I am kind of a gadget freak and the kitchen has been the latest outlet of my gathering of implements. When I started cooking more enthusiastically a couple of years ago, I started with a few knives, a food scale and some fry pans. I went back and forth several times on purchasing a Le Creuset French Oven, but decided against it as I rarely cook stews and even more rarely prepare them on the oven top. However, I do prepare frozen meat frequently and have struggled with an overly dry finished product.
I started with the Oneida Instant Read Thermometer and was thoroughly disappointed. My definition of instant did not include watching the thermometer slowly creep up. I also did not feel comfortable with the final result. However for $7.99, I wanted to give it a try.
I referenced cookingforengineers.com and was referred to the ThermoWorks products. After some more research, ThermoWorks definitely provided the standard for food thermometers. To top it off the regularly priced $96 Thermapen was on sale for $79 through January. The stars aligned and I broke down and placed the order.
It arrived as described and I did take the time to read the directions even though it is incredibly easy to use. It was larger than I expected, but felt very comfortable in my hand. The design and fabrication certainly was what I expected for the high price point.
My first foray into use was for a turkey burger which I usually prepare in the toaster oven for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. The recommended internal temperature is 165 degrees. After 20 minutes, I pulled my entrée and found it to be at 135 degrees, so I needed a little more time. After 30 minutes, I tested my entrée and it was at 185 degrees and I enjoyed a juicier product than I have in months past.
The Thermapen is certainly instant read and I highly recommend to those desiring a high quality food thermometer. It has been endorsed for commercial food inspection use. The thermometer is no replacement for experience and general cooking knowledge, but it makes me feel more comfortable knowing the food I serve my family is safe.