This Sous Vide Cooks Steak Perfectly Every Time—And It's On Sale at Amazon

If you're like me and have lamented throwing away an overdone steak (or in my case burnt to a crisp on the outside yet completely raw on the inside), you will want to give sous vide cooking a try.

How Sous Vide Cooking Works

Sous vide (pronounced soo-veed) is a cooking method that's been used by professional chefs for years. Now that the device that makes this cooking method possible is so affordable and easy to use, home cooks can make meals like the pros. Bonus: using sous vide, it's nearly impossible to overcook your food.

You can cook a lot of different foods with a sous vide, including vegetables, but we're going to explain how it works wonders on a steak. After your steak is seasoned to your liking, seal it in a plastic bag. Then clamp the sous vide to the side of a stock pot filled with water. Next, place the bag in the pot of water and set the sous vide temperature. With the push of a button the precise cooking device will prepare (and maintain) your food at the exact temperature you decide.

One thing to note about sous vide cooking is that, while it cooks your food to perfection, it won't actually brown steak. If you're looking for that nice brown crust, just give it a quick sear on either side and voilà!

Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide

For the price of dinner out, the Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide helps you achieve a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your home. The Anova stands out from other models based on thousands of stellar Amazon reviews—and its Bluetooth compatibility is also a handy feature. After downloading the Anova app and syncing the sous vide to your smartphone, you can control and monitor your food as it cooks without being confined to the kitchen. Plus, you can immediately access Anova's sous vide recipes and guides, which include step-by-step instructions for meats, veggies, and desserts developed by professional chefs.

While you can make all sorts of dishes with a sous vide (deviled eggs, glazed carrots, even pot de creme!), the device really shines when it comes to protein—particularly steak. It eliminates the trial-and-error period of finding hot and cold spots on a grill and the guessing game for how much longer to cook a thick-cut steak (you won't need to probe it with a meat thermometer to check if it's done). If you need more convincing that this sous vide is a great addition to your kitchen, check out one Amazon customer's review about how they used it to transform a tough cut of meat into a melt-in-your-mouth meal that didn't even require a steak knife!

To buy: Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide, $121 (usually $149); amazon.com