Tuesday Treats: Taking the Temp
It’s been longer than I would have liked since the last Tuesday Treat. I try to do them once a month but sometimes time flies by and I just plain forget.
That’s okay though, because here we are on a Tuesday and I have a treat for you!
It’s almost holiday season which means lots of turkeys and roasts. One of the most important things about cooking a good turkey is to make sure you don’t overcook said turkey. The pop-up thermometers are crap. If you’re turkey comes with one, don’t use it. Instant read thermometers can be okay, but they let all the heat out of your oven while you’re checking the temperature.
What you really need is one of these guys.
A probe thermometer is one of those devices that I put off buying for years and years and I’m assuming that many home cooks did as well. In fact, I used one for the first time just a few weeks ago when I was cooking for a wedding and did not want to mess up the main course. They worked so well and really took the guess work out of my pork shoulders and briskets.
Besides having a timer and monitoring the temperature of your item, it also has a temperature alarm that will go off when you hit your desired temperature. Also, it has a sturdy steel cable so you can leave the probe in the oven for the entire cooking time. I think there might be an upper limit of like 450 degrees, but you shouldn’t really be roasting things higher than that anyway.
I’m planning on packing mine with me so I can nail the Thanksgiving bird this year also!
I’m giving away three of these probe thermometers! All you have to do to be entered to win one is leave a comment and have a shipping address in the U.S.
Here’s a few of the dishes I’ve cooked over the years where it would’ve been nice to have this bad boy.
Grilled Carnitas – Cooking pork on the grill for 10 hours is pretty straightforward and it’s actually pretty hard to over-cook it. That said, I wish I wouldn’t had one of these so I didn’t have to keep poking and prodding my pork.
Full Pork Roast – Cooking a full pork rib roast is not a cheap endeavor. Make sure you nail it by getting the temperature right!
Sriracha Beer Can Chicken – One of the best ways to grill a whole chicken. The sriracha is just an extra kick of flavor. This would take the guess work out of when your chicken is done.
So, leave a comment if you’re interested in a Tuesday Treat! As always, these are meant to be quick contests so I’ll announce the winners today at 7PM Eastern Time!