Anyone who watches MasterChef on a regular basis will have heard of the term ‘sous-vide’ cooking. Sous vide is a form of cooking in which the ingredients are placed in a vacuum-sealed bag and then immersed into warm water until cooked. The water does not enter the ingredients instead it gently circulates around the food.
With sous-vide cooking you can get precise temperatures and therefore exact cooking techniques to ensure wonderfully flavourful meals, which are healthy and packed with goodness.
The cooking method is a favourite of chefs all over the globe, with the UK’s Heston Blumenthal stating:
This cooking method has only been available in restaurants or on TV. Now however, a new gadget has been designed that allows everyone to cook sous-vide at home.
The Anova Precision Cooker is basically a heating device you place in a pan that heats and circulates water. The circulating water heats to an exact temperature to make sure the food never overcooks.
But what’s the point of placing food in a water bath and why all the worry about precision cooking?
Anova state that cooking in this way ‘enables you to produce results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method’.
With sous-vide cooking you don’t get any part of the food that is under or overcooked. There are no raw centres or dry edges. Everything stays in the bag to make sure it is moist and juicy.
All you do is look through the recipes on the app and then you can operate it remotely using your phone.
Once you have paired with the device you simply press ‘Play’ and you are cooking.
The Anova device cooks to a precise temperature which is calculated to the nearest .01 degree F/C.
The Anova has an adjustable clamp so you can screw it onto a pan. Works with a touch of a button.
The Anova Precision Sous-Vide Cooker costs £169.95 which includes shipping and VAT. There’s a 60-day money-back guarantee if you don’t get on with it.