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Anova Precision Oven


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1 hour ago, Joe Blowe said:

 

"And even though it takes up counter space, it won’t necessarily replace your toaster."

 

I found it interesting anova had to update the firmware to address artichokes.  Richard Olney still says not to steam them.

 

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Made broccoli last night. I tried using the numbers in my spreadsheet from Miele. Miele's book says "an al dente or medium result is assumed with the durations quoted." Well, I guess we don't like al dente broccoli. Interestingly, the V-Zug book recommends 15 minutes. Tried it at 15 mintues, and it was perfect. Just a little difference in time...

 

Made steak. Worked with the probe. I'd recommend putting it right on the rack instead of a perforated pan. The perforated pan we used had small enough holes that some of the steak fat plugged the holes. A large amount of liquid did collect in the pan underneath. If I were to do it again, I'd plan more ahead and do my wife's to medium well, reduce the temp, keep her steak in there, and do mine at a lower temp. Benefit of sous vide is that hers can stay in there and not get ruined.

 

For toast, the bottom burner is not exposed so the bottom of the bread is not browning like the top. A decent solution is probably to flip the bread part way through, but in the mean time I'll be having toasted, but not browned bread while I continue to work on it and while awaiting Anova's own guidelines. I have some more ideas to test, but not ready to do them today.

 

Help wanted:

Can someone figure out how to select rear + top burner from the machine directly like you can do on the app?

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Update:  my arms are shaking and I'm sitting down to rest.  The oven is in position and the latest firmware is installed.  Some initial observations...

 

The oven is large.

The oven is heavy.

The oven is capacious.

My kitchen counter was filthy.

The provided pan is flimsy, several steps below that of the CSO.  One step above tinfoil.

The racks on the other hand seem sturdy.

There is no clock.

 

While technically not required, I would say the app is necessary.  For one thing you cannot update the oven firmware without the app.  And as we all learned from the WSJ article, the oven cannot cook artichokes with the initial firmware.  I've written product firmware in my time but nothing that involved artichokes.

 

An annoyance with the app is that it is a native iPhone app.  I use a tablet.  For me the app displays upside down.  Even the Paragon induction app is better.  Which is not to say the functionality of the anova app is bad.  I hear it postpones dementia to read things upside down.

 

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Further observations:  the provided pan does not even fit the slots.  It is too small.  I am confused because some of the anova media shows what looks like a pan fitting in the slots.  (Of course they also depict a perforated pan.)

 

Fortunately my Teamfar 16x12x1 sheet pans fit better than the anova supplied pan and unlike the anova pan the Teamfar pans are sturdy.  Though the Teamfar pans still require use with a rack.

 

http://amzn.com/B07JQ398MH

 

 

Also most of my Le Creuset pots are accommodated.  The ones that aren't are too heavy to lift anyhow.

 

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To comment on what Jo has noticed:

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks the pan is flimsy. I followed their Garlic Bread recipe in the app, putting the pan from ambient into the oven that had been heated...POP goes the pan into a warped zone. Their Facebook group has others with this problem. I have some pans for testing coming Thursday-Saturday supposedly of this week.

 

The oven racks do warp under weight. See my post yesterday on that. I'm glad to hear the result of the baking steel test, though I wish it was a different result. I hadn't had a chance to test with an actual baking stone yet. The challenge is on now to find a sturdier rack that won't bend under pressure. If anyone finds one, please let us know so we can all benefit. They have a recipe in the app with a 6.5 pound roast on a pyrex pan. I didn't test the weight in a pan, but I'd imagine similar warping results. They even recommend it being on rack 2, which would put it in direct contact with the descale pipe if the rack bends any. And Cole (representing the oven) says a 14 pound give or take turkey would work.

 

I would agree the app is necessary. It is the only way to control the fan speed and have top/rear burner on simultaneously. Unfortunately, if I start the oven from the oven, then try to view it from the app, it frequently crashes. And when it crashes it shuts the oven off. I need to do more troubleshooting to ensure that is the sequence that causes the problem, but this really doesn't work. And now that I've typed all this, in looking for something specific to share here, I see the app has an update. I guess I'll update and try again.

 

I'm using it on Android, so yes it does speak Android.

 

Peter Tulk posted this image in the Anova Facebook group. The pan fits in the rack slots. Unfortunately, he found it at Goodwill. I won't admit to how many pans I've looked at online, but I didn't find this one anywhere. It's here as a reference point in case someone can.

Anova Oven Pan from Peter tulk.jpg

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Jason's ,  I would not blame the bending pans on the oven,  I have the same issue with my combi and normal flat hotel pans.  The deep ones - like the 2 1/2 or inch ones don't warp,  but the flat ones normally warp once in the oven at high temp, then come back to normal shape when cool.  

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for such an ' expensive ' item , and from a supposedly fine company

 

its a major mistake to supply flimsy racks .  Major.

 

can the App work on an iPod ?  i dont have an iPhone.

 

@JoNorvelleWalker 

 

"  I hear it postpones dementia to read things upside down. ""

 

it does , until one learns UsideDown.    its easier to learn than Sanskrit .

 

takes a few hours , then that's all the dementia time you are going to save.

 

also try writing w your non-dominant hand .   same thing.

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12 hours ago, JasonsCookingAdventures said:

I would agree the app is necessary. It is the only way to control the fan speed and have top/rear burner on simultaneously.

 

Why, why, WHY? I mean, I know why, but still, WHY?!?!

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5 hours ago, rotuts said:

takes a few hours , then that's all the dementia time you are going to save.

also try writing w your non-dominant hand .   same thing.

Wow, is your non-dominant handwriting actually legible with a few hours of practice? Maybe it's worth a try then.

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On 10/4/2020 at 6:07 PM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

I found it interesting anova had to update the firmware to address artichokes.  Richard Olney still says not to steam them.

Artichokes are best made in the microwave, in my opinion. In a covered container, it takes 6-7 minutes for a huge one, and it steams itself. Heretical, I know.

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19 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Update:  my arms are shaking and I'm sitting down to rest.

OK, if you can do it so can I. Never mind the instructions that say two people are required!

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@Barrytm

Thank you for the data point. It more surprised me than anything else. You are correct it is back at its normal shape now.

@rotuts

There is no prescribed "self-clean" mode, but you could run it with 100% steam and then wipe it down after.

The drippings container has a 1 hour capacity according to Anova. It's a thin tray about an inch wide that runs the length of the entire front of the machine

@Robin G

I managed to move it myself. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the worst thing I've had to fanagle onto a counter. If you can move a Kitchenaid Mixer up to a counter and your arms are wide enough to pick it up, you can probably do it. Of course, two people would be safer

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Mine has arrived today.  It’s big.  Way bigger than CSO.  I have downloaded the app.  The plan is to cook previously sous vided duck confit legs with potatoes.  Oh, it preheats fast.

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This does fit in the oven directly in the rack slots

 

Hamilton Housewares Stainless Steel Cooling Rack

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H94EPJ2/

 

You could use it as a perforated pan of sorts I would think

 

If you have another half sheet pan cooling rack, it might fit as well. Many, but not all, of them will fit.

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