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No peeking necessary with light-up steak thermometer

The SteakChamp Thermometer offers simple operation. Calibrated for detecting doneness, each thermometer lights up when steak is ready.

The Inno-Labs SteakChamp Thermometer features a no-frills way to tell when the steak is done.
The Inno-Labs SteakChamp Thermometer features a no-frills way to tell when the steak is done. Amazon

It's hard not to peek. Such is the nature of closed oven doors and shut grill lids. Something good is simmering underneath, but what could it be? It doesn't matter that we ourselves put the deliciousness-to-be in the oven or on the grill; as soon as it's out of sight, it is in danger of being spirited away by some unknown force. Therefore, we peek. Just to make sure it's still there.

There is, of course, another reason to peek and that is to keep an eye on the cooking progress. When it comes to steak, those levels of doneness have names: rare, medium rare, medium, and medium well. The trick is getting to the level you want without having to peek by cutting it open and letting all the juicy deliciousness run out. For that, there are steak thermometers.

The Inno-Labs SteakChamp Thermometer gets straight to the point -- and that's both a benefit and a drawback. The steak thermometer reports no temperatures or time, instead relying on a simple light to alert users when to pull the steak. As such, each thermometer can only be used for a certain level of doneness.

It sounds like a neat idea, but the price makes it difficult to swallow. Each thermometer costs about 50 bucks. So, if you're grilling for more than just yourself, well, you do the math. However, if giving the grilling gadget as a gift, maybe the price isn't prohibitive -- especially if they are the type who likes to peek at the price tag. )

For some other options of keeping tabs on the cooking, check out the iDevices iGrill Mini or the Steak Station from Charcoal Companion.

(Via Coolest Gadgets)