There is a yearly ritual that many of us go through. It starts off innocently enough, but it soon escalates in size and scope until there is no choice but to turn back and abandon the idea before it even starts. I'm talking about grilling season and the reoccurring dream that this year will be the year when all the equipment gets upgraded. It's easy enough to look at the short, stubby thing that has been kicking out burgers and franks and dream of something bigger, better, and shinier. However, as in any overwhelming journey, it has to … Read more
There are few things as enjoyable as a good bottle of wine shared among friends. (A good bottle of wine shared with a particular friend might be one of them, but that still counts.) When served at the ideal temperature, wine has the potential to heat up or cool down the proceedings; it's one of wine's interesting characteristics that different varieties benefit from different serving temperatures. Whether a bottle of wine is meant to be shared in an intimate setting or at a rambunctious get-together, all wines do well served at a particular temperature.
However, serving a particular … Read more
If you're dedicated to making great barbecue, you understand the importance of having the right thermometer. Not only do you want a sensitive sensor that will tell you just what temperature your meat is at, but you need something that you won't have to keep walking out to the smoker to check. When you've got a brisket that will spend the whole day in the smoker, you don't want to be running back and forth every 5 minutes. You need a thermometer with a remote that will alert you if you need to be paying attention. … Read more
Enjoying a bottle of wine with friends automatically makes any bottle a good one, but it's even better if it's properly chilled.
The Trudeau Digital Wine Thermometer makes it easy to determine the temperature without opening the bottle. An LCD readout coordinates with a sensor that determines when the gadget is in contact with a bottle, and then automatically reads the temperature. Featuring a stainless steel cuff that slips on to the neck of the bottle, the portable thermometer goes wherever a bottle of wine can go.
With recommended serving temperatures printed directly on the cuff, the easy-to-use … Read more
A simple fact of life in the kitchen is that some accessories are more valuable than others. Though the fun ones--such as cookware that mimics beer-can chicken, or toasters that demand to be used for making breakfast sandwiches--get all the attention, sometimes it is the little gadgets and accessories that come most in handy. Precision control is always appreciated, because after all, that's what we all really want in the end: well-made food that is delicious. And all that starts with temperature.
Standing around with the oven door open, waiting to get a temperature off of the roast is a fast way to let all that heat escape. And leave-in-the-meat probe thermometers are no help--because they conduct heat, they'll display temperatures higher than reality. The Thermapen offers an alternative: it can take a reading in three seconds, letting you get that oven door closed quickly. It's designed for highly accurate readings, measuring all the way up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a Biomaster antibacterial additive, to help keep your meals safe, along with a water-resistant design that protects the … Read more
Some chefs don't take direction too well. You could tell them the secret for the best barbecue sauce in the world, but they would never admit it was right until they added something to make it "theirs." There's nothing wrong with this sentiment: not only are everybody's taste buds individualized, but also the process creates endless varieties. And as they say, variety is the spice of life. On the other hand, when it comes to the actual cooking process, a chef who insists on serving meats done exactly to his or her personal liking can … Read more
You know how it is when you're grilling: it's easy to lose track of time. While friends and family are over and the drinks are flowing, the simple task of cooking can turn into something of an adventure. All too often this means burnt hot dogs and overdone steaks. Standing guard over the grill isn't always an option, but with a little planning, being untethered doesn't have to mean ruined food.
Cooking for a crowd is always a recipe for excitement. Somebody wants this another person wants that and all of them want it done a certain way. Luckily, backyard barbecues are all fun and games (or at least should be), and chances are the unpleasantness of an overdone steak will simply go unmentioned. However, if you're cooking for a crowd, and you want to keep an eye on all those steaks, a little help on the side can come in handy.
Ovens are notorious for not telling the truth. They tell us that their internal temperature is 350 degrees F, but when in actuality, they are really burning hot at 400 degrees F; or even worse, they report a temperature too cool. The result is overcooked meals or underdone meat, resulting in meals that are never as good as they can be. Over time, we learn the idiosyncrasies of our ovens and learn to compensate for the discrepancy--but that doesn't mean we have to.
The Maverick Dual Sensor Digital Meat and Oven Thermometer is a two in one probe that … Read more