About this project
Please Note: The Anova Precision Cooker will have support for Android, iOS, AND Windows mobile devices.
To use the Anova Precision Cooker, you simply attach it to a pot, put your food in a ziplock bag and set the time and temperature. The Precision Cooker circulates water around the pot, ensuring a consistent temperature throughout. AND, the Precision Cooker Connects to your phone, allowing you to cook amazing meals by simply touching a button. The food is amazing, tender, and moist, every time.
Watch Chef Ming Tsai talk about the Anova Precision Cooker and precision cooking / sous vide:
Background on Precision Temperature Cooking (Sous Vide)
Once limited to the world's best restaurants, precision temperature cooking (sous vide) is now the fastest growing kitchen appliance category. Last year was a huge year for precision temperature cooking, as it was the first year that precision temperature cooking devices became very affordable for home chefs. The Anova Precision Cooker represents the next evolution of precision temperature cooking technology, making it easy and affordable for anyone to reap the benefits of this type of cooking.
Did you know that precision cooking (sous vide) is used in the majority of high-end restaurants?
Most people don't know how pervasive precision cooking is, but it's now used by a majority of high-end restaurants. It's also used at chain establishments, such as Chipotle.
While high-end restaurants have been using precision cooking for years, the technique has only become popular with home chefs in the past four to five years with the advent of reality cooking shows.
Despite the publicity from these cooking shows, until last year, most sous vide devices were still too expensive for home chefs, as models cost between $500 and $1,000. Anova was the first company to begin selling an affordable device for the home chef, with a price of only $199. Now, precision cookers / sous vide devices are the fastest growing kitchen appliance category.
What does sous vide mean?
For years people have called this type of cooking “sous vide,” which is French for "under vacuum." This refers to the process of vacuum sealing food and putting it in a water-bath. However, that's a bit of a misnomer. You don't need to vacuum seal your food to cook sous vide.
Instead, this technique is really about bringing food to a very precise temperature and holding it there for a period of time. A better name for this technique, then, is "precision temperature cooking" or "precision cooking" for short. That's why we've named our system the Anova Precision Cooker.
How it Works
Precision cooking is extremely easy. It usually involves these three simple steps:
1. Attach the Precision Cooker to a pot and set time and temp. Use the simple interface to set the time and temperature. Or, you can use the app to find what you're cooking and just hit "start."
2. Put food in a ziplock bag and then you clip it to the side of the pot. Simply put your food in a sealable bag. The circulator moves water around the pot, ensuring a consistent temperature throughout
3. Finish by sear, grilling or broiling. Some people like to finish their cook by searing their food, throwing it on the grill, or by broiling it. This gives the food a nice look.
The Advantages of Precision Temperature Cooking
Precision cooking produces results that are impossible through any other technique. Precision cooking gives important advantages over traditional methods, including the following benefits:
- Consistency. Because you cook your food to a precise temperature for a precise amount of time, you can expect very consistent results.
- Taste. Food cooks in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender.
- Waste reduction. Traditionally prepared food dries out and results in waste. For example, on average, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking, loses none of its volume.
- Don't worry about overcooking. Traditional cooking can require your constant attention. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking.
Precision cooked steak vs. traditional steak
Steak cooked via precision cooking is done perfectly edge to edge. In the image below, you can see that the steak on the right appears smaller. That steak was pan-cooked. In comparison, the steak on the left was cooked by the Anova Precision Cooker and it is consistent from edge-to-edge.
Precision cooked eggs vs. eggs cooked traditionally
Precision cooking eggs allows you to control how eggs turn out. Traditionally cooked eggs are a bit of a crap shoot. It's very difficult to time them perfectly to get the desired result.
Salmon cooked traditionally vs. precision cooked salmon
Much like steak, fish cooked by the Anova Precision Cooker is done perfectly, edge-to-edge. When pan cooked, the surface temperature of the pan is higher than the ideal cooking temperature, resulting in the edges being overcooked.
