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Having the correct equipment for a job makes it so much easier to master! But sometimes figuring out exactly what that right equipment is can be difficult and frustrating. What do I need to buy? What are those "must haves" versus those "nice to haves" versus those "luxuries"? What brands are more reliable? What is the price range for this item? Is there a cheaper alternative to try first? And the list of questions goes on.
We have reviewed and tested many modernist and traditional pieces of kitchen equipment to help you make your decisions. Some blogs posts are lists of equipment with summaries highlighting the options. Others are in depth tests and comparisons we've run to provide you with the hard data you need to determine the best one for you. So depending on your style of researching equipment, we have the help you need.
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One of the big divides between professional chefs using sous vide and home cooks is the use of probes with sous vide. The majority of professionals always probe and the majority of home cooks don't. But more and more sous vide cookers are coming with probes, such as the PolyScience HydroPro, the VacMaster SV10, and the Anova Precision Oven, as well as tools such as the MeatStick. So I thought it's important to talk about why you may want to use one.
In this episode of Ask Jason, Doug asks: "Is one better, a water bath or a stick circulator for sous vide?" That's a good question and part of it depends what you're trying to accomplish. I've used several water baths and they work really well. For most cooks and most uses a water bath (i.e. the Sous Vide Supreme) and a stick circulator (i.e. Anova, ChefSteps Joule or Gourmia) work just as well as each other.
In this episode of Ask Jason, Ben asks: "What do you recommend to pin down items that float?" This can be a common problem when sous viding food, see what Jason said.
Do You Need a Circulator to Sous Vide? The short answer is, I don't think so. If it works for you, then great. Circulators are really nice to have though. There are many reliable brands at low cost.
The Animato whipping siphon is an inexpensive, but high quality charger that I really liked.
This is a detailed review of the Anova Nano, an inexpensive sous vide immersion circulator recently released by Anova Culinary LLC.
This circulator is the latest generation of the Anova line, with the design focused primarily on reducing the cost and size of the circulator, making it available to more sous viders than ever before. But don't let the low cost fool you, this unit has the design, quality, and precision that Anova has built its reputation on. The purpose of this review is to give you the information you need to determine if the Anova Nano is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
This is a detailed review of the SSV800 Accu Slim Sous Vide immersion circulator recently released by Instant Pot. This circulator is the second sous vide circulator that Instant Pot has brought to market. The SSV800 Accu Slim is essentially a smaller, cost-reduced version of the original SV800, with very similar performance characteristics. The purpose of this review is to give you the information you need to determine if the Accu Slim is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
As more and more home cooks aspire to become accomplished sous viders, they are experimenting to discover the best ways to create an awesome sear on a variety of proteins. One of the more popular, and the one I use a lot, is to use a torch, either by itself or in conjunction with another technique such is pan frying. There are numerous torch options available, in this article we take a close look at the two Bernzomatic offerings; the Bernzomatic TS4000 and TS8000 and provide a recommendation. We also suggest a potential modification to the torch that you might want to explore. These will allow you to provide a great sear to your sous vide cooking protein.
This is a detailed review of the Tribest Sousvant SV-101 sous vide machine. It is a all-in-one water oven similar to the Sous Vide Supreme, Mellow, and Oliso Water Oven-Smart Hub.
As a sous vider, sooner or later you will run across the "floating bag challenge". Specifically, this is when the sous vide bag in the water bath begins to float, exposing a portion of the contents above the water level. In this review we present SV Homewares Sous Vide Magnets as one possible solution to that problem.
As a sous vider, sooner or later you will run across the "floating bag challenge". Specifically, this is when the sous vide bag in the water bath begins to float, exposing a portion of the contents above the water level. In this review we present SO-VIDA Sous Vide Weights as one possible solution to that problem.
As a sous vider, sooner or later you will run across the "floating bag challenge". Specifically, this is when the sous vide bag in the water bath begins to float, exposing a portion of the contents above the water level. In this review we present disc neodymium magnets as one possible solution to that problem.
We do our best to keep our readers informed about new modernist cooking-related products. This often includes equipment such as sous vide circulators and containers. In this review we are looking at a sous vide accessory, the SO-VIDA Sous Vide Insulation Bands and Mat. These are designed to insulate a large pot that is being used as a sous vide water bath container.
I was recently given a free Oliso PRO Smart Sealer to test out and review. I've been using it for several months now and here's some of my thoughts on it.
Anova recently announced the launch of their newest sous vide circulator, the Anova Nano. It is slated to be sold for under $100 and weighs only 1.4 pounds. It will have a 700 watt heater, and heat less water, but it should be good for small familes or people just getting into sous vide.
We will provide more updates as the unit becomes available and we can do some hands-on testing with it.
