Product Type: Salter gadgets
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Heston Blumenthal Digital Meat Thermometer
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Heston Blumenthal Digital Meat Thermometer
Advantages: Cheap, accurate, simple to use
Disadvantages: No in-built temperature settings or details of temperatures on the device, fiddly battery change
I've used analogue/non-digital thermometers before and often found them slow to give a reading so figured a digital version would give a quicker reading. I bought the Heston Blumenthal branded Salter meat thermometer for around £10. It looked ok and was cheap enough and Ive never had an issue with the Salter brand before so assumed even though cheap they would do the job well.
The thermometer is very compact at only 15cm in length, the majority of which is the stainless steel probe, a silicone grip on the sides of the display for holding, the display itself is encased in stainless steel with a black plastic base and silicone base to this which the probe connect to. Separating the plastic and stainless steel body gives access to the battery compartment, it's not a simple task to get to the battery which is a CR2032 battery (included) and ideally this could have been simplified. I've had mine for almost a year and no signs of needing a new battery - more than likely due to its only turned on for a few minutes at a time.
The Thermometer comes with a probe cover, a thick black plastic cover which fits neatly over and has a pen style clip for clipping onto clothing if required. The Probe itself is 12cm so easily enough to get internal temperature of large joints of meat or big turkey breasts, and is easily cleaned afterwards.
The Thermometer is simple to use with just 3 buttons, On/Off, Temp F/C and Hold. Simply press the on button and scrolling text shows its turned on and then instantly shows whatever temperature the probe is at, so an accurate room temperature is given, simply select temperature reading, Celsius or Fahrenheit and stick the probe in the meat. The reading then starts to climb until the temperature is reached.
It takes on average 15 seconds to hit a temperature, which whilst not super quick it is a little quicker than an analogue style thermometer. I would have preferred it to be under say 5 seconds. Although with meat the temperature holds for some time if removed from an oven so its not been an issue
On the side one of the silicone grips doubles as a hold button pressing this holds the reading; this is good as previously the non digital one I used would start to fall in temperature. I should also point out this isn't one of those leave in thermometers so it shouldn't be left in the oven with the meat. Quite a few of the more expensive ovens do come with internal thermometer probes and these would be preferred but a new oven is more than a tenner!
On the plus side its accurate, reasonably quick, simple to use and does the job well. It does prevent over cooking meet. Its also accurate for anything else and whilst its branded as a meat thermometer, it also works on reading any over temperatures, liquids and for Jams.
It comes with a paper instruction leaflet which in small text gives the various cooking temperatures for different meats and even gives temperatures for rare, medium, well done etc. This is useful if you don't remember what they all should be but being a small paper leaflet is less than ideal. Whilst you could obtain temperatures online they missed a great opportunity to improve the product at little cost. They could easily have added the details in a scrollable form or written around the probe cover.
Whilst I feel having a digital reading (advertised as accurate within 0.1 degree) is easier to read than the non digital type the time taken to provide a reading is not a huge amount quicker. I would expect you could buy a similar device which includes preset temp readings in the display so you don't have to look them up or remember them for around the same price or just a few quid more. Its for these reasons Ive given 3 stars.
Summary: A simple to use device which helps prevent over and under cooking joints of meat