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Will a cheap grocery store meat thermometer work?

Say you're cooking at someone else's home and they have only a $4 grocery store meat thermometer. Would you worry or will it work fine?

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  1. Close enough for government work.
    What, you can't bring your own?

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      1. re: visciole

        Years ago, that grocery store meat thermometer was the kind everyone used before the days of microcircuitry.

        1. re: monku

          OK, so are you saying I'm good to go? It's the kind you stick in and leave while cooking.

          1. re: visciole

            That's it....maybe you're not old enough to remember those days.
            It should be fine.

            1. re: monku

              Or probably I'm so old I've become senile and can't remember... ;)

              Anyway, thanks -- guess I'm just being paranoid!

    1. I'm assuming that you've finished cooking by now, but for anyone else who might read this I would suggest testing any style thermometer in boiling water if it's accuracy is questionable.

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      1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

        Beat me to it. Excellent advice for any thermometer to at least get an idea of it's accuracy.

        1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

          I tested the thermometer's accuracy and it was COMPLETELY inaccurate, so I ended up having to do without. Luckily the bird came out pretty well anyway! Thanks for all your help.

          1. re: visciole

            Now you know what to give them for Christmas...