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Excellent Sous Vide unit!
on September 7, 2017
I spent quite a bit of time researching this price range of sous vide units, and had it narrowed down to this one, Chefman, and Razzori (Anova with Bluetooth seemed a bit much for a first timer). When I looked carefully at the Amazon reviews, I found that even though the customer service was responsive for the others, they had a lot of bad units that needed to be returned, and at the time of writing this review, there were none here for Gramercy Kitchen Co.
Outside of Amazon, they have a very nice looking blog and Facebook community presence. Additionally, the owner / seller has been super nice and engaging after my purchase, being very responsive and answering questions and helping me out. I really appreciate the hands-on approach they take- I can tell they are foodies who just want to share the amazing game changer that is sous vide cooking and what it can bring to your table. I am super happy with my choice to go with Gramercy's!
The unit itself- I'm including pictures because it wasn't clear to me from others I've seen whether the clamp was removable or not, and it is! Also, it was a bit bigger than I was expecting, taller than a wine bottle but a little smaller in diameter. I love the feel of the plastic handle, it's smooth and feels solid and well made. The metal housing that protects the element comes off for cleaning if something happens to leak, which is nice.
Choosing a time and temp is a breeze with the mousewheel-like roller interface. I like that it displays both the current and target temperatures at the same time. I'm still trying to figure out if the units can be changed to Fahrenheit or if Celsius is the only option and I'll need to convert cooking temps from here on out, will edit in if I do find out. (EDIT: Yes it can, just press and hold the Start button for 3+ seconds)
One of the reviews I ran across on the Anova unit was someone suggesting that you get a little Igloo cooler to be your sous vide container.
The benefits are:
1) It keeps the temperature steady because it's insulated. If you just use one of those clear plastic containers I see a lot of on here or a pot on your stovetop, you're going to lose a lot of your heat and waste energy that way.
2) If you cut a hole out of the top of the lid of the cooler (~2 3/8"), you can drop the immersion cooker unit directly into the cooler without needing the clamp, and you won't lose any water! So that means not having to buy those sous vide balls or keeping an eye on water levels over the course of a day's cooking. Win/Win all the way around.
(Specifically I got the Igloo Island Breeze Cooler, Diablo Red, 9-Quart, if you catch a sale here on Amazon they can be as low as $10, check out "camel camel camel . com" to track prices and get alerts by email if a price goes down)
So far I've only had it about a week and cooked corn on the cob for a picnic (cooked thoroughly in the cooler and then grilled for a few minutes to get a bit of grill flavor) and it turned out fantastic. Also just did Steak au poivre, which was my best yet! I love that the juices and spices get to thoroughly saturate the meat while it's cooking, and it can never dry out. It's amazing what a difference it can make. I've been using a reverse sear method with our toaster oven or grill up to this point, and while it's good, it's not as GREAT as doing it with the sous vide.
Anyway, very, very happy with my purchase so far, I highly recommend this unit.