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Old 06-03-2017, 02:58 AM   #1
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Can I sous vide without a sous vide immersion cooker?

I'm looking at my $30 dollar Rival crock pot and a $20 external thermostat that I own. There's got to be a way to do this.

I'm looking for a way to get sous vide done in the oven. I can't think of a way to rig the external thermostat to heat the oven. I can't go from a 110 to 220 plug. There's got to be a way to heat the oven with a shop light or something that will push up to 170F. Any thoughts?

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There's got to be a way to do this.
I can't think of a way to rig the external thermostat to heat the oven.
I can't either, and, I'm a bit confused.
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:46 AM   #3
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I can't either, and, I'm a bit confused.
I'm looking for a cheap way to sous vide without the immersion warmer.

I was originally thinking the oven would do great because it helps insulate. I'm leaning away from this option for longer sous vide cooks because it would be difficult to monitor the temperature.

I'm thinking a hot plate and an external thermostat might do the trick.

And a large pot. ;)
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I see the Anova on sale from time to time for $100 or less, but if you don't want to go that route.......

Cook Your Meat in a Beer Cooler: The World's Best (and Cheapest) Sous Vide Hack | Serious Eats
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Old 06-03-2017, 05:24 AM   #5
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I see the Anova on sale from time to time for $100 or less, but if you don't want to go that route.......

Cook Your Meat in a Beer Cooler: The World's Best (and Cheapest) Sous Vide Hack | Serious Eats
I like the idea, but there needs to be a better way.

My mash tun (beer cooler) loses 2-3F per hour. That'd be fine for a 3 or 4 hour sous vide. Anything above that and we're reheating water on the stove to bring the temps back up to where they need to be.
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:43 AM   #6
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Crock pots can be hacked fairly cheap to work. This is one way Sous Vide Cooker for Less Than $40: 7 Steps (with Pictures)

But Sous Vide devises are so cheap now. This is one that I tested for my YouTube channel. Temp control is not as perfect as I like but still works good. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT79EQD Its only $80 and relatively small.
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Old 06-03-2017, 11:13 AM   #7
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Just go to You Tube. There are many alternative methods of doing this with what you already have on hand.
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Old 06-03-2017, 02:06 PM   #8
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The highly rated Anova is $109 at Amazon. How much are you actually going to save making you own half fast sous vide cooker of questionable accuracy?
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Old 06-04-2017, 05:37 AM   #9
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I can see maybe going sous vide someday. Not for cooking, but reheating my laboriously made stews and such, that I freeze, then vacuum pack. Does it rule for that or can my microwave do the same thing?
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This is how I look at things. My time is worth something, combine that with materials that might have to be purchased and $109.00 becomes very reasonable. The time I probably would waste trying to reinvent the light bulb could be used for more constructive endeavors.
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Sous Vide

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I'm looking for a cheap way to sous vide without the immersion warmer.

I was originally thinking the oven would do great because it helps insulate. I'm leaning away from this option for longer sous vide cooks because it would be difficult to monitor the temperature.

I'm thinking a hot plate and an external thermostat might do the trick.

And a large pot. ;)

Inchrisin, Here is the answer to your question. I have one and it works
great. Has a temp probe that goes into the water. I can use it with my crock pot or my18 quart Nesco.
https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Itc-3...96582780&sr=8-
1&keywords=water+temperature+controller

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Just go to You Tube. There are many alternative methods of doing this with what you already have on hand.
Here is I sous vide before my Anova...



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Old 06-04-2017, 12:03 PM   #13
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Here is I sous vide before my Anova...
The cooler method works well. I've done it a couple of times. Just make sure to bring the meat up to near room temp before immersing. And, the larger the cooler, the better...
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I promise to look into all this when I splurge $15 on a steak. Most sous vide videos that I've seen dealing with steak start with a $15 piece of meat. I'm not likely to go 2 or 3 times before I master this method, not at $14.99 a .lb.

However, I like the idea of casually bringing a pre-cooked sous vide bag meal up to serving temp without further cooking the dish. That I like about possible sous vide cooking.

I've got a stew all frozen shrunk wrapped and all. Is sous vide for me? Do I have to thaw the stew bag first? Bummer.
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I promise to look into all this when I splurge $15 on a steak. Most sous vide videos that I've seen dealing with steak start with a $15 piece of meat. I'm not likely to go 2 or 3 times before I master this method, not at $14.99 a .lb.
Sous vide works great for cheaper cuts of meat. Cook to desired temp hold for a bit to tenderize a little then sear. A chuck roast done this way makes a great steak.

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However, I like the idea of casually bringing a pre-cooked sous vide bag meal up to serving temp without further cooking the dish. That I like about possible sous vide cooking.

I've got a stew all frozen shrunk wrapped and all. Is sous vide for me? Do I have to thaw the stew bag first? Bummer.
You take from the freezer directly in the the sous vide bath. The stew will quickly come up to temp.
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This is how I look at things. My time is worth something, combine that with materials that might have to be purchased and $109.00 becomes very reasonable. The time I probably would waste trying to reinvent the light bulb could be used for more constructive endeavors.

Mine, too.

It was $99.

Just stick it in the water and walk away. Electronic and foolproof
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Rick Bayless does a Slow Cooker Sous Vide Duck Breast With Black Garlic And Mango Salsa without modifying his crockpot in any way, shape or form. I assume it will work with other proteins besides duck breast.
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This is how I see people who want to try SV with thermostats, pumps, switches, coolers, crockpots, etc, etc.... Yes, time and experimentation are involved, but most of these people are tinkerers by nature so this is their thing. They don't mind spending hours in their "lab" (kitchen)......
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Slow cooker temperatures vary between manufacturers. High and low settings are the amount of power they draw, and are not necessarily related to temperature, which is influenced by the amount of contents, ambient temperature, etc.
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Inchrisin, Here is the answer to your question. I have one and it works
great. Has a temp probe that goes into the water. I can use it with my crock pot or my18 quart Nesco.
https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Itc-3...96582780&sr=8-
1&keywords=water+temperature+controller

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Josie, I use a different model of external temp controller thermostat and use it to keep the cheese cave at 55 degrees F. It will also work, as you say, in a crock pot or nesco, by resetting it to 'heating mode', instead of 'refrigeration mode'. Pretty useful thing to have on hand.
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