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Anova Culinary Precision Cooker Review

Ready to use a sous vide in your own kitchen? Not sure which sous vide appliance to purchase for your needs? Check out our Anova Sous Vide review below to get you on your way to cooking impeccable food time after time. Anova creates products using science and technology to get you cooking like a pro by transforming your everyday cooking to an expert level.

The Anova Culinary Precision Cooker is a quality cooker that allows you to control your cooking from your smart phone. The water is circulated at the correct temperature to allow that faultless sous vide texture and taste every time.

Feeling like a professional cooking sous vide in your own home has never been easier now that Anova has given us the Culinary Precision Cooker. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that this type of technology and cooking style was only available to chefs in fancy restaurants.

Since the rise in popularity of reality cooking shows and on social media, they have given us a sneak peak into chef secrets and techniques, and now you can sous vide food with an Anova precision cooker in your own home!

Anova Culinary Precision Cooker Review

Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver

Sous vide has become popular in the home setting and Anova boasts perfect results every time. It consistently cooks your meal to the standard you are after using the immersion circulator and precise temperature control to circulate and heat the water. You can use the Culinary Precision Cooker on any pot you already have and can use zip lock bags or canning jars to hold your food.

The technique requires precise temperature control while cooking that leads to even heat being distributed through the food for an even cook. It retains the moisture and fat in the foods to lock in the flavors and create the most amazing texture.

There is no other way to get the results that sous vide gives, it’s a technique well worth knowing. Traditional on the heat techniques often under or over cook foods, whereas sous vide allows for a constant standard each time you cook. 

Let’s review Anova’s Sous vide cooker and get you started on creating restaurant quality meals at home.

PROS

  • Perfect food every time
  • App with recipes
  • Attaches to any pot
  • Precise temperature control

CONS

  • Needs time allow water to heat up
  • No bags supplied

With a contemporary look and practical design, the Anova Culinary Precision Cooker will become a quick favorite in your kitchen. It is a standalone appliance that will not take up too much space in your kitchen. The Anova team also proved an app to assist with using the sous vide appliance. It will allow you to check and control the temperature of the water and food, provide recipes and assistance all from your phone using a Wi-Fi connection. It couldn’t get easier!


Features And Benefits

No special pot or water container is needed as the Precision Cooker clamps onto any pot you already have. You will need to make sure your pot has the depth to immerse your food package into, a normal stock pot will be fine. The clamp is adjustable and tightens to the side of your chosen pot. The appliance is water resistant incase it falls into your pot while you are adjusting it, but I do suggest attaching it first before adding your water to prevent this from happening. Using hot water into the pot will allow for the sous vide cooker to come to temperature faster than starting from cold. You just fill to the line on the sleeve of the cooker, and you are ready to get started.

Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver

Anova provide an app for the Culinary Precision Cooker that supplies you with chef created recipes that are made for your sous vide. It makes your appliance easy to use allowing you to control the temperature and time. The recipes from chefs include easy to find ingredients and instructions to get your restaurant quality meals happening every time you use it. The app has a built-in user manual (incase you lose yours) and a quick start menu, keeping it simple and usable for any cook. The appliance and app will need Wi-Fi to connect and once set up is easy to use. It is so convenient having everything you need in an app on your phone, no more searching the cupboards or drawers for the instruction and recipe books.

The immersion circulator ensures the correct temperature of the water by circulating while heating the water to maintain precise temperatures evenly. It is easy to set up and use. See below for simple instructions on how to get cooking. Don’t forget the app has a quick start menu as well. 

How To Use The Anova Culinary Precision Cooker?

It is much easier than you think to use the sous vide technique. Here are the simple steps to setting up and using your Precision Cooker.

  1. Attach your precision cooker to a pot of hot water. Set the time and temperature according to your recipe or desired doneness using the display on the top or the app on your smartphone.
  2. Place your food of course in a sealable bag and clip it to the side of the pot. Use a bull clip or similar.
  3. To finish your food (especially steaks, meat etc.) grill or seared on high heat. This will give your food a crispy exterior without over cooking the inside. Serve as you wish.
Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver

You’ll never go back to over cooked or undercooked foods again after using this. Use the temperature and timing guides given in the app recipes to figure out your perfect level of doneness for your favorite foods. I suggest having a play with different recipes, times, temperatures, and ingredients to get to know your cooker. Write yourself notes on what worked for you and what didn’t so you can build your skills and remember your tweaks for each food. That way you get the results you love time after time. 


Best Used For

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Fish
  • Vegetables
  • And more!!

