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Any Sous-vide cookers out there?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I just learned of this device. I hear it's what makes my chicken from Bertucci's so yummy. Can those of you who use them chime in? It seems like cooking at lower temperatures would be a healthier way to cook but on the other hand, there must be some chemicals that leech from the bag into the food, no?

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on March 19, 2012
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Pretty much. It's imprecise, to be sure, but you can regulate temp by adding more hot water as needed if the insulation doesn't keep it as hot as you need.

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on March 17, 2012
at 03:36 AM

So you basically just figure out how to heat to that temperature and the insulation of the cooler keeps that temperature for a few hours?

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on March 16, 2012
at 10:11 PM

On the other side of the coin, check out Nom Nom Paleo. She swears by her Sous Vide Supreme and apparently uses it on almost a daily basis.

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on March 17, 2012
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I made my own sous vide set-up with a PID controller from auberins.com and a rice cooker. I don't use it very often, but there are certain things it does really really well. Chicken breast cooked for several hours at 144 degrees is nothing like any chicken you could cook in a pan at higher temps. And, tough cuts of beef are amazing after 48 hours at 134 degrees (beef heart, especially.) Soft cooked eggs are also quite interesting done sous vide; convenient too: you can put the eggs in the water bath before bed, and perfectly cooked eggs will be waiting for you the next morning.

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on March 16, 2012
at 11:01 PM

You don't need a fancy machine to do sous vide. Here's a hack using only a digital thermometer, a beer cooler, and some Ziplock bags. http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/04/cook-your-meat-in-a-beer-cooler-the-worlds-best-sous-vide-hack.html

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on March 17, 2012
at 03:36 AM

So you basically just figure out how to heat to that temperature and the insulation of the cooler keeps that temperature for a few hours?

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on March 19, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Pretty much. It's imprecise, to be sure, but you can regulate temp by adding more hot water as needed if the insulation doesn't keep it as hot as you need.

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on March 16, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Yeah, I really worry about the plastic bags that you cook in. I won't even try sous-vide because I don't think that it's worth it. Check this out about plastics: http://chriskresser.com/how-plastic-food-containers-could-be-making-you-fat-infertile-and-sick

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