Let’s say you want a sous-vide steak for dinner. Normally, you’d have to get home from work, wait for your circulator to heat your water to the correct temperature, and then wait another hour or more for your food to cook. If you have a Wi-Fi-connected circulator, you could start the water heating process on your way home, but you’d still have to wait around while the steak cooks. Mellow fixes this hang-up with one key addition: Refrigeration.
With Mellow, you prepare your meals before leaving in the morning, or even the night before, specify what time you want to eat, and place your food bags in the cooker. Mellow will keep the water cold enough to keep food from spoiling, and start the cooking process just in time for your meal to be finished as you walk through the door. It’s sort of like a slow cooker, but instead of mushy cat food, it produces restaurant quality meats and vegetables.
Mellow normally costs $400, but it’s $100 off for the holidays, and you can add a pack of 20 bags for free with your order with promo code GIZMODO10. Just be sure to add both the bags to your cart (you’ll see the option after adding the cooker to your cart) to make the code work.