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New 16L Vat - with Sous-Vide Circulator
« on: February 11, 2014, 05:00:05 PM »
I finally did it!!! I managed to find the perfect water-bath-container/cheese-vat combination for a sous-vide circulator setup! Why was this such a challenge to find? It's all about the water content in the water bath.

My first setup was an 8L vat with only 8L of water in the water bath (see last pic). This setup was perfect for 2 reasons: The circulator can warm the 8L of water without any difficulty and warm it quick enough during a typical cooking step (2F per 5 minutes). The second reason was that the stainless steel pan fits perfectly on the inside lip of the water bath container, so I don't need additional support to keep the SS pan from falling inside the water bath.

I really wanted to upgrade to a 16L vat using the same Sous-vide circulator, and keep the 2 advantages mentioned above (low amount of water and SS pan fits perfectly on top of water bath container).

Well, I finally found the right combination!

My new setup consists of a typical 6" full pan (good for 16-18L) and it fits really nice and snug on top of the inner lip of the water bath container. 16L of water comes up to 3" around the SS pan from the bottom, and 4" with 18L. I tested the 18L water bath and it works great with my Circulator! It was just a water test though. It will be slightly different with milk when it is curdled. Whats also great about this is that there's water that circulates all around the SS pan, all 4 sides plus the bottom. This is possible because the SS pan is somewhat of a "V" shape and the plastic container is a straight shape. This gives ample room on all sides for water to circulate.

I'm really happy with this find! It literally took me MONTHS to find this plastic container. I can't wait to try it for the first time (only in a few weeks though...  :( ) Now I'll be able to play in the deep end of the pool with you big boys and girls  ;D

Here's a link to the container : http://www.webstaurantstore.com/metro-mtb93080w-23-x-18-x-8-white-divider-tote-box/461MTB93080W.html
« Last Edit: February 11, 2014, 05:06:15 PM by Spoons »
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Re: New 16L Vat - with Sous-Vide Circulator
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 07:43:16 PM »
That's such a score, Spoons. Congratulations!

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Re: New 16L Vat - with Sous-Vide Circulator
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 09:25:10 PM »
Wowsers! Simple, beautiful, and utilitarian. An elegant solution!

Do you have hoops for that much curd?
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Re: New 16L Vat - with Sous-Vide Circulator
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 08:37:32 AM »
Well shoot - I just ordered something from Webresturantstore and sure would have considered ordering the "tote" as I like the square pans as well.  Those circulators aren't cheap so I probably would stick with my current systems (griddle or crock pot with controller) but the tote would be great for storing my pans and cheese making equipment.  Do you cook sous vide or just plan to use the set-up for milk (cheese)? 

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Re: New 16L Vat - with Sous-Vide Circulator
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 09:55:06 PM »
Thanks Geo!

Dave, I have a 7" tomme mould. It will do the job. I'll probably buy a kadova mould eventually, just for aesthetics purposes.

John, The tote also has a lid. It turns out to be a nice storage container for all my cheese making equipment. Everything fits in it... ok, maybe not the press  ;)

I sous-vide cook a lot. I had to slow down though as I was eating too much meat. lol. The only thing I don't really care for is sous-vide veggies, I prefer them steamed. Meat and eggs are now always cooked sous-vide. I'm hooked!

My next sous-vide experiment is to make my own nacho cheese. I know some cheese lovers will frown upon this as it's a processed cheese. But no one can deny the awesomeness of a great tasting perma-melt nacho cheese O0 . Come to think of it, I'll post the recipe (it's a short 2 minute video).
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Re: New 16L Vat - with Sous-Vide Circulator
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2014, 12:16:04 PM »
Where did you get the mould? How about a photo!
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Re: New 16L Vat - with Sous-Vide Circulator
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2014, 08:36:03 PM »
I got the Kadova mould at Glengarry's. They also ship FROM the U.S. so there's no extra shipping cost.
http://glengarrycheesemaking.on.ca/

In the picture;
Front: 4.5" hard cheese mould from cheesemaking.com
Left: 7" tomme mould
Right: 1.5-2kg Gouda Kadova mould

Picture of the cheese: 4.6 LBS gouda using the Kadova mould.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2014, 08:42:39 PM by Spoons »
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