Sprng is here again in Missouri.  I can hardly believe it.  I’m hoping it will stick around a while this time so that I can finally enjoy grilling season!

Have you ever prepared a meal, waited and waited for the meat to get done, then finally pulled it out, placed it on the table, only to find that it’s undercooked?

I HAVE A GREAT GIVEAWAY that I can’t wait to share with you!  It will take the guesswork out of cooking.

I decided on this because so many of my students ask me how to tell when their meat is properly cooked.  Besides the touch method that I blogged about in July of 2009, there’s a tried and true method which simply uses a temperature probe.

For the past 10 years I’ve been using the same temperature probe.  It works perfectly and still after 10 years looks like new.  Of course, I take care of mine and have followed the cleaning instructions so it doesn’t get damaged.  I still like to use the touch method as well however, but for true accuracy of internal temperatures a probe never lies.

I especially love it when I’m grilling and hanging out with my guests outdoors waiting for the food.  It alleviates running back and forth to the grill, opening and closing it causing the heat escape.  With the long temerature probe you’re able to view the gauge on the outside of your grill and know when your meat is done.  It also works great for the oven or even on the stovetop with its special clip attachments for pots.

Since I love the Polder Classic Cooking Thermometer so much I’ll be GIVING THREE (3) OF THESE AWAY so that you too can have perfectly done meat everytime. 

In order to WIN one of the three Polder Classic Cooking Thermometers ($24.99 value) here’s what you need to do:  

Mandatory Entry:  To get your name entered into this drawing simply tell me in the comments section below, the first thing you will cook using your Polder Cooking Thermometer if you win one.  (worth 1 entry) If you’re in the sharing mood feel free to share that recipe with us, we might want to try it!

The mandatory entry MUST be done otherwise the bonus entries if you choose to do them, will not count. However, you can enter just the one time, or to increase your chances of winning you can enter any or all of the bonus entries.

Bonus Entries (leave a separate comment for each entry.  If you’re already a fan or follower, just say so in your comment).  Each one will count for the # of entries I’ve posted.  Your name will then be entered that many times for the giveaway.  The more entries you have the greater your chances of winning!

Here are the the other ways to enter:

  •  “Like” At Home with Vicki Bensinger on facebook and leave your name in your comment. You can leave first name and last initial if you don’t want to leave your full name. (2 entries)
  • Subscribe to my blog, (3 entries)
  • Follow this blog.   (3 entries)
  • Sign up for my monthly newsletter  My newsletter comes out the first week of each month. Please be sure to leave your first name, email address and the state you live in. (1 entry)
  • “Like” Polder Housewares, Inc. on facebook and leave your name in your comment below. You can leave first name and last initial if you don’t want to leave your full name. (2 entries)
  • Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Leave your twitter handle and a link to your tweet so that I can verify it.  (How to get the URL of a tweet). (1 entry)

You have the chance to be entered 13 possible times for this giveaway. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (I apologize to my international readers ).

Please be sure to let me know which entries you made so that I can be sure I don’t miss any.  I will check out all entries.  Also be sure to leave a proper email address so that I can contact you if you win.

Three (3) winners will be chosen at random sometime on April 1st, 2011. Once the winners are selected, they will be notified via email and posted on my blog.  If a winner does not respond within 48 hours, that winner forfeits the prize and another winner will be selected at random.

Note:  The winners (3) will receive their Classic Cooking Thermometer mailed directly from Polder Housewares, Inc.  just in time for the spring/summer grilling season!.


#1 – Lanie
#18 – Loretta
# 24 – Suzitravel
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Timestamp: 2011-04-01 13:41:17 UTC

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  1. I know this would be great for Easter Dinner.

  2. I “like” you.

  3. I “follow” you.

  4. I also subscribe.

  5. Lanie Easter dinner would be perfect to use this for. What are you planning to prepare?

    Also, I didn’t see your information come up on the “follow” me for my blog. Are you sure you completed the sign in process? Unless it’s a bit delayed.

