We've gone on and on before about our love for the Thermapen. Okay, fine, we'll do it again.
The Thermapen is, quite simply, the most accurate digital thermometer out there. Here's the difference between a Thermapen and a conventional thermometer: A nondigital dial-style thermometer probe contains a spring in the probe that lengthens and shortens based on the heat. A Thermapen, on the other hand, operates using a two-wired probe that reads the difference in voltage between the wires. This makes the thermometer more sensitive to temperature fluctuations, and that makes the digital readouts more accurate—and faster (it reads the temperature in about three seconds).
A dial thermometer's probe is often up to 2 1/2" long, and in order to get an accurate reading, most of the probe needs to be exposed to temperature you're measuring. That means when you insert one of these old-school thermometers into your pork roast, you're getting a rough average of temperatures throughout the meat, rather than an accurate reading of the temperature at the very middle of the roast. The Thermapen's probe obtains all of the data in the tiny tip of the probe, which means you can tell instantly if your pork roast is still bright pink and wiggly in the center.
The Thermapen also never needs to be calibrated like a regular thermometer. And it's basically indestructible: The probe can withstand temperatures up to 572°F and the entire mechanism is waterproof and shockproof. It operates simply—just flip the folding probe out and insert it into the food you're cooking for an instant temperature read.
If your eyes glazed over all of the scientific detail, here's what you need to know. The Thermapen will make your cooking better. It will take the guesswork out of steaks and juicy, flavorful chicken thighs. Simply ask Alexa to remind you of the right temperature for medium-rare steak; take the temperature of that steak; and pull it out at the exact right level of doneness. It feels a little bit like cheating, but it tastes a lot like victory.
Luckily, right now Thermapen is offering Epicurious readers an exclusive discount on this favorite kitchen tool. With the discount code EPICURIOUS20, you get 20 percent off a Thermapen Mk4 in any color. The offer lasts until midnight Sunday, August 30. Go to the link below, pop it in your cart, apply the code in the box, check out, and rest assured that the remainder of your summer grilling projects (and all of those fall roasts) will be perfectly cooked.
Originally Appeared on Epicurious