Food and beer are a perfect pairing and many of us craft beer lovers enjoy cooking too. For those looking to up their food game, you’ve got to check out the Joule sous vide device from ChefSteps.
Joule Sous Vide
Sous vide is a cooking technique that used precision temperature control to cook with perfect consistency.
It’s super simple. Most recipes require minimal prep, then just bag your food, place it in the water bath, set the app, and you’re nearly done. Most meats require just a quick sear in a hot pan to finish them off.
The Joule itself is a sleek white polycarbonate immersion cooker you place in a pot of water. It has a clip to secure it to the side, or a magnetic base to stick to the bottom of the pot. It connects to the phone app via WiFi or Bluetooth and sets up with ease.
It’s one of the most powerful consumer sous vide devices, which helps maintain consistent heat in your cooking and gets your water to cooking temp fast.
An Awesome App
What really sets the Joule apart from other sous vide machines is their app. It’s filled with tons of tasty recipes and walks you through step-by-step. New recipes are added all the time so you’ll never run out of amazing options.
Once you’ve found a recipe you want to make, the Joule app has interactive guides to making your meal. They’re really informative, and include video each step of the way.
Another awesome aspect of the app is the ChefSteps Visual Doneness guide. It lets you look at different options to pick the doneness level that’s right for you. Then it automatically sets the Joule to the temperature required for the proper result. Now you can have a perfect medium-rare steak every time or runny yolks with firm white eggs. No more guessing.
Picking the right cook time is simple too. For most meats you can select if they’re frozen or fresh first (frozen obviously requires more cook time). Next you select the thickness. Then just tap the button and Joule heats the water to the right temperature, setting the timer for the exact length required to get the desired result.
With their Conversational Cooking tools, you can ask Amazon Alexa or Facebook Messenger for cooking ideas or have them start cooking for you. Ever used your voice to cook a meal before?
The app alerts you when the water has reached the right temperature to cook. Place the bagged food in the bath and then start the timer from the app. Since Joule is WiFi connected, you’ll be alerted when your meal is ready, no matter where you are. I often put a meal in, then head to the bar for happy hour. When my food is ready, a pushed notification on my phone alerts me it’s time to eat.
One of the great things about sous vide is there’s no risk of overcooking. This means your perfect chicken breast or steak can stay in the water for up to several hours after they’re done. Quick brewery visit go longer than expected? No problem. Your food will still be perfect when you get home a little late.
The Joule has quickly become my favorite cooking tool. I honestly use it all the time.
From perfect steaks, chicken breast, pork chops, bacon, prime rib, and much more, it’s the tool I turn to several times a week. The results are always awesome and the work required to get them is minimal. In a bag, into the water, and a quick sear on the grill or stove then you’re done. It’s really that easy.
Up your food game and get yourself a ChefSteps Joule sous vide cooker from Amazon now. All that awesome beer you drink needs a delicious dish to pair with it.