Here is how the Kitchen Gizmo sous vide circulator fared on our sous vide benchmark tests.
The Oliso Smart Hub Sous Vide Machine is a combination induction burner and water bath. Here's how it preformed in our sous vide benchmark tests.
How does the ChefStep Joule do compared to other circulators? We put it through our sous vide benchmark tests to find out!
This is a detailed review of the Anova Precision Cooker WiFi immersion circulator. This circulator is the first sous vide machine that is connected via WiFi to a smartphone app.
This is a detailed review of the Gourmia GSV130 immersion circulator pod. This circulator is an entry-level unit that has all the capability needed to create amazing meals using sous vide cooking.
The Sansaire Delta is the latest sous vide machine from Sansaire. It should come out in 2017 but we have a preview of how it looks and functions.
This is a detailed review of the PolyScience Series 300 Chamber Vacuum Sealer. It lists the many advantages of a chamber vacuum sealer. The unit is then reviewed including its features and operation.
Modernist equipment can be expensive! But here are the best Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that can make the sous vide equipment much more affordable.
This detailed review for the Bellini Kitchen Master discusses what it can do, how it works, and whether or not it's right for your needs.
The Nomiku immersion circulator sous vide review shows that when attached to a suitable container it will provide an excellent water bath for sous vide cooking.
The Sous Vide Benchmark gathers a variety of objective information about some popular sous vide machines including how long it takes to heat up and how consistent they are for the Anova, Nomiku, etc.
Many people wonder how long it takes a sous vide machine to heat up. We ran benchmark tests on 5 of the most popular machines to definitively answer how long it takes to heat.
There is a wide range of knife sharpeners available to the home cook. Here are some of the better rated ones on Amazon.
The Fini Cutlery knife shortens the handle for better comfort and control. I take this knife through the paces to see how it works compared to other knives.
This is a detailed review of the Anova Precision Cooker, an inexpensive immersion circulator manufactured by Anova Culinary LLC. This circulator, attached to a suitable container, will provide an excellent water bath for sous vide cooking. If you are interested in getting involved with sous vide cooking, this review will give you all of the information you need to determine if the Anova Precision Cooker is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
I was recently approached by Joseph, from "Frankfurter Brett", who wanted to show off their new cutting board system. It's basically a workbench for the kitchen and it looks pretty awesome. They are currently in their Kickstarter campaign
and hoping to find supporters. You can read all of my thoughts below and I highly recommend you go check out their page, including their awesome videos, and see what you think.
I recently got contacted by NextGen and was asked if I wanted to try out their new knife, the San Sebastian Elite model, and I've been using it for the last few days with great results.
Today pressure cookers are being viewed by home cooks as the new healthy, time-saving, and energy-saving way to prepare food. Moreover, today's pressure cookers have numerous devices built in to guarantee their safe use.
Sous vide is one of the most popular modernist techniques and one that is pushing modernist cooking into the mainstream. From fancy chefs like Thomas Keller and hit television shows like Iron Chef America and Top Chef to everyday restaurants like Panera, sous vide is popping up everywhere.
There are several torches to sear sous vide foods and here are some of the best ones for the home and professional cook to use.
Due to the increasing popularity of immersion circulators I thought it would be useful to present a variety of options for the sous vide water bath container. For each type I will cover the advantages and disadvantages as well as indicate where they can be purchased.
There are many different types of sous vide machines available for the home and professional cook but they all have one purpose: to keep the cooking temperature consistent. They do this in different ways and each way has pluses and minuses.
The latest entrant in the sous vide machine market is Mellow, a self-contained sous vide machine. The units are comparably priced to a Sous Vide Supreme at $400 and are shipping in about a year.
Provides a detailed analysis of inexpensive immersion circulators used for sous vide cooking including the Anova, Nomiku and Sansaire. The article focuses on the differences between the units and then makes a recommendation of the best unit.
Based on my testing while I was writing my book, I answer the following questions:
Hey Jason, which size of whipping siphon should I get? I'm looking at either the .5 liter or the 1 liter, what do you think is best? Do I need to get the iSi Thermo siphon? I'll normally be cooking for 4-10 people, if that matters.
Sometimes it can be hard to find good gifts for the cook in your life. Luckily, with modernist cooking there are several options for great gifts you can give. Here are some of my favorite tools and books.
Sous Vide Supreme has just announced the launch of their newest produce, the Sous Vide Supreme Demi. It's a smaller and more compact version of their popular Sous Vide Supreme water bath.
I've been very curious to check out the new Sous Vide supreme cooker
but couldn't justify spending more money on sous vide equipment. Luckily, through my contact at Sur La Table I managed to borrow a unit from them that I can play around with for a few weeks. I'll post a little more about the Sous Vide Supreme
as I use it over the next few weeks but I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts.
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