Never spend much on a thermomitor, as the break with alarming frequency if used much.
We have had ice cold weather and snow with wind chills in the minus. I finally got myself out last night and got two $10.00 Taylor digital oven thermometers, then got two five lb chickens. The directions showed 160F which seemed low, since I have seen 170 on some guides. I went with it and the thermometers sat unattended without me opening the oven every half hour. They nailed it right on and gave us a nice juicy chicken, with more than enough left overs for weekend meals, salads and anything else we can think of. (I also grabbed some Emeral seasoning for the first time/ we thought it was pretty good). These thermometers are going to be used alot. Thanks for all the input. RJF
Thanks for the information on Target. I’ve mention this in another topic, my wife and I both use manual wheel chairs and have a station wagon. Every time we go out, my poor son has to take out two chairs, set them up, then push my wife around. I can go a bit and my arms give out, then my son has to reload the wheel chairs and find space for the items we bought. Its really disappointing to get to a store and not find what we are looking for, then we have to go to another store and go through the entire load/unload. I have looked over the Internet, though if the products are local its nice to be able to get them and have a place to return them if there is a problem. Thanks again, RJF
I have an Accu Rite, two Taylors, and a Thermopen. Would not think of cooking without them.
go to target and pick up the taylor remote. i just bought my newest one a few days ago and the cost was less than 18 bucks. i currently own 8 of them and have never been disappointed by them. nice thing is with just 4 of them you can heat map any new ovens that you get to get an idea of how accurate the oven settings are and to find any hot spots. also with multiple units you can monitor several items all at once.
ps. and the probes are replacable. on my earliest units which have been worked hard over the last 3 years i have had to replace 2 probes at a cost of 10 bucks total.
One thing to also keep in mind. I have some pretty mild hearing loss especially to high pitched tones and the one I bought was almost completely inaudible when it did reach temperature. I bought mine from Lowe’s and honestly don’t remember the brand but the accuracy seemed fine. Had to monitor it visually when it started getting close.
Thanks for the review. I was surprised on the accuracy of these units. I’ve been involved in the medical field/ engineering and went through the science courses in college. Each field has some excellent accurate digital thermometers, I’m surprised the cooking industry didn’t take electrical systems already developed and add their own touches, such as alarms on reaching temp. ( I copied and pasted the review onto my laptop to consider what I’m going to buy. Thanks, RJF
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Relying on time estimates to tell when a roast is done is a recipe for disaster here is the perfect weapon for perfectly cooked meat.
For related information, see Thermometer Forks, Timers/Thermometers, Candy Thermometers, Noncontact Thermometers, Digital Thermometers, and Instant-Read Thermometers.
Repeatedly opening the oven door to monitor the internal temperature of a roast can throw cooking times off kilter. One solution? Meat-probe thermometers. These remote devices transmit temperature from a long probe left in the meat and attached to a thin cord that snakes out of the oven to a digital console. But don’t throw out your instant-read thermometer just yet. We tested 11 models-several by the same manufacturers-and not one was flawless. The ones that accurately measured temperature sported function buttons that were too slow or too hard to figure out. Others that were user-friendly were also unreliable.
The best of the bunch-an easy-to-use thermometer from ThermoWorks ($19)-was great when it worked but has probes that even its manufacturer admits are sometimes defective. Until a better meat probe comes on the market, we recommend this one-with reservations. Check the probe’s accuracy by boiling water and taking a reading before trying it with a roast. If the probe doesn’t read very close to 212 degrees, ask for a replacement.
RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS:
ThermoWorks Original Cooking Thermometer/Timer
Comments: This user-friendly model allows you to view both time and temperature simultaneously and is free of the annoying and unnecessary USDA recommended presets for various types of meat that are all too common in other brands. The model lost points for having probes that are sometimes defective.
Polder Classic Cooking Thermometer/Timer
Comments: The same thermometer as the ThermoWorks model, but its prettier facade wasn t worth the extra $6.
Maverick ET-8 Roast Alert Oven Roasting Thermometer
Comments: Multifunction buttons, preprogrammed USDA meat settings, and an irritating alarm overcomplicate this otherwise acceptable tool.
Maverick ET-83 Dual Probe Roast Alert Thermometer
Comments: Even more complicated to use than its sister model, but we like the added functionality of two probes.
Acu-Rite Programmable Digital Meat Thermometer
Comments: Slow-functioning buttons and irritatingly loud beeps plagued this model. We also disliked not being able to view time and temperature readings simultaneously.
Taylor Commercial Remote Probe Digital Cooking Thermometer/Timer
Comments: Near-perfect accuracy made this model a good bet (albeit hard to operate), until we noticed it went into power-save mode and didn t come back on to alert us when dinner was ready.
Bonjour Compact Meat Thermometer
Comments: Though this model was fairly easy to use, its readings were off by as much as 4 degrees, and we couldn t view time and temperature simultaneously.
CDN Touch Screen Probe Thermometer/Timer
Comments: A huge display and clear buttons made this thermometer quite user-friendly, but the 28-inch cord was too s,26,350630.006,1,22370,22.214.171.124
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What startled me is how quickly it rose after removing from the oven. Seemed almost oxymoronic.
Thanks, I looked at Taylor and they don’t have much on digital thermometers. I also looked at Polderstore they offered a nice variety, though I wasn’t sure if they worked. From what I have read, it seems people are using the Polder and are happy with it. While I was searching I did find a link that was interesting.
They seem to have a variety of unusual electronics that are discounted, I don’t know if they truly work or their discounted since they didn’t go over. For some of the prices, might be interesting to get a few and experiment. RJF
These are great gadgets — one of the most useful. As far as I can tell, they’re all about the same and cost around $30.00 more or less, depending on the bells & whistles.
Its really helpful to be able to watch your roast’s (or whatever) internal temp increase in real time, rather than guessing when its sort of in the range and punching holes in it with an instant read (while all the heat leaves the oven).
Finally, I always knew that internal temp continued to rise after the meat is removed from the oven — I never realized that it is often a full 10 degrees.
Get one before you mis-cook another expensive roast (or whatever)
I have a Polder(?) that works very well. I don’t use it much but did purchase it on the advice of Alton Brown once years ago when I needed it for a particular project. It’s dead on and sticks to the outside of the oven.
I own the basic instant read pocket thermometer and the basic meat thermometer. Our apartment oven window is so dark I can’t read the thermometer without constantly opening the oven.
I am looking for recommendations on a digital meat/oven thermometer. The oven temp varies, (not the greatest oven) so I would like to monitor the oven temp and have a temp on the meats. Thanks RJF
Digital Oven Thermometer
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