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Sous Vide Cooking Controller

While thermal immersion circulators and thermal circulating water baths are the undisputed leaders of precision temperature control they are out of the price range of many home cooks. Some companies are finally addressing this fact and coming out with interesting ways of regulating water temperature for much less money.

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You can find more information about other sous vide machins in my guide to Sous Vide Machines or my reviews of Inexpensive Immersion Circulators.
One of the best combo systems is the sous vide cooking controller. This device is pretty simple in principal and is used with a rice cooker, crock pot, slow cooker, or other similar device.

This information, as well as over 100 recipes, is available in our book Beginning Sous Vide which you can get at or as a pdf download.

How the Sous Vide Cooking Controller Works

The sous vide cooking controller is basically a plug with an automated on / off switch that is controlled by a thermometer. Here are the 4 steps to using it:

1) Take your slow cooker, crock pot or rice cooker, fill it with water, and put the vacuum sealed food into it

2) Set the temperature you want to maintain on the sous vide cooking controller

sous vide cooking controller with rice cookerAuberins, a generic temperature control company, and Fresh Meals Solutions, who's controllers are specifically made for sous vide and Frank, the owner, provides great customer support.

Sous vide controllers are used with your existing crock pots, slow cookers, and rice cookers (check the sous vide controller for specific brands supported). This is definitely a nice convenience and helps save money.

Most sous vide controllers can regulate the temperature to within 1 degree celsius, which is adequate for most sous vide cooking preparations.

Disadvantages of Using a Sous Vide Controller

The biggest downside of sous vide controllers is the lack of precision. While most of the producers claim their controllers maintain steady, even heat, they aren't as precise as the more expensive thermal immersion circulators or the thermal water baths.

However, most people feel that the precision sous vide controllers do have is enough for the home cook to produce excellent results in sous vide cooking.