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pbone



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: meat thermometer properly calibrated Reply with quote

Hello, possums and other darling creatures...can anyone suggest a really good meat thermometer I might buy online that allows one to measure a "rare" temperature in Farenheit? My meat thermometer is relatively new, but the old-fashioned design, with a round dial on the head and a pointed spindle to poke into the roast, but the lowest temperature on the dial is 140 degrees! I think this limitation must have come about at the time a few years ago when the government of NJ said no more sunny side up or soft-yolked eggs could be served in restaurants due to possibility of salmonella. As rare meat might be ideally be as low as 125 or 130, and especially as meat continues to cook while it's resting, my meat thermometer is useless. Any affordable suggestions?
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Dilbert



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...lowest temp is 140'F

oh fudge. that won't do for meat roasting.

there's a couple kazillion styles/brands of "instant read" thermometers on the market - available in any supermarket and/or kitchen doo-dad store.

I personally don't have any of those, so I'm useless for a recommendation other than:

I have a Weston dial thermometer model 2261 which goes from 0 to 220'F
has a big 8-9 inch long probe. stainless, no rust, no musst, no fusst.
stick it in, read the dial (glasses not included . . . )

it's labeled "Made in USA" - not China, so it's probably an obsolete model number
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DrBiggles



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: meat thermometer properly calibrated Reply with quote

susan pettibone wrote:
Hello, possums and other darling creatures...can anyone suggest a really good meat thermometer I might buy online that allows one to measure a "rare" temperature in Farenheit? My meat thermometer is relatively new, but the old-fashioned design, with a round dial on the head and a pointed spindle to poke into the roast, but the lowest temperature on the dial is 140 degrees! I think this limitation must have come about at the time a few years ago when the government of NJ said no more sunny side up or soft-yolked eggs could be served in restaurants due to possibility of salmonella. As rare meat might be ideally be as low as 125 or 130, and especially as meat continues to cook while it's resting, my meat thermometer is useless. Any affordable suggestions?


I've been through dozens over the years and finally bought a Thermapen 3 or 4 years ago. It'll measure from -50 F to 572 F within 4 seconds. It comes with a certificate of accuracy, I'll never be without mine.

Biggles
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pbone



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just forked over $99 (eeek) for a Thermapen like Biggles has. As it has such a great range of temps, could I use it when making English toffee? Won't it serve as a candy thermometer or to measure how cold something is that you're waiting to get to "room temp"?[/code]
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GaryProtein



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susan, you will love the Thermapen. Now all you need is a Fluke infra-red thermometer and you wil be set.
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Michael Chu



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my Thermapen for everything - toffee making, spot checking deep frying oil temp, roast temp, water temp, everything... Tina used it recently for soapmaking...
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danicamoore



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually you could search it thru web. you can find it there the most and worst meat thermometer from there you can compare.
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pbone



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:59 am    Post subject: @ Reply with quote

HEY!!!!! I've had my Thermapen for a year now, and I need to chime in here that although it cost the earth (close to a C note) I bought two, one for me and one for my adorable daughter in law and son for their anniversary...I LOVE it. It is accurate, easy, it has a tremendous range of temps, it is perfection, state of the art. Funnily enough, I just got an email from Thermapen, and they are having a sale. Seems like they're selling them now for about $65...I think. Anyway, My advice is: GET ONE. That's my first advice. My second advice is: When these brill engineers address a question you have, TAKE THEIR ADVICE. Biggles? Chu? The other guy whose name I've forgot? Never steered me wrong. Incredibly helpful, and very responsive! Relax, take a deep breath and spend the dough on a Thermapen. You won't be disappointed.
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pbone



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, Protein. How could I forget your name? Happy Halloween, and thanks for all your help.)))))
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