Review of Gourmia GSV-900 Sous Vide Oven
In this review, we’ll highlight the main features, benefits, and performance of the Gourmia GSV-900 sous vide machine. Gourmia, based out of Brooklyn, NY, specializes in innovative cooking products from sous vide immersion circulators to pressure cookers. The best part, as I’m sure you will agree, is their reliability and performance. So let’s dive right in to this Gourmia sous vide review.
Unboxing & Setup
After purchasing and beginning to unbox, you can expect to find the Gourmia GSV900 Immersion Sous Vide oven itself, a metal rack, and an instruction manual. Setup is incredibly straight forward for the Gourmia GSV-900 oven. Apart from basic unpacking and cleaning, the oven is ready to go. The manual that comes with the product is excellent – really easy instructions with both text and images.
Design & Features
The base of the sous vide oven is made of stainless steel, which adds to the weight of the unit. However, EasyLift Handles make moving the machine much easier. The top of the unit has a transparent lid which is great to check on your food from time to time – however, it can get a bit foggy from the steam when heating at high temperatures.
The stainless steel oven rack holds up to 12 vacuum sealed packages, providing ample space for cooking. Food can be inserted either vertically or horizontally. However, it is important to make sure you always use the rack and do not simply toss the packaged food into the water tank. The rack is also removable, which makes cleaning it easy.
The 10 quart water tank, which also holds the stainless steel cooking rack, is NOT removable. As a result, cleaning the oven itself can be a bit tricky. There is a small round opening on the bottom of the water tank which helps circulate water throughout the system to provide an even temperature. Make sure you do not overfill the water tank (there is a minimum and maximum fill line), as this can prevent water circulation and result in uneven cooking temperatures. When we added a few chicken breasts, we forgot to account for the volume change after adding the food (which raised the water levels). After we dumped some water out, we were good to go.
LCD Control Panel
The LCD display shows the cooking time and temperature settings that you set, as well as the fan and heating indicators. Buttons placed directly below the display let you set these to your preferred cooking times/temps. The time can be set from 0 to 24 hours, and the temperature can range from 32 degrees to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Performance and Final Thoughts
For this review, I cooked three different meals at three different times. Each time I used it, the food improved (unfortunately, I completely forgot to take pictures…).
- First test: Cooked 4 chicken breasts. After cooking for one hour, I realized I had too much water in and resulted in uneven cooking temperatures. First time mistake!
- Second test: Cooked 2 salmon. Thumbs up.
- Third test: Cooked a ribeye steak (added butter and herbs inside the vacuum sealed package). Seared both sides in a HOT cast iron pan. It was unbelievable!
Overall, the Gourmia GSV-900 Sous Vide oven performed flawlessly during our review. The lid window and LCD panel are excellent features, and the oven rack can hold a lot of food. Overall, the Gourmia GSV-900 landed a spot on our list of best sous vide machines and should be a go-to all-in-one solution for anyone looking to try sous vide.
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