Product: iDevices Kitchen Thermometer
Overall Impression: A fun gift for your favorite gadget-loving cook, this thermometer lets you leave the kitchen while dinner cooks to perfection.
When it comes to high-tech kitchen tools, I'm a big fan of ones that help me get dinner on the table faster and more easily. Bonus points if they get my husband interested in helping with the cooking. The iDevices thermometer accomplished both of those things, and I'm glad to have it in my arsenal of gadgets and gizmos!
Characteristics and specs: The box includes a thermometer display, along with two probes you can use simultaneously or one at a time. Download the Kitchen Thermometer app to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, and you'll be able to monitor the temperature of your food remotely.
Favorite details: The app is very user-friendly, and the thermometer display is well-styled and sturdy, with a magnetic backing to boot.
Potential problems: The included user manual is a little bare-bones. For the less tech-savvy, you might need to visit the iDevices setup website for more thorough instructions.
Splurge-worthy? If you cook large roasts on a regular basis, or frequently need to monitor the temperature of two items at once, then yes! It'd also be a great gift.
Good for small kitchens? Yes. You can store the probes and display together — they snap together for easy storage, and don't take up too much space.
In our household of two, I am the primary cook. My husband knows his way around the kitchen enough to prepare some basic foods, but he'd never tackled a whole roasted chicken until we tried out the iDevices Kitchen Thermometer together. He's a mobile software engineer, and he always appreciates a good app, so I figured this Bluetooth-enabled gizmo would be just the thing to get him cooking.
As it turns out, the thermometer and its accompanying app are well-designed and user-friendly. They allow you to put something in the oven, then leave the kitchen, and get on with your afternoon — unworried that dinner will overcook or you'll miss the alarm. Our chicken roasted to perfection, just in time for dinner.
I'm looking forward to using the thermometer for baked fish fillets, which are so easy to overcook. It will also be fantastic for dinner parties or other entertaining, when I want to put something in the oven and still be able to hang out with my guests in the next room.
I'm also excited to use it for low-and-slow projects like beef roasts, since I'll no longer be chained to the kitchen for hours while the meat comes up to temperature at a glacial pace. The thermometer has a 150-foot Bluetooth range, so I can be anywhere in the house or backyard and be able to take a quick glance at the app to see how my roast is coming along.
The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer is a great addition to my arsenal of cooking tools. I think it'd be a lovely gift for anyone who loves to cook, especially if they're tech-minded. Whether you're shopping for a wedding present or just looking to treat yourself to something shiny, this thermometer and its accompanying app are great additions to any kitchen.
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