How to Hack Your Toaster Oven into a DIY Sous Vide Cooker


I've been wanting to try sous vide cooking for a while now, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on an expensive sous vide immersion circulator. So I started researching DIY sous vide cooker hacks using materials I already had at home. The most promising hack I found involves converting your ordinary toaster oven into a makeshift sous vide cooker with just a few simple materials.

In this article, I'll walk through the complete process I followed to hack my old toaster oven into a DIY sous vide cooker on a budget.

What is Sous Vide Cooking?

For those unfamiliar,sous vide is a cooking method that involves vacuum sealing food in a plastic pouch, and then cooking it to an exact temperature in a precisely temperature-controlled water bath. This results in food that is cooked evenly edge to edge, and is incredibly moist and tender.

The key factors for sous vide cooking are:

While specialized sous vide immersion circulators can cost $200 or more, it is possible to hack together a DIY sous vide cooker with common household items for cheap.

Materials Needed

To convert your toaster oven into a sous vide cooker, you'll need the following materials:

That's it! These basic materials are all you need to start sous vide cooking with your hacked toaster oven.

Steps to Hack Your Toaster Oven for Sous Vide

Follow these steps to convert your toaster oven into a working DIY sous vide cooker:

1. Select a Heat-Safe Container to Use as the Water Bath

2. Set Up the Digital Thermometer

3. Preheat the Toaster Oven to the Target Temperature

4. Seal Food in Pouches and Cook

And that's it! With these simple hacks, your toaster oven is now ready to start sous vide cooking.

Tips for Successful DIY Sous Vide Cooking

Here are some tips to get the most out of your hacked toaster oven sous vide cooker:

With a little testing and tweaking, you can get fantastic sous vide style results from your hacked together DIY toaster oven sous vide cooker!

Enjoy Responsibly Sous Vide Cooking on a Budget

Converting your toaster oven into a DIY sous vide cooker is a fun project that lets you start experiencing sous vide cooking without breaking the bank. Just be sure to follow all safety precautions when cooking for long periods at low temperatures.

Now get out there, hack your toaster oven, and enjoy perfectly cooked steaks, chicken, fish, vegetables, and more all made easily at home with your own DIY sous vide setup. Your kitchen skills will get an upgrade without upgrading your bank account!