Appropriately named the Tech Fork, this clever thermometer fork takes the guesswork out of cooking your favorite meat in the kitchen or on the grill. Oddly, the name of the manufacturer is nowhere to be found on the box, the documentation, on the fork itself, or in the battery compartment. It comes from OXA USA makers of a variety of innovative new products.
The Tech Fork is about 16″ in length with a black rubber grip handle. The stainless steel prongs are about an inch apart and 3″ long to sink deeply into a turkey or roast. It comes with little protective plastic caps over the sharp tips of the fork. I found them a bit hard to remove so I opted to just leave them off but they can be replaced on the fork between uses if you choose. A button on the back of the handle will toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature readings.
The LCD screen is near the top of the fork with meat options and buttons farther down the handle. The Meat Button turns the fork on or off and also selects the correct type of meat from the options listed on the fork. These include Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken, and Turkey. Each has a small red light that will light up when it’s selected. Once you’ve selected the type of meat you’re cooking, Taste button allows you to select from Rare, Medium Rare, Medium, and Well Done. The target temperature for your selection will appear on the lighted screen. After a couple of seconds, that number will be replaced with the current temperature of either the room, if the fork is not yet inserted into the meat, or the meat if it is. When the meat reaches the desired temperature, an alarm will sound. It’s pretty loud so you should be able to hear it from the next room. If you don’t select one of the meat options, the fork will still work as a regular food thermometer with the current food temperature on the display.
My test was done on a modest size beef roast. I inserted my regular meat thermometer in the roast and stuck it in the oven as usual. When the roast looked like it should have been done to my medium-rare, my old meat thermometer said it was 160 degrees. I pulled the roast out of the oven and inserted the Tech Fork which I had set for Beef, Medium Rare which is a target temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. I watched as the temperature quickly rose on the LCD screen. When it reached Medium-Rare temperature setting, the alarm sounded that the roast was done. I let it sit for a few minutes to let the juices to get back to where they belonged and then I sliced into the beef. It was done to perfection and the best roast I’ve had in a long time. Definitely time to replace that old thermometer.
Unlike a traditional meat thermometer, you can’t leave the Tech Fork in the meat while it cooks, either in the oven or on the grill. It’s long enough to keep your hand a good way from the heat as you insert or remove it from the meat and it’s sharp enough to pierce the meat easily. The Tech Fork is sturdy and will easily lift a substantial roast out of the roasting pan and onto a platter. Since you cannot submerge most of the fork in water because of the electronics and batteries inside, cleanup is just wiping down and rinsing the prongs. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Tech Fork Specification:
- 2 AAA batteries (not included)
- Power: auto shutoff
- Rubberized grip
- Able to read air temperature as well as meat and other foods
- Celsius / Fahrenheit display mode selection
- Meat selection and doneness indicator
- Size: 16″ long .
- One year warranty
The Tech Fork is a precision kitchen instrument that will determine the correct cooking temperature for your meats and other foods when cooked in the Oven, Microwave, or BBQ. No more guessing that your meat is cooked to a safe temperature each and every time. The Tech Fork is available on Amazon for $18.99 with free shipping. This is a great gift idea for anyone who loves to cook.