Codlo coolking brings a computer controlled precise temperature cooking method to the masses. I am indeed considering adding my support. (via Codlo & kickstarter)
Slow cooking meats and vegetables can result in tasty dishes such as stew or chili. Most use a crockpot to slow cook pot roast, chicken and pork to create culinary masterpieces while others use a sous-vide machine to cook their dishes but those machines can be costly. For those who may not know, a sous-vide machine cooks meat and vegetables in a plastic bag submerged in low temperature water for up to 72 hours (depending on the dish). Using this method cooks the item evenly without burning the outside of the item while maintaining a constant temperature on the inside, which in theory makes the food ‘juicier.’ The problem using one of those machines usually comes down to cost as most ‘good’ models can run a few thousand dollars. Le Cordon Bleu student Grace Lee has solved the problem of cost associated with buying a sous-vide machine using a simple rice or slow cooker and her newly designed device.
The key to using a sous-vide machine is a precise constant water temperature to cook the food. If the water temperature fluctuates even mildly it can completely ruin what is being cooked. Lee’s device, known as Codlo, helps in maintaining a constant water temperature and is adapted for use with slow cooking appliances. Codlo is both a timer and heat regulator, which plugs into a simple wall outlet and connects to appliances with a mechanical heating switch such as a crockpot, rice cooker and even a coffee urn. Codlo is outfitted with a probe that is submerged in the water to monitor the liquids temperature. Users set the desired temperature on the device, which then regulates heat by using the appliances mechanical switch. A timer sounds when the cooking time is complete and users simply remove the food bag from the water and unplug the device when done. While cooking most foods using the Codlo is fine, some dishes may not benefit from device as the appliances lid is not fully closed due to the probe, which allows for some heat to escape. Grace Lee’s Codlo sous-vide device is currently be funded on Kickstarter in order to mass produce the device and is already over the half-way mark of reaching her goal of $150,000 US with 22 more days left to go. Backers pledging $100 or will receive a firebrick red Codlo as well as a digital copy of Codlo’s sous-vide guide. As the price increases, backers will also receive a Codlo in a myriad of colors, a 900W Codlo rice cooker and ultimately will be able to design their own customized Codlo with the company’s founders. Those looking to try their hand at a unique way of cooking food cannot go wrong using the affordable device over much more expensive options, which can take up valuable kitchen counter space.
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