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My Sous Vide Setup (2017 edition)

Joule sous vide and LIPAVI Model C10 sous vide container |

Joule sous vide and LIPAVI Model C10 sous vide container

Sunday’s picture of sous vide salmon resulted in some questions about my sous vide setup. Here’s what I currently use:1

Joule Sous Vide

I love the compact Joule Sous Vide from the guys over at The downside? It only works through the Joule app. The upside? It works with the Amazon Echo dot I have in the kitchen, so I don’t even have to open my phone:

Video: Alexa and Joule []

The other downside is multiple Joules don’t work with the app. (Yet. ChefSteps says it is coming in an app update at some point in the future.) I do occasionally want to run more than one sous vide at once, so I’m keeping my Anova Sous Vide around until they get that fixed.

Joule App |

Joule App

If you’re not an Alexa or phone app kind of person, and want a manual control you can put your hands on, darn it…get the Anova Sous Vide instead of the Joule.

LIVAPI Sous vide containers with custom cut lids

The LIVAPI Model C10 is a 12 quart polycarbonate food container. I love the size – it’s large enough for almost all of my sous vide cooking, but compact enough to easily fit on my pantry shelving in the basement. I also love the matching C10L Custom Cut Lids – they have them cut for different width sous vide circulators, including both my Joule and Anova. I also like the very narrow lip on the edge of the containers. It makes it easy to clip on my circulator – the larger, sturdier lip on my regular Cambro container just gets in the way.

I just bought a LIVAPI Model C20 – the jumbo 26 quart container – for the times I need extra space. (Like in the salmon picture – this was a very long piece of frozen fish, and it was too big to fit in the C10.) It is twice the size, and I only need it occasionally – but when I need the space, I really need it. And, it is much more convenient than pulling out my jumbo Coleman cooler.

Side of Salmon in the Sous Vide |

Side of Salmon in the Sous Vide – from Sunday – in the LIPAVI Model C20 tank and the L10 rack

LIVAPI Sous vide racks

LIVAPI sells multiple size racks to go with their containers – I have the L10 rack that fits in the C10 sous vide container. I love the adjustability of these racks – the walls slot into tabs in the base; I can move them around to get the spacing I need. LIPAVI has racks for a bunch of different size containers. The round R20 rack, designed to fit in stock pots, is especially cute.

Vacuum Sealer

This is the next place I’m want to upgrade, but the cheap FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer I bought years ago keeps chugging along. Sure, I’d love a ridiculously expensive chamber vacuum sealer, so I can seal bags with liquid in them. (My pump vacuum sealer makes a mess of marinades.) Never mind that I don’t have the counter space to fit it, or any reasonable justification of the $700+ price. That doesn’t mean I don’t lust after one, however.

Do I need all of this?

It’s not absolutely necessary, especially if you’re just starting out, and want to try sous vide without committing to expensive equipment. You can take the bubba sous vide road and use a beer cooler, hot water, and a thermometer to get the water close to where you need it. Just limit yourself to quick-cooking, thin cuts of meat – no 6 hour cooks, let alone multi-day, 48 hour sous vide sessions.

But, if you get into sous vide cooking, you’ll want to upgrade to a decent circulator, and get a dedicated container. The right equipment makes sous vide quick and easy. Not just for long cooks – it makes sous vide a weeknight cooking method. I can get home, throw a few steaks in there from the freezer, and dinner will be ready in about an hour with minimal effort.

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Favorite sous vide equipment? Talk about it in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. I think the newer Food Savers have some kind of wet setting or Marinade container.. but I never use it. I think you can still use it with marinades or moist things. I made mashed potatoes sous vide, and there was a lot of liquid. Just start the Food Saver, and you’ll see the liquid creep towards the edge of the Food Saver. Before it goes under the sealing edge, just hit the Seal button, and that’ll stop the suction, but continue to seal the edge. Just a thought..

  2. I’ve been waiting for my FoodSaver to fail, as well (going strong for over 15 years though, so I’m not holding out much hope for being able to replace it anytime soon). If you want something less expensive that can handle liquids, have you looked at Sorbent Systems? For about $100, their KF108 model is a nozzle (or snorkel) type system which can be used with liquids. I found the company years ago when I was looking for less expensive channel-lock bags for my FoodSaver. At some point, just because of the low price point, I’m likely to buy the KF108… maybe when my current supply of FS bags runs low. 🙂

  3. I really like the Joule since I can use it a smaller pot. When I do a long cooking job I usually use the Sansaire and set it all up in my downstairs laundry room. I just bought a Joule for a friend who loved a simple skinless boneless I made for her. Next I think I’ll get her an Iwatani Torch.

    I’m just getting used to an instant pot. My Breville Fast/slow cooker has been recalled. And although I love Breville products I thought I’d try IP. I’m about to get into Ice Cream season with the wonderful Breville Smart Scoop

  4. I’m loving my Anova, but so far haven’t needed anything more than my spaghetti pot or larger stock pot. A little plastic wrap over the top works for the lid.

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