Ok, so i got an Annova 900w wifi device as a gift for my birthday and was super excited to use it after watching all the videos.
The first problem was that i couldn't connect the device to wifi even though i had followed every trouble shooting step i knew of and even the ones given to me by the support team after i emailed them... I tried dozens of times to connect it... and yes i tried sitting the device in numerous locations from 5ft right up until was less than 3 inches away away from my router and all my other devices connect fine!
I skip this step in frustration and decide to cook up a delicious medium rare steak at 54 degrees Celsius (129 degrees Fahrenheit) i set the temperature with my phone using the app (bluetooth works but the wifi doesn't) and bring the temperature up to the desired range of 54 degrees C.
I select a Scotch Fillet steak approx. 3/4 inch thick from the refrigerator, season it, place it in a vacuum sealed bag and seal the steak inside using the vacuum sealer.
The water is at 54 degrees Celsius (129 degrees Fahrenheit), there is no air in the bag, i submerse the bag under water and clip it to the edge of the pot and it remains submersed for 1 hour.
I remove the steak from the bag, sear it less than a minute (approx 30 seconds) on either side of the steak in a hot (HOT) skillet pan to lightly colour it, remove it from the pan and serve.
And Walla...... Over Cooked... id say cooked to about well done... tender... but well done!
I have repeated this process several times... selecting different sized steaks.... even up to 1.5 inches, using different cuts of steak.... lowering the water temperature to 52 Degrees Celsius (125.6 Degrees Fahrenheit) to try and get it to cook less... i have altered the length of time (between 45 mins to 2 hours... even though i am told through the website that i could leave the steak in the pot with the Annova at the set temperature and it will never over cook)..... Well SURPRISE... Nothing will fix this problem of over cooking!!! The steak is always well done!!
Now if this is a temperature issue (device incorrectly calibrated) and i am expected to next put a thermometer in the water bath to check the water is at the correct temperature, i begin to ask myself.... are they calibrating these devices as they send them in the post?? or are they just like... "oh well, im sure they'll work it out eventually" or..... would it be less risky to use a thermometer and a low flame to regulate the water temperature manually instead of over cooking my steak everytime?!
Either way if i was to pay a considerable amount of money for a device i would expect it to work when i removed it from the box.... especially after the hours upon hours of trouble shooting and expensive steak ruined by this device!!
The question remains have i just got a lemon or is there something else i can try?