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Pseudo sous vide

http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-33967-6-Quart-Programmable/dp/B001AO2PXK/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ&qid=1354729970&s=merchant&sr=1-13

Would this unit work better for converting to a sous vide?  SWMBO says I can't get a machine that costs > $100, but can if it is under that and she can use it as a slow cooker.


Thoughts?

Comments

  • how do you intend to convert it to a sousvide? The water bath needs to hold precise temp so anything with "low, med, high" is not going to get it done. You will still need a precise way to hold water temp
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  • Yeah I guess I would have to install a temperature controller on the heating element.  I realize it wouldn't cook quite as gently/evenly as sous vide. (worse control, no circulation, not as good insulation)
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 24,912
    That thing has a digital thermostat.  Where the actual temp isn't that important, like in the 170s range, it probably would work fine on it's own.  I'd be weary about using it when at steak temps - like 131F, you might be ok, monitor with a thermapen and see what it's doing.  I'm not sure an external controller would work with it unless you could get it to automatically go on when you plug it in (that's how they work - 120V outlet on for heat, off for no heat).
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  • http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-33967-6-Quart-Programmable/dp/B001AO2PXK/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ&qid=1354729970&s=merchant&sr=1-13

    Would this unit work better for converting to a sous vide?  SWMBO says I can't get a machine that costs > $100, but can if it is under that and she can use it as a slow cooker.


    Thoughts?

    Well, the temp probe is supposed to be used *inside* of the food, but, depending on the sensitivity of it, I don't see why you couldn't put it in the water to monitor the temp of the water (anyone have thoughts on this)? 

    Also, there are a few "convert-a-crock-to-sous-vide" units out there:

    http://freshmealssolutions.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=100086

    http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=44

    And then here's some articles giving some info:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/R1Y4V2R3A8HBPQ

    http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2011/02/turned-my-crock-pot-into-a-sous-vide-cooker-for-25.html

    Just type in "crock pot sous vide" into ye ole googler machine & you'll find plenty of info.

    Good luck (I've just started thinking about getting into this myself)...
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  • LitLit Posts: 6,724
    A buddy of mine uses the auber instruments hooked up to a rice cooker for his sous vide and it works fine. It basically cycles whatever it is hooked up to on and off to maintain the desired temp.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 24,912
    If you could get that for under $1000, it would be a steal.  Those run $3000+ new.
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  • Agreed but where would I put it?

    I trust Auber, but want to stay under 100

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 24,912
    You'd have to add an addition to your house.  That thang is a monster.
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  • But you could sous vide a steer, well assuming you could get a really really big foodsaver bag I mean

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 24,912
    You just use some of those packing vacuum bags - to squash comforters, clothes, etc. for storage.  Probably loaded with BPA - yum.
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