Best answer: The Joule sous vide can handle up to 10 gallons (40 liters) of water and cope with a depth of up to 8 inches (200mm). It's unlikely a home cook would ever need to utilize that kind of volume though. An 8-quart cooking pot, sturdy storage container or cooler box should be the perfect size for most sous vide recipes.
- Insulation station: Coleman 28-Quart Cooler ($18 at Amazon)
- A clear winner: Cambro Camwear 8-Quart Container ($27 at Amazon)
- Classic French kit: Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel 8-Quart Covered Stockpot ($100 at Amazon)
Pot or not?
While the Joule can large it and heat and circulate up to 40 liters of water, you can use the Joule to sous vide in as little as 1.5 inches (38mm) of water. So, you do not need a giant pot. You can use your Joule in just about any cooking pot. Bear in mind, however, that the sous vide wand's clever design includes a powerful magnet at its base. Induction-ready metal stock, sauce and pasta pots are absolutely ideal for the Joule. If your pot is not magnetic, then you can simply clip your Joule to the side.
Alternatively, good quality plastic storage containers are very popular in home sous vide cookery as they provide the bonus of being transparent. It's great to see the food you're cooking. Some people like using their cooler boxes for the Joule, especially if you're cooking outside as they offer a safe and sturdy cooking environment.
Whatever kind of cooking vessel you chose to use, bear in mind two essential tips. Make sure you place your Joule cooking set up away from cabinets; the steam can cause warping. Secondly, protect your kitchen counters from heat when sous vide cooking by using a trivet, or something similar.
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