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snax Oct 2, 2011 03:56 PM

I’m in the market for a ‘leave in oven probe style’ thermometer. The kind that you set and forget and it will start beeping at you when your item has reached the temp you had set it for.
I have to buy it through Amazon too as part of my 4 for 3 deal, so if it’s around $20 then I’ll get it for free.
Is something like this what I’m after?

Polder Original Cooking All-In-One Timer/Thermometer
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

What do you use? And do you find it helpful in your style of cooking?

Cheers :-)

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    pweller Oct 3, 2011 04:13 PM

    That is what I use. I find it works very well for many applications. I use mine when grilling, in the oven, and even for stovetop cooking (like doing chicken parm). It works very well, and takes the guesswork out of cooking meat properly.

    When grilling, I've gotten into the habit of doing everything based on temperature. So, for a chicken breast, I flip it at 125 degrees, add toppings/cheese at 145 degrees, and it's done at 160-165 degrees. This gives repeatable results. Cooking by time doesn't work as well, because of the size/thickness variations in the meat.

    I have found that the probes fail, typically after a few years. So, don't spend a lot of money on them. You'll see that the probes alone are about $16, where the whole thing is about $20, so it doens't make any sense to buy a new probe. Just plan on using the thermometer for a few years and then replacing it.

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      snax Oct 3, 2011 04:48 PM

      thanks heaps, that helps alot. I'll add it to my shopping list.

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