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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:47 pm    Post subject: Off Topic: Thermoworks Thermapen 2013 Giveaway! Reply with quote

Last year, I had the opportunity to give away a Thermapen and a Oven Alarm/Timer provided by Thermoworks. This year, they've offered to give away another Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen! Read on to see how to enter the drawing which will take place on December 11, 2013.


I've written about the Thermapen before during last year's giveaway and when I tested a variety of thermometers back in 2005, and I still believe it is the best thermometer I've ever used. I sheepishly admitted during last year's giveaway that over the years I've collected several Thermapens which I use in various places in the house.


For cooking, I reach for my Thermapen whenever I need to a temperature check, and that's not limited to cooking meats. I use it when I make candy (like my English Toffee which I make several pounds of each Halloween to give away), baking bread, checking the temperature of simmering stocks, or whether or not a stew has chilled enough to go into the refrigerator. The less than 4-second readings is really what makes it so convenient - with typical "instant read" thermometers that take about 10 seconds to stabilize, the extra time (which doesn't seem so long) really does prevent me from using them more often. With a fast and accurate probe, the Thermapen is quick enough that I don't feel held up by my tools.

My newest use of a Thermapen is to get Emma's bathwater to the right temperature. Touching the water sometimes works too, but when my skin temperature is cool, the water can feel hot when it isn't and when my skin warms up from the water, it feels lukewarm to me and super hot to Tina. Using a thermometer is just as fast and is actually accurate. The Thermapen makes it really fast, is easy to read, and I don't worry about it getting splashed with water. I wouldn't but a Thermapen for this purpose, but since I've got them already, it's a great use. (Since the probe is sharp, I don't use it to test the water before putting the baby in!)

Thermapens come in a variety of colors. If you win, you can pick a red one like the Emma is holding in this picture or any of the other standard colors listed on Thermowork's website. (I am apparently not above using my daughter as a model.)


I thought I'd take a moment to mention a couple of other Thermowork devices that I've been using on a regular basis. To take surface temperature readings instantly (less than a second), I reach for an infrared thermometer. Measuring temperature with an IR thermometer isn't as simple as pointing and shooting (although, usually that's all you have to do) because the emissivity of the material you are aiming at changes the coefficient used by the device to calculate the temperature based on the infrared measurement. So, taking a reading on a shiny stainless steel surface is quite different than reading the surface temperature of a pot of water. Most IR thermometers have a fixed emissivity coefficient of 0.95 which works well for water and organic materials, but the IR thermometers I've tried from Thermoworks have adjustable emissitivy values in case you need to measure the surface temperatures of other materials accurately. I use this IR Thermometer I bought a few years ago, but this IR thermometer is on sale for $45 as of the time of this posting.



Other tool I've been playing with regularly is their new ChefAlarm which has a super fast probe (5 seconds vs 12 seconds for most probe alarm thermometers) and an option for a super thin probe that is suitable for use in sous vide applications.


Lastly, I've found the their splash-proof TimeStick to be handy when I've got something in the oven or is time sensitive. I used to set an alarm in the kitchen (and still do), but when I know I'm stepping away (which is fairly often with work and baby care fighting for my attention), this lightweight but rugged timer has come in handy on more than a few ocassions. I know I can just set a timer on my phone, but somehow it's not as handy to do that while I'm at home. The TimeStick slips into my pocket conveniently (also comes with a lanyard and a magnet on the back) and is easy to set with one hand.



Anyway, hopefully, I've given you some holiday gift ideas so onto the giveaway instructions:
  1. You need to be in North America to qualify for this giveaway.
  2. Join Cooking For Engineers (through the forums) and post a comment to this article with whether or not you'd buy a Thermapen as a gift and who that gift would be for (you can admit that you would buy one for yourself). I need you to join so, if you win, I'll have an email address to contact you with to get your mailing info so Thermoworks can send you the thermometers. I won't have contact information for guest/anonymous posts so I can't include your entry unless you are logged in. (If you are an existing member, be sure to double check your email address on file to make sure it's accurate.)
  3. On December 11, 2013, I'll post a comment signifying the end of the contest. All entries (where I have contact info) above my comment will be eligible to win. (I don't know what time I'll be making the post, so it's best just to enter early.)
  4. I'll number the participants and generate a random number which will determine the winner and post the winner as well as contact them via email. If there is no response within 48 hours of my email, then I'll probably pick another number and winner (and so on).

I'm running the giveaway until December 11, 2013, so the new thermometers should arrive in time for Christmas (for your perfect holiday prime rib). Good luck everyone!

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Christ0pher



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:09 am    Post subject: I'd love to win a Thermapen Reply with quote

I would probably use the pen for myself, but others would definitely benefit from it.
Also, I didn't know there was a forum, so I'll be excited to peruse those.
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mph



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:17 am    Post subject: Myself! Reply with quote

I'd definitely keep it for myself. But I'd feed all my family and friends!
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gx1400



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I bought one for a gift, it would be for a buddy who taught me how to homebrew; if I bought one for myself it would be for the same reason.

I've read countless reviews about how great the thermopen is at quickly and accurately measuring mash temps and providing just a little bit of a boost to the brew day.
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ENugent



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a ThermaPen that sees heavy use in the kitchen - I would love to have another that I could use elsewhere in the house.

Also, I must have been living under a rock, because I missed any baby announcement. Congratulations! (I assume that you meant to say that you do use it to test the water before putting the baby in, not that you wait for the opportunity to stick her with sharp objects.)
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kevininspace



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:34 am    Post subject: My object of desire for the last few years. Reply with quote

I would unabashedly buy this for myself. I'd probably give it as a present to my wife, but really, who's kidding who here: it'd be for me (uh, us.)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our son-in-law is a professional chef-- I bet he'd love one!
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Michael Chu



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ENugent wrote:
Also, I must have been living under a rock, because I missed any baby announcement. Congratulations! (I assume that you meant to say that you do use it to test the water before putting the baby in, not that you wait for the opportunity to stick her with sharp objects.)


I think I've been too busy with the newborn and then the server crashes / stability (and full-time work) and forgot to announce that I am a first time father now. Emma Rae Chu was born on July 4, 2013.

And thanks for catching that typo. I think it was one of those sentences that started off one way and then I changed it but forgot to remove a keyword. Smile Article fixed.
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Shalmanese



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would keep it for myself!
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christyluv



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:21 am    Post subject: Need one! Reply with quote

This has been high on my list of gadgets to buy for myself. Pick me!! Not sucking up but btw, your daughter is so cute!! Congrats on the new addition.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject: thermapen Reply with quote

No one I know would appreciate this gift, so I'll be selfish and keep it Smile I've been wanting one of these forever!
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h2oeco



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:42 am    Post subject: Thermapen Reply with quote

I've considered buying a Thermapen before, but haven't because of the cost. Ideally, I'd have one for myself, and one for my fiancee...

Ed
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want a thermapen so badly for my mother. I love mine. Couldn't imagine life without it :0)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:49 am    Post subject: Thermapen Reply with quote

I was literally looking on ThermoWorks website today! I've heard great things about them, so clearly the first one I would ever buy would be for myself. Big smile
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Hickepedia



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:54 am    Post subject: Thermapen Reply with quote

Yeah, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'd keep this one for myself.
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