Earlier this year, I put a video on YouTube demonstrating how a great ribeye steak can be cooked via the sous vide method. Getting in front of a camera sure is a humbling experience, and if I did it again I'd do it differently, but the video turned out okay, despite the corny comments.
Enough jabbering... here's the video! It was shot and produced entirely on an iPhone 4 with iMovie, and it's viewable in 720p HD on the YouTube site.
I mention that I'm making the "perfect steak", which of course it's not... It's just by far the best I've ever made.
The sous vide controller used in the video cost me $85 in parts, and the rice cooker was only about $18 back when I bought it. Plus, it's also a rice cooker/vegetable steamer when it's not on sous vide duty, so it's worth the extra expense!
Here's a drawing I did of the controller I built: http://www.creativesparkeng.com/misc/SousVideController.pdf All of the part numbers are in the parts list on the right. The end plates require some creative carving in order to get the tangs on the power inlet/outlet housings to lock in, since those tangs are made for a thinner end plate than this enclosure has... That's the only reason I didn't publish a how-to on building this device. However, instead of using those built-in power connectors, a person could just get a 3-prong extension cable and use each end of it so the power could be passed in and out of the enclosure through a couple of ~5/16" round holes or strain relief grommets. That way the panel cutouts would be much simpler and it'd be relatively easy to build! Maybe I'll do one like that and publish a how-to. It's been great to use so far! Not shown in the part list on the drawing is the temperature probe I wired up to the connector: