Bottling Urn for larger amounts of Sous Vide cooking

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I purchased an older style bottling urn that came with a plug-in thermosat controller to sous vide a large number of steaks for a 21st birthday party. Temperature worked perfectly. Just gave it a stir occasionally. Picked it up off Trade Me (an New Zealand site like ebay) for NZ$40. For all other sous vide I use my crockpot with a temperature controller I got from Australia called Sous Vide At Home A$127. Great Investment.


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Great idea, that's really cool!
For your UK guests, electric jam makers work very well £40-£60 with up to 30L capacity when paired to a PID controller. I've had great success with fresh meals solution's sous vide magic and they offer free shipping to the uk. Allowing for exchange rates that's around £90 to £100 for the controller.
Hi Davey,
I use exactly the same type of heater, bought for me from Lidl at £39.95 this time last year. I bought a non PID thermostat for about the same price and had a perfectly satisfactory system, though because of the fact that the heater is below the floor of the jam maker (it's dreadful for jam making, by the way, but ace for making stock and sterilising), the inertia is quite high, giving a precision of only +- 2C. approximately. As I'm doing ever more sous vide cookery, I'm probably going to get the Sous-vide magic PID controller, which should be an order more accurate.

Glad to see it works for you, Most encouraging.
Great stuff, the precision is a boon and I would heartily recOmmend SVM. I even use it now to do eggs in my kettle and paired with the jam pot it's awesome
Thanks Dave. Most helpful. When I get paid for the translation I'm currently doing on a website, I think it will have to be #1 on the list.
Ian,

Not a problem. Frank from FMS is supremely helpful as well. Might I recommend some insulation on your setup? I've put two wraps of bubble wrap on my boiling vessel and it has halved power consumption, and hence cost. By my rough estimate, depending on temp, it was around 70p to £1 a day to run. Over a year of three day lamb legs etc that starts to add up!

Dave
Ian,

Not a problem. Frank from FMS is supremely helpful as well. Might I recommend some insulation on your setup? I've put two wraps of bubble wrap on my boiling vessel and it has halved power consumption, and hence cost. By my rough estimate, depending on temp, it was around 70p to £1 a day to run. Over a year of three day lamb legs etc that starts to add up!

Dave
Had a bit of a stutter there Dave!!!!!!

I've now ordered the SVM 1500 from Frank as you suggested and you're right. Talk about helpful. He was able to steer me away from wasting extra postage and towards getting the right bubbler, which I'll be looking out for tomorrow.

So... I can't wait.
Well, if something's worth saying it's worth saying twice.

Bubbling definitely helped with my set up, though I must say I've dispensed with it over longer cook times for one or two items. Still use it for short cook times and for when the bath is packed to the rim. I used the cheapest aquarium pump I could find and perforated some tubing. If you're still using the LIDL bath, this can be interweaved through the plastic bottom tray for a cheap and expansive bubbler.

The only other thing I'd say is that I've found the most effective solution to securing the temperature probe is a teaspoon with a rubber band around it. To quote Forrest Gump, simple is as simple does...

Dave
>Well, if something's worth saying it's worth saying twice.

Chortle.... Too true.
I did use a bubbler today for my steak and definitely got the impression that it helped reduce the "hunting". It'll be interesting to see what effect it has with the 4Gen SVM 1500D (sent today, yippee). The pump which was sold to me as being the quietest they sold was surprisingly "rattly". I guess it'll be better with some foam neoprene to sit on.

I like your teaspoon solution.


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