By Marilyn Kitzes
If you’ve just treated your kitchen to an immersion circulator, you’ll also need a water container to use with your new device. Here, a few vessels to consider.
Cambro Polycarbonate Square Container, 12 Quart, amazon.com, $23.99
Sturdy, spacious, and dishwasher-safe, Cambro’s food storage containers are a must-have among food-service professionals. Stain- and odor-resistant with wide handles for easy carrying, this model (they come in smaller sizes, too) is not only a no-nonsense choice, it’s easy on the wallet and big enough to sous vide almost anything.
Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, 7.25 Quart, crateandbarrel.com, $380
The ultimate kitchen classic, Le Creuset’s Dutch oven earns a spot on many a cook’s wishlist. Like everything Le Creuset, this enameled cast-iron piece moves flawlessly between cooktop and oven, distributes heat evenly, and features a non-reactive cooking surface that’s impervious to acid, alkali, odors, and stains. While most circulators require a cooking vessel that is at least 9 inches tall, the Joule by ChefSteps pairs with this dutch oven’s relatively small size.
Demeyere John Pawson Stockpot, 8.5 Quart, surlatable.com, $419.95
Elegant minimalist form meets efficient function in Demeyere’s gleaming stockpot, designed in collaboration with British architect John Pawson. A unique mix of stainless steel and copper creates optimal heat distribution, and its tall and narrow shape makes it a solid choice for a sous vide immersion wand. When you’re not cooking sous vide, it’s an eye-catching piece for stocks, sauces, stews, and soups.
Cristel Detachable Handle Stockpot, 10 Quart, cristelusa.com, $318.99
Innovator of the detachable handle, Cristel offers mix-and-match handles in different colors and lengths for maximum customization. While it’s available in three sizes, the 10-quart model in stainless steel offers nice depth for a circulator, and the domed-glass-lid model is great when you want to evaluate the status of your soups and stews.
Prices are approximate and may vary. Le Creuset Photo: Williams-Sonoma. This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Sous-Vide magazine.
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