So what is the Anova Wi-Fi Cooker, and why is it worth a whole article on my blog?
So the Anova is a sous vide cooker that has Wi-Fi capabilities. By now you’re probably thinking what is “Sous Vide”? According to sousvidesupreme.com, “Sous vide (pronounced soo-veed) means “under vacuum” in French. It is a gourmet culinary technique long used by chefs worldwide, but now accessible to home cooks. The sous vide cooking technique involves cooking food in pouches, submerged in a water bath held at a precisely controlled temperature.”
When I discovered this product online I was fascinated. I could cook any food I wanted with minimal mess, from anywhere in the world. That sounded like an amazing idea. So I decided to read and learn more about it. I learned that one of the greatest advantages was precision cooing. This means that you can cook a steak with the exact same result every single time.
In the process, I learned that I should also purchase a vacuum sealer for better results. But while was searching about what a vacuum sealer is, I came to learn about all the benefits of owning one. Vacuum sealed food is great for long term storing and freezing.
After buying them in early January, the first couple of times I used them were for testing. And the results came amazing every single time. There is obviously a small learning curve, but once you get that, then the process is simple.
Another thing that took some time to master was searing. Food coming out of a sous vide bag is fully cooked, but it definitely doesn’t took appealing. Everything needs a few more minutes before its eatable.
Sous –Vide has two processes:
- Raw Food -> Freeze -> Sous Vide -> Sear -> Eat
- Raw Food -> Sous Vide -> Freeze -> Defrost -> Heat
As time passes though, I have come to learn more and more things about how to use my Anova for more types of food, and faster. For example, I use the device to cook raw frozen meat and fish, directly out of the freezer. It obviously takes longer, but the results are still amazing. Also, since the device is Wi-Fi enabled, it has allowed me to start preparing my food while I am at work, so it’s cooked and ready once I get home.
The last thing I learned, was that I could get away without buying a vacuum sealer (even though I still use it to store cooked food in the freezer, or to store dry food for longer times). The trick is that you can use every day Zip-Locks to cook food in an Anova, and the results are almost the same, saving you money.
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