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  •  Fluke IR Thermometers (10+ / 0-)

    Great thinking outside the box.

    I use Fluke instruments at work. They are high quality, the company has a good warranty and repair department, and best of all, you can buy replacement probes.

    An IR meter wouldn't work for cooking, you need the internal temperature of the food. But Fluke also makes contact thermometers, and I'm sure they sell food grade probes.

    The only drawbacks are cost and lack of an alarm feature.

    Fluke instruments are industrial rated. The least expensive contact thermometer retails for between $200-$300, which puts it out of the price range of the typical home cook. Since I cook "almost" professionally, I will consider a Fluke thermometer when my present one bites the dust.

    The alarm feature frees the cook to perform other tasks instead of continuously monitoring the temperature of the dish.

    This isn't an insurmountable problem. People cooked for centuries without temperature probes and alarms. But the alarm is a handy feature. If King Arthur had a digital thermometer, he wouldn't have been scolded by the peasant woman for falling asleep and burning dinner.

    "The long memory is the most radical idea in this country." Utah Phillips 1935 - 2008

    by Grey Fedora on Sat May 17, 2014 at 09:58:18 AM PDT

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    •  I figured the probe and alarm were probably (0+ / 0-)

      important to your particular 'app', but thought I should mention the Flukes anyway, maybe for others.
      My Fluke IR thermometer also came with a wired probe that plugs into the unit. But I don't think it would be that useful with probing into food, it's more for touching surfaces -like electronic chips, motors, etc. The wires aren't all that long either. It may have some threshold alarm functions, I'll have to read the instructions sometime (I'm sure some of their models will have alarms).

      "The church of life is not in a building, it is the open sky, the surrounding ocean, the beautiful soil"...George Helm, 1/1977

      by Bluefin on Sat May 17, 2014 at 12:01:10 PM PDT

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    •  When I worked we also used many Fluke (1+ / 0-)
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      instruments, products, first class stuff.

      "The church of life is not in a building, it is the open sky, the surrounding ocean, the beautiful soil"...George Helm, 1/1977

      by Bluefin on Sat May 17, 2014 at 12:06:43 PM PDT

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    •  I believe that it was (1+ / 0-)
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      Alfred the Great who fell asleep and burned the cakes. :)

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