Joule 1100 Watts (Recommended)
- Wi-Fi Compatible
- Bluetooth Compatible
- Light (1.3 pounds)
- Unique visual doneness feature
- Fast 1100 Watts heater
What is a joule sous vide circulator?
Sous vide cooking can seem challenging, but the Breville Joule makes it as easy as pressing a couple of buttons. What is this device? When you unbox your Joule, you will notice how simple it is. The unit plugs into any outlet and is ready to cook immediately.
- The first thing you will want to do is download the smartphone app, which will allow you to control the Breville Joule from anywhere as long as you have a WiFi or Bluetooth connection. The app is available for both Android and iPhone. Once you have installed the app, it’s time to cook.
- Unlike other sous vide units, the Joule can cook in nearly any vessel. If you choose to cook in a stainless-steel pot, the Joule’s magnetic foot will automatically latch onto the bottom and will keep the unit perfectly upright.
- For aluminum, plastic, or ceramic vessels, you can attach the Joule to the side by using the built-in clip. Simply slide the clip over the edge of the vessel and you’re ready to go. The clip is designed to firmly attach the Breville Joule to any vessel.
- Once you have your Joule attached to a vessel that is filled with water, you will sync the Joule to the app. Simply open the app and go to Settings.
- From there, click on device settings and the app will recognize your Joule. If you are within Bluetooth range it will give you the option of connecting via Bluetooth or WiFi.
- If you are out of Bluetooth range (about thirty feet) you will only have the ability to connect via WiFi. When you choose the connection option that you prefer, the app will activate your Joule using your home WiFi network. Once you’re connected, the Joule will start by asking you what you want to cook.
- More seasoned sous vide chefs can go straight to the menu and select the temperature and time settings. These settings will allow you to set a precise temperature for the water bath as well as a cooking time.
- For beginners, the app has a setting for almost every type of food you can think of already programmed into it, and it will walk you through how to cook nearly anything. Just follow the prompts on the app.
- Simply select the type of food you want to cook (a steak) and how you would like it cooked (medium rare) and the Joule will set the temperature and a timer.
- When your food is finished, the Joule will send a notification to your phone letting you know that your food has finished cooking. You can even start and stop the Joule from anywhere, using the app.
- The Joule also has a revolutionary feature called “Visual Doneness” that takes even more guesswork out of the cooking process.
- If you’re not sure what temperature you want to achieve, simply choose the type of food you want to cook and scroll through the list of pictures of that food at various stages of doneness.
- Then select the picture that looks right to you and the Joule will automatically cook to that temperature. It really is that easy!
- When you’re finished cooking and need to clean and store the Joule simply remove it from the water bath, wipe all over with a damp cloth and store in a dry place.
- The Joule is designed to repel dirt and food particles so there is no need to scrub it or use any type of cleaning solution. From start to finish, the Joule is the most efficient, easiest to use sous vide unit on the market.
Pro Tips when using the Breville Joule Circulator
Get Even More Flavor Using Seasonings
We’ve already discussed how and why sous vide is such a great method for making perfectly cooked food, but if you really want to get the most out of the experience, seasoning in the bag is the way to go. If you pre-season your food, the vacuum seal will press those delicious flavors right into the food and keep them there for the entire cooking time. Never worry about reapplying seasoning or basting again. By cooking sous vide, you can be assured that your seasonings will stick and remain evenly distributed without any work. To enhance the flavor of things like chicken breast even more, you can add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to the bag to create the most tender chicken you’ve ever had. If you’re using your sous vide to make barbecued meats, a couple of drops of liquid smoke in the bag will simulate that distinctive wood smoke flavor very well.
A Great Sear Is Another Way to Add Flavor
You’ve used your Joule to cook your food to the desired temperature, but what’s next? Well, certain foods like vegetables and fish are often ready to eat right out of the bag. But things like beef or chicken can benefit from one more step. If you’re making a nice New York Strip steak, your Joule has cooked the inside to whatever temperature you prefer, but most of us like a nice dark sear on a steak. Once you’re happy with the internal temperature, heat a pan (preferably a cast iron pan) to the point of smoking and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Drop your steak in the pan for just a couple of minutes on each side to achieve a nice dark sear. To enhance the sear further, try putting a tablespoon of butter in the pan while searing for an even darker, crisper crust. The high heat will sear the outside nicely, but the inside will stay juicy and rare.
With Sous Vide There’s No Need to Rest Meat
Generally, when cooking things like beef, you will need to rest it after cooking. Depending on how large a piece of meat you have, this time could range anywhere from ten minutes for an average steak, to about an hour for a rib roast. The reason meat needs to rest is to give the cooler internal temperature of the meat time to even out with the hotter external temperature of the surface of the meat. Allowing the meat to rest ensures that the juices within the meat will be fully absorbed and not lost when the meat is cut. When meat is cooked sous vide, this difference between the internal and external temperatures does not exist, which means meat cooked sous vide can be served right out of the bag. Or right out of the pan if you’re searing it.
Cook Low and Slow for Fall-Off-The-Bone Meats
Earlier, we mentioned the fact that cooking sous vide is a great way to make your favorite barbecue dishes in your kitchen without the hassle of using a smoker, but how does this really work? Meats like pork shoulder and brisket are delicious, but in order to get that fall off the bone texture they have to be cooked for a long time. This means that you either have to smoke them at low temperatures or keep them in the oven all day. This can be tricky if you have a busy schedule. But with sous vide cooking you can safely cook food all day without supervision. If you want to make perfect fall of the bone meats at home, season the outside of the meat with your favorite rub, seal it, and adjust your Joule to 165 degrees. Then submerge the meat in the water and cook for twelve hours.
Never Cook Too Low for Too Long
Sous vide cooking is one of the easiest and safest ways to cook almost anything, but if food is cooked at too low a temperature for too long, you run the risk of food borne illness. Foods like fish are best at around 120-125 degrees, but they only require around a half an hour in the sous vide to cook properly. After more than three hours at such a low temperature, bacteria can begin to multiply and become a health risk. A good rule of thumb is: Foods that are best at a low temperature like fish should only cook for a short time (less than three hours), and foods that need a long cook time need to be cooked at high temperatures (165 degrees and up). If you stick to these basic guidelines your food will always be 100% safe to eat.