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Thu Feb 6, 2020, 03:41 PM

Sous Vide InstantPot?

While I was trotting through Costco, I spotted a mountain of InstantPots with ďSous VideĒ on the label. After coming home and goggling, it seems that this is an InstantPot that can maintain a precise temperature. Iíve been using a sous vide circulator for a couple of years now and find myself feeling a bit dubious about using an InstantPot for sous vide, both because the water isnít actively circulated and because there isnít all that much room in an InstantPot. I think Iíll stick with what I have.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 03:50 PM

1. I think if the water is not circulated constantly there

will be a temperature gradient as the temp from the point of contact with what you are cooking will be and stay a cooler temp than the water closer to the heating element in the insta pot without circulation.
I don't have one yet but am getting one in the near future. A relative got one for christmas and didn't know what it was and I think I may take it off his hands in the future. He is not really into cooking that much if fear.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 03:56 PM

2. Mine has sous vide

and it works great. I don't eat much meat, but when I do, I almost always do it sous vide in my Instant Pot. The first time I made chicken breasts in it, I was amazed and I haven't looked back.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 05:10 PM

3. Back before circulators were cheap, I did it that way

I have a PID temperature controller with a thermostat and a solid state relay which can control things like a crock pot. I still use it for things like soups and stews where you canít use a circulator.

A circulator just works faster in the same way a convection oven cooks faster, but itís not essential.

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