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So you’re a big sous-vide enthusiast? Put your hand down, you faker. Sous Vide cooking is new to us too. But an ideal cooking method that eradicates over- and under-cooked food forever while retaining juiciness and color? Yes, we’re listening.
And we have the ideal new tool for this ideal new way to cook: The Breville Joule Sous Vide, which makes your new culinary adventure far less intimidating. Actually, it’s downright easy. Sous-vide is French for “under vacuum,” referring to the plastic bag or glass jar you place your food in while it is cooked in a water bath heated by the Breville Joule. It’s also known as low temperature long time (LTLT) cooking, so while it’s not for quick meals or whipping up something on the fly, the advantages make it well worth the wait.
The compact and easy-to-use Breville Joule Sous Vide will make your foray into this kind of cooking easy and rewarding. At a mere 11 inches tall and 1.3 pounds, it’s half the size of most other sous vide machines. It’s small enough to fit in your silverware drawer, and yet can precisely cook meat and vegetables to a perfect level of doneness.
And it does that in a very easy way. With its magnetic base and versatile clip, you simply attach the sous vide to a container of water, anything from a saucepan to a cooler. With its 1100 watts of power, the Breville Joule Sous Vide very quickly heats the water to between 130 and 140 degrees for meat, and higher for vegetables. Your food is sealed in a plastic bag or glass jar, and over the course of anywhere from 1 to 7 hours (occasionally longer), it cooks perfectly evenly, retains all of its color and vitamin content, and remains exquisitely juicy on the inside.
And, times being what they are, the Breville Joule Sous Vide comes with an app. You can control your sous vide remotely via WiFi, with Bluetooth, or with Alexa. The Visual Doneness (TM) feature displays exactly how your food will turn out before you start cooking, and also features 100 cooking guides developed by Breville’s in-house chefs. Free Amazon tech support is also included.
If you were not a sous-vide fan before (and be honest), this is an ideal device to get you started. The $234.95 price tag falls in line with many other kitchen appliances, and it takes up far less space than virtually any of them. And while most of your kitchen toys are for food prep, this one actually cooks the meal, and does it almost effortlessly.
(And when you decide you want to impress your friends with your expertise, it’s pronounced sue-veed.)