Everything Tastes Better When Cooked Perfectly
It's not just steak, fish, and eggs that come out better when cooked with the Anova Precision Cooker. Chicken comes out moist and tender. Vegetables are bright and flavorful. Pork is tender and juicy. The Anova Precision Cooker can be used on a wide variety of foods and the results are delicious and healthy.
Jeff Wu has been using immersion circulation technology since the age of 13. While still in college, Jeff became an engineer for a scientific equipment manufacturer and started working with classmate, Natalie Vaughn on designing and selling scientific equipment.
Jeff has always been obsessed with two things: (1) designing and building laboratory equipment and (2) cooking. He had no idea that two could go together until on a visit to Harvard in 2007, he saw two grad students using laboratory-grade circulators to cook. Not long after that visit, Jeff tried to build his own device to cook sous vide-style meals. He also began using lab equipment to cook sous vide.
Jeff became determined to build a sous vide device for the home chef. In 2010, he did just that and created an early proof-of-concept of an affordable home sous vide.
In 2013, Jeff teamed up with Natalie to launch Anova Culinary, LLC. The first product, was the Anova 1. At $199, the Anova 1 became the first affordable immersion circulator for the home chef.
The reception for the first commercial unit was overwhelming. . . .
"So is it amazing? Yes. I’m kind of hooked." - TechCrunch
"[Anova] is the one to beat" - WIRED
"The Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is an easy to use device that both beginners and pros will enjoy." - CNET
We Can Do Better
Despite the popularity of the Anova 1, we wanted to do better. We felt we could improve upon the following three major areas:
(1) The price. We think this type of technology should be affordable to everyone. We want to work to produce a unit that is extremely affordable.
(2) The unit must be more flexible. One of the limitations to current systems is that they require tall pots, which limits the type of equipment you can use with the device and makes its use somewhat cumbersome.
(3) The Precision Cooker should be a connected device. The interface should move to the iPhone, making the device even easier to use. People shouldn't have to search for hours for time and temperature settings. They should be able to hit a button and start cooking.
In addition to our three chief goals (low-price, flexibility, and connectivity), we also wanted to incorporate many suggestions from our users. The result is a redesigned system, specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the home chef. It’s simple, yet powerful, flexible and accurate. It’s incredibly light, weighing only 2.5 lbs. Its small, and easy to store. It truly represents a breakthrough in precision temperature cooking devices.
We’ve redesigned the clip, so that it’s detachable from the system. It’s secure, but flexible. You can use the device with virtually any pot or container.
Vectoring / 360 Degree Pump
The clip allows the unit to turn, which means you can point the pump flow to any direction This gets water to flow around the pot, ensuring a consistent temperature throughout
The interface is completely new and incredibly easy to use. You slide the wheel up and down to change the temperature. Then you press start.
The unit is Bluetooth enabled, which for the first time ever allows you to cook perfect meals with your smartphone.
Anova has a removable skirt, which allows you to take off the bottom and clean it in the dishwasher.
The unit is made of polycarbonate and stainless steel. Stainless steel parts prevent rust and corrosion and last for ages.
Connectivity and Apps
The iPhone App makes it incredibly easy to cook with Anova. You simply find the food you’re cooking, adjust the settings if you’d like, and hit start. There’s no need to search for time and temperature settings. It will all be programmed into your phone.
We’re going to release an SDK, so that people can develop their own apps to work with Anova. We anticipate people will make nutritional apps, apps that make it easy to share what you’re cooking with others, recipe apps, and time and temperature apps.
We want you to be able to input what you’ve got in the fridge and simply touch a button to begin cooking the perfect meal.
