Recs for best mid range turkey thermometer?
Can I buy a good quality thermometer (I suppose it's not limited to taking a turkey's temp) with a probe on the inside and a readout on the part that attaches to the oven door for $30 or so dollars?
What brands are recommended, and what stores? I live in LA (so close to Surfas, Linens and Things, Bed Bath Beyond, Crate and Barrel, Sur La Table, etc.)
polder brand therms are good quality. For $30, you'll have your choice of nearly any basic probe thermometer. They pretty much all run around $30 or just under.
Also, with the exception of maybe Crate & Barrel, any of those stores is likely to have them. I know for certain that Bed Bath has one or two brands in at any given time. Target also always carries them.
Surfas probably has it, though I haven't been there in ages and can't remember what their consumer selection is like.
Call Surfas before you go since I did not see them on the wall of the thermometer section Saturday They are moving into the new place which is a vast improvement over the old place in many ways but there are still some things that are not out yet and they are too busy with customers to finish the move.
Bad Breath & Beyond has the Taylor brand - wellknown middle-of-the-road yada yada - for about $20. Can't tell you yet how well they work, since I'm just about to buy my first one, but I think every oven therm I've ever bought has been a Taylor, and they all worked fine until the glass got irreversibly grunged up...okay, they STILL worked fine, you just couldn't read them. Which is why we all want a remote...
bought one at target a couple years ago for thanksgiving - it is the Taylor brand, and it works just fine. I think it was about $20 or so - defintely less expensive than the Polder ones that I was also eyeing.
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