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By Jason Snell

We Like: Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

Sometimes I buy gadgets on a whim. But I’d like to think that, after a lifetime of buying (and writing about) gadgets, my whim-gadget batting average is pretty decent. In late 2016 I bought, on a whim, the $109 Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, and while I don’t use it all the time, I use it enough to consider it a solid double or triple in the extended whim-gadget/baseball metaphor I’m abandoning at the end of this paragraph.

Seriously, a device that combines my loves of gadgetry, science, and cooking? How could I not fall for an immersion circulator? Here’s how it works: You stick this silver tube into a container of water (I just use a pot), and set it to a temperature. The device circulates water around in the pot and heats it to the target temperature, then maintains that temperature. Because the water’s circulating, the temperature is consistent everywhere in the container—and anything immersed in the pot that’s not at that temperature will be rapidly brought to that temperature.…

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