If you like to throw steaks on the grill or roast chicken in the oven, you know how handy a meat thermometer is. Undercooked meat is dangerous, overcooked meat is like chewing on shoe leather. So why not resolve to never let it happen to you? Temperature is the most accurate indicator of doneness when it comes to cooking, and with the mega-popular Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer, you'll have a reading in mere seconds. This kitchen essential also happens to be on sale for Black Friday at Amazon: It's down to just $11, from $30 — that's nearly 60% off!
Why is this a good Black Friday deal?
When you consider the cost of meat and other ingredients, this $11 tool will actually help you save money while cutting down on waste, since you'll be far less likely to have to throw out inedible food. And while you can't put a price on safety, some digital thermometers can cost upward of $100, so we'll take this one! Prices vary between the three color options, but you'll still be paying less than $20 no matter which one you choose.
Why do I need this?
The Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer will ensure you'll never have to stress about too-rare or overcooked food again. Just poke it into your dinner-to-be and you'll have a temperature readout in three seconds. Use it for making medium-rare steaks, properly cooked poultry or satisfyingly seared salmon. But not only that; you can also use the Kizen to test-fry oil, gauge the doneness of casseroles, desserts and more without the guesswork.
It's not just for hot foods, either: It can read temps from −58 to 572 degrees via its backlit LCD display. (Prefer your temp readings in Celsius? Done, with the press of a button.) There's also a handy chart with popular cooking temperatures displayed right on the unit. Plus, it automatically shuts off after 10 minutes to save battery life. Beyond food, you can also use it to gauge the right temp for milk bottles, bath water, even cocktails.
The Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer has a retractable probe for easy storage in a drawer, but it also has a magnetic back and hanging loop, so you can stick it on your fridge or display it proudly on the side of your grill. And, oh yeah: It's waterproof and super easy to clean!
What reviewers say:
Nearly 60,000 reviewers gave this kitchen gadget five stars. "An instant-read thermometer is a must for anyone grilling or cooking meat, poultry or fish," said one happy customer. "This is the secret to not overcooking! The best food thermometer I have ever owned. Would definitely recommend it to my friends or anyone looking to purchase a thermometer."
Another reviewer was impressed by how quickly the readings appeared. "Worked as expected and came with an extra battery. Took seconds to reach a stable temperature."
A thermometer like this is perfect to have on hand for grilling to get those steaks and burgers just right. It's also a must-have for cooking turkeys, rib roasts and more over the holidays.
"This thing rocks!" added a shopper. "I’ve been cooking without one of these my whole 63-year-old life. Last night I was cooking some pork, and after the recommended cooking time, checked [the] internal temp. Perfect. But I know if I hadn’t had the meat thermometer, I would have cooked it longer because, undone pork. I guess I’ll need to apologize for all the dry meat I’ve been serving all my life. Get this!"
"Love it, great for probing butts and brisket," wrote a final fan. "Easy to read, especially with the light on. Only complaint would be I wish the light would stay on more than a few seconds before having to press [the] button again. Great product overall." (Psst: If you're cooking outside at night, Amazon customers also love these Kosin Grill Lights.)
Add one of these to your cart before this hot deal runs cold.
One thing this thermometer can't do? Tell the temperature of shell-on eggs. But that's what the NobleEgg is for!
"It really works," exclaimed an egg-cited reviewer. "We have fresh eggs and they are hard to cook just right. This can make peeling them a nightmare! But with this little gadget, I get perfectly cooked and easily peeling eggs. I love this."
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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