Cooking is fun. Not only that, but it offers something appropriate no matter the mood. Sometimes the right thing is to cook something fast and straight to the point, and then at other times, hanging out in the kitchen for a long and slow meal is not only desirable for a particular cooking process, but also one that matches the mood. And then sometimes what's required is a little of both: exciting and slow at the same time.
PolyScience, makers of precision laboratory equipment, have been in the cooking game for a while now. Supporters of sous vide cooking for many years, the company has now released the Discovery Series Sous Vide Immersion Circulator ($299.95). Designed to act as an entry point to cooking sous vide, the immersion circulator offers an affordable way to explore the exciting culinary trend.
Sous vide cooking takes time. The fun part (aside from the results) is the freedom it affords. After food has been seasoned, sealed, and placed in the water bath, participants are free to do what they want. Many hours later, the cooked food is removed, given a quick sear and enjoyed. What happens in between start and finish is up to you; sous vide cooking requires no active participation.
The key to the fun is a willingness to try new things (and eat them). Features here on the new Discovery model help to keep it fun and not frustrating. Approximately 14 inches tall and capable of pumping 1.6 gallons of water per minute, the device can be used with extant containers with a maximum bath volume of up to 5.3 gallons. Figuring out what to put in it is up to you; as they say, getting there is half the fun -- but those that have said that probably didn't have a perfectly cooked steak waiting at the end of their journey.