@daveinwarsh@mike808 sous vide is great and all (and I’ve been doing it years before it was a fad) but it’s not the answer to everything. Filet, ferinstance, gains nothing (outside of convenience) with sous vide - I’ll take a correctly grilled fillet over one from the bath any day of the week.
Kitchen friends, don’t assume that since these have the same basic look as a Thermapen, it’ll come up to temperature in ~1 second. These probably take 5-10 seconds to give you an accurate (if that) reading.
@mike808 yeah, but these will maybe maaaaaybe last for a year. Better to save up a bit and get a decent counter-top thermometer that has an oven probe.
The Thermapen is definitely overkill; I waited till there was a good sale before getting mine, but rarely have a need for such an instant read. (I’m just cynical about all the copycat form-factor thermometers that are trying to hang on Thermapen’s coattails.)
@mike808@Superllama7@UncleVinny I’m super pleased with my thermopop. Doesn’t fold up like the pen, but it reads fast and accurate (I suppose). I got a counter Thermoworks for deep frying and oven work. It did cost a little more, but they are well made and have served me well.
Lots of the other thermapen owners have already chimed in above. The thermapen is great but expensive. Any instant/quick reading probe thermometer is an indispensable tool if you cook at all. The fact that this one takes an AAA battery instead of a cr2032 or a stack of hearing aid batteries means you will have a battery when you need it, rather than putting the thermometer in the drawer and forgetting to get a new battery repeatedly.
Assuming it provides reasonably accurate readings* in less than 10 seconds, this is worth the price of admission and can change your cooking game.
* - check the readings in an ice/water slurry and a pot of boiling water to see how accurate the readings are.
@mediocrebot@Pamtha Now that is one of the more surreal images that have come up. What exactly are we seeing there? Is the bunny good or evil? Is it commanding the troops or about to eat them? Why is it so big? Who’s hands are those? Now I must know the origin of this artwork!
What are the temperature limits? Can I stick the probe into a cloud chamber cooled with dry ice and get a reasonable reading? What is the upper limit for reasonable readings? What temperature will destroy the probe?
@peabs007 I lack the editing skills to make a video with good pacing and narrative. I am willing to create a couple hours of raw video, if I can find someone willing to edit it into a coherent 10 minute video.
@craigthom I am optimistically assuming that this imitation product used the same basic concept as what it is copying. Which is to say a thermocouple in the tip. Naturally, it will have a much higher thermal mass, so it won’t read nearly as fast.
For many things, I prefer measurement tools with the display near the probe. It makes it easier to document things with the camera. A single picture shows the probe position and the reading, and the camera logs when and where the picture was taken in the metadata of the picture.
As the myth busters used to say (approximately), it isn’t science if you don’t record the results.
@wesson311 What was your reference? Are they 5 degrees off from each other, or from some other thermometer?
Are they consistently off by the same amount? (For the price, I’d be willing to add 5 to every reading.) What temperatures did you test? (I don’t care if the cold end is off, I just want to measure meat cooking temps.)
@readnj Yeah. They seem accurate but just be careful with them, they seem a tinch flimsy.
I’ll go ahead & test the other one tomorrow. A good test is with a known accurate thermometer at about a temperature you expect to be using. I compared to my Fluke meter @120F, 150F & 180F in water.
Hoping the other one is as accurate…
The little black button that makes it flip open got out of position on one of mine. After I took it part way apart, I saw that the button had turned, and the alignment tab was out of the notch. It was easy to repair.