I want a sous vide. What should I look for, before buying one? Should it be a full sous vide cooker, or a submersible and is there a difference in the bags I use or the machines to suck air out of them?
>>7357407 Don't buy a water oven, buy an immersion circulator. I love my anova precision cooker, but there are plenty of options to choose from.
To be honest, ziploc bags are perfectly fine so long as your temp is below about 180 Fahrenheit. You only really need the sous vide bags when you push into the stuff that requires closer to 194 degrees, like green veg and certain types of infusions.
A vacum sealer is a wonderful tool to have though, and an edge-style foodsaver is just fine for home use. If you have the cash to throw around there's a lot you can do with a chamber sealer, but those'll run you 500$ at the minimum, and it's just not worth the money for home use.
For a better, more in-depth look at packaging check out ChefSteps. In fact, ChefSteps is a great sous vide resource.
>>7357407 Another ANOVA user here, and its definitely the way to go. Can be used in any large pot/container, compact for storage/transport, cheaper, and easier to clean. The ziplock bags, as another user mentioned, are perfectly fine as well, however the cost of a vacuum sealer pays for itself in preserving and storing food. Plus the plastic rolls can be had at most chain stores like target, Walmart, etc.
Anything specific I should look for? Does it matter how precise the temperature is or how fast the water circulates for instance? I saw one sous vide, boasting +/-0.3 degrees celcius max, which looks impressive but Im just not convinced that I need that level of accuracy. Am I completely off here?
Fuck... The mode I watch ChefSteps, the more I need to try it in a styrofoam box tomorrow or just buy one right away. Money isnt really an issue to be honest but I hate spending more money than I need to I guess, and this really gets me going. The price alone is amazing, and about 4 times lower than I expected for 15-19 liters.
Can anyone affirm that I am not just getting carried away with this? It kinda feels like it, but for 170$, what is really the worst thing that could happen?
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