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Feb 16, 2014 02:01 PM

Best 'container' for immersion circulators

Hello all, I recently got my Sansaire immersion circulator (similar to Anova)... I've been sous videing (viding?) in a large pot. Out of curiosity, I'm just wondering what others have been using instead of pots to sous vide with the immersion stick circulators.

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  1. A lot of people use clear polycarbonate food storage boxes such as this one... . They have optional plastic lids available that can easily be cut to accommodate the circulator. There are also larger boxes like this one I have one of those that I use with my Nomiku to cook bigger items (like turkey breasts or beef tenderloin).

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      1. re: darrentran87

        Just wanted to add that whenever I'm cooking something that requires a higher bath temp for a short time (like vegetables) I'll usually go for a stock pot over the cambro since it allows me to easily preheat the water on the stove instead of heating it up with the circulator. Saves a bit of wear and tear on the equipment (and time).

        1. re: Coogles

          I heat up the water on the stove to fill the cambro.

      2. re: Coogles

        I've been using a stock pot; just wondering whether there was a big advantage to these clear boxes? So far I haven't had any trouble with size, but I'm cooking for only 2-3 people. I never thought to start the heating on the stove. Silly me.

        1. re: DGresh

          One of the main advantages is that polycarbonate is a fairly poor conductor of heat, so less energy will be lost to the environment than with a metal stock pot. This makes it easier for the circulator to maintain the bath temp. Another advantage is that the boxes all have tight fitting plastic lids available which can be easily cut to accommodate the circulator, this will help keep evaporation in check and allow you to go longer between having to top off the bath (and reduce evaporative cooling). Since the boxes are clear you can also see what is going on in the bath with a glance. I find these to be of most value during long soaks, for things that only take a few hours I'll still usually just grab a stock pot instead of setting up the polycarbonate box.

      3. A large picnic cooler is ideal, since it's insulated and the circulator won't have to do as much work. Will the clip on the Sansaire accommodate such a large wall? (Still waiting on mine.)

        Aside from that, agreed with Googles on the poly box. A lot of people use two of them stacked, for better insulation. It's certainly cool to be able to see in, although it doesn't really add much to the overall cooking experience.

        1. In Google Images look up "Anova Coleman"

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            1. re: pabboy

              thanks, that's pretty cool, albeit a bit expensive

              1. re: darrentran87

                Coleman cooler is $25 from Walmart

                1. re: pabboy

                  It won't work with Sansaire (easily, at least), since the body has some curvature. And the clip is in the way.

                  Now that it's in my hands I really wish I'd bought an Anova instead, but when the Sansaire Kickstarter began the Anova was still $100 more expensive. Should have waited :-(

                  1. re: davis_sq_pro

                    I canceled my Sansaire kickstarter and ordered the Anova when they announced the delay.

                    1. re: pabboy

                      You can cancel a Kickstarter backing?!? Damn it, now you tell me.

                      I started some 60-hour short ribs last night, and had to tie a bunch of rubber bands around the Sansaire to dampen a really annoying high-pitched whine. This thing is, by the looks of it (at least for v1), going to be a massive fail.

                      1. re: davis_sq_pro

                        you seem to have a defective product. you should see if you can get a replacement, mine is VERY quiet