Fun with infrared

If you read cooking magazines or shop at kitchen stores, you may have encountered the Thermapen probe thermometer made by Thermoworks.  The $99 thermometer’s superfast response rate–it takes a reading in just seconds–makes it a favorite of home cooks, chefs, and sanitarians from the Board of Health.  But it’s still a just a probe thermometer, good only for sticking into a roast, pot of liquid, or Cambro container full of stuff.

What if you want to take the temperature of, say, a baking stone inside the oven?  Or the surface of a skillet atop a raging hot grill?  Or the interior of a chest freezer?  Enter the infrared thermometer, quite possibly the most entertaining kitchen gadget I’ve purchased in several years.  A quick squeeze of the trigger, and you have a near-instant surface temperature of, well, anything that will reflect IR, within a range of -76 to 932 degrees Farenheit.  (Besides kitchen uses, you can gauge the temperature of the air leaving your heating ducts, the water coming out of the tap, your wintry-cold floors, the temperature of the swimming pool, or the warm belly of your housecat.)

At $99, Thermoworks’ IRK model is the same price as a Thermapen, plus a probe attachment is included, and the probe’s range is -76 to 1999 degrees F.  So you get the best of both worlds–surface temps and interior temps–in one unit.

One thought on “Fun with infrared

  1. I am definitely buying one of these in the near future! I’ve been wanting an infrared one for a while but with the Thermoworks name on this one….I’m pulling the trigger!

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