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Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization #7338951
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It sounds like it would work great. But:
  • Can they handle large (several quart) batches
  • Can they be programmed for two, three, several days?
  • Assuming model/brand differences; what is a good one?


I always have honey that needs to be decrystallized, but, right now, I stumbled upon about a huge stash of Jewel Weed that I would like to put up as a salve. As long as I'm at it I also have plantain, willow, and prickley ash that could be done at the same time.


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Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339053
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You can use a sous vide in coolers, people do it for briskets.

They all have timers to run, you'll have to check with the different ones to see what the max timer is. Some models have different outputs, the higher the wattage listed, the better it is for bigger containers

Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339135
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Thank you, SNIPERB. That was enough to wake me up.

I had seen some for less than $100, and figured it was just the ticket. As I look at them, I find that for the size I need, they more sophisticated, and expensive than what I can justify.

Now I think I can use a livestock immersion heater, possibly one I already have on hand. Even if I have to buy one, we're looking at about $50.

If I need to circulate the water a bit, I might get by with an aquarium pump.

Heck, I might just toss a brisket in, just for fun.


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Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339176
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another thing on the timers, at least the one i have, the timer starts once the water hits the temp you set

Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339193
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Originally Posted by T-Rex
It sounds like it would work great. But:
  • Can they handle large (several quart) batches
  • Can they be programmed for two, three, several days?
  • Assuming model/brand differences; what is a good one?


I always have honey that needs to be decrystallized, but, right now, I stumbled upon about a huge stash of Jewel Weed that I would like to put up as a salve. As long as I'm at it I also have plantain, willow, and prickley ash that could be done at the same time.

If you can find a use for prickly ash, let me know. My woods are over run with the stuff.


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Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: Trapper7] #7339603
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Originally Posted by Trapper7
If you can find a use for prickly ash, let me know. My woods are over run with the stuff.

Medicine!
I infuse the inner bark in alcohol for a tincture; and in olive oil, and add beeswax for a salve. The bark by itself is used for toothache; the salve and tincture is for circulation.

A couple pounds is one heck of a lot. You ain't ever going to use up your woods.

As a side note:

I always loved the lemony smell of the stuff when I was clearing it. I figured it might make a good smoking wood for meat....NOPE, not unless you want your mouth to go numb.


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Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339619
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Decrystalize honey in the oven. Just keep it below 130F. My 5 gallon pails fit right in....and at that low of a temp, you're not using much energy, really.


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Originally Posted by Calvin
Decrystalize honey in the oven. Just keep it below 130F. My 5 gallon pails fit right in....and at that low of a temp, you're not using much energy, really.

My oven won't operate below 160°F. And while I don't believe it makes much difference... I've, read/been told to keep the honey below 120°F to keep from degrading it.


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Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339729
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I just wrap crystallized honey in an electric heating pad and set a pillow on top to help hold in the heat. It works well.

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Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339825
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Bummer T Rex. I often wondered how low some ovens would go. Mine is gas (and old). Guess I'll hope it doesn't die soon.


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Re: Sous Vide for Infusion/honey decrystallization [Re: T-Rex] #7339844
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My last electric oven was nearly infinitely adjustable, and did work well. I, in fact, still have an electric turkey roaster that I do use for the honey. The problem is that I just need (ok, want) to be able to handle more at a time. Since the harvest season is short, I'd like to handle the herbs while still fresh. Otherwise, I add a drying process, that I would prefer to skip.


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