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CDN IRL500 InstaRead Deep Fry Turkey Thermometer

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  • 12-inch thermometer probe is perfect for deep frying vats
  • Registers temperature ranging from 100 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stainless-steel clip adjusts to fit varying kettles
  • Large 2-inch dial is easy to read
  • Oil heated to the proper temperature produces a perfect deep-fried turkey
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CDN IRL500 InstaRead Deep Fry Turkey Thermometer + Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Extra Large Capacity, 2013 Model + The Ultimate Turkey Fryer Cookbook: Over 150 Recipes for Frying Just About Anything
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  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 5.1 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000095RBQ
  • Item model number: IRL500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,607 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Popular in Southern cooking for decades, deep-fried whole turkey is gaining a national audience. When cooked properly it’s delicious, juicy, and has no greasy taste. Each fry kettle has its own instructions, but generally for best results the oil should first be heated to between 375 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and after the bird is added, maintained at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. With its adjustable stainless-steel clip, this 12-inch-long thermometer is ideal for attaching to any size vat or kettle to monitor oil temperature. Large and easy-to-read, the 2-inch dial registers temperatures ranging from 100 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be left in after cooking is complete to ensure the oil has completely cooled. A 14-pound bird usually cooks in approximately 45 minutes. The protective sheath for the thermometer features a pocket clip and loop to conveniently hold the probe. Since a large amount of hot oil is required, turkeys and other poultry should always be deep-fried outdoors. A five-year warranty covers the thermometer against defects.--Ann Bieri

Product Description

CDN IRL500 InstaRead Deep Fry Turkey Thermometer


  • 12-inch thermometer probe is perfect for deep frying vats
  • Registers temperature ranging from 100 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stainless-steel clip adjusts to fit varying kettles
  • Large 2-inch dial is easy to read
  • Oil heated to the proper temperature produces a perfect deep-fried turkey

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Customer Reviews

My turkeys were perfect .
Charlie
This thermometer is perfect for monitoring temperatures while deep frying turkeys.
David Respess
This thermometer seems to be very accurate.
Blue Subie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Tom in NOVA on August 25, 2011
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Bottom line is that I bought the wrong thermometer.
This thermometer was made for use in deep frying turkeys as its label clearly states. It needs to be in over 4 inches of oil to register the higher temperatures (above 290 deg. F in my case). In its first use I wanted to raise the temperature of just under 4" of oil to 350 Deg F. The readout climbed steadily to 290 Deg F and stopped. My initial response was, needs more heat so cranked up the burner. Readout stayed at 290. Got suspicious and tried a known accurate thermometer - oil was at 440 Deg F and climbing rapidly. I don't fault the manufacturer. I was using its product in a manner it wasn't specifically designed for.
So, why am I telling you I bought the wrong thermometer? Because I want to warn potential users to be aware that there may be a problem getting readouts of higher temps. You could end up with dangerously overheated oil.
From other reviews I have seen this limitation is not present on all thermometers of this model.
The pros for this device: easy to calibrate, accurate readings after calibration, clips securely to pot, easy to adjust depth of probe, easy to read
Cons: Doesn't always stay calibrated, Water BP readings can vary by 20 to almost 50 Deg F. This is the reason for just 4 stars.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Houseknecht on July 29, 2012
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I'll keep this short. If you are frying in 3+ inches of oil, this is probably a great thermometer. Anything less than 2.5 inches and you will be disappointed.

The reasons:
The temperature sensor is located 2.5 inches from the very bottom tip of the thermometer. So, if you don't cover the sensor with with a little liquid more to spare, you won't get an accurate reading. This means that you'll want a different thermometer for shallow frying or candymaking.

The readout is consistent and the holder works fine to keep it at the right height and the correct distance from the sides of the pot. It calibrates easily and accurately. Perfect for turkey fryers.

It gets 3 out of 5 stars from me because I expected the sensor to be a little closer to the very tip of the thermometer. With the adjustable height of the holder there doesn't seem to be a very good reason for such a distance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Condy on May 7, 2011
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Great accurate thermometer. Temps will probably read inaccurate out of the package but it has an adjustment nut and instructions on how to adjust on the package. Don't listen to the reviewers who couldn't be bothered to read the instructions.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Shuman on February 2, 2009
The clip for this thermometer holds it vertically down the side of the pot and not sticking out at an angle like most others do. I have had a time with others trying to prevent them from touching the basket or bird.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chaz on February 14, 2012
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I needed a high temperature thermometer and chose the CDN IRL500 deep fry turkey thermometer for my cooking. Used it once to measure oil temperature (350 degrees) and will use it for all my high temperature cooking needs, seems good so far!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Persson on September 18, 2012
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I know that I am using this thermometer for something that was not necessarily intended by the manufacturer, however there are a lot of other people like me who will look at this thermometer and think it could be a useful addition to their brew kettle. I really can't recommend going a different route enough.

It does not stay in place very well AT ALL when installed on the lip of your kettle. Every time you stir your wort, this thing is going to be changing directions with the current. Being so loose, it almost fell into my wort several times when I was brewing today. Maybe I'm just not familiar with clip-on thermometers, but there has to be a better way to get these things to stay put.

Also, and most distressing, is that this thing is made specifically for very high temperatures, i.e. 200 degrees and above. That is not so good when you are trying to maintain 160 degrees or so for steeping grains. Granted, it does read from 100-150, but this is much like the odometer of a car that goes from 0-15 in one jump; it's just not very accurate in that window. I honestly found myself using my meat thermometer for more accurate readings for the lower temperatures.

In addition to that, it seemed to not register changes in temperature all that well when I was cooling down my wort (one of the main reasons why I got it). Once again, I found myself picking up my old meat thermometers to double check my readings, and lo and behold this thing was off by about 5-15 degrees just about every time I checked it.

If you are buying this for a turkey fryer or just need rough estimates for higher temperatures, it might do the trick for you. However, for anybody who needs accurate temperature readings at all temperatures, its shoddy build quality and lack of a lower temperature scale really hinders its usefulness. Pony up and buy a nice digital thermometer or a thrumometer instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Hodges on December 19, 2012
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We use this in a 22qt stock pot for brewing beer. It attaches easily to the side of the pot and is fairly accurate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.featherpicker on January 28, 2012
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This is so nice! Love the length and the strong clip on the side. I can finally see the reading without putting my face right over the pot! Accurate and easy to read. Very nice indeed!
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