Wireless Digital Thermometer

A digital oven thermometer can help ensure a better baking experience whether the family cook is preparing a sumptuous beef brisket for Sunday dinner or chocolate fudge brownies for a bedtime snack. The thermostats on many conventional ovens may lose the ability to accurately regulate the set temperature. This can cause the food to come out either undercooked or overcooked instead of just right. Yuck! Of course, not all cooking is not inside the house. Summer months mean barbecues and picnics. With a wireless digital thermometer, the cook-out chef can spend more time with family and guests and less time hovering over the grill to make sure the steaks don't burn. Wireless thermometers also work with conventional ovens.

A variety of digital thermometers are available at culinary specialty shops and also online at a variety of website stores. Before buying this every-kitchen-should-have-one item, shoppers should be sure they are ordering from an established website that offers outstanding customer service. The prudent shopper, no matter what she is purchasing, can take certain steps to help ensure a positive online shopping experience. For example, the shopper should pay attention to the provisions of the store's return policy which should be easily accessible from the website's home page. She will also want to take note of any warranties that come with the purchased items and what steps need to be taken to ensure that the warranties will be honored in the future. Of course, the online store must provide assurance that the customer's credit card information is protected from any security breaches.

Perhaps the primary consideration when selecting a digital oven thermometer is whether or not to purchase one with a wire or to opt for the wireless variety. The typical thermometer consists of a battery-operated main unit with an LCD panel. This unit does not, under any circumstances, ever go into the oven. Instead, a probe is attached to the oven rack with a metal clip. A wire runs from the probe, inside the oven, to the main unit, outside the oven. The wire is thin enough it does not adversely affect the seal when the door is closed. The main unit will usually come with three different mounting options so the customer can choose what works best for her kitchen. The package will probably come with a specially designed bracket for holding the unit can be screwed into a nearby wall. The bracket may also be designed to be used as a stand for the unit. Most likely, the package also will include magnets that can be attached to the unit and then placed on the metal door. A wireless digital thermometer will also come with a battery-operated main unit that may also have similar mounting options. The difference is that this package comes with a remote wireless probe so that a wire isn't running from the probe through the seal on the door to the main unit.

Whether or not the main unit comes with a wired or wireless probe, the package will require similar care. A digital oven thermometer is designed to be used in a conventional oven, not in a microwave. The microwaves of a microwave oven will damage a probe. The main unit should not be exposed to direct heat or submerged in water. Generally speaking, the unit can be carefully cleaned with a damp cloth. The probe should not be submerged in water, either, but does need to be cleaned, again with a damp cloth, after each use. However, particular products may have different cleaning instructions which will most likely be included as an insert in the package. These are the instructions that should be followed. Care should be taken that the wire connecting the probe to the main unit isn't exposed to too high a heat for too long a period of time. Extended high heat can deteriorate the wire. Again, the instructions manual should provide more specifics on taking care of the wire. A properly maintained product should last a fairly long time so that baked goods come out of the oven and onto the family table. In Old Testament times, Moses' brother Aaron, as the first high priest, was given these specific instructions: "This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual . . . and the baken pieces of the meat offering shalt thou offer for a sweet savour unto the LORD. And the priest of his sons that is anointed in his stead shall offer it: it is a statute for ever unto the LORD; it shall be wholly burnt" (Leviticus 6:20-22). Though we no longer follow this instruction, this passage is a nice reminder to thank God for the food He provides for us.

Both a wired and a wireless digital thermometer will most likely give temperature readings in both Fahrenheit and Centigrade. To operate the digital thermometer, the cook sets the desired temperature on the main unit. Once the probe indicates that the desired temperature is reached inside the oven, it continues to take temperature readings every few seconds and shows the average of those readings on one line of the LCD panel on the main unit. If the temperature goes too high or too low from a range established by the desired temperature, the main unit emits an alert so that the cook can appropriately adjust the temperature setting on the actual oven. By relying on the digital oven thermometer, the cook doesn't have to open the door to check on whatever is cooking inside. A great amount of heat escapes, sometimes as much as a hundred degrees, whenever an oven door is opened in the cooking process. This can really affect the cooking time.

