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Old 08-24-2009, 07:47 AM   #21
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Most of the old style "nail type" thermometers have a glass face to the dial (NOT plastic) and is meant to be inserted before putting the roast in the oven and is left in the roast during baking so the temperature can be observed during the baking process. Think of it as a dial version of a turkey popup timer.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:44 AM   #22
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Sorry Chopstix, when I re-read my last post I see that I was not specific enough. Like Selkie mentioned, not all nail type are only to be put in after cooking. Some are supposed to be put in before. It all depends on the particular thermometer.

But yet, you are correct for the ones where you check after cooking that you still need to guess.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:52 AM   #23
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Older style meat thermometers stay in the meat during cooking.
Instant read thermometers do not stay in the meat during cooking. Both can be "nail type" thermometers.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:56 AM   #24
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Ok, thank you for the responses. Whether nail or probe type, I would prefer something reliable that gives the reading accurately during cooking so that all guess work, trial and error, are eliminated.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:03 PM   #25
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Check out the Polder ot Taylor brand probe thermometers. They are both well known brands that most people seem to like. You can get them for $20 or less.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:21 PM   #26
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I have this one Amazon.com: Polder Classic Cooking Thermometer/Timer, Graphite: Kitchen & Dining

and it's excellent.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:36 PM   #27
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GB, Andy, really appreciate it, guys. I'm going to order what Andy has.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:10 AM   #28
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I think you should try the digital Polder THM-360! That's what I use for a long time and I am totally satisfied
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:23 AM   #29
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Quote:
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GB, Andy, really appreciate it, guys. I'm going to order what Andy has.
If you look at the second entry to this thread, that is precisely the same thermometer that I was suggesting from the beginning...
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:24 AM   #30
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This is the probe thermometer I have from Thermoworks. I figured that since I love the Thermapen, I might as well go with them for the probe too... never been disappointed. Had my mother over for dinner Sunday and made her favorite dinner, bone-in pork sirloin roast. The Probe alarm was set for 155, rested for another 15 minutes, and it was perfect... succulent and tender.


ThermoWorks – Original Oven Thermometer / Timer. Classic design and simplicity at a GREAT price.
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