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kage69

Lifer
Jul 17, 2003
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I hadn't heard about that oven, looks pretty damn great. Consider me very interested, going to follow this one. I never invested in sous vide gear, but was tempted. This looks better.
 

ponyo

Lifer
Feb 14, 2002
18,618
2,063
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Doordash is such a scam. The only reason I order anything through them is I get $60 credit from Chase Sapphire Reserve card for this year and another $60 credit for next year as credit card benefit. I still have around $30 I still have to use before this year is up or I lose the credit. So I will order burgers next week from my favorite local burger joint but pick it up myself.

If you want to support your local joints, order direct and skip the middlemen leaches like Doordash, Uber Eats, etc.
 

Kaido

Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord
Feb 14, 2004
45,149
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I hadn't heard about that oven, looks pretty damn great. Consider me very interested, going to follow this one. I never invested in sous vide gear, but was tempted. This looks better.
It's pretty great! $600 is expensive, but pretty cheap for the feature set you get. I have a thread on it here: (nickname is the "APO" short for Anova Precision Oven)


If you're willing to cut through the camouflage that cooking is hard, this oven allows you to get right to the heart of it, i.e. perfectly cooking whatever meal, side, snack, or dessert you're going after. Like, I make an "egg loaf" in a 5" square pan using Sous-Vide Mode aka SVM (no bag & no water bath required!). This bakes out a perfectly-cooked omelet, which I then add to a grilled cheese sandwich to make the most ridiculously good breakfast sandwich I've ever had:

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I can simply blend up some eggs, pour them into a casserole dish, and add some ingredients like frozen broccoli & ham cubes, cook it using SVM, then sprinkle some shredded cheese on top & switch to broiler mode:

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Or perfectly cook up some SVM pork tenderloin, SVM mashed potatoes, and steamed green beans:

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Or sous-vide up a burger, then fry it in a skillet to get a crust, then broil some cheese on top while warming up the buns:

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The idea isn't being a master chef or working really hard to make food all the time - it's all about letting the machine provide the perfect core of your meal, whether it's a burger, eggs, etc. And because it's multi-function (sous-vide, airfry, dehydrate, bake, etc.) you can do multiple steps & save those as multi-stage recipes in the app! It's hard to convey how useful this machine really is, and why $600 is a steal, and why it's worth saving up for if you're like me & are on a budget. Huge huge huge impact on my monthly food budget, quality of food, and consistency in terms of delivering amazing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. It's kind of like owning that oven from BTTF 2 - it magically cooks stuff for you!
 

Leymenaide

Senior member
Feb 16, 2010
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If they should make a mistake and send me a check I think I would use it as a down payment n a Miele coffe machine. My Miele steam oven does sous vide bud I have ever used it for that purpose.
 

kt

Diamond Member
Apr 1, 2000
5,318
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Order directly from restaurants instead of using Skip, Doordash etc. The restaurants need to pay like 10% to those guys when you order through them.
Not all restaurants have dedicated delivery staff on their payroll. Unless you plan to pickup your order, ordering through these services may be their only options if you want your food delivered.
 

Kaido

Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord
Feb 14, 2004
45,149
2,587
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Not all restaurants have dedicated delivery staff on their payroll. Unless you plan to pickup your order, ordering through these services may be their only options if you want your food delivered.
A lot of restaurant owners I know have a love/hate relationship with delivery services. Prices, especially during COVID season, have had to get jacked up to compensate for the financial loss. Most people don't realize just how thin the margins are that nearly all restaurants operate on...my buddy's sushi restaurant makes all of their money from drinks (sodas, teas, coffees, alcohol) & virtually nothing from the actual food. Plus with COVID, a lot of ingredient-delivery companies have switched from NET30 to COD, which is really tough when you're already scraping by. My other buddy owns a really popular small local chain & had to lay off nearly 30 employees at the beginning of the coronavirus because they got hit so hard. Same deal with Yelp...a lot of restaurant owners view Yelp as basically the mafia, as they can be the yay/nay dealbreaker for whether someone gets food from a particular restaurant or not, and they try to strongarm you into various fees. Really rotten!
 

kage69

Lifer
Jul 17, 2003
17,259
7,421
136
It's pretty great! $600 is expensive, but pretty cheap for the feature set you get. I have a thread on it here: (nickname is the "APO" short for Anova Precision Oven)


If you're willing to cut through the camouflage that cooking is hard, this oven allows you to get right to the heart of it, i.e. perfectly cooking whatever meal, side, snack, or dessert you're going after. Like, I make an "egg loaf" in a 5" square pan using Sous-Vide Mode aka SVM (no bag & no water bath required!). This bakes out a perfectly-cooked omelet, which I then add to a grilled cheese sandwich to make the most ridiculously good breakfast sandwich I've ever had:

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I can simply blend up some eggs, pour them into a casserole dish, and add some ingredients like frozen broccoli & ham cubes, cook it using SVM, then sprinkle some shredded cheese on top & switch to broiler mode:

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Or perfectly cook up some SVM pork tenderloin, SVM mashed potatoes, and steamed green beans:

