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Old Tue, Feb-10-09, 16:06
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Nancy LC provided the link to what I have found to be the best discussion. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"http://amath.colorado.edu/~baldwind/sous-vide.html

Another web page."

Also, there is a company called Auberins that sells a "PID temperature controller" for $122.50 that is designed to work with a crock pot or rice cooker that does NOT have digital controls. I talked my son (aerospace engineer and gadget freak) into buying me one for Christmas. I have used it successfully to cook tender, juicy pork loin slices. You need to have a vacuum sealer that uses plastic bags or rolls of material that are made to be boiled or microwaved. One brand is "Flavor Saver", but there may be others cheaper. One of the things I like about it, but haven't tried yet, is that you can pasteurize eggs in the shell. They can be used in any recipe that calls for uncooked eggs, but don't carry the risk of salmonella. See the link Nancy LC provided - the info is several pages in.
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Old Tue, Feb-10-09, 17:09
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Wow! How cool is that? Was it hard to rejigger your crockpot to use it?
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Old Wed, Feb-11-09, 14:06
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I think PID means "put in device", which would mean you can just drop it over the side (and cover, I guess).

That would be so cool.

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Old Wed, Feb-11-09, 14:07
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Originally Posted by awriter
Sorry I wasn't clearer. I understand that leaving a cooked egg at 140 won't overcook it. I just don't know how long it will take that egg to reach 140 in the first place. Some of the links posted in the thread have been helpful as to times, but they don't give the sizes of eggs, for instance, to reach those times. I'm guessing they don't use jumbo, so I'll have to just do trial and error at first, and keep my own logs.

Lisa


Yeah, I'd start my testing with the "standard Large" egg, because that's the default size for cookbooks and recipe testers everywhere...

Might save some time (and egg).

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Old Wed, Feb-11-09, 15:20
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How's it turn it off and on then?
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I think PID means "put in device", which would mean you can just drop it over the side (and cover, I guess).
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Old Wed, Feb-11-09, 15:55
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Sorry I wasn't clearer. You plug the controller into the wall outlet, plug the cooker and the sensor into the controller and put the sensor in the pot. Turn the pot's heat to high and the controller regulates the heat by turning the pot on and off. The name of the company is actually Auberin Instruments. They send a cd with three pdf files to read or print about the controller. I still need to "tune" mine to the pot/cooker I will be using. I have an electric pressure cooker with the heating element sealed in the bottom that's larger and deeper than my slow cooker - I'm going to experiment with that. They recommend using a pot that heats from the bottom, not the sides, to get better convection currents, so you don't have to stir the water.
FYI - to pasteurize an in-shell egg (size unlisted) put it in a 135 degree (F) water bath for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. For the "perfect egg" cook at 148 degrees for 45 minutes to no more than 1 hour. Again, no size listed.
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Ooohhhh! That sounds really pretty nifty then.

I read that crockpots aren't ideal but it seemed to me that the heavy crock would hold and distribute heat a lot more evenly than something else might.
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Old Wed, Feb-11-09, 16:19
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:: smacks forehead ::

I have an electric saucepan from about 1989 that has thermostatic control. I never use it but I never threw it out because there's nothing wrong with it. It has a temperature dial that ranges from barely warm to deep frying. I'm sure that it doesn't maintain a steady temperature, and it doesn't circulate the contents, but maybe I finally have a use for this thing.

Now I need to go spelunking in the storage closets.
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Old Thu, Feb-12-09, 12:03
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Oh right! My Mom used to use an electric "skillet" all the time. That might work really well, although it wasn't terribly deep, maybe only 2.5-3" deep. I seem to recall an episode of good eats about these electric skillets and that they're pretty accurate.

I was just thinking it might be a nifty way to make stove top custards. Get the water to around 160' which is where you want the custard to end up at. Then you never have to worry about it over-cooking.
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Old Mon, Sep-28-09, 13:56
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Hahahahah! Well, turns out the Eades have gone and devised a home Sous Vide cooker.

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/...s-vide-supreme/

No ideas on price or anything yet. Probably expensive.

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Old Mon, Sep-28-09, 14:41
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$399. So this is the big revolution that's going to change the world? Somehow I wasn't expecting it to be an appliance.

Cool, though. Maybe I'll get one next year, post-recession.
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Old Mon, Sep-28-09, 15:05
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Ouch! $399 is out of my range.
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Old Mon, Sep-28-09, 15:41
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Ouch! $399 is out of my range.

Yeah. It's basically a crockpot with accurate temperature controls.

The timing of it is pretty funny. UPS just delivered eight big canisters of protein powder for Eades' new diet plan. I won't need to do much cooking for a while. Now he wants to sell me a cooking appliance?
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Old Tue, Sep-29-09, 08:34
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$399. So this is the big revolution that's going to change the world? Somehow I wasn't expecting it to be an appliance.

Cool, though. Maybe I'll get one next year, post-recession.


I guess he means change the world for Foodies at home. LOL

I am rather intrigued but I can wait awhile bc there are so many other cooking techniques I haven't tried.
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Old Tue, Sep-29-09, 09:22
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I figured it'd be expensive. That stand-alone plug in temperature control we discussed earlier in the thread was pretty pricey.
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