Anova sous-vide cooker now iPhone-controlled, available for backing

Anova has a new iPhone-controlled home sous vide machine on the market and it looks to be both well made and incredibly well priced — or at least, the early bird discount on Kickstarter is really good. Sous vide, the fancy name for temperature controlled emersion cooking, is the latest gadget to capture the imagination of the online nerd community. Here's what Anova has to say about their latest and greatest:

In addition to our three chief goals (low-price, flexibility, and connectivity), we also wanted to incorporate many suggestions from our users. The result is a redesigned system, specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the home chef. It's simple, yet powerful, flexible and accurate. It's incredibly light, weighing only 2.5 lbs. Its small, and easy to store. It truly represents a breakthrough in precision temperature cooking devices.

So, thanks to Bluetooth, your iPhone now gets to control your sous vide, meaning less chance for human error and more chance for tasty food.

The iPhone App makes it incredibly easy to cook with Anova. You simply find the food you're cooking, adjust the settings if you'd like, and hit start. There's no need to search for time and temperature settings. It will all be programmed into your phone.

Anova is also going to release an SDK so other apps can be made, for example nutrition apps.

While the original early bird special was for $99 that was bought-out in the time it took me to start writing this article. The current special is $129 and will likely also go fast. Full retail will be $169 and Anova expects to ship this October. If you want one, and you want a great price, act fast!

(I've been looking for a connected sous-vide for a while, so I just backed the stuffing out of this.)

Source: Anova

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Anova sous-vide cooker now iPhone-controlled, available for backing

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Horrible video. And they are using the term "sous vide" completely wrong.

Sous vide is a type of vacuum-assisted preservation of food, not cooking per se. What they are doing here is semi-airless, temperature-controlled poaching. It's not the same thing at all.

The video is also completely misleading about the product. That steak has to be seared to come out looking like it does. You can't boil a steak in a bag on the stove and have it come out all crusty and brown on the outside like that. It's also only good for small amounts of food, you can't really cook an entire meal like this.

You really don't know what you're talking about do you? Yes, technically sous vide (literal translation - under pressure) is the process of putting the food in a vacuum pack. Cooking sous vide is the process of placing that item in a waterbath at a controlled temperature and that is where the anova immersion circulator comes in. It is not poaching. Poaching would be putting the item directly in the water. It's not just good for 'small amounts of food'. I regularly cook whole sides of sirloin in one. As vacuum chambers are quite expensive an often used workaround is ziplock bags which have had most of the air displaced before sealing, either by manually sucking it out with a straw or by forcing the air out by submerging most of the bag in water, or a combination of both. I would wager that most people looking to purchase this item have a fair idea of thermodynamics and the Maillard reaction and realise that items needs finishing for service and I find nothing misleading about this video at all

From what I can find, it seems like people use a little blow torch to brown the meat. To be honest, though, I've never heard of this method of cooking before reading this article.

I've had mix experiences with sous vide, mostly unimpressive, and one meal touted as sous vide at Blue Hill in NY was quite horrible. To me there is a Ron Popeil quality to the idea of cooking in a plastic bag.

The good news is that with this sous vide device and the iOS controlled roll of toilet paper from a previous iMore article, Apple is now there to assist you from end to end. Good luck Rene!