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Not as good as I first thought.
on 3 April 2015
I just tried this last night when sterlizing some milk. The (yoghurt) recipe called for me to raise the temperature of the milk above 90C and hold it there for 15 minutes, while stirring continuously. In the past I've done the stirring with a wooden spoon in one hand while holding a thermapen with the other. Lots of annoyances doing it that way - I knock the thermapen with my spoon, my temperature hand gets parboiled in the steam, and the thermapen switches itself off every few minutes. The task is SO much more pleasant with this thermo spoon!
Also, the spoon itself seems to be made of a stiff silicone formulation, and feels impressively robust - almost tough enough to dig holes in your garden lawn, it's certainly capable of stirring the stiffest of fudges!
I'm very pleased. Get one!
[Edit 4th Nov 2015] I am reducing my review rating from 5 stars to 3 after discovering that this thermo spoon has a tendency to lock up (software freeze) while in use. The problem is actually quite reproducable: I was heating up a fudge mixture in the microwave, taking the bowl out every now and then to stir and check the temperature. Except the display kept getting stuck on a reading, it wouldn't even switch off, I had to poke a pin though the small "reset" hole in order to get it working again. It has done this several times in a one hour session. I am a professional programmer myself, and from these symptoms I suspect that the firmware doesn't like it if the temperature ramps up too quickly. I'll make a wild guess that it's averaging the last N readings, and the lockup occurs if the range of readings over that N is too high. Very disappointing, as it means that the thermometer part can't be relied on at crucial moments. However it is still preferable to two-handed operation with a thermapen.
[Edit 17th May 2016] My thermo spoon is no more. It is an ex thermo spoon. It snapped in two halfway up the handle while I was attempting to mix bread dough. So, I got a bit more than a year out of it. At least I can answer a question about the material that I raised in my review: the interior is a kind of brittle plastic, only the outer coating is silicone. I am left disappointed - that early feeling of quality has turned out to be an illusion. I am now looking for a different thermo spoon.