Move over, Thermapen; there’s a new king of the meat thermometers now. The Alpha Grillers Instant Read Meat Thermometer offers all the features people love about the Thermapen but comes at a better price point.
In my kitchen, I’ve used a few different brands of thermometers but in my opinion, the Alpha Grillers’ entire offering is head and shoulders above the rest.
How do I use a meat thermometer?
We here at Finders and Keep are firm believers in the statement that “there are no dumb questions.” I confess to Googling “How do I use a meat thermometer” the first time I needed to get a pork loin up to 150F.
With your Alpha Grillers Instant Read meat thermometer, it is vital to place the probe portion into the meat’s thickest section. Look for the thickest part and stick it in.
One of the things I think it’s helpful to remember: you’re actually looking for the lowest internal temperature when finding the spot to gauge. It can be tempting to find a location that gives a readout close to your desired temperature and assume the entire piece of meat is the same. By finding the lowest temperature, you’re actually ensuring that you can cook the whole selection to the appropriate point.
Why we love this thermometer
It’s probably not enough just to tell you that we love this thermometer. You probably want some compelling evidence why we think that the Alpha Grillers’ meat thermometer outshines its competition.
1. In the kitchen, time matters.
Within two or three seconds of placement, the Alpha Grillers Instant Read thermometer provides you with an easy-to-read temperature. The large digital screen automatically turns on once you fold it open, meaning you can quickly get an accurate temperature.
2. Easy to read
The large backlit digital monitor makes using this tool in a dark backyard or poorly lit kitchen a dream. No more fumbling with your phone to shine the flashlight and get a reading. Instead, just flip the thermometer open, stick it in the meat, and wait a few seconds for your answer.
From home brewing and deep-frying to daily cleaning and maintenance, your thermometer is going to need a wash. Without fail, this thermometer can go into hot oil or under warm water and still give out accurate readings.
4. Versatility and accuracy are paramount
In test after test, this thermometer came within one degree of the actual temperature. This sort of precision is not something that comes easily in the thermometer market. The variability of some thermometers to consistently find the correct temperatures is what separates the excellent products from the average ones. I love this thermometer because it works with super high temperatures (good up to 572F) and downright chilly ones (as low as minus 58F). If you are someone who dabbles with international recipes that recommend temperatures in Celsius, fret not! This thermometer is easily programmable to switch from F to C.
Don’t just take my word for it. This thermometer has over 13,000 reviews, with nearly 95% being 4 stars and above. When you dig into those reviews, you’ll find customers routinely commenting positively about the same things.
5. Perfect size
People always comment on the size of this thermometer. Not so long to be bulky or take up too much space when folded but long enough when open to be readable and reach the proper points of the meat.
Customers love the magnets on the back. This means you can store your thermometer on the side of the fridge, so you never again have to dig through a drawer.
7. Batteries included
Unlike other thermometers in this price range, Alpha Grillers sends batteries with each purchase meaning users just need to install them, and voila: you’re ready to go.
8. Exceptional customer service
While you hate to have to deal with customer service, no product is without fault. If something goes wrong, it’s great to know that the person on the other line is going to be able to step in and help you out.
This easy to read, easy to use instant-read digital thermometer by Alpha Grillers is a must-own addition to any kitchen. Whether you’re using it for a pot roast in the oven or grilling the perfect steak, it will help you make sure the food you’re about to eat is well prepared, perfectly cooked, and safe to eat.