Review: Flavorful, easy meals with Gourmia Sous Vide Pod
SEATTLE, March 10, 2016 — One of the more recent crazes in home cooking is that of sous vide – it’s a French term which simply means “under vacuum”. The process consists of using an immersion circulator in water and an air-tight bag with your food in it. Commercial kitchens have been using immersion circulators for years now – they have the ability to hold food at temperature for hours without overcooking the food.
The advantage of combining that process with food in an airtight or vacuum-sealed environment is that any juices or aromas released by the food stay with the food. The end result is food that tastes more intensely like itself or with the included seasonings you may have used. Now, of course, this cooking process doesn’t address searing but what you do is simply cook with a reverse searing process.
What reverse searing entails is to cook a steak, for example, using the sous vide process and after it’s achieved perfect doneness, you simply throw it onto a hot pan or grill for 30-60 seconds per side to get that perfect sear.
While there are quite a few products on the market now which all allow the home-cook to cook this way, the newest and perhaps one of the more innovative units we’ve seen so far is the Gourmia Sous Vide Pod.
There’s a few things that make this device stand out from the competition – the easy to read and use LCD screen, its powerful 1200-watt element, and the mounting mechanism. Its quick-release mount is perhaps the best we’ve used so far and the heating element provides precise constant temperatures.
We used the Pod for day’s on end and had superior results with seafood, steaks and just about any other kind of protein you want to throw at it. You really haven’t had steak until you cook one Sous-Vide. What makes for a superior end result when cooking in this method is to make sure the water circulating around the food maintains a good rate of flow, thus creating a natural convection cooking environment.
One of the excuses for not cooking more at home that we hear all the time is, “I don’t have time” – well get one of these Gourmia Pods and you’ll remove that excuse. You can easily start your food in the morning, throw it in the pot of water at a low temp and let it slowly cook to perfection without overcooking. When you get home, you’ll have a meal that’s ready to deliver tons of flavor without ever drying out.
Its precision of temperature was amazingly good and that’s demonstrative by the superior results it churns out.
Gourmia backs the Pod up with a 1-year warranty and has plenty of recipes you can get started with on its website. Once you experience the goodness to be had with cooking sous vide, you’re likely to never again go back to cooking any other way for most things.
Here’s a great salmon recipe you can try:
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