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How to Get Perfectly Cooked Meat and Veggies Every Single Time…

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get perfectly cooked meat and veggies – Anova sous vide cooker

Hey all! Kimberly here from the Hip2Save team!

If you’re like me and have a busy schedule and a family you need to cook for, your life is about to change forever! While I thought I would never find a kitchen gadget I love as much as my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, I have found a fierce competitor!

First, let me say that I LOVE to cook! However, as a single mom of four kids who homeschools and works full-time, it’s often hard for me to find the time to cook healthy meals.

get perfectly cooked meat and veggies – Anova sous vide cooker in a pot

I thought when I got two Instant Pots this past holiday season they were going to be the miracle I needed… they were NOT. I pretty much only use them now to cook potatoes. 🙄 I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not the only one.

Fast forward a couple months when my life was forever changed and the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker was introduced to me. You guys, this weird looking cooking gadget has saved my life!

If you struggle with cooking anything, especially meat, this is the way to go. You will have tender juicy perfectly cooked steak, meat, poultry, fish, burgers, and veggies every time. The best part is, it’s SUPER EASY!

If you watch much Food Network you will likely hear about cooking using a Sous Vide at some point because this wonderful little gadget is not only used by me, but it’s also used by some of the world’s top chefs!

How does it work?

The Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker circulates water around the pot preventing any hot or cool spots from forming in the water which ensures that your food is cooked throughout at a perfectly even temperature. Just set the temperature on the Sous Vide device itself or on your phone using the Anova app for iOS or Android.

The Anova app is great as you can quickly look up cooking temperatures and times for whatever you’re wanting to cook and save it for future reference. It alerts you once the water has reached temperature. It will also alert you once your food is done.

get perfectly cooked meat and veggies – Anova sous vide cooker with app

What I like about it…

One of the awesome things about the Anova Sous Vide is that although your food is ready when the timer goes off… if one of your kids happens to call because they’ve locked their keys in the car and you have to run out and leave the meat in the Sous Vide for an extra hour and a half or so (yes, this happened to me one night 😂)… it doesn’t overcook!

In addition, the Anova Sous Vide works with virtually any deep pot. You just set the time and temperature using the Anova app (iOS or Android) on your phone or the Sous Vide interface itself.

It’s easy to use!

Just put the food in a re-sealable bag and drop the bag in the water (just be sure to remove as much air from the bag as possible). If you have a food saver vacuum seal system, I have found that to work the best as it really seals in any seasonings you put on your food. Once the timer goes off the food is DONE!

You do need to plan ahead a little, as you need to give the water time to get to temperature and leave time for the meat to sit and cook in the water bath, but other than that, you drop in the meat or veggies and walk away.

get perfectly cooked meat and veggies – steak cooked with the sous vide and then seared

Heads up if you’re cooking meat!

Once the timer on the Sous Vide is done and you pull your meat out, it is fully cooked. However, it looks a little strange as we are all accustomed to seeing our meat browned from either baking, pan searing, or grilling. Once my meat is done, I pull it out of the vacuum sealed bag (any sealed bag will do, but I definitely prefer using a vacuum sealed one), pat it dry, and sear it for about 30-45 seconds on each side in a cast iron pan or on a grill.

This has easily become my favorite way of cooking!

Just a heads up that I was not paid to share my thoughts on the Sous Vide. It’s just a product that I love and wanted to share with you all. These usually run around $109 – $119. I was thrilled to have found one on clearance at Target for only $64.50! If you have to pay full price for one though, it’s worth every penny – in my opinion.

Do any of you cook using a Sous Vide? If so, what do you love about yours? 
Join The Discussion

Comments 36

  1. Judy Trac

    Can someone give me this for free? Lol

  2. Robyn

    I use my Sous Vide all of the time. I bought it a couple of years ago when I had to cook a $200 Chateaubriand and I was afraid of ruining it. Meat comes out perfectly. It does take a bit of planning since steaks can take an hour to cook, but the results are worth it. I love how fish turns out, and I don’t stink up the whole house!

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      I’m very excited to try cooking fish with my Sous Vide. Glad to hear you are enjoying yours too, Robyn!

  3. M

    I definitely use my instant pot for more than just potatoes 😂

    That being said, we have one of these and have yet to use it. I’m a little intimidated but this makes me a little less scared to try! I’ll have to try it out soon!

    • Hammy

      Try mashed potatoes in it. Outstanding!! 2lbs potatoes, cup of milk and cup of butter🤷🏻‍♀️. Drop them in a ziplock throw them in the water for and 45-60 minutes at 195 and mash them or run them through a ricer. So good because the potato flavor doesn’t leach out in the cooking water.

      • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

        Oh, those sound delicious, Hammy! I’m going to have to try that!

  4. Heather B.

    Does anyone know if these are safe since you are cooking in a plastic ziplock? What if the plastic is leaching toxic chemicals? I have to wonder about that.

    • Jessica

      Just be sure to use BPA free freezer bags. (All food-safe bags these days are BPA free.)

    • Amy

      I had this same concern. I found there are silicone resealable bags on the market, but I don’t own any myself to know how or if they work for this purpose. I’m also not sure I trust that they would clean well enough, but that’s just my paranoia.

