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PostPosted: June 25, 2017, 4:16 pm 
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I tried this once too, may have to try again. I didn't use a crock pot though, just got water in a cooler and closed the lid. Our tap water is about 145, so that's what I filled it with. I think I added some boiling water halfway through to keep it between 135-140, using a meat thermometer for temperature indication. The crock pot and a temp control would work much better, time for another project maybe.
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That sounds very interesting, Chuck. My wife loves to use the crock pot. She fixes fabulous all-in-one meals just about every week.

The steak idea will really interest her because she loves these thick (1-3/4" ?) filet mignons sold at her favorite grocery store. They are difficult to cook just right on the grille, or in a frying pan. This idea of doing them in water and the crock pot where you don't over cook them will appeal to her.

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Lonnie, from what I read, and my vast experience of 1x, I think this is a great way to control 1-3/4" thick filets. You may have to Google to find how long to cook that thick a piece of cow.

FYI, the unit I used to control the temperature was a Baylite BTC-201. It seemed to do OK. You can find it here, and other places. Cheap insurance when you consider the cost of 2 steaks you might otherwise possibly ruin :shock:

https://www.amazon.com/Temperature-Controller-bayite-Pre-Wired-Thermostat/dp/B01KEYDNKK


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Lonnie, from what I read, and my vast experience of 1x, I think this is a great way to control 1-3/4" thick filets. You may have to Google to find how long to cook that thick a piece of cow.

FYI, the unit I used to control the temperature was a Baylite BTC-201. It seemed to do OK. You can find it here, and other places. Cheap insurance when you consider the cost of 2 steaks you might otherwise possibly ruin :shock:

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That's pretty cool. I need to find one of those that will control up to 400 f and run on 220 v for my mom. She has a big griddle that she brought from Norway for making lefse on, but the temperature control doesn't work properly anymore and you have to keep adjusting it while in use. There's so much stuff on amazon that won't ship to Canada too, unfortunately.
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Thank you, Chuck.


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It looks like you're in luck, Kristian. The one Chuck linked to is dual voltage: MAX LOAD: 1100W at 110V or 2200W at 220V. (Celsius or Fahrenheit Read-out) The dark blue info is from the product data on Amazon. Unless, of course, they don't ship to Canada. However, there is a Canadian version of Amazon. I wonder if they have the product or can get it for you?

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Thanks Lonnie, there's a few other ones on amazon.ca, but a quick search didn't find any that will control at a hot enough temperature for what she needs. I will keep looking though. I was going to buy a cheap PID temperature controller and wire everything up myself, but a prebuilt one is way easier.
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I gave sous-vide cooking my first try. It turned out great, even if I do say so myself. My setup is a Rube Goldberg one. I used my old electric crock pot plugged into a 120V digital controller. The oval crock pot was filled 2/3rds with water, set on high and plugged into the controller, and preheated to 130 deg F. 130 is supposed to be just right for medium-rare. The steak was seasoned with seasoned salt and a bit of ground pepper, then put into a ziplock bag, removing all the air before closing. The bag was put in the hot water for cooking. I left it in the crock pot for 2 hrs (although it could be done in 1 hr) I finished it up by searing it on the Weber charcoal grill for 30 seconds then flipping and repeating it for a total of 4 times. It was possibly the juiciest steak I have ever cooked/grilled, very tender and flavorful. I'll definitely do this again!

Cleanup for the crock pot was easy too, since all that was in it was hot water. Just pour out the water and wipe it dry! That was the easiest that crock pot was ever cleaned.

I gave this another go tonight with a couple 1.5" t bones from one of my parent's animals, worked great. I used the kitchen sink this time, just kept adding boiling water to keep the temperature up and kept the sink covered with a big cutting board. My wife likes her steak about medium, and I prefer mine a touch more cooked, so I kept the water at about 145 f for about an hour, then salt, pepper, and onto the propane BBQ as hot as it would go to sear them. Melt in you mouth tender, cooked perfectly all the way through. I think I'm going to build a proper water cooker though. I had a look on Amazon, and found some 2000w immersion heaters for about $15. I'm thinking a couple of those, one of those fancy temperature controllers we were discussing before, and a large pot should work good. I could even dress it up with some kind of shroud around the outside and spray foam the gap between that and the pot.
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Have you thought about using a small insulated cooler? You might even have one. :mrgreen:

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rx7locost wrote:
Have you thought about using a small insulated cooler? You might even have one. :mrgreen:

It was a spur of the moment thing, and I didn't know where the cooler was. My wife took the kids camping while I was at work, so I blame her. And we already had the steaks thawing in a sink full of warm water so that made it pretty easy.
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My wife likes her steak about medium, and I prefer mine a touch more cooked


Sacrilege I say! Knock the horns off of a cow then walk it through a warm kitchen and it's ready to eat! Yum!

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Hey, were not savages over here in BC, we've got plenty of wood to burn, enough to even cook our food. Lately it even seems like a surplus of stuff to burn, and it's all on fire at the same time. And I did say just a touch more, not shoe leather.
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My son and DIL bought a new-to-them house this Spring. It had been empty for about 6 months and was neglected for several years. It has been a target-rich environment. Things we have fixed rather than replaced so far rather than replaced include: Dishwasher, Kitchen Disposal, Water Softener, Electrostatic air filter, doorbell, several 3-way lighting switches, and leaking sink trap to name a few.

Yesterday's target was the well pressure tank. The pump cycled at every toilet flush. The usual culprit is a failed membrane or air bladder in the tank. We shut off the pump and drained the tank. Found only 5.5 PSI of air pressure remaining. Way too low for proper operation, and way too high for a failed system. We pumped up the air with the water drain open and it appears to be holding air. We cycled the pump for 5 seconds at a time and drained the system of rusty sediment. Repeat at least 25 or more times until the water started to run a bit more clear. Allowed the pump to run and checked the water pressure. pump turned off at 60 PSI- check! Drain water on outside hose. Pump turned on at 40 PSI - check! Then ran the outside hose continuously for maybe 30 minutes until the water ran clear. Since to outside hose ran off un-softened water, none (or very little) of the rusty sediment entered the in-house water system. It took roughly about 11 gallons of water now for the tank to drain from full to pump activation. This is very close to the expected volumes for this tank and pressure.

We will watch the system closely to ensure repeat performance.

Another big expense possibly averted.

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We will watch the system closely to ensure repeat performance.

Another big expense possibly averted.


Chuck, might be a good idea to get the water tested. Most local health departments will do it for a nominal fee ($10 here in Mo.), so cheap insurance.

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I think the well was tested when they bought the house. But I agree......

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Not today, but last Friday I dragged the wife and kids into town to check out a visiting B-25 Mitchell from Arizona. They were doing tours and taking rich people for joy rides. Their flight path brought them right over our house, so we got to see it fly by a bunch of times over a few days, which was really cool. The first flyby was really close, maybe 800 feet up and right over top of the neighbours house. It was really cool, and the kids thought so too. My daughter drew a picture and got the flight crew to autograph it, which was really cool of them. It reminded me of when I was a kid and there was a genuine Lancaster at the airshow here in Kamloops, and we got to walk through that too, a real piece of history.
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