Today I saw an interesting piece of sous vide cooking equipment called Chef Touch System from KitchenAid. This concept gather a vacuum chamber sealer (a must in terms of vacuum that gives you the possibility to add liquids such as oil or a marinade in you pouch without destroying the machine) a shock freezer (very usefull and safe device if you want to keep meats in the freezer after you cooked it at low temperature) and a steam oven.
The concept of this all in one sous vide equipment gives an idea of what could look our kitchen in a close futur. The only weak point of this beautiful item is the steam oven. Why not replacing it with a PID controlled steared water bath?
Any idea of the price of the Chef Touch System and availability?
Information added October 23rd :
Thanks to N.Lavirotte, we now know the ChefTouch System is available since September in Europe. Official retail price are as follow :
-Vacuum chamber : 2,950 € incl. VAT
- Shock Freezer : 5,000 € incl. VAT
- Oven : steam ( 1,550 €) combi (1,850 € ) incl. VAT
- Kitchen high cabinet : 2,700 € incl. VAT
Total = 12,500 € (combi oven) incl. VAT (approx. 17,500 USD)
Polyscience launched on Youtube a video about their new Immersion Circulator, the MX version.
The design of this equipment is fantastic but will this immersion circulator be affordable for sous vide chefs and individuals? Except this video, no information is available on the net. If you have some, feel free to tell us!
Here is the Youtube video!
A month ago I decided to purchase a digital thermomether with a penetration probe. I had a chock when looking at prices on internet. Price for such thermometer is usually in the range from EUR 200 to EUR 400.
Then, when I saw the Thermowoks onlineshop proposing a similarly equipment for approx. USD 110 incl. shipping to Europe…I decided very fast to make a try.
The overall price was :
- MTC, Mini Handheld Thermocouple Meter, Type K : USD 43.
- K Type Fast Response Meat Needle Probe Fitted into MPK ANSI Plug : USD 30.
- Coiled Lead Type K Extension Wire 2 Meter Plug to Socket Ansi Colour Yellow (627-741): USD 19.
- Shipping cost to Europe: approx. USD 20.
Total: USD 110.
My worry was to determine how good this thermometer is. Was it well calibrated? I asked a friend of mine if he could find a precision thermometer in order to compare its precision to the Thermoworks one. Thanks to Bertrand.L I could find someone borrowing me the GMH-3710. He told me he purchased it here for approx? EUR 220 excl. VAT and shipping costs. This is 3 times the price I purchased mine!
I red on internet that temperature accuracy depends of the temperature. In other words, the higher the temperature is, the bigger the risk of inaccuracy could appear.
For the purpose of my test I tried with both the thermomethers to assess the temperature of an apple, a glass of water containeing water at 46°C and 79°C.
My test with an apple that was laying around in kitchen was excellent. The difference in temperature between the 2 thermometers was in the range from 0.1°C to 0.2°C only. Therefore the inside temperature of the apple was approx. 21.5°C.
The test with the 46°C water was also good with a difference of maximum 0.3°C.
I also made the test with a glass of water at 79°C. The difference of temperature was in the range from 0.3°C to 0.4°C.
To sum up : The Thermoworks digital thermometer seems to work very well and is price competitive. I am in a hurry to try it while cooking sous vide!
Remember end August Fresh Meals Solutions announced the launch (end 2009) of the FreshMealsMagic.
In the meantime Frank Hsu (you secretive thing!) has put up the SousVideMagic 1500D for sale.
What is new with the SousVideMagic 1500D compared to the 1500 B/C versions?
- The power capacity has been raised from 2,000 W to 3,000 W
- 2 digit screens are now available (one for the temperature and one for the timer)
- Possibility to control the temperature of a large pot, up to 35 L
The price of te SousVideMagic 1500D is still very competitive USD 159!
For your information the global cost for the SousVideMagic 1500D to be sent to Europe should be around:
- SousVideMagic 1500D: USD 159 + USD 25 = USD 184 incl. sending to Europe
- Custom duties: EUR 35
- Basic rice cooker: EUR 45
- Input power cord and socket adaptor: approx EUR 16.
Grant total (1 EUR = 1.5 USD): EUR 218
Frank, what about the FreshMealsMagic Bubbler? When will you launch it?
I received several questions of people interested by the swid of addelice. Their main worry was to determine if the swid is for professional purposes or for home cooks. To all of them I replied and said that I am not a professional and therefore don’t know their expectations as a professional. I realized that I tried the swid in 3.5 litres and 8.5 litres pots only. The manual of the swid indicates that the stability of the temperature is optimized up to 20 litres.
I went inside my uncle cellar and found an Ikea plastic box (€ 3) that I filled with 20 litres water.
I had to face a problem with the plastic container which is very flexible. Attaching the swid with the clamp to the container was not possible as the swid was too heavy. Therefore I found a glass cutting board that was perfectly the hight of the container. I put this board between the plastic container and the clamp. This generated an excellent stability for the swid to be attached.
I set the swid at 55°C only because I am not realy trusting in the Ikea container that could melt or not resit to higher temperatures. The manual of the swid indicates the Adaptive PID controller (that assesses the amount of the water i n the pot) was optimized if the starting temperature is at least 15°C lower than the target temperature. It took 15 minutes to heat the water from 25°C to 55°C and, after 5 more minute,s the stability of the water bath was excellent.
I decided to make an addition test: immersing a bottle of cold water (3°C) simulating a cold pouch in a water bath.
It worked perfectly.
To sum up I confirm the swid thermal circulator can heat easily a 20 litres water bath.