Prepare Better Meals With a Remote Cooking Thermometer
About Wireless Remote Cooking Thermometers
Remote cooking thermometers offer a number of advantages. Like any cooking thermometer, they can help assure that meat and other foods reach safe temperatures when cooking and that they come out at the desired level of doneness.
Because they do this remotely, they offer users the freedom to wander away a bit; you can then complete other tasks, finish a movie, chat with guests, and so forth, rather than tend the oven, grill, or fryer. They also allow you to monitor temperature without having to open the lid or door. This allows you to maintain a constant temperature and cook food just a bit faster.
On this page, see some of the popular remote cooking thermometers that are available and get some tips on how to choose the best one.
How to Choose a Remote Cooking Thermometer
Most of the remote cooking thermometers on this page are designed specifically for use with meat. Whether grilling, roasting in the oven, or frying. Before deciding which one is right for you, there are a few things to consider:
Of course you need to determine what type of cooking method(s) you need to monitor. Some of these thermometers will work in the oven, on the grill, in fryers, on rotisseries, and so forth. But they may not be safe for all of them.
You'll also want to make note of the temperature range at which they operate.
The purpose of using a wireless remote cooking thermometer versus a traditional cooking thermometer is that it allows you to step away without risking a ruined meal. Some allow you more freedom than others. While some operate from a distance of 100 feet, others may perform well from a distance of 300 feet.
Of course testing the thermometer is a good idea as there can be individual variation beyond what the manufacturer states. Some of these devices will include an alert to let you know when you have moved beyond the range of the remote signal. Clearly this could save you from a potential catastrophe.
- The Thermometer
Being able to accurately monitor temperature is of course the core function of these devices. Some devices have factory presets that tell the user when meat is done; they may indicate when meat is rare, medium, well done, and so forth. This is handy if you don't know exactly what temperature you need the meat to be but being able to program in a specific temperature generally provides more reliable results. There are tables that can tell you the temperatures you need to achieve. (see references below)
The probe is often the primary part that needs replaced. In case of such an event, you might want to find out how you will be able to replace the probe if needed, and the cost.
- The remote
A remote cooking thermometer provides a probe which you place in the meat. The probe is generally placed so that the tip is in the center of the meat prior to the cooking process. It remains there thoroughout. A wire comes out of it to communicate with the transmitter. The remote itself should remain with the cook. In some instances, the remote may clip to your belt or pocket, it may sit in a stand, hang around your neck with a lanyard, or mount on a wall with a magnet.
These cooking thermometers can provide a variety of alerts. Some have a display that can tell you the current temperature so that you can watch the progress of the meat and may even estimate how much longer it will take to reach the desired doneness. Having a backlit display is important for being able to read it in low light situations. Most will also provide an audible alert when the food is ready. Some use a voice while others use a bell or buzzer. Volume control can be handy with these to suit your personal needs. Some may also use a vibrator alert or flashing light.