Menu Banner
  1. Friday, April 24

    Friday Show and Tell: Instant-Read Kitchen Thermometers and Getting Ready for Africa!

    Happy Friday! Today for Show and Tell I am super excited to tell you about my new kitchen thermometer! I know, EXCITING stuff! ūüėȬ†I am a firm believer that all home cooks need an instant-read thermometer. I’ve been using a cheapo Pyrex thermometer for years, but I could tell for the last little while that it was definitely reading incorrectly.

    the instant-read DOT probe thermometer by ThermoWorks from @janemaynard

    I called my friend Lindsay to find out which thermometer she uses ‚Äď I remembered that there was one she was completely in love with and had splurged on a few years ago. Today I’m sharing the details with you¬†and demanding¬†that any of you who do NOT have a thermometer must go buy one of these right NOW. It’s your homework. I’ll be checking next week. All of these instant-read kitchen thermometers are made by ThermoWorks and I’m providing you with three different options at three different price points, so no excuses!

    • Thermapen ($96): This was Lindsay’s dream thermometer that she saved up for. She did in fact buy it a few years ago and used it for a long time. And she did in fact love it. And she did in fact recently break it and had to get a new thermometer (more on that in a second). If you want to invest in a really nice thermometer and you think you can keep yourself from breaking it, this is the one. Click here to buy the Thermapen.
    • Thermapop ($29): This is basically the poor man’s version of the Thermapen but still super awesome. This is what Lindsay replaced her Thermapen with and she said she totally loves it, too. Click here to buy the Thermapop.
    • DOT Professional Probe Style ($39): This is the one I bought. I¬†was going to get the Thermapop, but when I found this probe style thermometer by ThermoWorks, I was sold. I LOVE having a probe style, I use it in the oven and grill all the time when cooking meat. I received it in the mail this week and it’s GREAT. Click here to buy the DOT Probe.

    I cannot believe it’s Friday already and I REALLY cannot believe that in 2 weeks I’ll be heading for Africa!¬†We had a logistics call with ONE and Heifer International this week and it just got me even more excited for the trip.¬†I’m in the middle of getting all my stuff together¬†for the trip, including breaking in my new waterproof shoes (I live in San Diego, nothing I own is waterproof!). Today I started my typhoid immunization pills, so there is currently live typhoid in my system. The team¬†also mentioned on the call that we need to make sure we bring a headlamp because of frequent power outages in Malawi. Basically, it’s all starting to get very real that I am going to Africa and, honestly, I can’t wait! My headlamp and I are ready!

    waterproof merrell shoes for africa trip!

    That’s it from me this week! It’s Show and Tell, so please share whatever you like! And if you have a kitchen thermometer that you love and recommend that is different than what I listed above, please tell us about it!


  2. Tuesday, September 3

    Kitchen Tip: Do You Have an Instant-Read Thermometer?

    Do you have an instant-read thermometer with a probe and an oven-safe cord?¬†If the answer is no, then I want you to put this item on your “to-buy” list immediately!

    instant read cooking thermometer | thisweekfordinner.com

    Before I had my thermometer, I didn’t realize how much I needed it. Nate was the one who bought it and I am so grateful he did! I use it ALL THE TIME, especially when cooking meat. If I use the thermometer when cooking meat of any kind, the end result is always juicy and tender but still cooked through. The thermometer is helpful in many other situations as well, such as the ever-important task of cooking doughnuts.

    I was thinking the other day that I should write up a quick tribute to to my thermometer, especially since it decided to keep on trucking even after I burned it on the stovetop and thought for sure it had bitten the proverbial dust. Amazingly, it came back to life. I think it must love me as much as I love it!

    instant read cooking thermometer | thisweekfordinner.com

    I can’t find my exact thermometer online anywhere, so I am unable give you a link to buy the one I have. I did a quick search on Bed Bath and Beyond and found many great options, ranging in price from $20-100. Mine was most certainly on the $20 end of the spectrum and it has served me faithfully year after year. I recommend finding a thermometer with an oven-safe cord, so that you can leave the probe in the food throughout cooking if desired.

    Happy thermometer shopping!

    And, if you DO have a thermometer and love it, please tell us about it and why it is so great! Links are helpful, too! Thanks, everyone!