Kitchen Tools: Instant-Read Thermometer

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This is the time of year when an instant-read thermometer becomes nearly necessary for home cooks. Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas roasts, and holiday candy all demand the precision of a thermometer.

Do you own an instant-read thermometer? Recipes calling for thermometers used to intimidate us; they seemed more fussy and difficult. Then a friend gave us an instant-read thermometer and we quickly came to rely on it even in recipes that don't call for one. A thermometer can tell you if your bread or cakes are done, check your pot roast, and make sure that your candy will harden. Links after the jump.

If you don't use a thermometer now and yet plan on doing a lot of holiday cooking this year - perhaps even the Thanksgiving turkey? - we suggest buying one now and using it often over the next couple weeks to get used to it.

Basic Instant-Read Thermometer: $8.99, Different Drummer's Kitchen
Candy and Deep-Fry Thermometer: $12.99, Amazon
Taylor Instant Read Digital Thermometer: $10, Amazon

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.