When I wrote about the Thermapen in 2018, I warned that it was an expensive kitchen gadget, especially when compared to the dozens of highly reviewed meat thermometers that you can find on Amazon. But, I continued, “placing the Thermapen in the same category as all of those other digital thermometers is like saying a Ferrari is just another car.” And over a year later, this digital thermometer is still one of the most-used tools in my kitchen, second only to my chef’s knife.
What makes the Thermapen so special is its versatility. I can flip open the probe with one hand, even when I’m holding the ripping hot handle of a cast-iron skillet, and get a read of the real-time temperature of whatever I’m trying to measure. And I truly mean whatever. I use the Thermapen to make sure that pork and lamb are fully cooked, that steak isn’t over-cooked, that oil is hot enough for frying, even that water is the right temperature for making pour-over coffee. It’s so easy to use that even my kitchen-averse boyfriend has started using it, to check that his boneless, skinless chicken breasts are safe to eat.
Now, this classic Thermapen that’s on sale at ThermoWorks isn’t the exact same model that I have at home, and it’s lacking some of the bells and whistles of the Mk4, like a built-in backlight. But it can still take the temperature of your food within 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit in under three seconds, and right now, this classic super-fast Thermapen is just $59, 25 percent off the list price of $79 and the cheapest I’ve ever seen a ThermoWorks digital thermometer. It makes a great gift for a home cook of any level, but if you want to make sure it gets to your door before December 25, don’t dillydally: The sales price expires at the end of the day.
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