From Season 6: High-Roast Chicken Dinner
The only way to ensure a well-cooked roast is through constant temperature monitoring, but repeatedly lifting the lid off the grill wreaks havoc on cooking times. Could a remote thermometer—which transmits the temperature from a probe inserted in the food to a cordless console—solve this problem? To find out, we rounded up four models.
What separated the best from the worst were the transmission range and the temperature-setting options. Some models transmitted up to 200 feet, while the shortest range was a mere 30 feet. Our favorite models clearly indicated when we had moved out of transmission range (sounding a series of warning beeps); the others simply ceased flashing a display light—a bit too subtle.
More important is that some models are restricted to factory-determined temperature settings. In the end, our winner provided temperature guidelines that could be overridden to set any temperature, the range was ample (up to 150 feet), and the clippable pager was small enough not to hinder an impromptu game of catch.
Victorinox (formerly Victorinox Forschner) 6-inch Straight Boning Knife: Flexible
The nonslip grip and narrow, straight blade let testers remove the smallest bones with precision and complete comfort. Perfectly balanced with enough flexibility to maneuver around tight joints. The low price was a bonus.
|★ ★ ★||★ ★ ★||$19.95|
Wüsthof Classic Boning Knife
Hefty in weight, this knife was a solid performer when removing poultry bones, and the handle was easy to grip, even when covered in chicken fat. Piercing silver skin was a challenge since the tip wasnt sharp enough and the long narrow blade produced slightly jagged cuts.
|★ ★||★ ★ ★||$99.95|
|Recommended with Reservations|
Mundial Boning Knife: Flexible
The sharp tip performed well when removing silver skin, but it was too flexible when maneuvering around poultry joints, leaving testers feeling a lack of control. The heavy handle was slightly unbalanced and became slippery once covered in poultry fat.
|★ ★||★ ★||$19.95|
Shun Gokujo Filet Knife
Designed to replicate a samurai blade, this expensive knife was a disappointment. It struggled to pierce the silver skin, although long cuts were smooth and even. Minimal flexibility and extreme curve got in the way when maneuvering around joints. The smooth handle was hard to grip and slippery.
MAC Boning KnifeChef Series
The large, cumbersome handle reminded testers of an outdoors knife for fishing and hunting. The blade was too wide to maneuver around joints and it struggled to pierce silver skin. Unlike other knives, this boning knife could only slice in one direction, making intricate cuts around joints difficult.
Messermeister San Moritz Elite Flexible Boning Knife
The blade was so flexible it led to erratic cuttings; testers said the knife was hard to control. The blade was not sturdy enough to maneuver around joints and the lightweight handle felt flimsy and unbalanced.