We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: one of the first casualties of fatherhood is time. That’s why, when it comes to cooking, the most useful appliances are the ones that let you create great meals that don’t need to be babysat. That’s why slow cookers, pressure cookers, and instant pots, are such necessities. Another excellent addition: a sous vide circulator. The device allows you to create a temperature-controlled hot water bath in which you then place a Ziplocked bag of meat. After a number of low and slow hours, yields juicy, fork-tender versions of your favorite foods. Honestly, the process creates the best steak you’ll ever eat. If you’re interested, Amazon is having a nice sale on the Anova Precision Cooker, a best-in-class Bluetooth-enabled circulator. Normally $150, it’s on sale for $80.
Sous vide was once a technique only found in high-end kitchens. But in the past few years we’ve seen a number of slim, simple-to-use immersion circulators — the main component of the process. They’re what creates and controls the temperature of the water bath. Basically, they have fancy internal heaters and continuously filter the water of a large pot so that it maintains a stable temperature.
The Anova Precision Circulator is slim and wand-like, with an app-controlled interface that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. This lets you not only set and monitor temperature from your phone but also search through a data base of sous-vide recipes. It easily attaches to pots, is extremely precise, and is simple to sync with a phone. While the genuine process of sous vide requires a bit more tools than just the circulator, it’s the main component. And, at $80 today, that’s a pretty good deal on steakhouse-quality meat.