What did you get for Christmas this year?

lotuseclat79

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Hi all,

This year I got the book "Cooking for Geeks" by Jeff Potter. In the book he describes how to hack a manual dial (not digital) crock pot (slow) cooker to do "sous vide" (water bath) cooking for about $100 worth of equipment vs $400 on up. Just add a thermocouple (temperature probe), temperature controller, and rig it up - and you too can poach an egg in the shell - what a hoot of a fun project! It is about holding the ideal cooking temperature for a period of time to control the cooking to perfection every time (nothing overcooks). Sous Vide cooking essentially cooks almost anything in a plastic bag so the water does not act chemically with the food, and the food only heats up by conduction and does not loose any of its nutrients.

-- Tom :)

P.S. The book essentially describes cooking from a science point of view (i.e. the moderation of time vs temperature) and is all about having fun in the kitchen with experiments! And the food is good too!
 

lotuseclat79

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Hi ChildOfLore,

Have fun with whatever project you have in mind with your starter kit! Arduino makes temperature controllers with with soud vide cooking has been done - some device programming may be required for that application to work from what I have read regarding that topic.

-- Tom
 

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