It doesn’t seem to matter which BBQ forum I’m on there is often a discussion of which thermometer people think is best. The digital remotes are popular, but results on quality seem to abound.
A few months ago I came across the digital probe thermometer at IKEA. At first glance I was little worried about quality. At a cost of only $6.99 how could could it really be. Well, let me tell you I can’t think of another thermometer on the market that will give you accuracy for under $7.00. There isn’t a better value out there. I purchase one as a test and it worked so well I went back this week and bought five more.
How good are they? I took the five I purchase this week, inserted a new battery in each one and stuck the probes in a pot of water on the stove. Each and every one of them monitored the water temp exactly the same. All five came to 212 degrees at exactly the same time. I couldn’t believe it.
The thermometer can be set to Fahrenheit or Celsius along with a beeper that tells you when your meat comes to the desired temperature. It also has a timer.
The downside is that the thermometer doesn’t have an on/off switch. You have to take the battery out after each use. Considering the accuracy and cost this is an easy thing to overlook.
The IKEA Fantast Meat Thermometer is available for mail order at www.ikea.com.