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    Share your hackjobs or tips for DIY sous vide cooker.

    I was curious to know if anyone has tried (with or without succeess) to make a homemade sous vide cooker. Please share your past or present attempts because I'm curious about attempting to make one (just for fun).

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    I know there has been a couple, I just can't remember what thread it was in.

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    Dude, I ziploc marinated meat, put it in a stock pot, and trickle hot water. The hot tap comes out at 125 to 130 degrees. Works like a charm. I've also used steam tables, hot wells, etc...
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    This is probably what you were looking for homemade PID controller $75
    http://seattlefoodgeek.com/2010/02/d...-for-about-75/
    Sous vide magic is about $150 then you don't have to build it yourself.
    There is also the ice chest thermometer option. Just search Beer cooler sous vide.
    Sous vide Demi is nice a lot of people like them $300
    Polyscience professional sous vide $800
    Anyway there is a range for you here
    Hope this helps.

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    Costco has a Sous Vide Supreme kit for 379.99 delivered that has a vac sealer, sous vide oven, cookbook and bags right now.
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    Thanks for those recommendations. yeah, I have an old rice cooker that I thought about hacking to do the job, but I've seen some other methods out there as well. Just wondering if people have had successes with other methods and techniques. I know there are products out there to buy, but part of the fun is in making your own. I guess it's the Texas 'redneck' in me even though I'm Asian


    Quote Originally Posted by Deckhand View Post
    This is probably what you were looking for homemade PID controller $75
    http://seattlefoodgeek.com/2010/02/d...-for-about-75/
    Sous vide magic is about $150 then you don't have to build it yourself.
    There is also the ice chest thermometer option. Just search Beer cooler sous vide.
    Sous vide Demi is nice a lot of people like them $300
    Polyscience professional sous vide $800
    Anyway there is a range for you here
    Hope this helps.

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    By the way, I forgot to mention that I think the DIY link is awesome!!! I might try it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Deckhand View Post
    This is probably what you were looking for homemade PID controller $75
    http://seattlefoodgeek.com/2010/02/d...-for-about-75/
    Sous vide magic is about $150 then you don't have to build it yourself.
    There is also the ice chest thermometer option. Just search Beer cooler sous vide.
    Sous vide Demi is nice a lot of people like them $300
    Polyscience professional sous vide $800
    Anyway there is a range for you here
    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayeung74 View Post
    By the way, I forgot to mention that I think the DIY link is awesome!!! I might try it!
    Glad you caught that.
    Best of luck with your sous vide. Ruhlman and Alton are clowns for being so dismissive of Modernist Cuisine the most significant book since Harold McGee who likes the book. Ruhlman started out pretending to be a student at the CIA to write a book followed by stealing the Ratios book idea from an instructor Uwe Hestnar. He really did Nathan Myrvold a diservice and insult with his NY times review.I think Alton just feels threatened as the science guy on food network.Sous vide is becoming much more of a household word already from it. It's like trickle down technology we use that started at NASA. I am glad the book got some recognition from the James Beard award.

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    Interesting. I have an unused slowcooker that I could probably use for that. But I wouldn't do the DIY thing, I'd just electrocute myself somehow... I think that's the Christmas present for myself - either the sous vide demi setup or the large oval dutch oven. Time to start putting my pennies into the piggie bank...

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    I bought a old circa 1960 immersion circulatory for $30 on ebay.
    It looks more like an Evenrude, but the motor and heating element still worked.

    Hooked it up to a PID controller that I also picked up on ebay. It was made to control a smoker with 8 temp cycles, overkill for controlling a water bath, but works.

    Whole thing ran me around $110.

    Works great, plus it could double as a trolling motor if needed.

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