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
How much I enjoy: 5/5
Recommendation: 5/5 Stars
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cooks meats to a precise temperature
Keeps food moist
Keeps food at temperature
Takes longer to cook food