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Taylor Digital Instant Read Pocket Thermometer

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  • 1/3-inch LCD face instantly displays temperatures from minus 58 degrees to 302 degrees F
  • On/off switch prolongs battery life
  • Pocket case and 1.5-volt watch battery included
  • 4-5/8-inch stainless-steel stem
  • Professional quality and accuracy
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Product Description

Simplify your life with the Taylor 9840 kitchen thermometer! Now you can get digital accuracy in a kitchen thermometer. This Taylor thermometer features a digital instant-read display that updates the temperature every second for maximum accuracy. Durable stainless steel stem with display protected by a rugged polycarbonate crystal lens. Pocket case included. This will soon be your most trusted kitchen gadget to ensure properly cooked and safe meals.

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For professional accuracy, nothing beats this digital thermometer for instantly ascertaining the temperature of foods, whether they're frozen, on the buffet line, or being cooked. Its 1/3-inch LCD face, protected by a rugged polycarbonate cover, displays temperatures from minus 58degrees to 302 degrees F, and updates every second. An on/off switch prolongs the life of the 1.5-volt watch battery that powers the thermometer. (Two batteries are included.) The thermometer comes with a pocket case and has a 4-5/8-inch stainless-steel stem tipped with a temperature sensor, so the thermometer reads temperatures near a food's surface or deep inside. --Fred Brack

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  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1.5 x 5.8 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00004XSC3
  • Item model number: 9840
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,080 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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268 of 275 people found the following review helpful By B. Hinton on September 8, 2005
Just a quick note, this is an almost instant read thermometer. On average, it takes between 2-4 seconds for a final accurate reading. However, DO NOT TURN IT ON UNTIL YOU HAVE IT INSERTED. I read plenty of reviews stating it takes 30 seconds to record. If you turn it on, it will start at the temperature of the room and crawl up slowly (usually only a few degrees at time). This will be quite frustrating and useless.

Remember, insert it, then turn it on...and BINGO, you are in business.
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155 of 162 people found the following review helpful By amazon3131 on May 29, 2006
One of the ongoing questions about these thermometers seems to be just how "instant" an instant-read thermometer is. The metal bit (actually, the bit inside the metal tube) has to physically warm up to the same temperature as whatever you're reading before it can send the signal to the display. It's going to take at least a few seconds. You'll never be able to jab it in the steak, glance at the number, and yank it back out a second later; you have to wait for it to warm up.

It appears that different reviewers have wildly different experiences in how long this takes, so you should be able to get an idea of how many seconds "instant" is for YOUR thermometer, and how well it's working in general, by running a quick calibration test:

Get a big cup of ice and add enough water that the ice starts to float. (You want as much ice as possible, but not packed solid.)

Find a clock with a second hand, and check the temperature on the thermometer (so you know what "room temperature" is). Stick the thermometer in the ice water. Watch the time until it hits 32 F (freezing temperature for pure water: salt water can hit 0 F). That should give you a good idea how long it takes to adjust down about 40 degrees in temperature.

It should stop pretty close to 32 F, but you may want to leave it in the ice water for another minute, to make sure that it doesn't keep on going -- that will let you know how accurate it is. Once it's stablized, you can take it out and let it warm up to room temperature again.

Put a pan of water on the stove to boil (a couple of inches of water is fine).
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141 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on July 20, 2001
After reading customer reviews on other digital thermometers and realizing that ALL thermometers are not created equally, I ordered this Taylor digital. It more than met my needs and overcame the drawbacks of others: It is small enough to fit easily into a drawer and can be carried in a shirt pocket; it is extremely easy to clean; since the digital readout is on the flat "head", the temperature is VERY easy to read without having to bend over or read it upside down; it has an ON/OFF button to save the battery and it comes with an extra battery included. Although the description says "instant-read", you do have to watch the read-out climb (quickly) to the current temperature. I'll never have tough, over-cooked meat again.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Omari Norman on December 26, 2002
I do not recommend this thermometer, as it is too delicate for any kitchen. First of all, the on-off switch is much too small and finicky; it is easily broken. Second, the entire assembly is not liquid-proof or even liquid-resistant, so watch out if you drop this thermometer into a liquid! Perhaps water isn't fatal to it, as you can open the case and dry it out. But forget about the thermometer if you get any kind of oil into it. The oil will seep into the display, rendering it unreadable or, worse, simply non-functional.
I have already been through two of these thermometers. Now I'm buying the old-fashioned kind with the analog dial.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Erin K. Darling on November 13, 2002
This isn't a thermometer to write home about - it's adequate, and that's that. Its small size is convenient, yet the display is large enough to read easily. "Instant" is a little optimistic, though; it takes a few moments to register the correct temperature. The on/off switch is tiny, lacks any ergonomics at all, and is quite stiff, which makes it a small irritant, and occasional nail-destroyer. Still, it's better than the analog thermometers I've used, and much faster. Don't get this sucker wet, though - it'll temporarily screw up the LCD. Further, if you drop it into, say, a pot of boiling water, the plastic LCD overlay will warp, and the glue will mostly unstick, and it's generally unhappy. However, it's not a bad product, overall.
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136 of 160 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 2002
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I bought one of these thermometers a few months ago as I was exasperated with metal meat thermometers taking too long to register a temperature,and then ultimately dying quickly.
I was very pleased with this thermometer at first...Very quick read, compared to others that I have owned. Didn't have any problem with the tiny on/off switch (although be careful not to jam it under your fingernail! ouch!). Have noticed that the LCD is temporarily caput if you get it damp (hard not to do when you wash it by hand), but it always sprang back to normal by the next day.
However, after only a few months worth of occasional usage, it decided to die. Unfortunately it died right at the end of my cooking our Christmas dinner prime rib this evening!! Got up to 130.5 degrees and just stuck there.
Pulled out my roast, waited 15 minutes and then carved it. Barely a hint of pink anywhere. Not only had it died, but it was WAY off temperature-wise...
Needless to say, I was none too pleased with this puppy. Nothing like having something crap out right in the midst of holiday cooking (and of course, it was an expensive cut of beef)!! :( One minute it appeared to be fine, the next, it was frozen and unworkable. No hint that it was going prior to this either.
So although it performed well during it's tiny lifetime, it's not a long-term solution in my opinion. If you're going to buy one, I'd treat it like a disposable!
Need to buy another one now. I won't be buying this one.
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