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I need a decent kitchen thermometer, ideas?

asked by Summer of Eggplant over 5 years ago

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pierino

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added over 5 years ago

Hands down best is the Thermapen instant read. You will get an accurate temp in 2 to 3 seconds. Other "instant read" thermometers can take as long as 20 seconds to deliver. They are expensive at around $100. Can be ordered through King Arthur Flour.

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added over 5 years ago

I concur of course but suggest ordering directly from Thermoworks for a selection of colors and accessories.

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added over 5 years ago


The Thermapen is super fast and super accurate (calibrated to laboratory standards) and versatile enough to do 90% of all tasks. $89 plus $8 silicone boot plus $6 shipping. It's worth it if you can afford it. If not, the one I always carry in my sleeve pocket, a Taylor 9842, runs around $12.

ThermoWorks also makes a good oven thermometer / timer ($19) that doubles as a candy / oil thermometer (or whatever) with its optional clip. As with all inexpensive digital thermometers, this one uses thermistor technology which is not as quick as a thermocouple (not an issue in this case) and its accuracy can drift over time. But new probes are cheap (around $6) so it's not a major loss when you pinch the cable in the oven door or accidently broil one along with the roast.

Whatever you do, do not rely on a dial type thermometer. They are inherently inaccurate, maybe worse than no thermometer at all.

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pierino

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added over 5 years ago

When ordering from Thermoworks be sure to indicate that you want the farenheit reading as opposed to centigrade as they can't be toggled back and forth. I did order my own directly from them when I first became aware of them and it has lasted me a very long, long, long time.

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added over 5 years ago

You must indeed have had yours for a while. The current version is now water resistant and switchable from C to F.