Sous Vide Adventures on Hold…

by arnold on February 19, 2008

My heating immersion circulator died today. I was trying to make some sous vide spare ribs for dinner and my wife told me that it just died. No alarm, no warning…just a dead circulator. I knew this was always a possibility when we bought it off of eBay six months ago. I mean, this thing was so old, it still said “Made in West Germany” on the back.

Julabo heating circulator and water bath

I’m trying to weigh my options at this point. I really liked having the versatility of the circulator because it allows me almost any vessel for the water bath, and I had three Cambro steam table pans that I used exclusively for sous vide. It’s easier to cook for a group when I can pull out one of the bigger Cambros and fill it up with short ribs, chicken and flank steak. There are some other solutions out there that I’m going to be investigating, as well, but in the short term, I think I’m going to be keeping an eye on eBay to see what’s available.

Or maybe Thomas Keller’s oft-rumored home sous vide kits will finally be released? Anyone out there with inside information? ;-)

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{ 1 comment… read it below or add one } February 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

As your inside track to the TK kit. I can tell you that the cookbook had a photo shoot this week and it is on its way… we are all very excited.
I’ll even tell you that the big 1000$ circulators that the restaurants tend to purchace break down from time to time. A home version will be a godsend.
A good big stockpot a candy thermometer and a stove top are the best options if you don’t have a big “G” to throw down on a circulator.
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