How To Use Anova Sous Vide Cooker
Sous vide is a cooking style that involves using precise temperature control resulting in a restaurant grade outcome. In this form of cooking, you have to vacuum-seal food in a bag and cook it in a water bath at a price temperature. A while back, sous vide was a preserve of professional chefs in high end restaurants – but it has recently caught on among many home chefs. This shift became possible with the availability of user-friendly and affordable sous vide cooking tools, such as the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker.
In this post, you will learn how to set up your Anova Precision Cooker and adjust various settings during its use. For starters, let us look at the first step before using the cooker, which is setting it up – but before that, a little insight deeper into sous vide cooking.
Cooking Time and Temperature
The art of sous vide cooking revolves around perfect timing and the right temperature. These two parameters are the determinants of what your food is going to taste like and its final texture. The temperature has to be precise for your food to be well cooked. On the other hand, timing does not have to be that precise – but is still vital to the cooking process and quality of the final product.
Sous vide foods need to cook for long enough to hit the required temperature and in some instances kill potentially harmful microorganisms in food, such as bacteria. Also, it is worth noting that meats have limits when it comes to cooking time – if they stay too long, they may begin breaking down and become mushy. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to cooking time even though the Anova Precision Cooker has some allowance to play around with time more than when cooking using an oven.
Cooking Tank Capacity
The amount of water you use with the Anova sous vide cooker depends on what you are cooking and the amount your cooker can heat comfortably. The 800W version is capable of circulating about 4-5 gallons of water while the 900W version can circulate about 5.5 gallons. When placing steaks in your water tank for sous vide cooking, you should also remember to leave as much space around them so that they can cook evenly.
How to Set Up the Anova Precision Cooker
- Pick a cooking vessel of choice preferably made of a tough material
- Take the cooker out of the box and fix it onto the adjustable clamp
- Move the clamp vertically and set it beneath the display screen and then twist its knob clockwise to tighten
- Fix the cooker onto the side of the vessel and tighten the clamp on the pot using the lower knob
- Ensure that the cooker stands straight and avoid tightening the clamp too much
- Add water onto the vessel and make sure the level stands between the maximum and minimum water lines marked onto the metal skirt
- Plug the Precision Cooker into a socket and you are ready to begin with your cooking
How to Set Timer on Anova App
The Anova Precision Cooker comes with a companion app that allows you to interact with various settings from your iOS or Android mobile device. This app is ideal for people who are new to sous vide cooking since it has guides on the various timings and temperature settings for some popular meals curated by a cooking website known as Serious Eats. once you select the food you want to cook from those given, the app automatically sets the timer on the cooker and the temperature too. Once the timer runs out, the Anova auto shut off feature kicks in and your meal is ready for consumption. If you have the accurate knowledge about what you want to cook you may set the Anova Precision timer by hand either on your phone or directly on the machine.
How to Set Temperature on Anova Sous VIde
The process is as simple as they come if you want to know how to set temperature on Anova Precision Cooker. As stated before the Precision Cooker’s mobile application can automatically turn up the temperature according to various presets on popular meals. On the other hand, on the Anova display panel, you can manually set temperature by turning the blue dial.
A common question among a significant number of people is usually on whether there is an Anova delayed start option. Unfortunately, the Anova Precision Cooker does not have a delayed start option. The feature is in the manufacturer’s future plans though – according to one of the answers by a staff member to such a question in the company’s site community support section.
Finishing Up With Sous Vide Cooking
Sous vide foods are usually ready for consumption right out of the Anova Precision Cooker water bath. You can still do more to these foods though – finishing them with high heat promises tastier food. You can add nice sear on your cooked steak within a short time if you use a cast iron skillet that is blazing hot.
For sous vide pork chops or ribs, you can grill them to get that tasty finish. Deep frying is also applicable and can be a great choice – French fries cooked in the Anova Precision Cooker are quite tasty after applying the deep-frying finish. There are many other different ways of finishing and depending on the available recipe.