It’s not one that you’d probably think of immediately, but it plays a crucial role in the quality of your annual turkey feast.
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We’re sure you have your family’s heirloom recipe and approach to cooking and serving your Thanksgiving turkey, and we’re not one to tell you to scrap all of your time-honored traditions. But there’s one piece of technology that's essential to cooking the perfect turkey—and that’s the digital thermometer.

A digital thermometer is an affordable, surefire way to avoid the nightmare of a dry, overcooked turkey, and we’ve found the two best thermometers for you to consider this holiday season.

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Thermopro Wireless Remote Thermometer

For slow roasts that take hours to hit the right temp, we like remote probe thermometers. The ThermoPro’s unit lets you conveniently monitor your food from 300 feet away, so you don’t need to be glued to the oven, grill, or smoker when you have guests.

And while the probe wires of some other brands suffer damage at oven temps over 400°F, the Thermopro’s cable can handle up to 716°F, making it safe for most cooking, even on turbocharged kamado-style grills. It’s a steal at just $22.

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OXO's New Chef's Precision Thermocouple Thermometer

The new Chef’s Precision model from OXO delivers a temperature readout within two seconds, accurate to +/- 0.9°F. Its range from -58°F to 572°F covers everything you could ever possibly want to measure, and its compact folding style makes it easy to store. This is a kitchen aficionado’s best tool and it’s Prime-eligible on Amazon for $99.