The Thermapen is the best tool AmpleBites has ever acquired.
After going through dozens of old-fashioned dial thermometers, cheap instant read thermometers, and timer-thermometer units, I finally made the decision to invest $100 in the Thermapen. I could not possibly be happier with a kitchen tool than I am with the Thermapen.
Problems with all the other thermometers included a lack of accuracy, poor battery life, and a lack of durability. Of course, the most significant of these problems is accuracy and, unfortunately in Ample Bites’ experience, the lesser thermometers tend to understate the temperature. There is nothing worse than buying a nice roast, piece of fish or poultry, cooking it to the desired temperature according to the thermometer only to find that the food has been overcooked. Once the meat is overcooked salvaging a decent outcome with gravy or au jus is possible but the essence of the center piece of the meal has been unalterably changed.
The Thermapen is a durable, versatile, extremely simple to use, and – most importantly – highly accurate instant read thermometer. The thermometer reads the temperature of the air or the food as soon as the probe is hinged away from the body of the Thermapen. The body of the unit fits ergonomically to the human hand and the probe folds into a tap when it is not in use. The temperature read-out is very easy to read, even for those with vision as poor as Ample Bites. The long-life battery fits easily into the handle. The entire unit is designed to by moisture resistant but, like almost any instant read thermometer, it cannot be submerged in liquid.
Some instant read thermometers can take as much as 2 or 3 seconds to reach a final reading. The Thermapen reads an accurate temperature instantly. This may seem trivial but it is it not. Most roast and grilling recipes work best when the oven or grill are closed for the highest percentage of cooking time. The longer you wait for the thermometer to come up to a final temperature the more the integrity of the recipe is compromised. Quickly getting an accurate read from the Thermapen has tremendous value, especially for recipes with shorter cook times.
Because of the simplicity of its design, the Thermapen is quite versatile. In addition to the Thermapen’s ability to quickly check meats and baked items, the Thermapen can be used to produce consistent quality foods. Ample Bites uses it to the temperature for water for doughs just right. Setting and maintaining the temperature of cooking oil for frying and pan frying is critical to producing multiple batches of consistent foods.
As you can surmise from my glowing review, Ample Bites thinks that the Thermapen is the best kitchen tool ever. You can get your own directly from ThermoWorks or through retailers like Amazon. Ample Bites recommends that you throw away the rest of the thermometers you have amassed over the years, buy the Thermapen, use the heck out of it.