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Anova's second-gen cooker makes sous vide smart (pictures)

The Anova Precision Cooker boasts a refined build and Bluetooth, to boot.

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Anova Precision Cooker

The Anova Precision Cooker is the brand's second-gen immersion circulator, promising to smarten up the sous vide experience. Click through to see what's cooking.

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Just add water

Sous vide is a cooking technique that involves suspending vacuum-sealed ingredients within a water bath that's held to a very steady, very consistent temperature. That's what Anova does -- stick it down into your pot, and it'll heat the water right to where you want it and hold it there for as long as you need.

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New and improved clamp

You'll clamp the Anova cooker onto the side of your pot by tightening a screw. A new, second screw lets you loosen the device itself, then raise, lower, or turn it. That gives you a little more cooking flexibility.

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Dial it in

You can turn Anova on by pressing a capacitive button on its face. To change the target temperature, dial the scroll wheel up and down.

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In-app recipes

You can search for recipes in the Anova app. Once you've found one you want to cook, you can use Bluetooth to send the corresponding time and temperature settings straight to the cooker.

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App controls

You can also adjust the time and temperature settings manually.

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Eggcellent performance

Eggs are a fun sous vide starter recipe -- you don't need to vacuum-seal them, and there're dozens of ways to cook them.

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Breakfast of champions

I like mine poached to a nice, slightly runny medium. 15 minutes at 165 degrees F (74 C) does the trick. With sous vide, it's easy to dial in to the exact settings you like.

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On to dinner

Next up was steak -- flank steak, specifically. The flavor is typically on point, but it's a notoriously tough cut of meat. Our hope was that an extra-long sous vide cook would help soften it up a little.

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24 hours later...

Oh, what a difference a day makes...

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Perfectly cooked

Nailed it! 24 hours at 131 degrees F (55 C), and our steak came out juicy and tender, with edge-to-edge consistency.

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A quick sear in a hot pan

Of course, you'll want that carmelized crispness on the outside, so a very quick sear in a very hot pan is a very good idea.

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Break out the blowtorch

Even better: blowtorch the thing.

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Slice and serve

(*drool*)

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Mmmmmmmeat

(*continued drooling*)

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Price point

The Anova Precision Cooker retails for $179 -- cheaper than the first-gen Anova. International, 220v units are also available for $229 (£150, or AU$295). Should you dive on in to the sous vide waters? Read our full review to find out.

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