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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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 |

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 |

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!


  1. I’ve had a CDN digital probe thermometer with a cable (looks similar to yours) for seven or eight years. It is pretty much indispensable when it comes to roasting and grilling — so much more reliable than guessing on minutes or cutting into your meat. I also used it to calibrate the thermostat on our last not-so-great oven (and lent it to a few friends for the same purpose). When the oven was set to 350F, it actually was baking at closer to 375F. The thermometer let me know exactly how to adjust my baking temp — I magically stopped burning things!

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    Thermapen ( is the Rolls Royce of instant read kitchen thermometers, and their tethered probe units are also awesome (and less expensive than the pen probe unit)

    Nice secret- get on their mailing list and wait for their “open box” sales for a healthy discount.

    My Thermapen is one of my favorite kitchen tools, and was recommended to me by a professional chef friend.

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    I went through at least two of the tethered kind in less than a year. I got tired of wasting my money on them. I bought a digital quick-read that’s small like a pen. I have to open the oven and can’t leave it in, but it works.

  4. My thermometer looks exactly the same as yours except it says Polder where yours says Pyrex. It’s indispensable to me – especially when I’m grilling on the panini press. I stick in the probe, close the lid and wait until it beeps to tell me the meat is done. I’d love to get a thermapen soon – it’s on my wish list. 🙂

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    I second the Thermapen recommendation.the advantage is how rapidly it responds; you can pop open the oven and have a reliable temp in about 10 seconds. You can even run a transect through your meat to see how hot it is at different depths. They’re expensive, but ad Knute says, sign up for their email list, they often have open box sales that will save a few dollars.

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    Stephanie P.

    Third recommendation for the Thermapen, I spent more in a decade on crap thermometers when I should’ve just spent the $90 to have one of the best kitchen tools around. It’s been a great few months knowing I will have a completely accurate reading.

    I also agree the oven probe thermometers are great, especially on Thanksgiving, BUT keep in mind the metal probe conducts heat and will cause higher readings around the area it’s inserted. I usually set the thermometer at a higher temp. to account for this, AND I use my thermapen in a few other locations on the turkey to be accurate.

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    I have the thermapen and love it! I never over cook the meat anymore!

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    Jane Maynard

    I think I need to add thermapen to my christmas list!

    thank you all for your great comments – SO helpful and informative! keep it coming!

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    Great article, thanks for sharing. I personally love my Thermapen too!

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