My New Best Friend (In The Kitchen)

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Quite some time ago my husband informed me that he had preordered Joule. Joule is a sous vide. Quite some time ago, I didn’t even know what the words “Joule” or “sous vide” meant. All I knew quite some time ago was that my husband had spent money on a piece of kitchen hardware and with him being a culinary school grad I couldn’t find a reason to argue against it.

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Now, after much time has past, I am quite familiar with Joule. While I have not personally cooked with our new kitchen friend I have been the recipient of all it’s wonderful products. Most importantly, I have gained the power to prepare a week’s worth of chicken breast in about an hour and not have a single dry piece. This is a big deal for me.

For those who don’t know, sous vide is a method of cooking in which you place food in a sealed plastic bag and have it cook in a water bath that runs at a constant temperature. It’s essentially the hybrid of a crock-pot and an aquarium pump. When food is prepared this way you have more control over the final outcome. This method dramatically reduces the risk of under or over cooking and as a result, chicken breast that is never dried out.

Photo by Alex the Foodmage

Joule is very easy to use. The developer, Chef Steps, paired the device to an app in which you program the cooking instructions. Want a medium rare steak? Just enter in the thickness and the desired doneness on your phone. Joule will then start with the click of a button. It’s the future.

ChefSteps CS10001 Joule Sous Vide, White/Stainless

In the end, my message is this: if you are someone who eats a lot of chicken breast as a part of his or her diet consider Joule. It will change your life.


Photo by Alex the Foodmage

13 thoughts on “My New Best Friend (In The Kitchen)

  1. Whoa! I had NO idea what “sous vide”was, but this sounds amazing! I’m always afraid of cooking meat, and when I try to conquer that fear, you can bet I over cook it! I will have to try this, thanks so much for sharing!

    1. You can also just sear it afterward if you want that fresh off the grill feeling! ChefSteps has great recipes to use with it.

  2. I’ve never heard of this method of cooking before. Sounds like something I should try since I’m always paranoid about undercooking meat. Now I wonder if this Joule is available in my country… I’ll have to read up on that. 🙂

    1. It’s big in the restaurant industry and used to be a much larger apparatus. You will start to hear more about these as people bring smaller versions like these into their homes.

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