Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Polder Digital Meat Thermometer with Probe and Timer

Polder Digital Meat Thermometer with Probe and TimerThe rain and snow has finally stopped in Utah so it's starting to actually look like grilling weather, and I'm long overdue for sharing a recommendation for one of my favorite grilling tools, this Polder Digital Meat Thermometer with Probe that I got a few years ago as a birthday present from my blogging friend Elise. She recommended it when I was planning to cook prime rib for my dad and stepmother, and the thermometer took the guesswork out of knowing when my prime rib had reached the desired temperature. (Thanks Elise!) Since then I've used this often when grilling meat, and so many guests have been wowed by this simple little thermometer that I decided it was time to make it an official Kalyn's Kitchen Pick.

I'm pretty good at telling when chicken or fish is done on the grill using the finger test to see how firm it feels. (Chicken and fish should feel just firm, but not hard to the touch when it's done.) However, when I'm cooking bigger pieces of meat, especially beef, pork, or lamb, I want to know the internal temperature before I take it off the grill. With this type of thermometer, you let the meat come to room temperature from the fridge, then insert the probe, set the recommended safe cooking temperature, and put the meat on the grill. The thermometer will beep when the inside of the meat reaches the temperature you've set. (Remember that the temperature of meat continues to rise during the resting time, so consider that when you're setting the temperature.) There's also a timer function if you want to set a certain amount of cooking time as well as setting the temperature.

This thermometer is great for roasting as well as grilling. I've mentioned the thermometer on the blog in recipes for Pork Roast with Sage or Rosemary Herb Rub and Marinated Flank Steak if you'd like to see photos of how I've used it.

If you can't find this type of meat thermometer with a probe where you live, there are a few diffeent Polder Meat Thermometers available from, and they're very reasonably priced for such a handy gadget. (Kalyn's Kitchen does earn a few cents on the dollar if you follow that link a buy a thermometer at Amazon.) No matter where you buy this, I'm confident it will become one of your favorite tools for the grill.

Happy grilling everyone! What's going to be going on the grill at your house this weekend?

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Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are food products or kitchen tools I've tried myself and loved. If I ever write about a product I've received as a sample, I will always disclose that information, and you can be sure I'll never write about a product unless it's something I would happily purchase myself. (In this case, I received the thermometer as a gift; since then I've purchased several of these myself as gifts for other friends.)

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  1. Great pick. We need to get one!

  2. Believe it or not, this is one kitchen tool I don't have. Don't have yet. This weekend I'm grilling garlicky Lebanese chicken skewers and some bell peppers, and probably asparagus, too.

  3. GAH !!!!!!!

    I have the same model, only it's all white. It's about 12 to 13 years old, gummed up with hickory smoke and grease, missing the plastic bezel, temp window panel won't stay up on its own, it's a wreck. But it works fine and have only gone through maybe 2 batteries in all this time! I've gone through many, many others, not one compared. I've been looking for years to buy another just like it, never seened it. The thing I enjoy most about the little rig is that it doesn't force you in to using preset temps/times or alarms. It'll just sit there and give you the temp without fussing and needed attention. I want another one!

    xo, Biggles

  4. I was just thinking of getting one of these - where can I buy this?


  5. I messed up our last one when putting the oven on "self clean" and left the thermometer in there.

  6. I'm not sure but I think I might have first read about this meat thermometer on your blog at some point. I ended up buying it last year and I love it. I'm still getting the hang of inserting it in the right place for an accurate reading, but when I do the results have been excellent. Thanks for the great recommendation!

  7. Maria, you would love it.

    Lydia, I think I need to buy you this for a (very belated) birthday present!

    Biggles, good to know you have given it your stamp of approval! This is definitely a keeper.

    Donna, I've only gotten it from

    Scorpachie, bummer.

    Kathy, glad to know I introduced you to it. (BTW, I accidentally deleted your original comment, duh. Sorry about that!)

  8. I have the same thing though a different brand. We've learned that ours runs hot so if it says to cook to 150, we take it out at 145. One of the best gadgets cuz sometimes I just don't have time to keep checking to see if meat/poultry etc is done! I just used it last night and my pork tenderloin came out perfect.

  9. I'm so thankful for this recommendation! I've been meaning to buy a thermometer like this for a while now, but never know which one to choose. I'm buying it today!

  10. Its nice to have gadgets in the kitchen. Thermometer is one of them, just to make sure the meat is cooked and protected from bacteria. Thanks for this post.

  11. A thermometer like this that senses the internal temperature of the meat actually makes it easier to make sure your meet is properly cooked.

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