Sous Vide Brinner

A little over 2 1/2 years ago, I built a sous vide controller at a workshop.

That’s me in the green shirt. April, Cal, and Susan are in there too.

I wired the controller into an extension cord so I could plug my deep fryer into it. I added a little hook to hang it off the side of the GranPappy, then set off to find some fresh eggs to test it.

Unfortunately, the Sunnyvale farmer’s market egg stand chickens were on strike.

Fast forward two years. I decided it was time to try this doohickey again. Set it up, turned it on, and got wacky temperature readings all over the place. Ordered an air pump. When it arrived, I packed it away into the GranPappy.

Two days ago, Aaron walked in with some eggs. “The neighbors’ chickens escaped again,” he said, “I chased them back home and they gave me some eggs.”

Fresh eggs! Time to sous vide!

Referenced this handy dandy egg chart, decided on 62.5 °C for 45 minutes, and… GO!!!

DIY Sous Vide

At minute 44 I decided I wanted slightly more cooked whites, so I added another 15 minutes at 63.5 °C. When the hour was up, I nommed.

Best Brinner Evar

Sous vide brinner is goooood.

What’s next? Now that I have the proven power of sous vide in my kitchen I want to use it for everything!

6 Comments

  1. Don’t know if you have one on the air pump or not (can’t quite tell in the pic), but just in case – If your pump is below the water level in your container, you really need one of the little check valves they sell at pet places, aquarium stores, etc. to prevent the water from getting siphoned down into the pump in the event of a pump malfunction or power outage. (the air pump stops pumping air, which will allow the water to drain back down the tube into the pump) This can be a bad thing as it can short out the pump if the power is still on or can create a bad thing waiting to happen when the power is restored and the pump is full of water. Can also allow the tank/vessel to drain out via the pump tubing and make a watery mess or (in this case) the heater elements may overheat in a dry container.

    You can probably find them locally pretty cheap (usually a couple dollars at a pet store), but here’s an Amazon link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Como-Non-Return-Check-Valves-Aquarium/dp/B005HTT1P4

    In the mean time, you can simply place the pump above the water level in your tank and it will prevent siphon issues as well.

    • Oh hrm, I’ll have to take a look and see. I didn’t notice any water creeping up the tubing but maybe I didn’t look hard enough. It’d be quite a feat to see it siphon all 8 feel of tubing, though!

      Yeah, I’m lazy (as if it wasn’t obvious from this post) and haven’t actually cut anything to proper length… yet? We’ll see. :)

      Thanks for the tip!

      • Sorry, didn’t mean to sound all OMG! sous-vide apocalypse :-)

        It’s not something that happens often, but one of those things that “can” happen. Probably not as major an issue with the volume of water you have (vs. a humongo aquarium) since the head pressure isn’t as great, but still the little valves are cheap insurance. As long as the pump exerts positive pressure on the air in the tube, the water will stay safely in the tank/vessel. It’s when the pump breaks and the pressure the water exerts becomes greater than the pressure in the tube it can flow “backward”. If the water column gets over the hump and starts downhill to the pump, the siphon effect takes over. It’s not something I even knew about until I read some horror stories when I was setting up an aquarium for the first time.

        Oh, you can also take a clothespin or something and raise a section of the tube a few inches above the water level as well and that should take care of it, too.

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