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AmazonOne of the toughest parts of cooking is getting your food done perfectly, consistently.
Whether you get distracted or anxious about overcooking or undercooking, or you misread a recipe, it can be easy to end up with unsatisfying results.
Sous vide cooking takes the guesswork out of determining doneness, leaving you with meat and vegetables just the way you like them every time.
To cook sous vide, you’ll need a couple of things, but the most important one is a water circulator (which, confusingly is almost always referred to as a “sous vide.”) This keeps the water you’re cooking your food in at a particular temperature for the entire cook time.
A few months ago, I was sent ChefSteps’ Joule, a popular “sous vide,” and it helped me get restaurant-quality results at home. The Joule rarely goes on sale, but you can save up to $36 on the non-stainless steal version (functionally identical) through an Amazon Warehouse Deal.
My full review has a lot more information about my experience with the Joule and sous vide in general, but I’ll recap the basics here. The Joule and its accompanying app make it easy to jump into this new style of cooking, which can seem a little weird at first.
The app is loaded with settings for a lot of different foods, so you don’t have to scour the web looking for “food X sous vide temperature and time.” Everything I’ve cooked with the Joule has been within its database, but you also have the option to set your own temperature and time.
To actually start cooking, put the Joule in a put of water and select a recipe; it’ll start heating up the water accordingly and send you a notification when it’s ready. From there you drop your food into the pot. The only prep work you have to do is put your food in a sealable plastic bag and get the air out so it doesn’t float. Then, you wait.
If sous vide has one big downside it’s that cooking does take longer than some traditional methods. A burger will take 30 minutes instead of 10, but the payoff is worth it. After a quick sear at the end, you’re looking at food that came out of a professional kitchen. Until you try sous vide, it’s hard to imagine getting something cooked so consistently from edge to edge.
In my review, I mentioned that once people get bitten by the sous vide bug they tend to cook that way all the time. I still use my oven, pots, pans, and skillets, but there’s no denying the Joule is among the most powerful cooking tools I own. If I’m batch cooking something, or using a cut of meat that’s more expensive than what I normally use, the Joule is the safety net I use to make sure I don’t mess things up.
The Joule has only gone on sale once since it was first released a couple of years ago, so this discount is a rare find. If you’ve been looking for a way to kick your cooking up a notch or want to cook in a way that doesn’t require constant monitoring, this is a deal you’ll want to jump on.
ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide, from $143.20 ($179 new), available at Amazon [You save: $35.80]
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