How to Clean Anova Sous Vide Machines With Ease

The only immersion circulator unit nearly as popular as the Anova precision cooker in Australian kitchens is the Breville Joule sous vide cooker. So, as our standout favorite cooking tool, it’s important to know how to clean an Anova sous vide machine.

Taking the time to clean your Anova Nano kitchen appliance not only ensures that you’ll be able to continue making everyday food amazing, but it also increases food safety and makes it easier to manage any catastrophic water bath issue.

So, if you’re ready to get your immersion circulator clean, here’s everything you need to know!

How to Clean Anova Sous Vide Machines

The average Anova precision cooker is designed in a way that allows you to access its internal components by ejecting the outer casing. That way, you can easily clean the entire unit and protect your Anova from buildups of dirt, rust, and lime.

What’s more, this unique design comes in handy as it can help you make fixing any sudden water bath accident a lot easier.

There are generally two ways you can clean your Anova Nano circulator, depending on just how intensive you want the cleaning process to be.

We’ll be going over those two cleaning methods now.

1st Cleaning Method: Cleaning With a White Vinegar Bath

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Using a white vinegar mix to get an immersion circulator clean is one of the best ways to go with your Anova Nano.

This method of cleaning is so effective that it’s usually all you need to satisfy the cleaning requirements of these pieces of equipment.

Here’s a simple 7-step guide you can follow to use this method to clean your machine.

Step One: Get a Small Jar or Bowl

White vinegar isn’t as affordable as it used to be, so you want to use as little as possible here while ensuring your kitchen appliance is thoroughly clean.

To that end, you need to get a small jar or bowl you can place your Anova immersion circulator in while you go over it with the vinegar mix. Any 2-quart pitcher will do.

Step Two: Place Your Anova Nano in the Jar

Once you’ve found a container that’s right for the task at hand, simply place your Anova precision cooker inside it gently.

Step Three: Prepare a Mix of Water and White Vinegar

With your Anova Nano in the jar, pour equal parts of fresh water and white vinegar into the container till it’s full. You must use clean water as regular tap water pipes may contain and carry unwanted deposits.

The deposits from water can result in dogged mineral buildup, which can cause problems for you further down the road.

Step Four: Run Your Anova Nano Circulator

Now, plug in and switch on your Anova Nano. Adjust the precision temperature controls to 60°C or 140℉, and then let the kitchen appliance sit in the bath of clean water and vinegar for 1 hour before switching it off.

Step Five: Empty the Current Mix

After your immersion circulator has run for an hour and you’ve switched it off, remove it from the jar, pour out the water, and replace it with a fresh water solution. Again, because of the trouble that mineral deposits from tap water can cause, make sure you get the water from a good water source.

Step Six: Run Your Anova Nano Again

Run your Anova precision cooker in the new solution of water (without white vinegar this time) for 10 minutes. This will rinse out the unit thoroughly.

Once done, remove the appliance from the jar.

Step Seven: Wipe the Appliance Dry with a Soft Cloth

To prevent rust stains, use an absorbent cloth such as a dry microfiber cloth or soft cloth to dry your Anova Nano. Then, store it away until you’re ready to make another delicious meal!

Optional Steps to Follow

Some optional cleaning steps you can follow in addition to the earlier steps mentioned include:

Step One: Pry Open the Unit

Once your Anova Nano has run for an hour in the mix of water and vinegar as suggested in Step Four above, remove it from the jar and wait for a few minutes for it to cool down completely.

Next, pry open the casing of the unit.

Step Two: Clean the Internal Workings of the Device

Use white vinegar or a cleaner-like dish soap (mild dish soap) and an old toothbrush to go over any lime deposits or mineral buildup stains you find.

While doing this, be careful not to damage the orange impeller shaft and its connection to the motor.

Step Three: Rinse Gently and Dry

After you’re done cleaning, use clean, soft water to rinse the unit clean and then dry it with a damp cloth. Finally, reassemble your Anova Nano, and you’re done!

