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Old 07-02-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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ISO a Good Meat Probe Thermometer

Over the past dozen years, I've had three of these. Two Polders like the one in the picture and another brand I can't remember. My current Polder just started acting up. I did some testing in the usual boiling and ice water mediums and was able to determine I need a new instrument.

I'm looking for recommendations. I don't want another Polder or one that makes me select BEEF, RARE and beeps at 140F.

I'd appreciate recommendations please. What do you use that you really like?
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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I have a Polder probe model too. Sometimes I just scratch my head at how messed up the buttons are, and slam the probe in my roast and ignore everything but the internal temperature.

OTOH I have a Polder instant read shirt pocket thermometer that is just perfect. It has too buttons: ON/OFF and C/F.

Maybe Polder should stick to two buttons.

And I don't want advice on RARE, MR, etc. What kind of idiot needs a thermometer that knows more about this than the chef? I think you and I agree that we don't want to have some stupid brainy thermometer telling us how to cook meat/poultry/fish. We have the Internet for that.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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I was looking at this one:

Wireless Remote Grilling Thermometer | Williams-Sonoma
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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I use one like this...I ain't real keen on depending on batteries.
I am quite sure this isn't the answer you are lookin' for.
Just saying this rig ain't never let me down.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
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I use one like this...I ain't real keen on depending on batteries.
I am quite sure this isn't the answer you are lookin' for.
Just saying this rig ain't never let me down.
I have a couple of those. You're right, they are dependable, and they're very inexpensive too.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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I would look at anything from ThermoWorks. Their instant read Thermapen is fabulous.

ThermoWorks.com - Home of the Thermapen

They do have a probe thermometer - might be worth a look.

ThermoWorks Original Oven Thermometer / Timer. Classic design and simplicity at a GREAT price.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:03 PM   #7
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I have the Original Thermoworks.



$19 on Amazon. I like it. It works. The alarm volume is adequate. The battery life is extraordinary. (I often forget to turn it off, and it's been over a year.)
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. I've heard good things about the thermapen. I'll check out the site.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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Couldn't make it through the day without one of my Them-O-Pens.......

For a remote...I've had as good a luck as any with the Maverick Line...
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:34 PM   #10
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I'm an amateur chef, I have never met any professional chefs... So I pose a question:

I cannot imagine a professional chef working without a shirt pocket instant read thermometer. For my profession it is as unthinkable as an engineer not having a DMM (digital multi-meter, capable of measuring voltage, current and resistance of electrical circuits).

It seems to me that every chef, professional or amateur, should have at least one instant read thermometer.

Even better to have a constant probe in that roast in your oven or smoker.
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