In order to enjoy the sous vide cooking method, a special device is needed to heat the water and maintain constant temperatures over time (depending on the type of meat or recipe). OR you can simply buy a device that will allow you to maintain water temperature, making it very similar to the dedicated device. In this article, I will present you with the "sane" alternative that will give you an outcome no less favorable in my opinion.
Pay attention, If you purchase a dedicated sous vide device, your purchase cost will be very high and you will also have to purchase a container which is not included when buying the device. However, if you purchase the next option, the price will be very low compared to buying a Swede and a container.
Here is the process:
First of all, a slow cooking pot is needed (mainly for cholent and long-cooked dishes). The pot is built of a heat-heated pot with a ceramic bowl on it. It comes in a variety of sizes / volumes. For this purpose, we refer to a slow 8 liter cooking pot. If you do not have the pot, its cost is minor compared to the sous vide. You can find a pot at prices of about 30$.
Secondly, you need to purchase a temperature controller. The purpose of the controller is to disconnect the electricity flow to the pot as soon as the sensor detects that the temperature exceeds the temperature set by the controller. the controller can be purchased at ebay: https://goo.gl/3hBdLM
The cost of this controller is about 12$ total including shipping. And here, in fact, all your expenses are enough to start cooking at sous vide and enjoy about it. The controller is built in such a way that the plug enters the wall outlet and comes to the temperature controller and the controller has another socket to connect our slow cooker, plus a wire with a thermometer to be inserted into the water inside the ceramic bowl in the pot as soon as it is detected that the temperature has fallen below the temperature we defined In a temperature controller, the controller returns the voltage to the pot until the temperature reaches the defined limit, and then the controller actually performs an opposite operation and stops the voltage reaching the pot, thereby maintaining the desired temperature according to the meat or recipe.
So how to start after you have all the ingredients? First of all, it is recommended to boil water in the teapot, and not wait for our "slow cooking" pot to boil the water because our goal is to keep the water in the pot and not boil it, although it is possible but may take a long time. As stated "slow".
After filling our slow cooking pot with water and the temperature stabilized at the desired temperatures according to the meat or recipe you can insert the slice into the pot. The analyzer of course should be sealed in a dedicated bag. You can use the double bag (bag in a bag) I bought the bags from local supermarket. ziploc Bags - Link
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Disadvantages and advantages of pot and controller compared to a dedicated sous vide device
Cons: 1. The volume of the pot is limited in compering to the container that can be used with a dedicated sous vide device. 2. It is less accurate compared to a dedicated device that warms the water and also creates circulation in the pot. There may be slightly warmer places but the difference is minor in a few degrees.
Advantages: 1. A much cheaper price compared to a dedicated device - a dedicated device will cost you approximately more than 100$, and this is even before the container we need to add. 2. Maintaining the temperature - the pot is built of a heating element and a porcelain bowl that keeps the water warm, thus saving electricity as opposed to plastic containers that heat and make the appliance boil more, thus working more and consuming more. 3. A practical storage / size can be used for different cooking in a slow cooking pot, cooking / cholent and more. In conclusion: The investment in the cheap option will cost you about 50$ at most, even if we take into account the interest in the bags.