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Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: August 30, 2019 07:37PM
Way past time I filled that hole in my toolbox.

Planned budget is up to $35, but not averse to going a bit higher if there’s a good reason.

Those whojiggys with the long cable that lets the readout stay outside of the oven while the probe stays in the grub seem neat, though I’m not sure how that crack where the cable comes out doesn’t throw off the oven temp.
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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 30, 2019 07:40PM
......is this Recco....Suave....???



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 30, 2019 07:43PM
Go with thermoworks - [www.thermoworks.com]

IMO its best to have both a leave-in and an instant read.



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 30, 2019 08:02PM
Are you cooking in an oven, or grill, or smoker? There are different requirements for each.

For use in a home oven, a simple Polder would likely serve your needs (~$20).
For a high temp grill, don't get anything with probes that are not all metal. I like an instant-read for grilling (~$15)
For a smoker, you want something that will send an alarm to you if your smoker temp falls outside a set range (both high and low). That usually means a multi-probe design. The Thermopro TP-08S fits that nicely, but it is $45.



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: pdq
Date: August 30, 2019 08:40PM
I got this one ($10), since it had pretty good reviews, and although old-school, it's served pretty well so far.
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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 30, 2019 09:00PM
America's Test Kitchen pretty much had a standing recommendation for a Thermoworks product for a long time. Fast, accurate, but pretty expensive.

There was a very good pen type dial thermometer, but it went out of production at least ten years ago.



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 30, 2019 09:01PM
Thermoworks. Don't even bother with any other cheap crap. Or expensive crap. Just buy the Thermoworks.



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: August 30, 2019 09:27PM
Thanks for the advice. I’m strictly a kitchen guy, no grills or smokers.

Thermoworks sounds good, but what’s up with the Amazon page?? I’ve never seen a warning like that on any product. Comes up from the first link provided, opens to a warning about buying anywhere other than Thermoworks directly, and that links to yet another warning.







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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Carm
Date: August 30, 2019 09:55PM
What Mattkime and Ombligo said. That Thermalworks unit is nice. I have a highly rated generic from Amazon that works great. It outlasted a unit from Kohl’s I bought around the same time.

Since it’s your first, go with the tried and tested Thermoworks



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 30, 2019 10:28PM
It's the thermocouple that makes for a fast, accurate, and pricey thermometer.
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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 31, 2019 05:28AM
For what you are describing, a simple unit like the Thermoworks DOT ($43) would be fine. You set your finish temp, stick the probe in and it goes off when that temp is reached. No bells and whistles, just the basics.

When you get one, check the calibration - just measure the temp of a glass of fully chilled ice water (32-33 degrees) and a then some boiling water at 212 degrees. I've seen even profession grade units be off by 10 degrees. Then put the probe in your oven and see what it's calibration is - my stove is off by 8 degrees, so I just allow for that when using it. If your unit does not have a stove clip, just stick it all the way through a potato so the probe tip is in the air.



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: August 31, 2019 08:20AM
Rectal or oral?



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 31, 2019 08:29AM
thermoworks



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: August 31, 2019 08:38AM
Thermoworks. Sign up for their email and wait for sale/special.
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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: August 31, 2019 10:10AM
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ka jowct
Rectal or oral?

Nice try, butt it’s too late for the pebbles to vote, the ThermoWorks avalanche has already begun.

Thanks again, everyone for the input (Thanks for the calibration tips, Ombligo. And I’m sure Filliam is as glad as I am that America's Test Kitchen and Christopher Kimball have stopped fighting).



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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: August 31, 2019 12:36PM
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ka jowct
Rectal or oral?

What's the difference you ask?

The taste...
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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 31, 2019 01:01PM
Thermoworks routinely has sales of at least 15% off, which helps a little bit.... they rotate product(s) on sale, so you gotta keep an eye on 'em, or sign up for their emails.
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Re: Cooking - Reccos for best meat thermometer?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: September 01, 2019 11:21AM
I saw a youtube video where the thermometer sent an alert to the cooks phone!



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