I’ve seen smartphone apps for sous vide cooking mentioned before, but until now never actually downloaded or tried one. Previously of course, they’ve all been iphone apps, and I’ve been an Android user for about 5 years now. I stumbled across this app from CookingSousVide.com today, and I’m familiar with Jason’s work, so downloaded it for a look. It’s $1.99 USD, which I thought was a little steep for such a simple app, but considering the leg work that’s gone into the research I’d say it’s a fair price. It’s hard to find this many times and temperatures collected together, and having on my phone might come in handy.
Here’s the main menu screen:
It’s all pretty simple, with each individual cut divided amongst the type of food to be cooked.
For what it’s worth, I’m testing on a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the performance of the app is perfect – displays clearly, easy to navigate and easy to use. There are plenty of links in the app leading back to the website too, for extra information.
There are some obvious bugs though, the app feels like it was taken from iphone and recreated for android, as the back button on my phone only exits the app, no matter what level of menu or page I’m viewing, and you have to use the back button in the top left of the app’s screen to navigate – this is extremely annoying. There’s an option to save items to a favourites list, but when clicking “add” I only get taken to the favourites list, with no other way of adding an item to the list. There’s also a ‘notes’ section on each page, but on my phone the ‘save notes’ button doesn’t operate and I can’t use it. It’s a shame these obvious errors haven’t been corrected.
Here’s a sample of a particular item in the app:
I haven’t spent a lot of time checking the accuracy of temperatures suggested or fully exploring all the pages of the app. What I’ve read of the information on various pages is all sound advice, similar to what you’ll find in the books from the same author. Given how much time it often takes to find sous vide cooking times and advice online this is a great quick reference guide.
The app itself needs some work to remove the bugs I’ve noticed, though hopefully improvements will come in future generations.
Read more over at http://www.cookingsousvide.com/ for the author’s website.
iPhone/iPad etc – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sous-vide/id388460050?mt=8