It’s rare for a founder to offer to make Chik-fil-A sandwich clones for you, let alone in your own kitchen. But that’s just what Jeff Wu, creator of the Anova sous-vide cooker is doing.
Now running on Kickstarter, the new model adds some amazing features to the already cool Anova cooker including iPhone based programming and a food library that allows you to set and forget your recipes.
Wu has been cooking sous-vide since he was 13 when his chemist father brought home an industrial grade circulator. He’s been practicing the art ever since and has been working on the Anova project for most of this decade.
Sous-vide, in short, makes it easy to replicate recipes. Restaurants use it not because it’s a high-tech way to cook meat but because unskilled cooks can drop bagged meat into a bath and pull it out at exactly the right temperature a few minutes later. It allows for the mass production of steaks that are crunchy on the surface and pink inside and it allows for easy cooked chicken without the vagaries of stove top futzing. It’s like a water-filled microwave.
The new Anova just passed $1 million on Kickstarter, which made Jeff happy, and he was in town to show off the hardware to food sites and magazines. However, he knows I (used to) like a really nice piece of chicken expertly cooked, so he made me lunch. I’ve recently taken to vegetarianism but seeing how good his sandwiches looked I decided to partake. They were delicious – juicy, not overcooked, and surprisingly flavorful thanks to a pickle juice brine. Food tech is some of my favorite tech and this was some of the best.
Want to know Jeff’s magic recipe?