ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
Last updated date: July 11, 2019
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This smart home ready sous vide machine is lightweight and powerful. It heats water up to six minutes faster than other models. We loved this compact sous vide machine overall. In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the ChefSteps ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide placed 5th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
Editor's Note July 12, 2019:
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Joule is the smallest, most powerful sous vide tool available. It heats water faster than any other immersion circulator or precision cooker and holds the temperature with absolute accuracy to ensure perfect results every time. Controlled exclusively by a groundbreaking app that empowers sous vide veterans and novices alike, Joule gives you the freedom to cook from anywhere. Maximum water temperature - 208 degree fahrenheit.
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An Overview On Sous Vide Machines
When you run across the words “sous vide” in a cookbook, it might seem like a complex term that’s only used with elaborate French dishes. In reality, it’s a simple way to get a perfect cook on your favorite proteins, like steak, chicken and pork. Buying a sous vide machine can make this French tradition an everyday classic in your kitchen.
Sous vide is a fancy term for placing your food in a vacuum-sealed bag, then cooking it in temperature-controlled water. (You can also use glass jars instead of bags, and eggs can be cooked in their shells.) There are a number of benefits to cooking your food sous vide. It offers more precise control over your cooking temperature, so it’s better for cooking tricky proteins, like fish. You’ll also notice a more even cook throughout meats like steak and pork loin.
Using a vacuum-sealed bag prevents moisture and nutrient loss, so your meals come out tastier and healthier. Sous vide cooking also helps your proteins soak up more marinade and enhances your meat’s natural flavor, so you won’t have to use additional salt or oils.
The sous vide method used to be a fine dining-only approach, but the rise of affordable home sous-vide machines have taken this French technique from fine dining to easy weeknight dinners. The two types of at-home sous vide machines are water ovens and immersion circulators, but all of our top picks are immersion circulators.
Thermal immersion circulators are electrically powered devices that move and heat water at an accurate, stable temperature. They hook onto the side of your cooking pot, then they heat up the water and circulate it. Once your water has reached the right temperature, you can drop your bagged meal into the pot, sit back and let the immersion circulator do the work.
New handheld immersion circulators, like the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano, come with digital displays that make it easier than ever to keep that perfect temperature.
Digital displays aren’t the only technology that’s making sous vide the next big thing. Models like the ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide are Bluetooth-enabled, so you can control them remotely. This sous vide also has an accompanying app for iPhone or Android, with a special visual doneness feature. It shows you exactly how your food will turn out before you even turn on your stove.
Immersion circulators are also great for anyone with a small kitchen who wants the sous vide experience. The Sansaire Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is about the size of a champagne bottle, and the ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide fits easily into your cutlery drawer.
Sous vide circulators come in different wattages. More watts help your water heat more quickly, and if you need to add cold food during cooking, it will help the water’s temperature rebound faster. The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano uses 750 watts of cooking power (about the strength of a small or medium microwave). The Sansaire Sous Vide Immersion Circulator heats up liquids with an impressive 1,100 watts (which is a similar amount of power to a large microwave).
If you don’t know how to get started with your sous vide machine, several of our top picks come with recipe books. The ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide has more than 100 cooking guides in its app, and both Anova models come with more than 1,000 recipes for every skill level.
Once you’re ready to dive into sous vide cooking, take a look at our Tips & Advice to figure out which sous vide machine is right for you.
DWYM Fun Fact
Cooking is a marriage of art and science, and sous vide machines are a great example of that. In the late 1960s, French and American engineers mastered food-grade plastic films and vacuum packing. Since sous vide machines could keep packaged foods in a water bath at a consistent temperature, they were perfect for sealing and pasteurizing industrially prepared foods for a longer shelf life.
Sous vide finally broke into restaurants in 1974, when French chefs Pierre Troisgros and Georges Pralus started using the machines to cook foie gras while losing as little fat as possible. The delicious results made sous vide machines a staple in commercial and household kitchens alike.
The Sous Vide Machine Buying Guide
- How often do you plan on using your sous vide machine? If you want a few steaks for occasional dinner parties, a budget pick like the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano will work just fine. For regular sous vide experiences, you may want to pony up for an investment model, like the ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide.
- How much power do you want from your immersion cooker? Higher-wattage cookers, like the 1,100-watt ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide, will help you cook faster by heating up your water more quickly. However, it’s easier to trip a circuit breaker if your kitchen is old or not wired for that much juice. The 750-watt Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano might take a bit longer to get going, but it won’t leave you poking around your fuse box with a flashlight.
- What types of containers will you use for your sous vide cooking? The immersion circulator has to clamp onto the side of your pot, so you’ll want to measure the pot’s thickness and make sure your sous vide machine has a large enough clamp for a firm grip on the side. The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker can be shifted up or down on your pot to adjust the height, and you can adjust the screw in the back for a tighter fit. The Sansaire Sous Vide Immersion Circulator’s clamp is large and hooks up in seconds, but it’s not as adjustable.
- New moms can benefit from sous vide cookers, too. The Sansaire Sous Vide Immersion Circulator can heat milk or formula to a perfect 98.6 degrees every time.
- Sous vide machines don’t get very dirty, but they’ll need a quick cleaning if you start noticing mineral buildup from water. To rinse the buildup away, just dilute equal parts water and vinegar in a small pot and place your cooker inside. Set the cooker’s temperature to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and let your cooker heat the liquid. Then remove the cooker once it’s reached the right temperature. The cooker’s display can be cleaned with a damp microfiber cloth.