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darrentran87 Feb 16, 2014 02:01 PM

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.

  1. Coogles Feb 17, 2014 05:46 AM

    A lot of people use clear polycarbonate food storage boxes such as this one... http://www.amazon.com/Camwear-Polycarbonate-Square-Storage-container/dp/B0001MRUKA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1392644523&sr=8-4&keywords=cambro+12+quart . They have optional plastic lids available that can easily be cut to accommodate the circulator. There are also larger boxes like this one http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Comm.... 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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      darrentran87 Feb 17, 2014 09:23 AM

      thank you!

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        Coogles Feb 26, 2014 09:44 AM

        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).

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          pabboy Feb 26, 2014 10:10 PM

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

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        DGresh Mar 3, 2014 06:11 AM

        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.

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          Coogles Mar 3, 2014 09:51 AM

          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. davis_sq_pro Feb 18, 2014 09:33 AM

        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.

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          pabboy Feb 20, 2014 08:47 AM

          In Google Images look up "Anova Coleman"

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            darrentran87 Feb 25, 2014 04:06 PM

            hmm that's pretty cool!

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              darrentran87 Feb 25, 2014 04:27 PM

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

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                pabboy Feb 25, 2014 05:28 PM

                Coleman cooler is $25 from Walmart

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                  davis_sq_pro Feb 25, 2014 05:32 PM

                  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 :-(

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                    pabboy Feb 26, 2014 10:09 PM

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

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                      davis_sq_pro Feb 27, 2014 06:11 AM

                      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.

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                        darrentran87 Mar 2, 2014 11:39 AM

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

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