The 21st Century Version of the TV Dinner Has Arrived

No grocery shopping, no chopping, no measuring, no mixing, no dishes.


The market for sous-vide circulators has grown increasingly saturated in recent years, with little to differentiate individual appliances — until now, at least. As first covered by CNET, Nomiku has announced a Bluetooth-enabled circulator and accompanying meal-delivery program that furthers the hands-off convenience of sous-vide cooking, merging the ease of a microwave meal with the quality and freshness of a meal-delivery kit.

Dubbed “Sous Chef,” the circulator, which looks virtually identical to the existing WiFi Nomiku ($200), has an RFID scanner that syncs with prepackaged frozen meals that the company will soon offer. The circulator’s scanner recognizes specific Sous Chef meals and adjusts the water temperature and cooking time accordingly. Dishes are ready to eat in approximately 30 minutes, and there’s no clean-up whatsoever. Nomiku Sous Chef will launch in California in mid-May before rolling out nationwide later this year.

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