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By: Jennifer Devitt on December 1st, 2013

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An App for that. How about one thats a meat thermometer?

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As Apple says: "There's an App for That!" This Thanksgiving I was reminded once again of that famous phrase. While assisting my brother-in-law with Thanksgiving dinner I got to experience the iGrill.

The iGrill is a thermometer that allows you to monitor the temperature of your meat via Bluetooth and the iGrill app in the App store. My brother-in-law was using this for the first time. He had it connected to his iPad Air. You can also utilize the iGrill without the app, but where is the fun in that? The iGrill has two probes. We placed one in the breast are and one in the drumstick area of the turkey. The app has pre-loaded meat temperatures for you to choose from. We tested the thermometer with water prior to use to see if it was accurate. Having passed that test we gave it a go. My brother-in-law was cooking the large turkey on the grill. As is typical I was assigned with monitoring the bird prior to using my carving skills to slice it.

In the past, I have relied on my Grandmothers cooking lessons and old fashioned thermometers for backup. Grandma always said you can tell when a turkey is done when the drumsticks pull away from the body with ease. This lesson hasn't failed me in my ten plus years of turkey making so, no one argues!

We found the iGrill to be accurate and fun to monitor via the iPad Air. It also received some intrigued attention from the non-cooking members of our family who are suckers for technology. Heck, even Dave had to see what it was all about. The turkey with the iGrill was a complete success. The nice thing is that you can limit the opening/closing of the grill or oven to read the thermometer by using the app.

I am considering buying one to use for Christmas dinner that is hosted at our house. There is a next generation one coming out on December 16 as well. The iGrill comes with alarms that will notify you if your Grill, smoker or cooking device becomes too hot or cold. These features help give the chef more time to enjoy their company and focus on the other dishes they may be preparing.

This fun gadget/app just goes to show that if there is something you use in everyday life and wish there was an easier, quicker way to do it...or wish there was an app for it, make it happen. If you can dream it, find a developer who can help you bring it to reality. Let your app idea join the over 1 million apps in the Apple Apps store. Have you ever used an iGrill? I would love to hear your experience with it. Be sure to stop by in the new year to see if I got one and if I had the same success with the Christmas turkey.