The Game-Changing Meat Thermometer Our Editor-in-Chief Loves Is $30 Off Right Now — but Not for Long

updated May 31, 2021
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Credit: Faith Durand

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you enjoy cooking meats at home, a quality thermometer is a must! And when it comes to choosing one, you can’t go wrong with ThermoWorks’ Thermapen MK4. It’s an iconic kitchen essential and so popular with Kitchn editors that editor-in-chief Faith considers it a “game-changer” for both new cooks as well as experienced ones. Since Thermapens are a pricey investment at $99, we’re always on the lookout for ways to get you a good deal. Case in point: Right now, for a limited time only, you can save $30 (this is NOT a typo!) on a brand new Thermapen MK4.

For anyone unfamiliar with a Thermapen, it’s one of the best meat thermometers on the market, and it takes less than three seconds (!!) to give you an accurate reading. This essentially means that, unlike with other thermometers that can take 30 seconds or more to work, Thermapen shows the temperature on your bubbling meal ASAP, so you can shut the oven door or place the lid back on the pot to prevent any more of that beautiful heat from escaping. “The Thermapen truly does give an instant read,” notes Faith. And aside from heating things up, a thermometer comes in handy for when you’re cooling things down, too — like ice cream, kombucha, yogurt, and even chicken stock to see if it’s cold enough to put in the refrigerator. “Why guess? Just take the temperature,” she adds.

Aside from getting a quick read on your meals, a high-quality meat thermometer also helps maintain safety standards in your kitchen. For instance, taking the temperature of potentially undercooked dishes like burgers, chicken, meats, and seafood keeps the threats of salmonella and E. coli at bay. As for getting started with your Thermapen, simply unfold the probe to turn it on and fold it back to turn it off. Easy!

Given this unusually low price, now’s the perfect time to go ahead and get your kitchen equipped with a Thermapen. As Faith puts it, “A thermometer is a shortcut to precision, and in cooking now and forever.” And let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good shortcut?

Buy: Thermapen MK4, $69 (normally $99)