Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Polder Digital Meat Thermometer with Probe and Timer
posted by Kalyn Denny on May 27, 2010
The 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.
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 Amazon.com, 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?
Full Disclosure about Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: 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.)