I truly envy those who have the knack for cooking. They cook the meat to perfection every time and brush if off like that is just how it's done. For whatever reason, I've never been great with cooking meat. That is why I love the fact that I get to try out the MeasuPro Digital cooking thermometer.
I got the opportunity to try out the DCT350 model which is a digital thermometer that is programmable.
Arrived quickly via Amazon. Package was intact and undamaged. I used prime which is always reliable.
Out of the box:
The packaging is encased in plastic, crimped on the sides where you most certainly will need to cut it open. Included is the thermometer, the probe with wire and plug, a AAA battery and instructions.
Design / Aesthetics:
The thermometer is light and is white with silver buttons. The buttons are easy to press and easy to read. The top portion that has the digital readout raises and lowers. This way you can store it in the lowered position which is very convenient, especially if you keep it in a drawer like I do. There are magnets on the back, so you can attach it to a magnetic surface. If I want more room on the stove, and don't want that sitting there, attach it with a magnet to the hood over the stove.
Put it to use:
You can use this in temps from 32°F to 392°F. It's so simple to use. You turn on the thermometer. While the Alert button on the left is turned off, you push the meat button until it shows your desired meat, such as beef or chicken. Then you push taste to determine the wellness you want. (Rare, medium rare, medium, well done) It will automatically set the temp for that setting based on USDA guidlines. For certain foods such as pork and chicken, it will only allow well done for the setting. Push the probe into the meat. The good thing about the wire, is you have 36 inches. You put the meat into the oven, grill, crock pot, etc. The good thing about putting it into the oven, is that the wire is thin enough that you won't lose any heat through the seal. Keep the thermometer away from the heat. That is all you have to do, so simple.
With this model, it is a little more involved with the alerts and beeping. It will beep for the pre-alert alarm at 10 degrees less than your desired temperature. Then it will beep again at the desired temperature. If you don't turn off the alerts at that point, it will continue cooking and beep the overcook alarm at 10 degrees over. At that point, the alarm will continue to beep nonstop, cause your food is overcooked! Go get that meat out of the oven.
The old way without this, would be to continue checking the temp occasionally with a non-digital thermometer, letting out all of the heat each time. With the digital thermometer, it saves you time and also helps to ensure your meat has a steady source of heat and cooks evenly.
Cleanup is easy. You unplug the probe / wire / plug and wipe it down. Be careful not to plug it back in if it is wet at all. Dry it off before using again.
This product is so easy to use and works exactly as it's supposed to. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to try it out.
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Check out my review on the other model DCT250. That review is very similar as it has some of the same features, however it is a simpler version that you set the desired temp manually. That model has a timer also. The difference between the two is that the DCT350 is more advanced, while the DCT250 is a more basic version.
Both work great, it will just depend on a matter of preference for which one to choose. The DCT250 is less expensive.