Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee

Sous Vide for hot water treatment

November 25, 2019

Categories: Bulb Fly, Daffodil Enthusiasts, Diseases and Pests, General, Growing Daffodils, Nematode

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Anyone wanting to hot water treat their bulbs on a small hobbyist level might want to consider a sous vide machine like this one: I’ve used the Precision Cooker one for 2 years now and am very pleased with how well it heats water quickly, keeps the water temperature exactly as set, and with the free phone app you can track the time and temperature even if you’re not right there. I found a hack on YouTube for cutting a small Coleman cooler lid so the wand fits right through it. Suzy Wert has used one, too, and gave me the tip to use a small organza gift/jewelry bag over the element so bulb trash doesn’t get in it. I have yet to use it for what it’s meant to be used — to prepare food. You cook foods (especially meats, it seems) in vacuum sealed bags or in jars in the water bath. Curious if anyone else has used one for bulbs — or for cooking.

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3 Responses to Sous Vide for hot water treatment

  1. Jaydee Ager, Georgia
    Jaydee Ager, Georgia
    November 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Becky, I have a sous vide and have only used it for cooking food. I love mine. You cannot overcook meats for instance. So busy people can set up your sous vide in the morning, and return home to perfectly prepared items like poultry, beef, fish. I set mine up in my little outdoor kitchen area and covering helps cut down on evaporation. You can use any kind of container to hold the water, such as a five gallon bucket for something like a big Boston Butt. After you remove your food item (let’s say it was a nice beef filet mignon a couple of inches thick) you would then sear it for grill marks. Or, you could use a heavy iron skillet with some compound butter and fresh herbs to infuse flavor and a nice seared color for the outside. Divine! You need to clamp your zip lock bag to the side of your container with a chip clip type item, so that it is not floating around too much and doesn’t interfere with the circulation pump of the sous vide. Sous vide food preparation is very simple. One of these days I need to repurpose my current sous vide to HWT for daff bulbs—and acquire myself a new one for food prep—that has the blue tooth technology. That would be very desirable.

    Jaydee Atkins Ager
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  2. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    November 26, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Thanks, Jaydee! I’ll have to try some meats. I can use a different container and don’t see where it would be any problem since the meats will be vacuum sealed.

  3. Bill Carter, Washington
    Bill Carter, Washington
    December 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I bought one last Christmas and used it to HWT my bulbs this year.  It worked well.  Only problem was the lowest temp setting is 115 Deg F.  I would turn it on and off to maintain 113 Deg F.