Sous vide is cooking method known only to the top chefs, particularly in France. Translated as “under vacuum”, this French cooking technique utilizes precise temperature control to cook food perfectly. The food is placed inside a special vacuum-sealed pouch and immersed in boiling water. With this kind of cooking, food is delivered consistent with restaurant-ready results. Most five-star restaurants were already using sous vide cooking for several years. As a result, they can serve steak, seafood and even desserts with the perfect texture, taste, and presentation. No wonder French restaurants are increasingly becoming favored eating spots. Now, the secret is out and you can even take sous vide cooking at the comfort of your home.
It may be hard to pronounce, but sous vide cooking is so easy to use and master. It only involves three simple steps:
Attach your precision cooker to a pot of water and set the time and temperature according to your desired level of doneness.
- Attach your precision cooker to a pot of water and set the time and temperature according to your desired level of doneness.
- Put your food in a sealable bag and clip it to the side of the pot.
- Finish by searing, grilling, or broiling the food to add a crispy, golden exterior layer.
The secret behind sous vide cooking is the precise temperature technology. With traditional cooking, the heat from the stove and the air between the pan and the burner makes it difficult to control the amount of heat transferred to your cooking process. As a result, you need to watch over your food or it may end up overcooked or undercooked. With sous vide cooking, you can simply set the machine at the right temperature and leave the food to cook in the pouch. No more fear of overcooking or undercooking. The food will come out perfectly done. And healthier too!
Why choose sous vide?
Sous vide cooking method yields amazing benefits on your cooking process and your final output. You save time and your food is always perfectly cooked.
Consistency. Because you cook your food to a precise temperature for a precise amount of time, you can expect very consistent results.
Taste. Food cooks in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender.
Waste reduction. Traditionally prepared food dries out and results in waste. For example, on average, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking, loses none of its volume.
Flexibility. Traditional cooking can require your constant attention. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking.
Types of Sous Vide Machines
Before you get your hands on any sous vide machine, it is important to find out what are available in the market today. There are basically three types of sous vide machines you can check out:
Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
Immersion calculator is a standalone sous vide machine that heats water and circulates it around the pot to maintain precise temperatures evenly. Because of their design, immersion calculators are very affordable and easy-to-use. They take very little space in the kitchen and so easy to clean after use. It can be clamped on any pot you already own so you can use it as a water bath. No need to buy additional equipment. The Anova Precision cooker is a type of sous vide immersion calculator. You can check the review of the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen vs Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker below.
Sous Vide Water Oven
Water ovens are often referred to as countertop water baths. They are fully-contained, sous vide devices that are about the size of a microwave and are more expensive than immersion calculator. Sous vide water ovens heat water, but unlike immersion circulators, they do not circulate the water. This can lead to inconsistencies in the food’s resulting texture. Examples of water ovens include SousVide Supreme, AquaChef, and Gourmia. Multi-use cookers like Oliso, Gourmia and Instant Pot also offer sous vide appliances.
DIY Sous Vide Hacks
If you don’t want to buy a sous vide machine, you can still try sous vide cooking at home using a cooler, rice cooker and slow cooker. These sous vide cooking hacks are available on blogs and social media, you can check out The Food Lab’s J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen
Imagine you can start cooking from anywhere or monitor the status of your meal even from work. When you come home, the food is ready for your family to eat. This is all possible with Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen. You can spend more time at home, with your family but still be able to prepare and cook delicious and healthy meals. You can even have steak at home on special dinner nights without the hassle.
The Anova Precision Cooker WI-FI allows you to cook for larger groups while guaranteeing consistent results for each of your guests with its increased pump speed. With The Anova Precision Cooker WI-FI, you can now cook the perfect meal using your voice via Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Imagine hands-free cooking in your kitchen.
- Maximum: 210°F / 99°C
- Minimum: 77°F / 25°C
- Variance: ± 0.01°
Weight and Dimensions
- Length: 2.75 in / 6.98 cm
- Width: 2.75 in / 6.98 cm
- Height: 14.75 in / 36.8 cm
- Immersion Depth: 7.25 in / 18.415 cm
- Max Clamp Opening: 1.25 in / 3.175 cm
- Minimum Immersion Depth: 2.5 in / 6.35 cm
- Weight: 2.5 lbs / 1.1 kg
- Pump: 2.1 – 2.4 GPM 7-8 LPM
- 360° directional pump
Power and safety
- Power input: 110-120VAC (220-240V EU)
- Bi-metal fuse
- Heating power Bluetooth: 800W
- Heating power Wi-Fi: 900W
Display and controls
- LCD display
- Set timer for up to 99 hours
- LED backlit scroll wheel
- Wi-Fi: BLE 4.0 and 802.11 Wi-Fi
- iOS app
- Android app
Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker
The Anova Precision Cooker makes it easy to achieve chef-level cooking results at home. To use, simply attach the cooker to any water-filled pot, put your food in a vacuum-sealed bag, and set the time and temperature. With the precise temperature technology, the precision cooker heats and circulates the water to a precise temperature, cooking food to an exact temperature which creates maximum tenderness and moisture retention. Say goodbye to overcooking or undercooking. The Anova Precision Cooker connects to your phone, so you can cook amazing meals by the touch of a button. The app will tell you if the food is cooked. You can do more stuff and cook on the side. Your family and friends will be amazed.
- Temp Range: 77°F to 210°F ± 0.01°F / 25°C to 99°C ± 0.01°C
- Pump Speed: 1 – 1.2 GPM 7-8 LPM
- Directional Pump: 360 Degree
- Tank Capacity: 4-5 Gallons / 15-19 Liters
- Timer: 99 Hours
- Safety: Bi-Metal Fuse
- Power Input: 110-120VAC
- Heating Power: 800W
Which to choose?
The wifi model and the Bluetooth model are both amazing and very handy products of Anova Precision cooker. Both are lightweight and easy-to-use. However, if you want a device that can work on its own even if you are not at home, then the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen is for you. With its wifi technology, you can simply connect to the Internet to check on your device and start to cook your food. The only downside is when wifi is down or there is no Internet connection, you can utilize this function and you need to set the machine manually.
Meanwhile, the Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker relies on Bluetooth technology. You just need to keep your phone nearby and activate cooking using Bluetooth. The downside, you cannot bring your phone out as it needs to be near the sous vide cooker to function. You can dedicate one phone in the household as the partner device of the precision cooker.