Sous vide is a method of slow cooking using plastic bags and a temperature controlled environment to slowly cook your favorite cuisine to perfection. Previously this type of equipment was too expensive for the average home chef to afford but Anova set out to change all that with their Anova Precision Cooker.
What’s nice about sous vide is that you get the same results every time with the same settings because there a so few variables involved and the heat can be controlled so precisely. It’s a very popular cooking method in high-end restaurants for this reason.
The retail cost for this device is set to be $199, compared to their competitors whose equipment will cost as much as $1000. However, you can still fund their project and get your very own Anova Precision cooker for as low as $159 (saving about 20%).
As of the time of writing, the project is already funded by over 17 times their original goal of $100,000 with more than 10,000 people backing the project, which is really impressive. To find out a little more about sous vide and the Anova cooker’s background you should check out their Kickstarter video:
What you’ll want to take away from this is how much care went into creating Anova and the low cost of this device vs. other sous vide cookers. What’s even cooler is that you will be able to control and monitor your Anova precision cooker with your smartphone, since it will support iOS, Android, and even Windows phone!
The Anova Precision Cooker is expected to be in production and begin shipping to consumers starting in October of this year and because of the amount of press coverage and funding they have received, I expect them to make true on that promise. There are often hiccups in the production process of products that are crowd-funded like this, but because of the amount of work that they have put into the making of their prototype and everything I mentioned above, I have faith that they will be ready to start production on schedule, upon the completed funding of their project.
I suspect that some of you will be skeptical and that is completely understandable considering the cost of similar cookers and how new this type of cooking is so I have been in talks with the makers of Anova and they have promised me a review unit once they start sending out devices to the media. I am very excited to try it out and share my experience with the readers of TechDissected because I am certain that it’s going to be an excellent new way to experience food.
The Kickstarter ends at 3:45 PM tomorrow, so if you are interested in being one of the first people to get your hands on one of these high-quality low-cost cookers, make sure you go and fund the project soon! If you feel like you want to wait and see how well it works, rest assured I will have coverage of that as soon as possible and I’m sure it’s going to be great.