Sous vide (French for “under vacuum”) is a cooking technique in which food is cooked in sealed plastic bags in a controlled temperature hot water bath. Often times food is cooked at much lower temperatures than typically used with other cooking methods, and for a longer period of time. The sous vide technique retains moisture and ensures that food is cooked evenly all the way through. If you want medium-rare steak (135 degrees), just dial in the temperature and it produces a perfect medium-rare from edge to edge, every time. The technique makes it impossible to overcook, and opens up a new world of culinary possibilities. Sous vide is one of the best ways to eat your veggies, since they retain most of their vitamins and nutrients, especially compared to cooking them in a skillet, in the oven, or boiling them.
The Nomiku is a compact device that clips onto any pot or water container (even a plastic tub is fine) and can regulate water temperature for effortless sous vide cooking. The device can circulate up to 8 gallons of water to keep the entire bath at a consistent heat. This is a set-it-and-forget-it cooking technique that allows anyone to achieve amazing results equal to the sous vide served at any high-end restaurant. The food is delicious and it can simplify your meal prep considerably.
Nomiku provides tons of recipes to get you started, and you can send recipes from their app (Tender) directly to the device. The Nomiku is wi-fi connected which means you can control it remotely from the app to adjust cooking temperatures or times.
Co-founders Abe and Lisa Fetterman pitch their sous vide cooker in Episode 10, Season 8. When the entrepreneurial couple had their idea they moved to China to learn about the manufacturing side of the product. While there, they participated in a business accelerator called HAXLR8R, and began designing the original Nomiku with a new partner, Wipop Bam Suppipat. They created a fully functioning prototype and then moved back to the States. The team completed two successful Kickstarter campaigns, rising over $600,000 in 2012 and another $750,000 in 2014. The second Kickstarter round was needed to raise money for adding the wi-fi functionality. Nomiku has also received funding form Y Combinator to create Tender, their sous vide app.