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Any Decent Meat Thermometers?

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  • Pressingham Nov 26, 2005 04:53 PM
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Over the past decade I've ruined at least a dozen "instant read" digital thermometers and analog-dial types as some kind of Thanksgiving tradition. I have yet to find one that doesn't have wood or plastic on it somewhere, or a cheaply sealed glass that fogs.
Is there a good product for in-oven use so you don't have to keep opening the oven door periodicaly and lose heat during many quick test jabs? And is there one that is anywhere near accurate (not this 'rare', 'med' 'well done' blinking LED junk)? A good one would be worth it,
since all the cheap ones cost $3-40 each for one sad test.
And nope.... I can't afford a fancy new oven with a built-in thermopile probe and an external panel display.
Any brands worth suggesting?

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  1. >> Over the past decade I've ruined at least a dozen "instant read" digital thermometers and analog-dial types as some kind of Thanksgiving tradition. I have yet to find one that doesn't have wood or plastic on it somewhere, or a cheaply sealed glass that fogs.

    I assume you understand that none of those thermometers are meant to be left in whatever it is you're roasting. You take the roast out of the oven, you properly "instant read" its internal temperture, you take the thermometer out of the roast and, if needed, you return the roast to the oven. How does thst fog cheaply sealed glass?

    1. This month's Cooks Illustrated has a article comparing in-the-oven (not instant-read) thermometers. Worth buying (or standing in the bookstore reading) if you need to compare brands. Some great recipes for Holiday sweets, too.