i'm a newbie to all this and here are my results from tonite's experience with my new Anova and searing rib eye steaks without cast iron pan (from reading some of the blogs):
i defrosted old (about one year old!) rib eyes. used generous amounts of Montreal seasoning and added Italian dressing into my ziploc bag. let it sit about 1/2 hour.
set the cooker to 130.5 degrees F...as I like medium rare.
the 2 steaks were about 1" thick. let it sit for about 2 hours. in the meantime, i set my oven at 500 degrees....pullled out my cast iron griddle and used peanut oil (as i think it has high smoke point) and heated it in the oven for about 20 mins.
i took out my steaks from the ziplocks and patted dry.
took the griddle and put on my highest gas burner and seared the steaks 25 second on both sides. 3-5 second all around the edges.
my husband said it was the juiciest steak he has had....and he didn't even have to use steak sauce and ketchup!!! and he's a very picky eater! i was very excited. the only thing he said next time is to not make it med rare but more medium. so i will set the temp to 135 degrees F and see if it comes out more to his 'color'.
the house was very smoky....and i think i will invest in a cast iron skillet! LOL....
thanks all for your comments and wisdom!!!