Although a digital probe might not seem like the most rock n roll kitchen gadget you can lay your hands on, once you have, you won’t be letting go any time soon.
The Combo Probe from CDN tells temperature as well as having a digital timer and a clock on it. Most ovens, you’ll find, are out temperature-wise by often up to ten or twenty degrees.
Not so important when you’re cooking a Sunday roast, but when your cakes come out burnt or runny in the middle it can be a real bore.
This digital probe can happily sit in your oven – and you can set it to read out when the temperature fluctuates to outside a certain range.
Also, we aren’t all filled with confidence when it comes to cooking a large joint, particularly with a meat like pork.
With a combo probe you can just insert it into your piece of meat and it’ll give you an accurate temperature read out which will let you know if yours is perfectly cooked or it could do with a few extra minutes.
You’ll also find yourself using the probe for jam-making, boiling sugar and oil, if you’re so inclined – things that can seem quite technical suddenly become a lot more simple when you can see exactly what’s happening.
CDN Combo Probe, available from Lakeland, RRP £19.99