HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Inviting friends over for dinner and drinks? It can be stressful to prepare a meal and something for later.
Home entertainment gadgets have become very popular in recent years and two gadgets in particular will make an old-fashioned cocktail party a bit easier.
If you want to promise your friends a restaurant-quality meal and professionally mixed cocktails, these two gadgets do the trick. The Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker and Bartesian Cocktail Maker are gadgets that bring a chic restaurant into your home.
Sous Vide is simply cooking with water. Not boiling, cooking. The Anova Precision Cooker is a vacuum machine. This is how it works.
The Anova circulates the water at the temperature you choose. The app makes it easy to make beef, pork, chicken or fish. I found a salmon recipe that says the perfect temperature for a soft, tender, flaky fillet is 120 degrees and it should cook at that temperature for 45 minutes.
Salmon or whatever you cook goes in a sealed bag. Anova has a vacuum sealer, but you can use any airless ziplock plastic bag. Then simply place the bag in the water and it will cook at precisely that temperature. No overcooking.
You can even control the stove away from home using the Anova app.
I have used it for salmon, chicken, and huge steaks that would be next to impossible to get on medium rare. When the time was up, the steak was completely cooked to medium rare.
I threw it on a cast iron griddle to grab it and used a torch to grab the sides. The steaks, after 45 minutes at 120, were perfect at 120 degrees. I also used the sous vide cooker to make an amazing creme brulee! I have been using sous vide for over a year and everything has turned out perfect. It couldn’t be easier to be a great cook and to amaze your friends.
The Bartesian Custom Cocktail Maker uses flavor pods and your favorite spirits to mix cocktails from Margaritas to Mojitos to an Old Fashioned. You simply fill bottles with your favorite alcohol, add water to a reservoir, and then place a flavor pod in the bartesian.
The pods are all labeled with their own barcode which is then read by the robot bartender. The barcode tells the bartesian which bottle of alcohol to draw from. There are places for bottles of whiskey, gin and rum, tequila and vodka. All you have to do is enter the strength of your cocktail or if you prefer a mocktail.
The Bartésien mixes the drink perfectly every time.
There is a similar product on the market from Keurig called “Drinkworks”. The main difference between the two cocktail makers is that the pods for Drinkworks contain alcohol, while the Bartesian pods only contain bitter, citrus and other aromatic ingredients.
Since you cannot buy alcohol online from retailers such as Amazon, Target, and Best Buy, you must go to a liquor store to purchase Drinkworks pods.
Bartesian Cocktail Pods can be purchased online at most major retailer websites and I’ve seen them sell a 6 pod pack for $ 15. The Bartesian itself costs around $ 350, but was on sale for around $ 300 before the holidays.
If you plan on hosting family and friends while on vacation and serving dinner and drinks, these two gadgets make home entertaining a lot easier for hosts.
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