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Problem: I don’t have the best instincts when checking the doneness of food I cook.
Solution: The ThermoPop instant-read thermometer is a fast, reliable, and affordable thermometer that prevents over- or under-cooking food.
I live in Austin, Texas, which is one of the greatest food cities in America. I’ve been here for about 2 years and have barely scratched the surface of trying the wide variety of restaurants and cuisines the city has to offer.
Unfortunately, since the global pandemic took my love of dining out away from me, I’ve been cooking and grilling at home a lot more. After overcooking steaks and drying out some baked chicken, I came to the conclusion that eyeballing the food to check doneness clearly doesn’t work for me.
Some folks use a poke test to determine doneness of steaks, but seasoned chefs have called this practice a myth. The only 100% reliable way to guarantee your food is cooked correctly is to use a thermometer.
I’ve been using the ThermoPop instant read thermometer from Thermoworks for a couple weeks now and I haven’t under- or overcooked a single dish since.
The ThermoPop measures temperatures ranging from 58 degrees below zero Fahrenheit to 572 degrees Fahrenheit in just seconds. I primarily used it to check doneness of meats I grill or bake in the oven, but the thermometer can easily be used to measure the temps of bread, butter, candies, caramel, custards, coffee, pies, tea, and more.
Its 4.5-inch probe was plenty long enough to jab into a roast I baked in my full-size oven. Since the thermometer’s display has a backlight, I was able to read it when grilling at nighttime or even when it was inside my dark oven. I love that the display rotates so you can measure the temperature at any angle using your left or right hand, too.
The digits are significantly easier to read than my previous analog thermometer — not to mention that with this one, you get readings in less than 5 seconds.
Although this thermometer is slightly more expensive than other options on Amazon, I think it's worth spending extra for because of its accuracy. America’s Test Kitchen named the ThermoPop its top thermometer for its speed, accuracy, and ease of use.
The lollipop-shaped thermometer comes in nine bright colors. I opted for hot pink, so I can quickly find it in my cluttered kitchen drawer. I can’t recommend it enough.
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