A multi-lingual, programmable wireless digital thermometer is great when cooking meat on a grill. In this type of thermometer, the remote wireless probe is inserted directly into the meat. The main unit usually provides several options, including steak, pork, lamb, and chicken. The level of cooking, a choice of rare, medium-rare, medium, or well-done, can also be programmed. Some models are designed to monitor two meats with different cooking levels at the same time. Manufacturers have even created a long grilling fork that acts as the wireless thermometer. The probe is in the tines of the fork. After the fork is stuck for several seconds in the meat, the temperature shows up on a small screen in the handle. Every summer chef needs a wireless digital thermometer like that and every serious cook will love a digital oven thermometer.

Wireless Digital Pen

One might think that a wireless digital pen would have to be just about the most revolutionary thing to come along since wiggle was put in gelatin. After all, no more paper, not more filled wastebaskets and best of all, more trees will be left standing. Of course, the poor paper salesmen might soon be out of work, but that's progress, right? But then again, one of the makers for a computer digital pen says that its writing device draws on any paper just like a normal writing device does, and so this writer is left scratching my head. This invention is supposed to cut down on paper but the phrase "draws on any paper like a normal pen" makes me wonder why the writing device is really needed then.

The typical computer digital pen has just come to the public's eye in the last few years and is still working the kinks out of the design. Each writing device has software that must be installed and then the flash drive picks up the signal from the pen and converts it to images on the computer screen that in most cases looks like your exact handwriting, or in many cases printing. The flash drive saves the data and when used in combination with hand-writing recognition software the transformation is complete. But don't forget about drawings also, which might very well pique the interest of graphics designers or artists. Ten feet appears to be about the maximum length allowable between pen and flash drive. The typical flash drive may hold up to 1GB of storage, which is enough data storage to write a new "War and Peace."

Some models of the computer digital pen must have the USB dongle very near the pen, and it's sometimes possible that the computer, the dongle and the writing device might not be distance compatible. Pen resolution may be better or worse than 300dpi to 900dpi. And after thinking about this a little more, the idea of writing on paper to replace paper is okay because lined paper can keep the handwriting from going down or uphill in the computer screen. Some models of the computer digital pen idea incorporate a microphone along with the ability to store digitally one's handwriting. But one of the newer models of a wireless digital pen that is actually a microcomputer and has to use special microdot paper to perform its functions, but those functions are amazing to say the least. "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are they works; and that my soul knoweth right well." (Psalm 139:14)

Imagine the possibilities of this little wireless digital writing device marvel. It is a device that records, for example, a lecture while the student takes notes. After the lecture is over and the student is reviewing the notes, there can often be, shall we say, a disconnect between what was said by the professor and what was comprehended and written down by the student. Not any more with this two hundred dollar computer in the shape and size and weight of a fountain pen. As the student goes back to his dorm and sits down to figure out exactly what it was that he wrote down on the microdot paper notebook, he places the computer digital pen on a specific portion of the notes that are fuzzy to him. Bam! There in his ears are the exact words of the professor as he is speaking about that portion of the lecture where the student's notes are quite lean. No more listening to the whole thing, or having to slog through some awful story the professor is telling about what college was like back in the day.

An enterprising young college student began taking advantage of this particular wireless digital pen. The student noticed that many her fellow colleagues in a world civilization class were sleeping through day after day of lectures. She began taking copious notes of every day's presentation and stored the notes on her computer. Then in her genius, she began selling each day's notes online for student purchase. So far, this is probably pretty standard fare for the college scene. But then she offered students another service consisting of ten minutes with her to go over specific places in the lecture that they didn't really understand. She could direct her computer digital writing device to any place on her own notebook to retrieve that portion of the lecture that needed enlightenment.

Three dollars for the notes and five dollars for the personal enlightment from the wireless digital pen. The girl was cleaning up! And of course she added notes from other classes and made more money and got the daily advantage of going over each lecture several times. It was a real cash and educational cow. Until the fun ended on the day the girl's roommate got her own model of this special writing device and went into competition at cut-rate prices. Even for this more sophisticated device, the cost is under two hundred dollars making it a very affordable asset for the person needing such technology.

If a person is considering a wireless digital writing device, he or she should ask if there really is a need. Despite the young entrepreneur's success, just being able to put handwritten notes on a computer screen may not be a great need. Perhaps as these devices are perfected and nurses and doctors can use them for patients' charts and medical records, then the concept will become very appealing. So think before you buy. But if a person already owns a 14K gold fishing pole, why not get a computer digital writing device that no one else has?

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