Watch Kenji Lopez from Serious Eats interview Jeff about the Anova Precision Cooker:
What Others Kindly Say
Pricing, Availability, and Specifications
Pricing & Availability:
- Product Price: $169
- Estimated Availability: October 2014
- Black (Brushed / Machined)
- White (Brushed / Machined)
- Temperature Range: 77°F to 210°F ± 0.01°F / 25°C to 99°C ± 0.01°C
- Pump Speed: 1 - 1.2 GPM 7-8 LPM (still optimizing)
- Directional Pump: 360 degree directional pump
- Tank Capacity: 4-5 Gallon 15-19 Liters
- Timer: 99 hours Max
- Safety: Bi-Metal Fuse
- Power Input: 110-120VAC (220-240V EU)
- Heating Power: 800W
- Bluetooth wireless
Estimated Weight and Dimensions:
- Length: 2.75 in / 6.98 cm
- Width: 2.75 in / 6.98 cm
- Height: 14.75 in / 36.8 cm
- Immersion Depth: 7.25 in / 18.415 cm
- Max Clamp Opening: 1.25 in / 3.175 cm
- Minimum Immersion Depth: 2.5 Inches / 6.35 cm
- Weight: 2.5 lbs / 1.1 kg
- Wet Sensor
- Auto-shut off
- Temp sensor
Display and Controls:
- LED Display
- Temperature Display C & F readout
- Timer HH:MM
- Scroll wheel Increment/Decrement
- 24/7 display
- Body: Polycarbonate
- Skirt: Polycarbonate/Stainless in Late Q4
- Transparent bottom piece: Polycarbonate
- Removable skirt
- Dishwasher safe skirt
- Easy twist disassemble
In the Box:
- Precision Cooker
Everything we do is to make this type of technology and this cooking technique accessible. In turn, we hope to give people incredible culinary experiences. To achieve our mission, our systems need to be very affordable and dead simple to use.
The redesign of Anova began in September 2013. Since that time, we've gone through several product iterations to get to the design that we feel is ideal for the home chef. We've completed the design and engineering and created a prototype, using our own 3D printing machines.
To complete this project we need to finish our injection molding and begin final production of the units. We need to finish development of the connected device which will allow for the machine to communicate with smartphones via Bluetooth.
We need a Community to Realize Our Goals
We're extremely thankful for the support we've received from customers. But we need even more support to make sure that we can continue to provide a product that is an amazing value.
Thanks so much!
Our Extended Team (With Our Thanks and Gratitude)
- Get Fresh (Full-Service Agency)
- Stephen Svajian, CEO, Get Fresh, and Kickstarter Producer
- Colin Day, Video, Get Fresh
- Aaron Sananes, Design, Get Fresh
- Nicole Van Zanten, Social Media, Get Fresh
- Stephen Thorpe, Audio Engineer
- Fernando Camarena, Camera
- Albert Lopez, Video Editor
- Chef Nicole Poireer, Chef
- Kara Tsuboi, On-Camera Talent
Use of restaurant video footage was provided under a Creative Commons license by the following:
Risks and challenges
Anova has a team with extensive manufacturing experience. Specifically, our project benefits from the following key facts:
- We have a history of designing and manufacturing quality products in-house
- The Anova Precision Cooker is the result of detailed and careful planning
- We have previously designed and manufactured a precision cooker
Despite our expertise and careful planning, there are risks to the project. We've identified and outlined the following key risks to our project below:
1. RISK DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH THE INJECTION MOLD:
Injection molding is a process that can often set hardware products back. We're fortunate to have experience in injection molding, but in the event that there is a problem with the injection mold, our project could be set back several weeks.
2. RISK DUE TO EXCESS DEMAND:
We're fortunate to do our own manufacturing. Should we receive support in excess of our anticipated demand, there could be delays in backers receiving their products.
If demand is extraordinary, we could be forced to open a new manufacturing facility, which would further delay our project.
3. RISK DUE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOFTWARE AND THE CONNECTED DEVICE:
Our team has experience building and developing connected devices. Specifically, we've built devices that connect to software via Bluetooth. However, development of our connected device is currently in progress and is largely conceptual. Despite the proficiency of the team, it is possible that the development schedule could slip and we will not be ready to release source code to developers in time for them to build apps for backers.
Further, our schedule could slip to the point that there is no app for the initial batch of units to use, as we believe it is important to ship units as they become available, which could pre-date final delivery of apps.
4. RISK DUE TO SUPPLIERS:
We have long-standing relationships with our suppliers. In addition, we have a very robust supply chain for components. However, it is not impossible that our project gets delayed due to problems with a supplier. However, it is not impossible that our project gets delayed due to problems with a supplier.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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