Carol, it really wasn't much trouble. It was nice to be able to leave the cooked meat in the water bath till we were ready to sit down. (I never know exactly what time my husband is getting home.) I just seared it on both sides, no longer than a minute, that was it. I have to say the steak was so tender. Really was delicious. Easy cleanup too. I'm anxious to try chicken. I may just throw the chicken on the grill to crisp it up.