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Dorkfood Sous-Vide Temperature Controller (DSV)

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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Dorkfood
Part Number DSV
UPC 722301944431
Color Gray
EAN 0722301944431
Import Designation Made in USA and Imported
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
UNSPSC Code 41112200

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Product Features

  • Precise temperature control that's truly "plug & play"
  • Transforms inexpensive appliances into sous vide water baths
  • Monitors temperature using integrated probe
  • Switches integrated device on and off to control whatever is plugged in
  • The safe, affordable way to try sous vide

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.7 x 2.5 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0088OTON4
  • Item model number: DSV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,840 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Product Description

The DSV is a "plug and play" device that transforms many inexpensive appliances into sous-vide cookers. Most sous-vide devices cost hundreds of dollars and can take up valuable space in your kitchen, the DSV is the affordable and flexible alternative.

Sous-vide is a unique cooking method that is becoming increasingly popular with top chefs, and now there's an easy way to try it at home! Surprise yourself with the succulence and flavor that sous-vide has to offer. Experience foods that you've eaten your entire life as if it were the first time. Share something new and unique with your friends and family!

To sous-vide with the DSV, you must also have a suitable water-bath. Many household appliances can double as water-baths for use with the DSV, including slow cookers, rice cookers, and bucket heaters. Because the DSV works by switching a power outlet, suitable appliances must be capable of powering on without assistance when plugged in. Generally these devices are considered 'manual' and are less expensive than their 'digital' counterparts.

To determine if an appliance will work with the the DSV:

   1. Plug your appliance into an ordinary outlet and turn it on until it starts heating.
   2. Unplug it without pressing any switches or changing any settings.
   3. Plug it back in.

If the appliance continues heating after step 3 (without any additional user input), it will work with the DSV.

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Customer Reviews

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156 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2012
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For several years I've been hankering for an immersion circulator to try sous vide cooking at home. I didn't have the $2000 plus for a complete PolyScience unit, or even the $900 or so for a pro quality circulator head. So without expecting too much, I bought the oddly, sweetly named DorkFod DSV Temperature Controller and teamed it up with a 7 quart manual crock pot I found on sale at a local discount store for $19.

Much to my surprise, the combination totally rocks. The DorkFood unit is solidly built, easy to use, and holds the temperature I set within about 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The natural bottom to top convection of the crock pot, even without an additional circulator, has provided even heat for my sous vide creations. If you've never had leg of lamb cooked under vacuum for 36 hours you don't know what you're missing: a mild, non-gamy flavor with the buttery texture of filet mignon. Lobster tails cooked with garlic butter - unbelievably tender and sweet. Restaurant quality duck confit becomes child's play! Cure duck legs (with thigh) overnight with salt, thyme and crushed juniper berries - rinse and pat dry the next day - seal under vacuum with 1 tablespoon of rendered duck fat per leg and cook at 167 degrees for 30 hours or more for the most succulent duck you've ever tasted. After cooking I cut off the skin and fry it under a cast iron weight (affectionately known as a "pig") and top the duck leg with a crispy duck bacon "cracker."

There are so many free resources on-line and great books at Amazon for sous vide coooking - it's easy to get started. And for a total of $118 - including the crock pot - DorkFood exceeded my expectations. Although I have a good vacuum sealer (VacMaster VP112) many sous vide dishes can be prepared using carefully sealed freezer quality ZipLoc bags. This product really lowers the bar for getting into the wonderful world of sous vide. Nature may abhor a vacuum, but adventurous chefs love it!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Brian Dann on July 16, 2012
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The DSV is a fantastic way to get into sous-vide cooking without spending a ton of money. I looked at several DIY options, but I don't think they are very cost effective, nor safe unless you really know what you're doing (and I don't).

I have tried this with a 4QT slow cooker/crock pot and with a Oster 14 cup rice cooker. Either works fine.

It takes a long time to "settle" on your selected temprature, even if you pre-heat the water. For example, if I set the temp to 140F, often it will hold at about 145F after about 30 min and takes quite a while to come back down. The temprature on the unit and the temp as read on a separate thermometer are exactly same, generally about 5 degrees too high. Odd, but after a couple of hours it will generally "settle" at the selected temp. I can work around this by either intentionally setting the temp lower than desired or just wait however long it takes for it to settle at the selected temp.

They claim the device can maintain the temp at +/- .25F once the unit settles on the selected temp. I have found that to be spot on, once settled it never deviates.

Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. I hope it lasts a long time!
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on November 24, 2012
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I am so happy that there is finally an affordable solution out there for the rest of us. We frequently have dinner parties and sous vide is a super easy way to cook an amazing meal for many people. I use it a lot to cook fish and steak, but we have also used it for chicken, lamb, and even veggies. There are a lot of good cookbooks out there too, but I think experimenting with your own recipes is part of the fun.

Small hint: Whole Foods and some other stores will vacuum seal your meats if you ask nicely with a smile :)

The device may look a little intimidating at first, but its actually very simple to use. It also comes with a small handout that has instructions and pictures for setting it up. The unit is a little industrial looking so I'm happy that its small enough to put away out of sight after I'm done cooking. I hope the company makes a "prettier" version of the device soon.

But my absolute FAVORITE part about the DSV is that it allows you to transform your existing kitchen devices... those that have been sitting unused in the kitchen cabinets gathering a thick layer of dust... into a fancy state-of-the-art sous vide machine that is just as good as the $500+ models.

I would highly recommend this product to any of my friends and I'm getting my parents one for Christmas this year. It would also make a very unique wedding present or a cool gift for the aspiring chef in the family.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Quality Freak on August 19, 2012
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As a food lover and trained professional chef, I am always looking for the right tools to experiment with new cooking techniques and flavors. I fell in love with Sous-vide cooking while I worked in several restaurants in Western Europe and I always wondered if I could reproduce some of the dishes back in my own home kitchen. Well, thanks to this wonderfully crafted, easy to use, and accurate tool I have been able to cook juicy legs of lamb, perfectly poached fruits, and soft boiled eggs that are a true pleasure of the Gods :)

I looked at professional and semi-professional equipment to cook Sous-vide and it was all ridiculously expensive. I thought of building my own DSV temperature controller but I am a Chef not an electrician, not to mention that the price of this wonderful gadget is so reasonable is not worth the time to try to make one yourself.

So, in other words, I am very impressed by the quality and the performance of this DSV. One more thing, the design of this DSV is particularly suited for small kitchens because it is easy to store, yet the thermostat probe is so long that you will have no problem in hanging this unit relatively far away from the slow cooker you want to turn into a "sous-vide oven".

One last thing: These guys will really make sure that you are happy; their support and customer service makes you feel like you are at a Cadillac dealership or at the Ritz-Carlton. I buy lots of things online and no one ever showed so much concern about my satisfaction with the product/service.

Summary: Buy, buy, buy this item. It truly delivers performance and you won't be gambling with less reputable vendors.

Enjoy your cooking/
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