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Old 04-28-2005, 08:45 AM   #1
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Thermapen Instant Read Thermometers...

I have a Taylor Instant Read Thermometer. I don't remember the exact price, but I know it was under $20.00. It is fast, but it definitely is not "instant" - takes 5+ seconds. I see the Thermapen used frequently on cooking shows and it is supposed to be truly instant, but it costs $79.95. Does anyone have one? Is the extra speed or any other features worth the money? Will it effectively measure the temp of liquids or pan temperatures?

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:11 AM   #2
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I have never used one, but I have been lusting after one for a while. This page should hopefully answer some of your questions.
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:14 AM   #3
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I have never used one, but I have been lusting after one for a while.
Same here, GB! And only on this site will no one question lusting after a thermometer!
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I don't have one!

Oh well, I don't use the ones I have now.....
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:17 PM   #5
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I love my digital thermometer. Don't know what its called but it's a probe connected to a digital readout by a long silver wire and comes from Williams Sonoma. It shows you the temp. all the time you are cooking, and can set it for various meats and doneness. I won it so don't know how much it cost but if it dies I'll definitly buy another.
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:38 PM   #6
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Yes, I have one and it is worth every penny. I use it frequently for testing water temp when I bake bread besides steaks, hamburger, chicken etc.
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:14 PM   #7
 
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I have an Accurite instant that I use all the time and a Pyrex digital that's a pain in the butt (with it's cord and monitor)! Five seconds is close enough to "instant" for me.
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Old 04-29-2005, 05:16 PM   #8
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"Instant Read", in this case, appears to be a relative term based on a comparison to older thermometer technology where 5-seconds seemed "instant" compared to 30+ seconds (when these thermometers came on the market). Even Thermapen, thanks for the link GB, doesn't claim to be instant - just quick or quicker depending on the model. IMHO - I've never been in such a hurry that saving 1-2 seconds was worth $70.

For pan temperatures ... are you talking about heating an empty pan, or maybe a griddle, and wanting to know the temperature of the cooking surface? If so, for that you probably want to look into an infrared thermometer (closer to instant read at about 1/2 sec or less). A low end model will run you about $70-$150. A Google search will give you some information: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search but before you start picking one out you might want to read the "What is an infrared thermometer" info at http://www.omega.com/prodinfo/infraredthermometer.html
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:55 PM   #9
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Well, after doing some research, I decided to break down and get a Thermapen. I looked at every review I could find and the ONLY negative I could find was the price. I figure if I'm going to spend $100 for a good knife, that much or more for a good piece of cookware, then the $90 (including shipping) isn't that outrageous for what seems to be the consensus winner among quick (4 sec - 30 sec) read thermometers. Even my wife didn't freak out, so it can't be all that bad. And what's the sense of having all that other cool stuff if you still cant get a good, fast, and accurate read on the internal temps of what you are cooking in and on all that high dollar gear?
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:36 PM   #10
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You are going to love it - I use it to get the correst temperature of water when I'm baking bread also. It is worth every penny.
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