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Sansaire Sous Vide Machine

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine

The Sansaire Sous Vide Machine uses the newest craze of water bath cooking at home using exact temperatures to cook foods like steaks, chops and fish.

Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 4/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 5/5

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine
Sansaire Sous Vide Machine

I have the second in my sous vide cooking reviews with another handy way to cook that has been a standard in high end restaurants. Sous Vide cooking is taking food in a plastic bag and slowly bringing it up to the temperature you need.

This water bath cooking keeps food at the right temperature so that you can keep it there for easy final prepping just before serving. A restaurant can keep dozens of steaks, chops and other foods at a medium rare state and simply toss it on a grill or pan for that final sear just before serving.

This is how a restaurant can have food out to diners quickly without having to wait for their food to fully cook after ordering. Sous Vide is cooking at a specific temperature like 122 for medium rare with that perfect sear finalized in a pan.

Sous Vide Beef Roast
Sous Vide Beef Roast

I have gotten pretty good at salmon steaks and my family is really enjoying the fresh fish we have been getting from our local store using the sous vide method. I have also tried a few new things using this second machine like pulled pork and vegetables.

A popular vegetable lately in stores is seasoned or sauced vegetables cooked in a microwave and ready to serve in minutes. Take these bags and simply toss in a Ziploc bag to dunk in with your meat for a half hour and you have a full meal in the same pot.

Green Giant and Birdseye have come up with a wide variety of vegetables and vegetables with beans or rice that make a great side dish for your main meats. The convenience of being able to cook both in the same pot and only having to wash up one pan that you use to sear you meat makes for an easy to clean up meal.

Pulled Pork Sandwich with Veggies
Pulled Pork Sandwich with Veggies

The pulled pork is another that has quickly become a favorite in my home and will continue to be a welcome addition to our growing favorites. Take a pork roast or chicken and sous vide at 140 degrees for a couple days and you will have tender pull apart meat.

Yes, I did say a couple of days, you need to ensure the pot has water because after 12 hours some of it will evaporate but you get tender fall apart meat that is perfect for barbeque sandwiches. A quick sear and some rub before cooking and some sauce right before serving gives you an excellent dinner or lunch that was easy to make as well as delicious.

The Sansaire Sous Vide Machine has a bottom heating element with a hole on the side for water circulation and the top dial adjustment for easy control. The power cord comes out and uses a common removable wall cord for easy storage but the top buttons make this setup very easy to use.

Sous Vide Meal
Sous Vide Meal

The blue light up display shows either the current temperature or the temperature your trying to cook at with the simple press of the top temperature button to switch between them. The Sansaire Sous Vide Machine has a safety reset switch to prevent you from burning out the element so you don’t have to worry if you do use it and the water gets too low.

The Sous Vide Machine works well without any problems but the clip that you use to position the appliance on the side of your pot only has two positions. Unlike the previous sous vide appliance that has an adjustable clamp this one is a simple spring loaded clip but was not a deal breaker for me at all.

I much prefer the simple use of the clip over having to tighten down the clamp on the other sous vide cooker that worked well but took just a few seconds more to set up. Between the two machines that only real difference I saw was in cost with the Sansaire actually being about $20 more.

Typical Sous Vide Cooking
Typical Sous Vide Cooking

The Sansaire Sous Vide Machine worked well and I really enjoyed using it with a new but simple way to cook foods like steaks, chops and fish easily. Cook like a chef with the Sansaire Sous Vide machine which costs about $200 and is available at Amazon or directly from the Sansaire website.

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine

Sansaire Sous Vide @ Amazon

Pros
Simple and easy to cook foods
Keeps foods at the perfect temp for hours
No exact timing required
Creates chef quality steaks, chops and fish

Cons
Takes longer to cook

Anova Precision Cooker

Anova Precision Cooker

The Anova Precision Cooker brings accurate water bath cooking called sous vide to the common kitchen for tasty and perfectly cooked foods.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  5/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

Anova Precision Cooker
Anova Precision Cooker

I became interested, intrigued really, by sous vide cooking when watching shows like Master Chef and Chopped but the real twist was when my son bought a sous vide cooker. I had to have one so I contacted three companies and was lucky enough to score a sous vide cooker from Anova.

The Anova Precision Cooker is a simple water heater and circulator that heats water to a specific temperature so you can cook food to that temperature. Sous Vide cooking is an easy way for professionals to keep food at a set temperature and be ready to kiss the food with seasonings or grill it to crispy perfection and serve.

One huge advantage of sous vide cooking for restaurants is being able to keep food like steaks at that perfect temperature for an hour or more without the meat getting dried out or overcooking. A water bath at the exact temperature for medium will keep that meat at that temperature for more than an hour without drying it out.

Sous Vide
Sous Vide

The meat sits at the precise temperature without losing any juices because it sits in a plastic bag with the air squeezed out to keep all its flavor right in. The meat can be seared for a few seconds to add that final touch or can be grilled for an extra bit of flavor.

The Anova Precision Cooker is a simple device that has a control on top and adjustable clamp near the middle with indicators for low and high water levels. The business end on the bottom has a circulator and heater that is submerged in a pot or other container but you do have a minimum level for water.

The Anova cooker has a touch screen control with temperature settings as well as a timer along with an app but the smartphone app does leave something to be desired. The app is not very intuitive nor does it range well for the Bluetooth capability so the app may not be the trick that takes this to new heights.

Perfectly Cooked Pork Roast
Perfectly Cooked Pork Roast

What does make this utterly fantastic and an excellent way to cook a wide variety of foods is the precise temperature you can cook foods to. One great example is steak, chops or fillets cooked to exactly a medium or medium rare, then flame kissed for a perfect steak or fish.

Pop a whole pork or beef roast in a large bag and let it sit for an hour or two then toss it on the grill and rotate every thirty seconds for an absolute fantastic meal. Add some smoky apple or mesquite chips to the grill and your guests or family will think you are an accomplished chef just hiding your real skill from them.

You can cook using the Anova Precision Cooker for a variety of foods but the best I have come across so far is fresh salmon and nothing beats perfectly cooked flaky yet moist fish. I do like to toss the fish in a heated skillet to get that nice crispy sear for a half minute on each side so I do cook the fillets to a very rare temperature.

Sous Vide Gnocchi w/ Carmelized Onions and Peas
Sous Vide Gnocchi w/ Carmelized Onions and Peas

I was actually surprised at how easy both cooking and cleanup is with a sous vide circulator, simply put your food in a zip lock bag with some seasonings and oil if desired and place into the water bath. Times and temperatures are readily available from internet sites but are usually around an hour and there are plenty of fancy recipes to try like a few I have.

The app for the Anova Precision Cooker is easy to use and has a time and temperature setting on the bottom with a readout telling the current temperature at the top of the screen. You can also use recipes to set your time and temperatures but the easy to use settings make this simply and additional bonus of you want to use it.

Salmon Perfectly Cooked
Salmon Perfectly Cooked

The app is more of a bonus in my mind as the main feature of cooking with precision is the main benefit and I really do enjoy the Anova Precision Cooker. I highly recommend the Anova Precision Cooker for an easy to use way to perfectly cook foods using a water bath.

Anova Precision Cooker Website

Anova Precision Cooker at Amazon

Pros
Cooks meats to a precise temperature
Keeps food moist
Keeps food at temperature

Cons
Takes longer to cook food