As an environmental health officer all my working life, I’ve used many digital thermometers over the years and considered it an essential piece of equipment.
At home, this thermometer will help to reassure you that you’ve cooked a meat joint or a meal thoroughly and that your fridge is cool enough to keep your food safe.
The probe thermometer is well- built, easy to use and read and has a bright display. It comes with a cover to protect the probe and keep it free from contamination. The hold button is useful to ‘freeze’ the temperature recorded when it may be difficult to read the display. You can then remove the thermometer and check the temperature comfortably.
While the timer function has little practical use when it comes to checking temperature readings, it’s always useful to have one in the kitchen, even if you’re only boiling eggs. The alarm is clear and loud and can easily be heard from another room.
When testing cooking temperatures, the thermometer is quick and responsive. It’s particularly useful for checking temperatures for food that’s microwaved or heated in a slow cooker.
In my experience, fridges at home are often not cold enough, reducing the shelf life of food and possibly allowing bugs to grow. Fridge thermometers are not always that accurate, so this one will help you set the temperature right.
It works best by testing a liquid, such as milk or water, but the thermometer reacts slowly to cold temperatures, so give it a minute or so before checking. Set the timer for a minute, close the fridge door and let the thermometer do its stuff. I always aim for 5°C or less, so if you need to adjust the temperature, do it in small increments, testing every 24 hours until it’s right for you.
While the thermometer might seem a little pricey, it’s robust and should last for many years, which equates to value in my book.