    Thanks for your support!

  6. Vicki, my son makes an awesome beer can chicken on the grill with great Mexican seasonings. The thermometer would come in very handy to let us know when it’s ready to eat 🙂

  7. I get your newsletter 🙂

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  10. I subscribe to your blog 🙂

  11. I follow your blog 🙂

  12. Ok, I followed you on twitter, but no idea how to tweet, so lost there. But the rest of it was a fair amount of work! I hope this isn’t going to be an April Fool’s Day joke! LOL

  13. You’re so funny. I would have made the deadline March 31st but that’s my birthday and don’t know what I’ll be doing that day so decided to make it on the 1st. Oh that would be a funny trick but NO I wouldn’t do that.

    I love beer can chicken and yes this will be perfect for that.

    By the way, thank you for doing all that. You didn’t have to, but it does increase your chances of winning! Good luck!

  14. what a cool give-away Vicki..I’d first use it on anything thawd out in the fridge .probably chicken, just to see if it works!! that is if my son doesn’t get to it first and use it on something strange like toast!!

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  17. Trying it on toast would definitely be a first Dee. If you win, please let us know what it registers in temperature when it’s toasted the way he likes it!

  18. What a fun giveaway, Vicki. I won’t be here on April 1st because I will be celebrating my Anniversary (I know, strange day to get married), but if I were I would barbeque a rosemary leg of lamb with the probe. Actually Randy would do the barbeque and I would do the prep work. I follow you on Facebook and get your email newsletter.

    Early Happy Birthday wishes by the way!

  19. If you should win it Loretta, then we will be sure to send it when you get back in town.

    Lamb sounds like a great dish to use this on.

    Thanks for your post.

  20. I want to go to Loretta for dinner, but since I’m not invited, I will grill steaks.

    I tend to start grilling dinner late and can’t see the color if I have to cut into it. Same with grilling fish. Knowing the temperature would be perfect! Sorry, Vicki, I’m not good at the “touch” test.

  21. You know I didn’t even think of that Myra but it would be perfect if you grill once it turns dark. It would totally take the guesswork out of cooking.

  22. My husband grills chicken often, but sometimes the breasts are not done, so definitely will use it for chicken.

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  30. Suzi,

    The thermometer will be perfect for grilling chicken or doing them any other way. Have your husband check out my touch method listed above in this post. It’s a good rule of thumb to follow and might help. You just need to touch the chicken when it’s raw to see how it feels then and while you’re cooking.

    Good luck and thank you for your posts.

  31. What a cool giveaway and my digital thermometer just broke too. I would make a roasted leg of lamb!

  32. It sounds like a lot of people would be making lamb, just in time for Easter. With a cooking thermometer you’ll be sure to have perfectly cooked lamb. I’ll be sure to add your name to the drawing. Good Luck!

  33. there are so many options for what i would use it for… hmmmm…. i’m so bad at judging whether my whole chickens are cooked enough, so that would be one use… i make a really good pork tenderloin, too, and it would be very helpful for that!

  34. i have now liked your page on FB, as well as Polder, am already signed up for your monthly newsletter (I think), have subscribed to your blog and am following on Twitter! I hope I win! 😀

  35. Thanks Olivia. The winners will be drawn on Friday. I will post the names of the winners on my blog as well as emailing those that have won. Good luck to everyone.

  36. Hurray! I’m happy to be one of your winners. Thanks for selecting my number, Vicki. I will thoroughly enjoy using the Polder Thermometer. The Steaks are waiting.

  37. This post has been very helpful. The whole blog is very instructive, interesting and informing in all. Very cool stuff, thanks for taking the time and sharing them.

  38. Thank you for your nice comment man of van London. Too bad your post was after my giveaway. The temperature probe is great. If you don’t have one you may want to consider purchasing one.

    Thank you again for your kind post.

  39. Oops sorry, I meant man and van London

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