TELEVISION JoAnne Weir Essentials"Joanne's Top Ten Favorite Tools" Alton Brown's Good EatsThe ultimate "science-guy-chef". If you've been a fan of Alton Brown you've seen the Thermapen in many episodes of "Good Eats". Here's what Alton says in his "GEAR" book: “The best instant-read I’ve used.” (pg. 166) “The thermometer I use most is the Thermapen by ThermoWorks, and, no, I’m not paid to say that. …edges out other (cheaper) digitals… …faster than any other model… My Thermapen can take a clear internal reading on a wafer-thin piece of sole; cheaper models are very unsure of themselves if the food is less than 1 inch thick.” (pg. 167)
In addition to Good Eats, Alton Brown also appears as the host of Iron Chef America and Feasting on Waves at the Food Network.
Check Alton's website for his appearance schedule or foodnetwork.com for your local TV schedule for "Good Eats".
www.altonbrown.com CBS Early ShowChris Kimball shares his views on selecting the best cut of meat, how to cook it to perfection, and adds a few recipes that we’re sure you’ll love from his TV spot on CBS’s The Early Show. Check out the video. Shares Tips on Preparing “The Perfect Steak” Chris Kimball on CBS's The Early Show America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country (PBS)Both programs are produced by the publishers of Cook’s Illustrated. We heartily recommend both shows. They frequently demonstrate the correct use of a thermometer in cooking. ONLINE Grilling With Rich The new Thermapen Mk4 can almost read your mind, let alone check the temperature of your food. www.grillingwithrich.com/ Virtual Weber Bullet "There is no better instant-read thermometer than the Thermapen. While other "instant-read" thermometers take 20-30 seconds to reach a full reading, the Thermapen is done in just 4 seconds! ...Can be recalibrated or repaired if damaged. ...worth every penny." www.virtualweberbullet.com/resources.html Apartment Therapy “Called the ‘Rolls Royce’ of thermometers… …the last one you’ll ever need…” www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/cooking/... The Kitchn "So, what is a Thermapen and why is it so great? Unlike cheaper, more traditional thermometers (which use thermistor sensors) the Thermapen uses what's called a thermocouple sensor. These are used in professional kitchens and other places where getting faster, more accurate temperature readouts is very important " http://www.thekitchn.com/a-93-thermometer-why-we-love-t-144840 BOOKS
Still not convinced? Read what these well-known authors have to say (these guys have actually been on TV). These opinions are now found in the Library of Congress, not just the internet. By the way, these are all must-have books for your own kitchen library.
Alton Brown’s GEAR For Your Kitchen by Alton Brown, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2003 “The best instant-read I’ve used.” (pg. 166) “The thermometer I use most is the Thermapen by ThermoWorks, and, no, I’m not paid to say that. …edges out other (cheaper) digitals… …faster than any other model… My Thermapen can take a clear internal reading on a wafer-thin piece of sole; cheaper models are very unsure of themselves if the food is less than 1 inch thick.” (pg. 167) Dr. BBQ’s “Barbecue All Year Long!” Cookbook by Ray Lampe, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006 “Another temperature-taking tool that I have become really attached to is the Thermapen, made by a company named ThermoWorks. This thing is the ultimate hand-held food thermometer. …truly accurate. …well worth it.” (pg. 11) “My all-time favorite is the Thermapen from ThermoWorks. These things are the greatest. …you’ll love it.” (pg. 274) The New Cooks’ Catalogue, The Definitive Guide to Cooking Equipment by Burt Wolf, Emily Aronson, and Florence Fabricant, Alfred A. Knopf, 2000 “…one of the most capable tools for home thermometry. Use it to measure the internal temperature of just about anything--… Another notable feature: every Thermapen comes with a hand-signed and dated certificate of calibration to ensure that each one leaves the factory in mint condition.” (pg. 14) Chocolate Chocolate by Lisa Yockelson, Wiley, 2005 “The Thermapen Digital Thermometer is an elegant tool…” (pg. 66) A Guy’s Guide to Great Eating by Don Mauer, Houghton Mifflin, 1999 “The best of the best…” (Back Matter) The Cook’s Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbecue by the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated, America’s Test Kitchen, 2005 The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook by Christopher Kimball, Little, Brown & Company, 2006 Baking for all Occasions by Flo Braker: Chronicle Books, 2008 “When I'm baking, an instant-read analog or digital thermometer is always within easy reach… I prefer a digital thermometer that gives me an instant readout so I don't overbake or overwarm. If you bake often, you