2nd Cleaning Method: Cleaning With Calcium, Lime, and Rust Remover (CLR)

Calcium Chloride

Sometimes, no matter how hard you scrub, the lime deposits and rust stains just won’t budge. In this case, you have to go all out to get those stains removed!

This is where a CLR bath comes into the picture.

One of the truly harsh chemical cleaning products on the market, it’ll make quick work of all kinds of stains and levels of mineral content and mineral buildup.

But, you have to exercise some caution when using this rust remover as the chemical is strong enough to etch sinks, tubs, and even tiles!

So, only resort to using CLR if your white vinegar bath doesn’t produce satisfactory results.

And, even then, be sure to test it on a hidden area of your Anova Nano first to see just how strong the reaction is before you begin the full application.

Here’s a 7-step guide you can follow to use Calcium, Lime, and Rust Remover!

Step One: Get a Small Jar or Bowl

Just like with our vinegar bath, we want to make sure we control the amount of CLR used for this cleaning process. This is because CLR is both expensive and hazardous to handle.

You should find a bowl or jar you can put your Anova precision cooker in for the cleaning process.

Step Two: Place Your Anova Precision Cooker in the Bowl

Once you’ve found a suitably sized bowl, place your Anova Nano in it carefully.

Step Three: Prepare a Mix of Water and CLR

Here, you’ll be filling just 10% of the bowl or jar with the rust remover while a clean water solution will make up the remaining 90%.

Step Four: Run Your Anova Nano Circulator

Now, plug in and switch on your Anova Nano. Adjust the precision temperature controls to 60°C or 140℉, and then let the kitchen appliance sit in the soak of clean water and CLR for 1 hour before switching it off.

Step Five: Empty Out the Current Mix

After your immersion circulator has run for an hour and you’ve switched it off, remove it from the jar, pour out the water, and replace it with a fresh water solution.

Step Six: Run Your Anova Nano Again

Run your Anova precision cooker in the new solution of water for 10 minutes. This will rinse out the unit thoroughly.

Once done, remove the appliance from the jar.

Step Seven: Wipe the Appliance Dry With a Soft Cloth

Finally, use a clean piece of cloth to wipe your Anova Nova clean and put it away until it’s time to make amazing food again!

Optional Steps to Follow

If your Anova precision cooker is an accessible-type circulator, some additional cleaning steps you can follow to complement the above include:

Step One: Pry Open the Unit

After you’ve completed Step Four, wait for the kitchen appliance to cool completely before prying open the accessible-type circulator.

Step Two: Clean the Internal Workings of the Device

Once open, check the internal workings of the unit for any signs of rust or lime buildup. If detected, dip an old toothbrush in CLR and then apply to the affected areas.

Be careful that you don’t damage the impeller or disrupt its connection to the motor.

Step Three: Rinse Gently and Dry

Proceed to use water from a clean source to rinse the unit clean and then wipe it down with a clean microfiber cloth.

You’re now done with the CLR method of cleaning!

Pro Tip for Dealing With Food Leaks

It isn’t unheard of for food bags to leak before you finish sous vide food prepping. While the sight of brown water or murky water with foam can be heartbreaking, there’s nothing that can be done.

Thankfully, this doesn’t happen too often.

The one thing you can do is rid your Anova Nano of any food particles or food residue from the catastrophic bath water accident.

If the situation isn’t too bad, we recommend you just use the white vinegar method. But, if the food pieces prove difficult to remove, you may have to use CLR cleaning here.

In some cases, you’ll need to do this repeatedly before your Anova precision cooker is in tip-top shape again.

Bottom Line

When you know how to clean Anova sous vide machines, you can cook your favorite meals with greater confidence.

Keep in mind that you should clean these units periodically, even when they don’t appear dirty, as cleaning can help stave off rust and heating issues.

Want to challenge yourself and cook more amazing meals?

Here are some great guides to follow!

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