At this point, we all know the importance of a sharp chef’s knife and a sturdy cast-iron skillet, but I believe the unsung hero of a well-stocked kitchen is an accurate thermometer — and, more specifically, the Thermapen. I’ve been raving about this meat thermometer since 2018, though to say that the Thermapen One is just a thermometer is like saying a Ferrari is just a car. What makes it one of the most versatile tools in my kitchen is the speed; I open the probe and stick it into whatever I’m making and get a near-instant temperature reading that’s accurate within half a degree, even after five years of regular use.
What that means, practically speaking, is that every meal I make is properly cooked every time. My chicken is never dried out, because I pull it off the heat as soon as it’s fully cooked at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. My steak is always perfectly medium-rare, because it’s reached an internal temperature of 135 degrees. French fries never get soggy because I know that the oil is hot enough for frying at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And my pour-over coffee is never scalding hot, because the water’s been heat up to 205 degrees.
The main drawback of the Thermapen has always been the price: It costs $105, which is objectively, a lot of money to spend on a thermometer. But starting today through July 6, the rarely-on-sale Thermapen One is 25 percent off. I own it in red, and I like that it stands out in my cutlery drawer — but all colors are on-sale for Strategist readers when you use code STRAT25, including green, pink, white, and yellow.
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