Picture this: You go up to your friend and ask her for $100,000, and then she gives you聽$1,811,321 instead. That鈥檚 pretty much what happened earlier this summer when Anova Culinary campaigned on Kickstarter to raise funds for their sous vide Precision Cooker 鈥 a sous vide system that鈥檚 controlled right from your phone. Needless to say, this is one crowdfunded cooking machine that we can鈥檛 wait to get our (oven) mitts on.

If you鈥檙e not familiar with sous vide, it is a style of cooking that鈥檚 widely used by chef鈥檚 use to prepare perfectly 鈥渄one鈥 dishes day in and day out. Sous vide technically means 鈥渦nder vacuum,鈥 which is a reference to vacuum sealing food and putting it into a temperature-controlled water bath. However, sous vide isn鈥檛 limited to vacuum sealing techniques 鈥 it鈥檚 really all about monitoring and maintaining those precise temperatures.

At-home sous vide devices have seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years as the technology has become more affordable, but Anova thought they鈥檇 do things a little differently. They鈥檝e connected their device to your device via bluetooth, giving you a simple and comparatively affordable way to keep tabs on your dinner from your phone or tablet.

In the complementary app, you can scroll through and find your desired food. Say you鈥檙e cooking a chicken breast. You simply find the chicken breast setting, 聽and the app takes it from there, prepping it flawlessly and deliciously every time. You can also pre-program your recipes, which we love because we have a lot of pins that need cookin鈥!

Have you tried the sous vide method at home? How did it work out for you!