SOUSIMPLE: Affordable Sous Vide Cooking at Home (Suspended)
SOUSIMPLE: Affordable Sous Vide Cooking at Home (Suspended)
SOUSIMPLE: An electronic device that will bring the sous vide cooking method to your home at a fraction of the typical sous vide price.
SOUSIMPLE: An electronic device that will bring the sous vide cooking method to your home at a fraction of the typical sous vide price. Read more
About this project
SOUSIMPLE + Your Kitchen Appliance + Standard Zipper Bag = Home Sous Vide Culinary Excellence!
What is sous vide cooking? Sous vide is a culinary technique using precise temperature control to achieve perfect results, every time. Simply place your desired ingredients into a sealed bag, give it an airtight seal, and lower into a water bath. The food cooks slowly and gently without losing natural juices, resulting in tender, moist, and flat out awesome chow!
What is the SOUSIMPLE? The SOUSIMPLE is an electronic device that will bring the sous vide cooking method into your home at a fraction of the typical sous vide price. Its foolproof method eliminates the guesswork and lets anyone cook foods with incomparable taste and texture: steak perfectly cooked edge-to-edge, vibrant vegetables, and juicy tender chicken breasts exploding with flavor. Never over cook your food again!
How does the SOUSIMPLE work? First, plug one end of the SOUSIMPLE into a wall outlet and the other into a kitchen appliance you already own, such as a slow cooker or rice cooker. Next, insert your food into a standard plastic zipper bag, and get as much of the air out as possible. Place your food into the cooker, fill the remaining space with hot tap water, and drop the SOUSIMPLE's remote temperature probe into the water. Finally, close the lid, set the desired cooking temperature on the SOUSIMPLE, and walk away - SOUSIMPLE handles the rest. Typical cooking methods force you to eat when the food is ready, or else the food will over continue to overcook. With SOUSIMPLE controlling the food temperature, your food will NEVER overcook, allowing you to eat when YOU are ready.
Why not buy another sous vide product? Sure, we know there are higher end sous vide products out there, such as the Sansaire, Nomiku, or Sous Vide Supreme, but their costs are MUCH higher than our solution (3-6x more!). And most homeowners do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on ANOTHER kitchen appliance when they can use something they already own to yield the same results. The SOUSIMPLE lets you do more while spending less – for equal results! Another benefit is that you can use standard plastic zipper bags with the SOUSIMPLE instead of buying a vacuum sealer and expensive vacuum seal bags.
Can the SOUSIMPLE be used for other things than sous vide? Yes, it sure can! Use the SOUSIMPLE to keep any food or item at an optimal temperature. Great for gooey cheese dips, football game day chili, Lil-Smokey party appetizers, and chocolate fondues. It is also perfect for regulating temperatures of soups and stews – never burn the roof of your mouth again! Want another benefit? It also makes cleanup a breeze – never again burn foods to the inside of your crock pot or warming dish, leaving you to scrape away the dirty mess. Convenience!
Crock pots and rice cookers do not circulate water - is this a problem? No. Water at elevated temperature evenly conducts heat throughout, all by itself. Other high end sous vide cookers such as the Sous Vide Supreme do not feature water circulation, and our testing yielded equal results when comparing circulating and non-circulating devices.
What is the hard science behind sous vide cooking? All meat has connective tissue (collagen) and muscle fibers (protein). Tougher and lower priced cuts of meat typically have more collagen, whereas higher quality cuts have less. Collagen will break down and become tender (often known as collagen melt), but is a function of temperature and time. Higher cooking temperatures constrict the proteins and mechanically ring the water out of muscle fibers. However, with sous vide cooking, the temperatures are LOW so the proteins do not get the drying effect. Because of this, the resulting food is tender, juicy, and bursting with natural flavor.
What foods cook best with sous vide? Beef, lamb, chicken, fish, seafood, pork, wild game, eggs, fruits and vegetables. Every order will include our easy to read time and temperature chart, getting these foods on your plate in no time! Below is a sample of the temperature chart for beef (steak).
Our Progress All along, it has been our mission to share with the masses the benefit of sous vide cooking at a price point that does not break the bank. A lot of time has been spent building, testing, and perfecting the hardware. We are quite proud of how the many prototypes evolved into a superb final design. Product testing has ironed out the major kinks and concerns. However, we need your help to proceed with final drawings, perform a first article qualification with our cabinet shop vendor, order final assembly tooling, prepare assembly instructions and generate wiring procedures, and get quantity pricing for initial order fulfillment. With your help, the SOUSIMPLE prototype will turn into a manufacturing reality.
"The Package" Funding Level - Wood Choices
- Darren Jeseritz is a food geek who loves bringing technology into the kitchen and perfecting the art of cooking. Expect more KickStarter projects soon, as he has lots of ideas up his sleeve! Darren earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and loves spending his free time tinkering on DIY projects in his garage.
- Mark Bliss loves turning ideas into reality - at 29, he has already started and grown two businesses! Darren opened Mark’s eyes to the world of sous vide cooking by turning tough and chewy venison into filet mignon quality. Mark earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and loves spending his free time playing with his German Shepherd.
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there is the possibility that something could go wrong and introduce an unforeseen delay. However, leading large engineering projects at our day jobs have fine tuned our skills to minimize blunders, create amazingly detailed project plans, and accurately predict product costs.
We want to keep the production local and benefit our Minnesota, USA community. Everything from wood case production, electronic wiring, and final assembly and test will be performed by small family-owned businesses in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. Yes, some of the electronic parts are sourced from China, but the majority of parts are from the USA! We have already tested our supply base and are ready to build and deliver the quality product you expect.
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