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Digital Leave-in Meat Thermometer
Manufacturer: OXO
List price: $39.95
Warranty: Satisfaction guarantee
Dimensions: 7-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 2"
Weight: 6 oz
Composition: Plastic case, silicone-coated cord, stainless steel probe
Made In: China
Type:Digital thermometer, probe-type
Color:Black, white, metallic
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments:This leave-in, or probe, thermometer is easy to use occasionally too easy, it turns out, but we'll get to that in a minute.

OXO has taken the guesswork out of cooking meats, as the thermometer provides the option of selecting pre-set USDA or chef-recommended temperatures for all types of meat, poultry, and fish, and will signal when the preferred temperature is reached. You can also set any temperature of your own choosing, from 100F (37C) to 299F (150C).

We love this thermometer. It certainly is more expensive than some thermometers on the market, but there is an undeniable luxury to leaving the temperature probe in the meat not overcooking fish, not having to lose much of the heat in a roaster oven when you open the lid again and again, not having the nagging feeling that you should be checking the temperature again, when you just checked it two minutes ago. There is also a great luxury in having a warning signal announce that you are 10 degrees from done. And it is always useful to have another timer around (especially one that counts down as much as 24 hours).

When you open up the package, you may think that it is missing the temperature probe (the reason you bought the thing in the first place), but then you find that the probe and its cord are handily stored inside the unit. The cord is more than 4' long, so you can set the base unit a fair distance from what you are cooking.

You can turn the warning beeper on or off (but then you must really be alert to monitor the temperature). There is a little tediousness in having to hold a button to cycle through minutes in setting the timer or temperatures in choosing to set the temperature manually, but it's fast enough. You can also measure in Fahrenheit or Celsius, and that's where our "too easy" comment comes in.

In one of our early tests of roasting a chicken, we couldn't figure out why this chicken was taking forever to cook. Turns out the little button on the back that switches between Fahrenheit and Celsius is awfully easy to flip, and we and our thermometer were measuring in Celsius and nearly roasted our chicken to a crisp. We saved it just in time, and it is not a mistake you would make twice.

The unit can be turned off while the timer is going, so be alert to warn any well-intentioned but unobservant kitchen mates that you have set a long timer. It also tells you when the two AAA batteries are low. As with any battery-powered kitchen tool, make sure you have spares on hand, especially as holidays approach. The probe is dishwasher-safe.



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