Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 13, 2017
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Get into hot water

The Anova Precision Cooker with Bluetooth

When I first read about “sous vide” cooking seven or eight years ago, I thought it was just another odd French take on cooking that was little more than a curiosity. Not any more. Essentially the method requires that meat or veggies be sealed in a plastic pouch and placed in carefully controlled hot water, usually between 55 and 60°C, for one to seven hours. The idea is to cook the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside, and to retain moisture.

Sous vide is especially effective with meats. Tough collagen is hydrolyzed into gelatin, without heating proteins enough to toughen the meat. The end result is especially succulent cuts. Vegetables retain their colour and are crisper than by other cooking methods.

Until recently, sous vide was the purview of fine restaurants; Paul Bocuse was an early convert. These days it shows up often on shows like Top Chef and now you can put it to use at home.

This month’s gadget, the 800-watt Anova Precision Cooker with Bluetooth, will do the trick in the comfort of your own kitchen. The device is immersed in a pot of water and keeps it at a constant temperature for as long as the recipe requires. The Bluetooth feature allows to you to remotely track cooking progress, and adjust time and temperature from a smartphone. It’s ideal for busy practitioners who can pop supper in a bag at breakfast and have a succulent cut perfectly cooked by dinnertime.

If it’s an entirely new cooking method to you, go first to chefsteps.com/sous-vide for an overview of how to get the best results from cooking in bags and water.

A caveat: Ziplock bags are popular and are a BPA-free choice. If the idea of cooking in plastic is abhorrent to you, it’s worth doing some research on the net to consider alternatives. Here’s a good place to start: nomnompaleo.com/post/12463202060/cooking-sous-vide-plastic-safety.

Find the 800-watt Anova Precision Cooker with Bluetooth at a kitchen store near you or at Target or Best Buy. Prices range from $119 to $150. anovaculinary.com.

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  1. On September 14, 2017, Arthur Zilbert said:
    I am used to being in hot water
  2. On September 19, 2017, Serge Bruneau said:
    Mon traiteur est venu à la maison avec cet appareil, pour un carré d'agneau succulent!

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