Thermometer tells it like it is

The Maverick Redi-Chek Voice Alert BBQ Remote Thermometer speaks up when the steak is done.

Advice-giving thermometer. Maverick

Some chefs don't take direction too well. You could tell them the secret for the best barbecue sauce in the world, but they would never admit it was right until they added something to make it "theirs." There's nothing wrong with this sentiment: not only are everybody's taste buds individualized, but also the process creates endless varieties. And as they say, variety is the spice of life. On the other hand, when it comes to the actual cooking process, a chef who insists on serving meats done exactly to his or her personal liking can be perceived as something of a control freak. This is probably not the type of person who would do well with a talking thermometer that tells you when the steak is ready.

However, for the rest of us the Maverick Redi-Chek Voice Alert BBQ Remote Thermometer might make perfect sense. Those prone to distraction would especially benefit from this device. With a range of 100 feet and voice alerts that include "Your food is ready" and "Your food is almost ready," even those with a tendency to wander off will be cajoled back into action at the proper time.

With push-button controls, a backlit display, and a countdown timer, the easy-to-use thermometer offers use for every cook--no matter what the skill level. As for those who prefer not to have preset doneness preferences dictated to them, the gadget also allows for individuals to program in their own preferred temperature settings--so perhaps even our insistent chef friends could play nice with it after all.

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