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This Smart Grill Precisely Cooks at Any Temperature You Like

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The Cinder is something like a sous vide machine, where food is cooked in plastic bags in a water bath held at the desired cooking temperature, like 129 degrees Fahrenheit for a rare steak. Instead of bags and water, the Cinder heats its cooking plates up to the target temperature, and you set the food between them. I would come to realize that I should think of it less like a grill and more like a little sous vide machine that both cooks and sears your food. In fact, once I started branching out from the suggestions and recipes in the cookbook the Cinder comes with, and the app you can connect it to, I started using (and preferring) time and temperature charts from sous vide and precision-cooking device manufacturers.One hundred minutes and a bottle of wine later, Erick put the meat on a plate, cranked the heat on the Cinder, and returned the steak to the grill where, in a literal hot minute, we put an impressive sear on it.Erick set the rib eye on a cutting board and cut it across the middle so we could inspect the quality of the cooking—a nice, even medium-rare from top to bottom, the thin brown of the sear, and impressively little in the way of those overcooked gray bands. All of Erick's employees lined up for a bite.As we ate, it sank in that this particular low-and-slow way of cooking with a quick sear at the end is the Cinder's secret weapon and its forte, but the time it needs would take a lot of getting adapted to.A slow cooker requires you to prep in the morning (or even the night before) but allows you to come home after work to a finished meal. It's very impressive.I cooked a duck breast, which came out well, but ran into my first hitch when cooking sausage, where the machine bugged out a little and wouldn't let me crank it up to sear without doing a sort of hard reset and unplugging it.Next, I made two cauliflower steaks, those thick and trendy cruciferous cross sections, this version from Cinder's cookbook with a nice brown butter and caper sauce that takes about 35 minutes. How can Cinder's creators have the wherewithal to offer three different cooking temperatures to cater to how you like your fish—tender, flaky, or firm—and completely ignore that the upper element is clearly too heavy for some foods?The Cinder has exciting capabilities and lots of potential.

As said here by Joe Ray