I don’t know why I’m even using its proper title, you’re just going to call it “the sous vide” for the rest of your life. There’s no excuse not to get one now that they cost the same as breakfast at trendy restaurants. Sure, it makes perfect meats, but it really shines when you use it to precision-temper chocolate and custards (homemade ice cream!), brew 206º F coffee, or infuse vodka for the perfect bloody mary. And while most egg dishes are easiest to make in cookware, a circulator pinpoints methods like soft-boiling. Your friends will be awed by your custom Starbucks-style egg bites, with each savory ingredient tailored to the individual eating them. “This is an artistic expression of our friendship!” they’ll say, their mouths full of custardy egg.
Tip: need to make a huge batch of food? Use your sink as the water bath, anchor the circulator above it, and fill a stock pot with the ingredients to be cooked. Way more room to work, and no need to bag it up.