Grain Food: Baking Bread with Whole Grain Flours

Slices of whole wheat sourdough bread on a black metal background with one slice topped with butter

At some point, every bread baker wonders if there isn’t more to life than refined flour and the fluffy, snow-white crumbed loaves it produces. Don’t get me wrong: I love white flour breads myself, and I still bake them regularly. But limiting yourself to working with just one type of flour, and a mild-mannered one at that, is akin to cooking with just one spice, exclusively. There is a whole world of possibilities in bread baking beyond what white flours alone can provide, and there are ever more options for the baker ready to make the leap into using whole grain flours.

Of course, one reason we use white flour is that it is a grain that has been distilled to its structural essence—nearly pure gluten and starch, it is the scaffolding that breads and other baked goods require to have their appropriate shape and texture. Because whole grain flours contain all of the other components of the grain, they necessarily have less of these structural elements, so there is a risk when working with them that breads’ texture and rise will suffer. The good news is that in many instances results may change, but not necessarily for the worse, and there are ways to minimize these changes if that’s your goal. Meanwhile, even adding a modest amount of whole grain flour to your breads will pay major dividends in flavor, character, and nutrition.


How Chamber Vacuum Sealers Unlock Modernist Culinary Techniques at Home

Stoneware bowl of potato gnocchi with pickled mushrooms and micro greens made using the Anova Precision Chamber Vacuum Sealer

You may have seen chamber vacuums (or CVacs, for short) in restaurant kitchens. They are typically used for creating airtight seals on food items that may need to be stored or cooked sous vide, as well as for special techniques like compression and infusion. In this blog post, I’ll be breaking down some of the science of chamber vacuum sealers so you can decide if this is an appliance that would be useful for your own kitchen, professional or otherwise.

For me, CVacs have always been one of those specialty appliances, alongside PacoJets and blast chillers, that make fine-dining cooking so difficult to replicate at home. At one fancy kitchen, we would use a CVac to compress persimmons in a light syrup until glossy and mosaic-like. At another, we used it to vacuum seal big bags of chicken bones with water and aromatics to be cooked sous vide — an excellent way to ensure proper stock consistency. During a stint interning at a seafood distribution facility, we used CVacs to seal small jars of ultra-luxe caviar so they would stay fresh longer. My favorite application, though, was probably watching pastry chefs aerate chocolate in them. What a delight to see those big bubbles captured in chilled chocolate form!


The Anova Precision Oven is a Parent’s Secret Weapon

Homemade dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce in a blue-green kids bowl.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I spent countless hours researching everything. I hopped from mommy blog to mommy blog looking for the best diapers, changing tables, swaddles, baby monitors, mattresses, and sound machines. And as a trained cook, I always thought that when it came to my kids, I would make all of their food from scratch and my desire to do so was supported by my research.

I swore that I would never purchase store-bought baby food or microwavable dinners. I exclusively nursed my daughter until she was about six months old and then my husband and I decided to begin the process of introducing her to solids. Her very first meal was mashed sweet potatoes that I painstakingly steamed, blended, and served to our baby girl.

For weeks, in the beginning of our journey to introduce our child to solids, I would carefully select only the best organic vegetables and fruits and spend hours making them into digestible purées and compotes, only to have my efforts end up on the floor—a treat for our two dogs.


4th of July Weekend Recipes

Whether you’re bringing a single dish to a potluck or hosting a full-on feast for family and friends, your sous vide is a guaranteed ace up the sleeve over the upcoming 4th of July weekend.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cookout recipes (both traditional and with modern twists) to get you off to a solid start. Think all-American BBQ classics, but forget anything and everything about all the times they’ve wound up too bland, burnt, and dry to have anyone heading back for seconds. Check them all out below.


Eating with the seasons: Sous vide recipes

Eating with the seasons is one of life’s simple pleasures. In-season food is more flavorful, typically contains more nutrients, and is fresher than most food consumed out of season. The only down side is that summer only comes once a year, so you’d better take advantage while you can! What better way to celebrate this wildly bountiful season than by using sous vide to bring out the best in all the fresh food options at your fingertips?

Get to know #anovafoodnerd Mom Christina Toh!

There is nothing we can say or do that properly conveys how much love we have for Moms across the world, but we are going to attempt it! Every so often, as we’re scrolling social media and our community pages, someone JUMPS off the page and stops us in our tracks. Christina Toh did just that. Ever since she unboxed her Anova Precision® Oven, she has been sharing her creations far and wide and has inspired thousands! Meet Christina below!


Meet #anovafoodnerd Super Mom Alice Wan!

Mother’s Day is upon us food nerds! If you can, do Mom a solid and give her a call and tell her how much you love her. That will go a LONG ways.

Our Mother’s Day series continues with #anovafoodnerd Alice Wan. Alice has been cooking with the Anova Precision® Oven and jumped at the opportunity to share her story about how using the APO at home is just what their small family needed!


Celebrate Earth Month with Fresh Local and Seasonal Seafood!

It’s still Earth Month, food nerds, and we’re back with our second and final Q&A featuring Monique of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. For those who are unfamiliar, MCFA works to enhance the sustainability of Maine’s fisheries by advocating for the needs of community-based fishermen and the environmental restoration of the Gulf of Maine.

Following last week’s Q&A, we received many questions about how to buy local seafood, the best way to store it, and of course how to cook that seafood once it’s in your fridge or freezer. We’ll let Monique fill you in!