection to the motor.
  4. Carefully rinse off the internal workings of the device with fresh water, then dry with a soft cloth.
  5. Reassemble the circulator and store.

Sous Vide CLR Cleaning Steps

While the process has remained largely unchanged since then, I’ve added a few more details and a few tips from my own experience.

The first step is to clean your sous vide cooker. This is essential if you want to use it for more than one recipe.

This is a real concern for me because I love eggs and have been known to eat up to four a day at times!

1. Place the water bath circulator into the sink.

2. Turn the water on to hot/warm for cleaning with soap.

3. Use the scrubber brush or other cleaner.

4. After that, use cold water to clean with a sponge.

5. Dry with paper towels.

6. Rinse with water and dry.

7. Apply new oil.

FAQs On How To Clean a Sous Vide Cooker

Why Should I Clean My Sous Vide Circulator?

After each use, it is important to clean your sous vide circulator because, over time, there can be a build-up of material on the heating element.

If you are using it for seafood, this build-up can affect the taste of the product.

A good cleaning procedure includes removing the food that is stuck in the heating element and soaking the heating element for about a minute in the water.

Use an old toothbrush or a metal brush to scrub the heating element.

Do you worry you’re not getting the most out of your sous vide machine?

If so, then don’t fret. Just do what the pros do and add an immersion circulator!

An immersion circulator (or water bath) will help keep your proteins at the ideal temperature as they cook inside the sealed bag or pouch.

Not only that, but it will also add that delicious, aromatic flavor to your meat.

Do I need to clean my sous vide?

You can do so when you’re done cooking, but you don’t have to.

Sous vide will keep food safe even if it sits out for a while, just as long as it’s kept at the same temperature.

What to Do if a Sous Vide Bag Leaks

1. Place the leaking bag inside a plastic bag (to make sure it does not leak anymore).

2. Take a towel or cloth and put the leaking bag inside the towel.

3. Close the towel, making sure that there is no hole in it.

4. Put the leaking bag in your fridge.


In conclusion, I found the sous vide method to be a great way to cook food quickly. It has been incredibly reliable and I’ve never had any problems.

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