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Not accurate and limited, but you can get around limitations,
This review is from: Giles & Posner Sous Vide, 5.7 Litre, 450 Watt (Kitchen & Home)
I'm not going to comment on the quality of food, as sous vide is sous vide once you have the temperature set.... and it varies with your ingredients.... but it does work!!
So about the things that I'm questioning .... and having recently purchased one of these, Ihave mixed feelings about it.
Using a thermometer (calibrated in ice water 30s / or boling water 1 min), i can fairly confident say my model is about 4 degrees colder than the display suggests, so I have to compensate when setting. But it's consistent at least.
It's reasonably quick to get to temperature...the manual suggests about an hour...but that does depend whether you're cooking meat at 55 or veg at 85...What i do find frustrating is that the timer only goes up to to 24hrs...maybe i'm missing something, but that is a major down point if you're cooking something like a lamb shank for 2 days!! As another reviewer stated is does bleep a lot, and can be a little confusing. And once you've set it you don't appear to be able to change the temperature or time... but again you can get around this.
For a first sous vide on something of a budget it's okay once you get to know it.... but being a bit of a kitchen gadget sort of person I feel slightly let down.... maybe should have spent more, and I am considering returning and paying the extra for the SousVide Supreme Demi Water Oven
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2013 14:02:52 GMT
If the temperature is off by 4 degrees - this is a big problem as things like fish and beef cook very differently at 46 vs 50.
Also - do you know if temperature regulation is a simple thermostat or a PID controller? The user manual I downloaded from the website doesn't specify. A simple thermostat will over and undershoot the desired temperature while a PID is much more accurate and gives better results.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2013 17:31:59 GMT
Agree 4 deg is significant, but now I know I need to compensate it's not a problem. Don't know the type of temp regulation but it does fluctuate a touch so presume simple type. I'd opt for a more expensive model with more features if I used it more, but I don't so I can live with it!
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