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Many grill thermometers come with a probe attached to a display through a heat-resistant wire. This design is difficult to use since you have to protect the wire from the hot grill surface. The Epica Ultra-Fast Digital Meat Thermometer cuts this element out of the equation and presents an easy-to-use device that is compact and durable, ideal for a wide range of temperatures.
This is a highly portable steak thermometer, consisting of a long metal probe attached to a heat-resistant digital display. The probe is attached to the display using a high-density, food-grade plastic that prevents food from getting into the device or the probe from snapping off. The LCD panel is water resistant and of a rugged construction that allows it to be placed near hot surfaces without issue.
The probe itself is capable of reading temperatures from minus 58 to 392 degrees Fahrenheit or minus 50 to 200 degrees Celsius. It comes with an accuracy rating of within 1.8 degrees, which is somewhat higher than the industry standard of 1 degree. When you put the digital grill thermometer in a food item, it gives you a temperature reading in as little as five seconds for easy monitoring of food.
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Despite the grilling thermometer’s diminutive size, it still comes with several helpful features. Using built-in memory, the Epica is capable of recording and displaying the highest and lowest temperatures sensed during the current session of use. This is especially helpful in knowing whether your grilling surface is maintaining its temperature adequately or if temperature fluctuations are causing your food to cook poorly. To conserve battery life, the device shuts off automatically after 10 minutes of inactivity.
For at-home cooks in need of a portable and simple BBQ thermometer, the Epica Ultra-Fast Digital Meat Thermometer is a popular choice. Its compact design combined with its wide temperature reading range make for a helpful and reliable product. While it does have a slight issue with accuracy, it still performs well in giving quick temperature readings with minimal waiting times.