Gourmia GSV550 9 Qt Sous Vide Water Oven Cooker via Amazon
Gourmia GSV550 is a very sleek and modern, high quality 9 quart capacity 520 watt power sous vide style cooker at a very affordable price like all the other Gourmia kitchen products- a water oven with a large LED-backlit digital control panel for temperature and timer settings along with sound alerts and a rack for multiple vacuum sealed pouches, a versatile lid that can also be used as a drip tray. Temperature can be set between 113 and 194 degrees Fahrenheit (and choose between Celcius and Fahrenheit) and time between 30 minutes to 72 hours (great for roasts) to help you organise your meals. Stainless steel with black accents Gourmia GSV550 weighs 9.4 pounds and measures 18.4 x 14 x 9.9 inches so it has a relatively small footprint and will not occupy a lot of space on your counter and will fit in your cabinets easily. All you do is vacuum add water into the unit, seal your ingredients, set the temperature and timer and put them in the bath of water, it will beep and press the start button and will cook at that very precise temperature with plus and minus 1 degree accuracy.
Gourmia Sous Vide Oven Cooker will cook your meal evenly and throughout by keeping all the moisture and juices inside and maintaining a great tender texture and taste especially with beef or steak that you could possibly lose with regular cooking methods. Because the food is not cooked at a very high temperature all the essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins will be preserved and your veggies, fish and meat will be cooked perfectly, they won’t have any additional fat and will still be soft and tender. You will normally put the ingredients in their raw state, usually just seasoned with spices and herbs (but don’t overdo it) or you can also cook stuff from frozen too and it will only take longer. It is easy to clean as the pot is non-stick and is quite durable and nice looking with the brushed stainless steel exterior and has a clear top that lets you see inside without lifting the lid. There is something about all of these Gourmia products, they are so low in cost that would make you think they may be cheap and nasty but it is just the opposite, because they look and feel premium, function and do the tasks very well and you get the best customer support.
It is no different with this compact yet large in capacity sous vide oven that can fit in large portions and will let you even make different dishes at once. And it cooks such delicious tender meals that you’ll find it hard to use other cooking methods after this it will never overcook or burn so you can just set it and forget it but just make sure you keep the water level between the minimum and maximum lines. It lacks the circulating pump that helps the water temperature even more even of the more expensive 10 quart capacity GSV900 model. It is very easy to operate and you may use other plastic bags with water vacuum method to seal the ingredients but vacuum sealing with a proper vacuum sealer is always your best bet as you don’t want air or water going into your food during cooking and you may want to invest in a basic decent vacuum sealer if you want to get serious about sous vide. In the box you’ll find the sous vide water oven cooker, tongs to remove meal bags from the water bath, a bag rack which you may or may not use and the user manual that gives you clear instructions for how to use the unit and cooking temperatures and times.