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How Digital Thermometer Pans Work


Mechanics of Digital Thermometer Pans
The digital thermometer pan tells you the exact heat of the pan's surface.
The digital thermometer pan tells you the exact heat of the pan's surface.
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These days, there are plenty of kitchen gadgets in product testing and on the market to convert the casual cook into a Wolfgang Puck. There are spoons that can taste your food for you. Fruit bowls that emit UV lights can keep your produce fresh longer. Machines can tenderize and marinate meat while killing 99.5 percent of bacteria at the same time [source: Popular Science].

But after the hustle and bustle of the workday, who has time for all those fancy gizmos? When we get home after spending eight hours in a cube, all that most of us want to do is toss some food on the stove and relax. The Digital Thermometer Pan combines the simplicity of a frying pan and the precision of a digital thermometer to make cooking easier with tastier results.

Essentially, the Digital Thermometer Pan is a frying pan with a thermometer screen on the handle. Digital thermometers usually work through thermostatic sensors. These sensors react to temperature changes by altering their amount of resistance. Resistance refers to the degree that something resists an electric current running through it. A microchip or circuit in the device then converts that change in resistance to a temperature and displays it digitally on the readout screen. That resistance sensor in the Digital Thermometer Pan is located in the center of the cooking gadget, at the primary heat source. That way, you can get an exact readout of the hottest possible temperature on the pan and avoid scalding your food.

A lot of good cooking relies solely on instinct and attentiveness, but the Digital Thermometer Pan can help novice cooks develop those skills without sacrificing meals through trial and error.