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Or sous-vide up a burger, then fry it in a skillet to get a crust, then broil some cheese on top while warming up the buns:

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The idea isn't being a master chef or working really hard to make food all the time - it's all about letting the machine provide the perfect core of your meal, whether it's a burger, eggs, etc. And because it's multi-function (sous-vide, airfry, dehydrate, bake, etc.) you can do multiple steps & save those as multi-stage recipes in the app! It's hard to convey how useful this machine really is, and why $600 is a steal, and why it's worth saving up for if you're like me & are on a budget. Huge huge huge impact on my monthly food budget, quality of food, and consistency in terms of delivering amazing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. It's kind of like owning that oven from BTTF 2 - it magically cooks stuff for you!
The moisture lock and built in probe really has me hooked, I think I'm going to do it. Read more on it last night, even wife was impressed.

What a Tormek is to sharpening, this APO is to cooking. I'm in.

Oh yes, it shall be mine.
 
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allisolm

Elite Member
Administrator
Jan 2, 2001
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Don't have any particular plans for the money but it's in my checking account this morning.
 

ponyo

Lifer
Feb 14, 2002
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Mind showed up today also, so I'll be living it up big on my $1.64 a day...
Some people really need this money. I'm happy for all the people who got the first stimulus checks and this check as well. While you make fun of this check amount, at least you were lucky to receive it. How you use this money is up to you.

I know people who YOLO the first round of the stimulus checks in the stock market and turned that $1,200 check into five and six figure amount. The first round of stimulus payment went out when the stock market was down big. If you had used your $1,200 check to buy Tesla leap call options, that $1,200 would be worth ~$250,000.

This guy turned $463 into $1 million by simply buying TSLA call options and holding for 18 months.
https://www.reddit.com/r/wallstreetbets/comments/k7anqp
 
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MtnMan

Diamond Member
Jul 27, 2004
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Some people really need this money. I'm happy for all the people who got the first stimulus checks and this check as well. While you make fun of this check amount, at least you were lucky to receive it. How you use this money is up to you.

I know people who YOLO the first round of the stimulus checks in the stock market and turned that $1,200 check into five and six figure amount. The first round of stimulus payment went out when the stock market was down big. If you had used your $1,200 check to buy Tesla leap call options, that $1,200 would be worth ~$250,000.

This guy turned $463 into $1 million by simply buying TSLA call options and holding for 18 months.
https://www.reddit.com/r/wallstreetbets/comments/k7anqp
I get it that people are hurting, desperate, waiting hours and hours in food lines, etc..

But $600 is a fucking joke, a fucking insult, but a clear warning that our fucking politicians, especially republicans and the likes of the asshole Moscow Mitch have nothing but contempt for the people of this country. His own constituents should be boiling the tar to tar and feather him. There are over 3100 counties in the US, and 10 of the top 25 poorest counties are in the state this douche bag represents, and to give people $2k is fucking socialism... according to Moscow Mitch.

Woulda - coulda - might have blather is irrelevent. Of course I'm sure that a good bit of that $600 wasn't spent on food or essentials, but lottery tickets, drugs, and alcohol...
 

ponyo

Lifer
Feb 14, 2002
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maybe i should use my 600$ to buy long puts on TSLA

wait, i didn't get 600$
TSLA is not the only stock. Almost everything was down in the dumpster when things crashed because of the corona panic. And that's when the first round of the stimulus checks went out. PENN dropped below $4. It closed yesterday at $86. That's over 20x from the low.

The point is you could've thrown a dart and bought pretty much any stock and made money. So I have zero sympathy if you received a check and crying the check is too small. There are many of us who didn't get a check and won't be getting one.
 
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Mai72

Lifer
Sep 12, 2012
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lol, at Walmart. I was at Walmart just yesterday and that is exactly what I saw. $600 TVs

They know and understand human behavior.
 

kt

Diamond Member
Apr 1, 2000
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TSLA is not the only stock. Almost everything was down in the dumpster when things crashed because of the corona panic. And that's when the first round of the stimulus checks went out. PENN dropped below $4. It closed yesterday at $86. That's over 20x from the low.

The point is you could've thrown a dart and bought pretty much any stock and made money. So I have zero sympathy if you received a check and crying the check is too small. There are many of us who didn't get a check and won't be getting one.
We get it, you can make lots of money from the stock market.. IF you have the money. However, you do realize that most people who received a check probably need that money to feed their family and put a roof over their heads? So buying stocks is the last thing on their mind.
 
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Mai72

Lifer
Sep 12, 2012
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We get it, you can make lots of money from the stock market.. IF you have the money. However, you do realize that most people who received a check probably need that money to feed their family and put a roof over their heads? So buying stocks is the last thing on their mind.
I had also read that Walmart were sold out of TVs when the checks were first sent out.
 
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brianmanahan

Lifer
Sep 2, 2006
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The point is you could've thrown a dart and bought pretty much any stock and made money.
if i got a check i would've probably spent it on a hermes scarf


but not even getting married would have made me eligible
 

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