But don’t limit yourself to just the traditional beef steak and creamy salmon recipes we have seen on tv and social media. Have a look through the recipes provided by Anova on the app and website. You’ll be pleasantly surprised about the variety of foods and dishes you can create with it. The desserts options are endless with flourless chocolate cakes, crème brulee, lemon cheesecake and more! You mind will be blown by the foods and dishes that can be cooked using the sous vide technique. And don’t forget your vegetables! Once you have had sous vide mushrooms in truffle oil you’ll never be able to forget them.

  • Power

    1000 watts

  • Flow Rate

    8 Liters/min

  • Construction Material

    Plastic & stainless steel, IPX7 water and splash resistant/p>

  • Temperature Accuracy

    +/- 0.1˚C (0.2˚F)

  • Temperature Range

    0˚-92˚C (32˚-197˚F)

  • Dimension

    32.5 x 31 x 40 cm

  • Connectivity

    WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz

  • Dimension

    78 x 78 x 325 mm

  • Weight

    0.9kg


Reasons To Buy

There’s more to the Culinary Precision Cooker than just using it to cook the perfect steak, you can create a range of foods including crème brulee and canned foods using the Precision Cooker. The recipes provided by Anova open a whole new door of ideas, from desserts to pickling as well as the traditional meat recipes. Try out the features and see how you go, playing with new appliances and techniques is one of my favorite things to do. It really lets you get creative and create dishes with textures and flavors you didn’t think were possible at home.

Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver

It will cook while you can do other things with your time. Just set the timer and temperature and you can get on with your day/evening. The best part is your food will be prefect every time, you’ll be so pleased by the consistency you can create with using it. Time and time again your food will be perfectly cooked leaving you satisfied, and reduced disappointment and waste from food being over or under cooked.

It is a standalone model that does not require much equipment to get started- stock pot, plastic bags & clips, and the Anova Culinary Precision Cooker, that’s it. It saves space and is much more affordable than a larger water bath appliance. There is a variety of foods you can make with the cooker and who can go past the restaurant quality meals you’ll be able to create at home. Precision results on food every time.


FAQ

Is It Hard To Use?

The quick set up menu will have you cooking amazing meals in no time. Basically, it just clamps to your pot, heat the water, clip your food in a bag to the side and select time. Sit back and relax while it does the cooking for you.

Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver

Do I need A Special Pot To Use It?

No, you can use a standard stock pot as your water container. The Culinary Precision Cooker come with an adjustable clamp so it can fit your pot. The cooker has a water level mark on the sleeve to show you where to fill the water up to.

Can I Cook Vegetables With It?

You sure can! Perfect poached asparagus to smooth creamy mash potatoes and everything in between. You can also pickle and can fruits and vegetables with it too. Check out the recipes on the app and the Anova website for more details.

Is It Hard To Clean?

Easy to clean as the stainless-steel skirt can be removed. Rinse your circulator and allows to dry, the stainless-steel skirt is dishwasher safe or can be washed with your other dishes.

What Bags Can I Use?

You can use any bags or jars that seal. Some chefs will use vacuum seal bags, but you can use zipper lock bags and clip them to the side of your pot. You can also purchase specialty bags and jars online. Some of the bags are designed to be reusable.

How Do I Connect It To My Phone?

You will need a Wi-Fi connection to connect your cooker to your smart phone. You will be given a set up guide with your appliance. The app allows you to set the temperature and time from anywhere. 


Summing Up

The Anova Culinary Precision Cooker is perfect for chefs and those wanting restaurant quality sous vide meals at home every time without the full water bath set up. It is defiantly more affordable and easier to use than a full water bath set up. It also takes up less space than a bigger unit would.

Performance is second to none Anova delivers precise temperature control to ensure perfectly cooked food time after time. The perfect steak or salmon is no longer just a restaurant treat, you’ll be serving up high quality restaurant meals again and again using this cooker. The versatility of it and that it can be used with a stock pot mean it is accessible for anyone to learn the sous vide technique.

It is easy to use and comes with such a variety of recipes to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen.  I would allow yourself time to practice using it though before hosting your next dinner party. You will need to allow time for the water to heat up first and I would suggest filling your pot with warm/hot water to reduce the set-up time. Be patient with it and remember you are making real food not ‘fast food’. It’s a process that when followed correctly is simple and satisfying, it is all about the temperature control and timing, once you master these, you’ll be very happy with the results. 

Use the app and recipes, you don’t have to get super fancy but the temperature and timing they provide will really set up your process and skills. Often salt and pepper are your only requirements when cooking meats but check out the chef’s recommendations and get inspired. I love the variety of vegetable recipes and what you can do with them to enhance their flavors and textures. Bring on the perfect glazed carrots or poached asparagus on our plates.

Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver

Anova Culinary Precision Cooker

Editor's Choice

  • App with recipes
  • Attaches to any pot
  • Precise temperature control
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