I must admit, I’ve always been kind of ambivalent about steak. I love eating steak at a restaurant, but always bristle at the price. I’ve tried to cook them at home before, but invariably end up with an overcooked piece of meat with the texture of beef jerky. Now, I love beef jerky, but not when I’m expecting a tender, juicy steak! I’d pretty much given up on eating steak on the regular, but that appears to have suddenly changed. For my birthday, my mother-in-law signed me up with a company called Clubmoo and their monthly premium steak delivery service. I’ve only received one shipment so far, but I’ve already been enlightened.
A Light Sabre In A Box?
Because I work from home, I was there when FedEx came knocking. It had been my birthday a couple of weeks earlier and I knew that I was going to start receiving steaks on a regular basis. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it because of my previous terrible experiences with home cooked steaks. But this delivery not only included 4 ribeye steaks packed in dry ice and a fancy box, it also included a light sabre-like instrument that was labeled as an “Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker.” Apparently it’s pronounced “sue veed” and rather than cutting off people’s arms, the light sabre thing is supposed to heat up a water bath instead. Hmm.
Sous Vide Cooking?
Unfamiliar with such technology (or language, for that matter), I took to reading the instructions as well as the recipes provided. “I’m going to cook my steak in water?!?” I asked myself incredulously. I had serious reservations, but knowing my past attempts at pan frying, I knew it couldn’t end up much worse. So, after salting and peppering my steaks, adding a couple sprigs of thyme and a pat of butter into a Ziploc bag, I dubiously placed it into a pot filled with water. The fact that a phone app had helped me set the temperature and start the process made me feel somewhat better. I figured if a Silicon Valley tech head (or more likely, some college kid in his dorm room) took the time to create the app, then there must be some redeeming qualities about the finished product.
About 45 minutes later (no hovering above the pot needed!) I took the steak out of the bag and gave it a quick sear in my cast iron pan. Figuring that it now looked like a steak I’d eaten in a restaurant I had pretty high hopes. The first cut revealed a perfectly cooked medium rare steak - something I’ve never been able to achieve at home. And the taste? Well, geez, if you’d have slipped me a bill for $50 plus tax after I finished eating, I’d have gladly paid - and thrown in a 20% tip! It was seriously good enough to pass as a restaurant quality steak.
As I said, my monthly premium steak delivery has changed my life! Not only have I been given the tools I needed to cook a restaurant style steak at a fraction of the price, I’m getting higher quality meat delivered to me than I can buy at my grocery store. And the best part? I’ll be getting another box of steaks sent to me next week. My taste buds can hardly wait!