    • Hammy

      Perfectly safe. The Anova doesn’t cook at such a high level of heat to cause any leaching. They also make a silicon bag that is reusable and dishwasher safe.

    • Robyn

      Heather, I had the same concern. From the research I have done I have come to the conclusion it is safe. The “experts” say the temperature is never high enough to cause a problem. For my medium rare steak I set it at 129 degrees.

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      The Sous Vide doesn’t cook at a very high temperature, but if you’re concerned about leaching they do have BPA Free bags you can use, including reusable bags that are dishwasher safe.

  5. Amanda

    I love this tool! Perfectly cooked food every single time. Evenly cooked and no drying out. Definitely worth the purchase.

  6. Wren

    Great…. my Instant Pot is already ‘not cool’ anymore 😭🙃

  7. Jessica

    I own the Joule Sous Vide cooker. I love that thing, I use it every week. I can even control it w/ my Amazon Alexa. I have cooked a large variety of meats in it. Everything comes out tender and perfect.

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! I sure am loving mine! SO EASY!

  8. EndLessLuv

    I personally don’t like it, so far. I don’t like the texture. It makes my steaks dry, chewy but dry tender. I like my steak bloody juicy. Maybe I haven’t found the right recipes. I have tired making it 4x with 4 different temps and timing etc. I just like my steaks the old fashion way, Grilled.

    • Robyn

      I have found that certain steaks are not as good cooked in it, like a top sirloin. It cooks a perfect filet. I always add some ghee and I NEVER salt it in the bag. The salt pulls the juice right out when it is cooked so long.

  9. vmm

    EWW, bpa plastic or not, this is not a good idea for anyone who’s health conscious at all!

    • rebecca

      why? how does this affect your health in an adverse way?

    • Jessica

      If you do about 20 minutes worth of research you’ll find this is indeed safe. There is also nothing unsafe about the temp used to cook things. If it wasn’t safe, it would be ALL OVER the place.

  10. JJ

    I have a Sansaire Sous Vide cooker. We love the thing, it’s the only way we cook corn on the cob. It also works great for steaks. we like really thick steaks, cooked medium rare – we cook them to 123, then get either the grill or a cast iron pan ripping hot & sear the outside. Perfect every time. Also works great for soft cooked & boiled eggs. We use our Food Saver to seal all the foods. Also useful to reheat food, especially pulled pork without drying it out.

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      I agree that corn on the cob is fantastic in the Sous Vide! I love the idea of reheating food that way! I’ll have to try that, JJ! Thanks for the tip!

  11. Unsure

    Does anyone else smell the “burnt” water when using this?! It stinks up my whole house that it just make me think I’m eating boil rib eye. Just curious.

    • dub

      yessss…. well not burnt, but definitely a metallic/mineral smell.

      • Unsure

        Yes!!!! And it just makes me dislike it now. 🙁 glad it isn’t just me!!!

    • JJ

      What brand do you have?

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      Oh, I have never had that issue, Unsure. I can imagine areas that have different minerals in the water may smell more than others, but I haven’t noticed that at all.

  12. April

    I have a Joule and I use it often, sometimes 5 times a week! I grocery shop on Friday and vacuum seal all my meats in portioned bags. Freeze whatever I won’t cook in the next few days (and thaw in the fridge the night before, although you can cook from frozen, just takes longer). I can start the water from my phone when I leave work and it’s heated when I get home. Immediately put the bag in the water when I walk in the door and do all my chores. By the time I’d normally be ready to cook dinner, the meats usually almost done and all I need to do is sear it and make sides!

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      LOVE this, April! It really does save time, just a little preparing ahead of time. I used mine 4 times last week. I love that I can get so much done while my main dish is cooking in the Sous Vide!

  13. Hammy

    Try cooking your lesser cuts of meats longer. It will still be the the doneness you are wanting, but a longer cook equals a more tender result.

  14. PC

    If you don’t have a lot of time to cook, then the Instant Pot is the better option since it’s so fast- who wants to spend 1 hour on mashed potatoes in the Anova when you can make them in 6 min in the IP?

    When it comes to steak, sous vide gives you precise control over the doneness of it so I see the appeal, but only if you can afford to spend several hours waiting for it to cook lol

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      Hi PC! I agree that the Sous Vide isn’t for everyone. You do have to plan ahead a little, but for me, I love that I can drop my meat or veggies in the Sous Vide, walk away for a couple hours and get other things done, then come back and it’s all ready to go. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your Instant Pot! 🙂

      • PC

        Hi Kimberly! I get it, and I love to do the same w/ my IP (drop food in and come back to a cooked meal within minutes usually). But it’s good to have options either way. Whatever works for you!

  15. Lexi

    I worry about the chemicals from the plastic bags leaching into the food. I love my instant pot. My family’s favorite recipe is the Indian Butter Chicken!

  16. Jessica

    I LOVE ours! We haven’t had it for long but we have used it several times and just love it! It makes perfect steak, deliciously tender and juicy chicken, salmon that is so tender and good! I have to say I didn’t like pork loin in it, maybe I need to try again and do it differently. After I did a LOT of research I found it’s perfectly safe.

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