This $25 meat thermometer is a must-have for holiday cooking — even professional chefs are impressed

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The Smak Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer is a hit among Amazon Canada shoppers.
The Smak Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer is a hit among Amazon Canada shoppers.

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One of the most stressful parts of cooking any holiday dinner (besides cranky relatives) has to be ensuring that you get the perfect finish on your favourite roast turkey, ham, or beef. It’s easy to overdo the cook time, but also just as easy to undercook your dishes in a rush to have them ready in time for dinner.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about creating a stress-free environment in the kitchen, it’s that the right tools can make all the difference.

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Whether you’re looking to step up your cooking skills this year or are just perfecting your craft, there’s one gadget that you’ll want to have on hand when cooking all of your holiday meals this year - the Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer by Smak.

Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer

Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer. Image via Amazon.
Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer. Image via Amazon.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $25

What is it

This easy-to-use thermometer ensures that your food reaches the correct temperature using precise measurements and a clear display, eliminating the guesswork when it comes to figuring out whether your food has fully cooked through.

It features a bright LCD screen that provides accurate temperature readings within just two to three seconds. You can choose between temperature display in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, and never have to worry about draining the battery since this thermometer automatically shuts off after ten minutes of inactivity.

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Retailing for $25, it makes a great stocking stuffer idea for the chef in your life, as well as an affordable addition to your collection of kitchen must-haves. It’s also available in six fun colours to brighten up any kitchen.

What shoppers are saying

Backed up by a near-perfect 4.7-star rating, this meat thermometer is a hit among thousands of Amazon Canada shoppers, including professional chefs.

“The temperature is accurate. I took my own which for me is 36.2 and it was right on the mark. It is about twice as fast as my last thermometer. If it means anything to anyone, I am a professional cook, and am impressed by the product so far,” reads one review.

“I have been looking for a quick reading food and beverage temperature probe for quite some time [as] the current one we have been using was very slow,” says another. “The Smak Thermometer provides a temperature reading in 2 to 3 seconds, I also like the hold and backlight. I recommend this product.”

Smak Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer. Image via Amazon.
Smak Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer. Image via Amazon.

The only downside that shoppers have found with this meat thermometer is that it doesn’t fully live up to its claims of being fully waterproof. Water-resistant would be a more accurate description, so if you do opt for this device, be sure to carefully hand wash the probe in order to ensure it continues to function well.

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It's fast, easy to use and easy to read but not waterproof/water resistant. If being waterproof is important for you I suggest not buying this thermometer,” cautions one reviewer.

The verdict

For easy and accurate temperature readings, reach for this affordable meat thermometer to get the perfect cook on all of your favourite meats.

Whether you’re grilling, roasting, or sautéing, it’s a must-have tool for any home cook. Just be sure to wash it carefully, and you’ll be sure to get plenty of use out of the Smak Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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