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  • E_M Nov 8, 2010 11:28 AM
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So we have an instant read meat thermometer. I don't like having to open the oven door and stick in the thermometer, as I never can time it right and still overcook things. The best chicken I ever made had a pop-up thermometer in it. Do they sell these for home use? Williams-Sonoma has this: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc..., which looks cool beyond words.

Does any chowhounder have any experience with thermometers, other than the instant-read types?

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  1. For roasting, see if you can find a thermometer with a remote probe and an alarm.

    http://www.partshelf.com/taylor3518.html

    Set the desired temperature, stick the probe into the meat in an appropriate spot, and the unit (outside the oven) will beep ones the meat reaches the desired temp -- no need to open the oven door to see how things are going.

    Otherwise, I just use one of those digital, instant-read thermometers.

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    1. re: MikeB3542

      Amazon has this Taylor model for a bit less, read the reviews:

      http://www.amazon.com/Tru-Temp-Digita...

      I have to say there are so many remote probe type thermos on the market, seemingly every thermometer manufacturer makes a few models, with similar features and varying price points; I've read through many reviews and still can't decide which way to go, budget in mind, of course.

    2. I have used dial and mercury type. I also have an instant read and a remote sensor. The dial and the mercury type cannot be read unless you open the oven door. I like the remote sensor the best. it can be read easily since it site on the my counter and I do not have to open the oven. They are reasonably priced in my opinion. $20-30. My research indicated the wireless models were not as reliable so I went with the wired

      1. I have a remote read with a wire, I don't recall the brand but it wasn't very expensive. I mostly use it when smokeing large pieces of meat on my Weber SmokeyMoutain Grill. A pork loin for example needs to have an internal temperature of 190°F. This has a thermocouple that you stick into the meat and a wire I run out of the vent hole and into the digital thermometer. The unit I have is magnetic and it just sits on the outside of the grill lid. There is no reason this wouldn't work great in an oven. I saw one at Sur La Table that reads oven temperature and meat temperature at the same time. How great is that?

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        1. re: mikie

          Sounds like a Polder. I've had one for years and love it. It cost around $12.00. They're available almost everywhere.
          Bob

        2. I'm a fan of the Comark # HLA-1 probe style thermometer if you dont want to keep goin in and out of oven. Good quality
          http://www.comarkusa.com/product.tpl?...