Looking for the perfect gift ideas for the holidays this year? Give the gift of the Sous Vide! Welcome to our Holiday 2021 Sous Vide Gift Buying Guide.
Sous Vide is taking the kitchen by storm. It is so easy and fool proof, that anyone can benefit from owning one. Whether you know a seasoned Sous Vide user, or someone that has never even heard of it, I’m sure in my gift guide below you will find some great holiday gift ideas.
One real beneficiary of the Sous Vide is anybody who lives in an apartment, or condo. Often times cooking a steak on the cast iron results in a very smokey kitchen. With the Sous Vide, all that is required is a quick sear or torch and this really helps to minimize all the smoke in the kitchen.
Aside from an apartment/condo owner or resident, anybody who lives somewhere with a cold climate will greatly appreciate the Sous Vide as well. I mean after all, who wants to go outside and grill in the freezing cold weather? This makes the holidays the perfect time to buy a Sous Vide gift since it is right at the start of winter!
I have gathered some of my favorite Sous Vide cookers and gadgets below. You will find a convenient table as well as detailed summaries and images of the products. Take a look and get ready to give someone the ultimate holiday gift cheer!
To keep things simple, I am going to submit my top 2-3 holiday picks per category!
Sous Vide Machines
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The Breville Joule Sous Vide, tops out our list this year.
It is truly beautifully designed and looks very cool on any kitchen counter.
This sleek product puts out 1,100 watts of power, ensuring an even, quick cooking time for any food put to the task.
It is small, at only 11 inches in height, 1.3lbs in weight, and a two-inch diameter immersion tube.
Comprised mostly of white polycarbonate, the machine has two stainless steel rings at the top and bottom.
Something to note, is that it is entirely controlled via the app and bluetooth.
This is advantageous, as it makes the unit solid as a rock and water resistant (no buttons). However, it can be a disadvantage as well, as if you have connectivity issues, it can affect the outcome of your food.
The Joule has a mounting clip, magnet for metal base connectivity, and an incredibly wide range of water minimum and maximum temperatures (1.25 to 8 inches). However, it should be noted that there are no markings on the product itself to indicate this.
Runner up, and good for the non-techies
The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker is highly rated, much like the Joule above. It looks more like your typical sous vide machine but at the same time is sleek and cool.
While the Anova app is capable of handling a lot, this machine has the option to do everything manually which keeps things simple.
This product puts out 900 watts of power, still plenty to ensure fast cooking times and properly cooked food. It is slightly larger than the Joule, measuring close to 15 inches high and almost three inches in diameter at its widest point.
Like most top-rated sous vide machines, the Anova’s process has been made simple and intuitive. Just attach the Anova to a water-filled pot. Then, set the time and temperature, which can be done on the device or through the Anova Culinary App.
Place your food of choice in a Ziploc bag, drop it in the water, and clip the food to the side of the pot and let the immersion circulation work its magic.
Currently, the real draw to the Anova option versus the Joule above boils down to two main things: the ability to adjust and control from the machine itself, and its integration with Amazon’s Alexa. Voice control turns the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker into your sous chef with minimal setup necessary.
Sous Vide Accessories
For those people who already own or use a Sous Vide, the next best thing to get them is some accessories that will make their lives a lot easier. Below I have gathered some of our favorite items which are sure to be a hit for the 2021 holiday.
With over 4k reviews on Amazon, the FoodSaver V4840 is the Cadillac of sous vide vacuum sealers.
Your food will be tightly sealed and cook perfectly all-around. Not only that but sealed food lasts much longer in the freezer and prevents freezer burn. Never worry about water getting in your sous vide food again.
- Meat preserved with the Foodsaver system in the freezer can last up to 3 years and still taste fresh, flavorful, and freezer burn free
- Automatic bag detection makes vacuum sealing easier than ever: Simply put the bag in the vacuum chamber and the machine does the rest to ensure your food stays fresh and flavorful
- Automatic moisture detection: Smart technology automatically detects moisture and switches to the correct mode to ensure an airtight seal is achieved
- NRTL tested & certified product: All Foodsaver appliances are ETL or UL certified by Nationally Recognized Test Laboratories (NRTLs) for compliance with applicable product safety test standards; Safety is our number 1 priority
Our next best sous vide accessory is something that is sure to be the highlight of any dinner party – the Bernzomatic TS8000 sous vide torch. Not only is it fun to use, but practical as well, giving your food a great crust. This is our best rated sous vide torch.
- Auto start/stop ignition easily ignites and extinguishes flame
- Cast aluminum body construction for durability
- Adjustable flame control knob for ease in switching between different applications
- Perfect for searing your sous vide food
For our 3rd holiday accessory, you cannot go wrong with a beautiful cookbook.
Lisa Q. Fetterman offers a sous vide cookbook that aims to do one thing: take the stress out of cooking. Lisa’s book, published in November 2016, is filled with 288 pages of information and is packed with guides to create mouthwatering meals with your sous vide.
What makes Lisa so influential is she founded Nomiku, the company that offered the industry’s first immersion circulator.
- Fish and shellfish
- Cocktails and infusions
- Sauces and condiments
The book is absolutely beautiful filled with great detail on many different recipes. Don’t worry, the ideal temperature ranges are discussed, too, so you’re never left guessing how to cook your next meal.
The instructions are clear, and you won’t have to scour for ingredients.
If there’s one, must-have sous vide book, Sous Vide at Home is it.Check Price on Amazon
Hope you enjoyed our Holiday 2021 Sous Vide Gift Guide. See you next year!