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roxmj is asking: (2 answers)
Hi Keni, are you around? Question...

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Last updated: Sep. 22, 2013 11:17 am
Posted: Sep. 22, 2013 8:29 am
Answered by: Keni
Sep. 22, 2013 8:30 am
If I'm in trouble, I'm not here...if not, I am! :)
Answered by: roxmj
Sep. 22, 2013 8:30 am
What is the difference between instant read and probe thermometers? Thank you so much
Sep. 22, 2013 8:31 am
Good answer, I will have to use that one on the bf!
Sep. 22, 2013 8:34 am
Instant reads are like "point and shoot". You put the probe in and the temp immediately comes up. What I'm calling "probe" thermometer, though they both have probes(unless you're using an infrared), is one that has a probe you put in before you put your dish in the oven/grill and it has another portion of it, outside the oven, that reads the temp as it cooks. It has an alarm to alert you when your temp is met. I MUCH prefer this type because I can walk away without watching the time and know that it will tell me when to pull the dish from the heat. With the instant reads, you still have to open the oven/grill, which, if you miscalculate and are early, you've lost valuable heat, and if you're late, you can't go back and uncook it! :)
Sep. 22, 2013 8:35 am
I use it often. ;)
Sep. 22, 2013 8:37 am Photo of a probe thermometer. I wouldn't be without one. The probe goes into the meat and the wire leads out of the oven/bbq to the thermometer.
Sep. 22, 2013 8:39 am
Yup!! :) Agreed. One of the most valuable pieces of equipment in my kitchen and I've been cooking all my life, like most of you. Especially when grilling, no matter how many times you've done it, with variants of outside environment and temp of meat when it's put on and what else is in or on the meat, you can't always get it perfect without a lil help. :)
Sep. 22, 2013 8:39 am
Keni - You explain it well. Some are remote, meaning you can clip it on you and go about other tasks. Example if you use it on the bbq you can take it in the house so you can see the temp and hear the alarm.
Sep. 22, 2013 8:41 am
Thanks, bd.weld..mine are all remote and I can go about my business indoors or out and still not over cook precious meals. :) hehe
Sep. 22, 2013 8:44 am
I'm seriously thinking about this one to go along with my Thermapen. Don't think it's remote but these are highly accurate.
Sep. 22, 2013 8:47 am
Wow, that's nice... I didn't spend that much on my probe ones, and haven't had any issues, yet. I've had several(usually they get broken but that's because I have too many clumsy cowboys about ;) and have liked them all. I don't think I have reason to give up remoteness, yet. I LOVE that part of it. :)
Sep. 22, 2013 8:51 am
@Keni, I agree, thats why I was just thinking. I always use the Thermapen to double check. I have burned a few wires on some while using the bbq. :(
Sep. 22, 2013 8:54 am
A couple of mine's screens got icky from being too close to the grill while smoking on it. Two met their demise that way, I think. ;) I know have 3. One for the grill, one for indoors and an extra..cus I'm weird that way. I always want a back up! hehehe
Sep. 22, 2013 8:56 am
Thanks you guys, this has been a wealth of info. and I really appreciate your educated opinions. I will have to stop at bed bath and beyond on my way home from work and see what they have.
Sep. 22, 2013 8:56 am
They make great gifts too. Not too expensive.
Sep. 22, 2013 9:01 am
You're welcome, roxmj... good luck! :)
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