may want to invest in the professional Super-Fast Thermapen instant-read thermometer, which gauges temperatures (from -58 to 572 degrees F) in just 4 seconds.” (page 40) The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003 “A quality probe thermometer is ideal for taking the temperature of raw dough, baked breads, and myriad other items. The one I find most reliable is the English battery-operated Thermapen…thermometer with a range of -50°F to 550°F…” (page 579) The Best Slow & Easy Recipes by the Editors of Cook's Illustrated: America's Test Kitchen, 2008 “In the test kitchen, we always use an instant-read thermometer to determine when meat is optimally cooked. (We also use it to check the temperature of bread, caramel sauce, and candy, and to the test the temperature of oil when frying.) Our favorite instant-read thermometer is the ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen, a test-kitchen workhorse that quickly provides accurate readings across a broad range of temperatures… The ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen is fast, accurate, and easy to use.” (page 73) Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller, Sabastien Rouxel, 2012 "The Thermapen is an excellent instant-read thermometer that reads high temperatures. It's our thermometer of choice and what we recommend." (page 345) MAGAZINES Chile Pepper: "Tech Toys" March, 2010 "If you're looking for a surefire way to check the temperature of any spicy meat, turn to the granddaddy of all thermometers - ThermoWorks' Thermapen..." (page 20) Entertaining Magazine: "Classic Pinapple-Glazed Ham," May, 2010 "Years back, we tested a handful of the most promising, and the Thermapen, produced by ThermoWorks, easily bested the rest for its speed and accuracy." (page 18) Fast Company: "Tools of My Trade" by Alton Brown, October 2010 "'I'm a stickler on temp control,' says Brown, who relies on the Thermapen, a high-tech thermometer with a giant retractable needle. 'It's superfast and highly, highly accurate.'" (page 96) Taste of Home Collector's Edition, "Stuff We Love!" December 2010 "TOH Food Editor Pat Schmeling swears by the Thermapen. 'This is the best instant-read thermometer I've ever used,' she says. 'It takes away all doubt of whether or not the food is fully cooked. It's made me a better cook.' She likes it so much she bought one for all of her kids for Christmas…" (page 14) Esquire Magazine Best of 2010: "The Alternative Guide to Holiday Roasting" by Francine Maroukian, December, 2010 "Test the internal temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer, preferably with a large, digital readout, like the superlative Super-Fast Thermapen (three to four seconds and accurate to within 1 degree…)" (page 50) Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen: Holiday Cookies, December, 2010 "Sight, touch, and instinct are age-old ways to gauge when food is done, but for consistent results, none is as reliable as taking the food's internal temperature… The test kitchen's go-to thermometer for any task is the ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen…" (page 15) Make Magazine, "Toolbox," Volume 26, May 2011 "The tiny thermocouple sensor in the tip means that not only are the readings super-fast (about 3 seconds), you can check temperatures of even the thinnest of foodstuffs. Plus, the company's customer service is great…" (page 159) GQ: "There's No Such Thing as 'Just a Dash'," July, 2011 "...buy a thermometer (we like the simple Thermapen)..." (page 62) Shape: "Sizzling Hot Tools," August, 2011 "Neither spilled barbecue sauce nor spray from your kid's cannonball can thwart the ThermoWorks Splash-Proof, Super-Fast Thermapen, which gauges the internal temperature of your meat in just three seconds." (page 133) Food Safety Magazine: "Professional Thermocouple," February/March, 2012 "Each thermocouple is traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and includes a certificate of calibration with actual test dates." (page 62) Today's Parent: In the Kitchen - What's Cookin', March, 2012 "This pro-chef fave is accurate even with thin, delicate fish." (page 134) Fine Cooking: In the Kitchen: Bruce's Must-Have Grill Tools, June/July, 2012 "My ThermoWorks instant-read thermometer has taken a lot of abuse. It's designed more for a commercial kitchen than a home kitchen; I've dropped mine and gotten it wet, and it still gives me an accurate reading quickly." (page 34) Sunset: Meat Master Bruce Aidells shows you how to grill a Thanksgiving Bird, November, 2012 "The fastest and most accurate is the Super-Fast Thermapen.." (page 90) Family Circle: What's Cooking, November, 2012 "...the right stuff to create a memorable meal" (page 145) Saveur: Essential Equipment, June/July, 2011 "Injected like a needle into the meat, the [Thermapen] takes an extremely accurate and quick temperature" (page 100)