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Old 12-08-2013, 01:53 PM   #21
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I use the probe to let me know when it's reached temperature and verify with the instant-read. I haven't noticed a difference between them, but I probably should check that. And I probably should calibrate more often. But from what I can tell by looking at the food after it's done, they've been accurate.
Two methods then. Thanks.

There were lots of times cooking chicken where my instant read, stuck in in several locations, said the chicken was done, but when it came off the grill and onto my plate I could plainly see (tell) it wasn't.
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:25 PM   #22
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Yeah, that's disappointing when you're ready to eat and you see it needs a minute or three in the microwave!
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:13 PM   #23
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I have never had any luck with digital ones. They don't last. I have one that I bought at Walgreen's call "Cooks Good" and it has lasted for eons. It is your standard round face with the numbers printed right on it and easy to read. It says 'medium rare' for beef and when it shows that the meat is med. rare I take it off the heat. It is med. rare when I cut into it. It cost me something around the grand sum of $3.00. I love it!
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:41 PM   #24
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I like the analog style, needle, instant read type. Pocket type.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #25
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I have never had any luck with digital ones. They don't last. I have one that I bought at Walgreen's call "Cooks Good" and it has lasted for eons. It is your standard round face with the numbers printed right on it and easy to read. It says 'medium rare' for beef and when it shows that the meat is med. rare I take it off the heat. It is med. rare when I cut into it. It cost me something around the grand sum of $3.00. I love it!
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I like the analog style, needle, instant read type. Pocket type.
I've had my digital instant read for years and it hasn't even needed a battery. Digital thermometers are intrinsically accurate. If they work, they're right. Digital thermometers are also faster to register the final temp than analog.

That said, Dial types work too.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:15 AM   #26
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Doing the ice bath is good, but in the lab we doing both end calibrations. I would check the boiling water method too. Here is a graph for your reference. Boiling Points of Water at Various Elevations
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I've had my digital instant read for years and it hasn't even needed a battery. Digital thermometers are intrinsically accurate. If they work, they're right. Digital thermometers are also faster to register the final temp than analog.

That said, Dial types work too.
I just replaced the battery in my Thermapen after about 6-7 years. Still working great. I admit that I take particular care not to get anything but the probe wet, but otherwise it doesn't get any special treatment.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #28
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Do you guys have to calibrate the digital type?
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Do you guys have to calibrate the digital type?
Calibration is not possible or necessary.
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Do you guys have to calibrate the digital type?
Nope. The instructions said to let it normalize in air for a couple of seconds when you first turn it on, so I do that. Then stick it in the dish or meat.
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