Home front: Meat thermometer

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Staff
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2008 4:33pm
  • Life

What:

With Halloween now gone, it’s time to start thinking about those cooking holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If turkey duty falls on your shoulders this year, you’re going to need a meat thermometer — at least if you put any stock in the United States Department of Agriculture, which urges their use. And so we turn to Taylor’s stylish 501 Connoisseur Line Instant Read Thermometer.

Advantages:

Since it’s an instant-read thermometer, you will get a temperature quickly after putting it in the meat. Its oversized dial delivers a temperature range from 20 to 220 degrees, well higher than the 165 degree temperature that a turkey needs to reach to kill harmful bacteria. And hey, the thermometer even comes with a textured grip sleeve to keep it safe.

Limitations:

It really comes down to a matter of preference. This meat thermometer uses a dial instead of a digital display, and it shouldn’t be left in the oven as you cook, unlike some other models.

Where:

Taylor products are available at most major kitchen retailers, including Williams-Sonoma and Wal-Mart. This model is available at Amazon.com.

Learn more:

www.taylorusa.com

Cost:

$15.99

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