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on 1 February 2012
I have used another cheap and cheerful digital thermometer for 2 or 3 years mainly for monitoring the temperature of joints of meat whilst roasting and have found it really helpful in getting the cooking time spot on. It has also been useful when reheating home-made frozen dishes in the oven as it is often difficult to judge how long they need. More recently I have found it really good for helping to keep my oven at a temperature suitable for the proving stage of bread making. When I accidentally dropped this older device and it stopped working I was gutted.
I purchased the TFA thermometer as a replacement after reading a lot of good reviews, but found it so much more complicated to use that it was a real disappointment. I am normally happy using digital gadgets but I needed to keep referring to the instructions every time I used this thing. It has so many functions that I can do without and yet the ones I was used to and found indispensable on my cheaper thermometer were missing. My old one had preprogrammed settings for different foods (beef, pork, lamb, fish etc.)as well as adjustments for rare, medium, well done. Best of all I could save my own settings such as for my dough proving sessions. None of the latter seems possible with the TFA thermometer and it needed programming for every use which requires many key presses instead of the one or two I have been used to. I had no need for the clock or multiple timers - I have these facilities on my cooker. The only function that was quite a good addition was an alarm to tell me if the temperature had either exceeded or dropped below the desired range but this was a pain to set up each time.
In the end, after trying it several times and getting frustrated at how unnecessarily complicated it was to set up each time I used it, I gave up and sent it back. Amazon as always gave an excellent response to my request for a refund. I was then prompted to see if I could dismantle and resurrect my old device and luckily I have been able to do so and I am happily back using it with very simple button presses to get beautifully cooked roast beef or perfectly proved bread dough. I will continue to look for another inexpensive digital thermometer that is quick and easy to use in case of another accident, but the TFA thermometer was sadly not the one for me.