How Do I Change the Settings on a Polder Digital Thermometer?

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How Do I Change the Settings on a Polder Digital Thermometer?
Digital thermometers have essentially replaced mechanical thermometers in cooking. (meat thermometer image by Kimberly Reinick from

Polder manufactures almost two dozen cooking thermometers. The company sells stick thermometers, combination timer/thermometers, meat-fork thermometers and more. Cooks use the thermometers to measure the temperatures in a number of tasks, from calibrating empty ovens to making candy to smoking meat. The capabilities and settings vary according to model; these instructions apply to the Polder 307 Deluxe Preset Thermometer, a basic digital thermometer that a cook can set for doneness for a variety of meats.

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Things you need

  • Polder 307 Deluxe Preset Thermometer

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  1. 1

    Move the "POWER ON/OFF" switch to the on position.

  2. 2

    Toggle the switch on the back of the thermometer to switch between temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit. When the switch is up, the display is in Celsius; when the switch is down, the thermometer will register temperatures in Fahrenheit.

  3. 3

    Press the "MEAT" button and cycle through the options until the thermometer displays your choice of meat.

  4. 4

    Press the "TASTE" button until the thermometer displays your choice of doneness.

  5. 5

    Move the "ON/OFF ALERT" switch to on and insert the thermometer into the food you're cooking. The thermometer's alarm will sound when the cooking temperature reaches the preset alert temperature. Continue cooking until the meat's interior reaches the desired temperature.

  6. 6

    Manually change the preset doneness temperatures by first setting "MEAT" and "TASTE" as above. Press and hold the "MEMORY" button until the "ALERT TEMP" blinks. Change the temperature with the "UP (+)" and "DOWN (-)" buttons to your choice. Press the "MEMORY" button again to save the change.

Tips and warnings

  • Programmed digital thermometers like the Polder 307 Deluxe Preset Thermometer also can be used as simple thermometers to record food temperature.

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