Test Your Kitchen Thermometers

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My Thanksgiving Turkey was a disaster due to my faulty kitchen thermometers. I had three digital meat thermometers and all three of them were trash. I tested those thermometers on both ice water and boiling water. All three of them failed miserably.

I admit that it was my fault for not testing my thermometers. Now that I look back, I was naive to trust cheap kitchen thermometers without testing them on my own.

Thermometers that I threw out, two Mavericks and one Taylor – Maybe they were too old? Anyway, I’m not sure if I will ever buy another Taylor or Maverick.

I trashed all my thermometers and bought 3 new ones. I also bought 2 extra probes. They all passed my test. Moving forward, I will use two thermometers with probes at the same time to double check my progress. When I’m done with cooking, I will use the third thermometer to confirm my work.

And I shall test my thermometers every year, at least 1 month before Thanksgiving Day (rather than 1 day before Thanksgiving). I shall…

  • Take temperature of ice water (a lot of ice and small amount of water to fill the gaps of the ice). – Temperature should read almost 32 F (0 C).
  • Take temperature of boiling water. – It should read 212 F (100 C), or very close to it.

To redeem myself from Thanksgiving turkey disaster, I baked a Christmas turkey with my new thermometers. Finally, my turkey came out super-fantastic. Maybe Costco God blessed my turkey, because I bought the turkey from Costco this time.

New thermometers – all tested to be OK.