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    Designed for commercial use, the ChefAlarm by ThermoWorks delivers features not found in "houseware" cooking alarms. Continuous Min/Max display tells you how hot (or cold) your food got when you weren't looking. A "High Alarm" sounds when your food reaches your setting, and a first-of-its-kind "Low Alarm" is perfect for making yogurt and other cold dishes. Adjustable alarm volume can be heard in a noisy restaurant kitchen. The main temperature digits are big and easy-to-see from a distance. Touch the backlight button to read the display in the dark. ChefAlarm reads within ±2°F so you should never need a calibration adjustment, but the CAL feature can be used for fine-tuning your accuracy to better than ±1°F. Fold ChefAlarm flat and use the magnetic back on a metal surface or tilt the display up and use it on a counter. ChefAlarm comes with one Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe that measures to 572°F with a cable that withstands 700°F short term exposure. Every kitchen should have at least one ChefAlarm! DO NOT SUBMERGE.


    Splash-proof design for commercial kitchens
    Uses Pro-Series® temperature probes (cord is not immersible)
    Includes: Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe with cable to 700°F max temp (cord should not be submerged), Pot Clip
    Optional Probe: Pro-Series Needle Probe (immersible)
    Adjustable high and low alarms
    Always-on Min & Max temperatures
    Adjustable volume to 92dB (4 settings)
    Includes count-down and count-up timer
    Really big digits and a backlight!

    NOTE: We also carry an extra clip for this item.

    NOTE: Some models of induction cook tops can create temporary interference with digital electronic thermometers when they are placed near the range while the cook top is powered on.


    -58 to 572°F (-50 to 300°C)

    Cooking Probe Cable Range

    Max 700°F (370°C)


    ±1.8°F (±1.0°C) from -4 to 248°F (-20 to 120°C)
    ±3.6°F (±2.0°C) from -58 to -4°F / 248 to 392°F (-50 to -20°C / 120 to 200°C)
    ±5.4°F (±3.0°C) from 392 to 572°F (200 to 300°C)

    Timer Range

    Countdown settable to 99 hours, 59 minutes

    Max Sounds Volume


    IP Rating

    IP65 (excluding probe connector)

    Operating Range

    32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)




    °C/°F switchable




    2 x AAA, 5000 hours (1 year typical depending on alarm use)


    5.94 H x 2.75 W x .75 D inches (150.9 H x 69.9 W x 19.1 D mm)

    Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe (included)

    Cable Max Temp

    700ºF (370ºC)

    Transition Max Temp

    644ºF (340ºC)

    Probe Range

    -58 to 572ºF (-50 to 300ºC)

    Cable Length

    47 inches (1.2m)

    Probe Dimensions

    7 L x 0.13 inches dia. reduces to 0.08 inches dia.
    (177.8 L x 3 mm dia. reduces to 2 mm dia.)

    Uses Yogurt Making:

    • Set MAX ALARM to know when the temp of milk reaches 185F
    • Then set TIMER ALARM for 20 mins to hold it there (MIN ALARM set to 180F will let you know if heat needs to be increased)
    • Then set MIN ALARM to 115F to avoid over chilling the milk before adding culture.

    Uses for Cheese Making:

    • Set MAX ALARM to just below target milk temp to avoid overheating milk.
    • Useful to monitor the temperature of milk during slow heating using the TEMP and TIMER settings.
    • Set MIN ALARM one the cheese curd is at temp to know when more heating is needed.
    • Set MIN ALARM for cheeses that need to be held at a specific temp while cultures remain active after draining/molding (such as many soft or lightly pressed cheeses.)
    Based on 6 Reviews

    From: N.J.

    Quality product even the case. It takes a lot of stress out of the cheese making adventure.


    • correct temperature
    • don't need to baby sit your pots
    • you know exactly what is happening
    From: Roosevelt Utah

    ChefAlarm love love love it

    I have been making cheeses for 12 years now I use two 5 gallon 3 ply stainless steal pots and I color one orange usually but trying to keep these two pots at the same temperature is almost impossible and standing buy my stove watching them all day is also impossible to these ChefAlarms are just a life saver, I can't imagine doing without them now and yes I did purchase a second one it just makes making cheese so much easier and I don't know how I done without them.


    • large digital read out
    • loud alarm
    • magnetic on backside
    • Great for roasting in oven
    • comes with pot clip
    • price
    • not instant read

    A bit complicated to use

    Maybe it's just me, but this thermometer is sort of complicated to use in cheese making. The unit is definitely not "instant read" and takes a lot longer to get up to temp than I had expected. The probe used with the enclosed pot clip is a nice feature, as it gets the temperature away from the side of pot. The alarm is loud and that is good. Perhaps I just need to read more in the instructions on it's operation so I may like it better and decide that it is a useful tool for cheese making. It also seems to be pretty accurate.


    • multi-function
    • readable
    • magnetic back
    • a little pricey
    • could be louder
    • cable requires care to keep unkinked
    From: Leafy Green Arlington, VA

    super product!

    I use this alarm for all kinds of chefery projects, but for cheese and yogurt (and beer making), this thing is what you want! It has low/high alarms, so set it for low 112 and high 180 and turn the stove off when it beeps and pitch your starter when it beeps again for low temp. The timer can help you hold a temp for a period in your cheese tempering, which is also handy. The magnet is great too, I just stick it to the side of the microwave above the stove.

    yes, it is not free, but the quality of your cheese and yogurt making will really improve enough that you should seriously consider one. preferably in a fun color.


    • Versatile%20Functions
    From: Texas

    Convenient, Compact and Colorful!

    I am so happy with the Chef Alarm I purchased from New England Cheesemaking. It has versatile functions in one compact unit - low and high temperature settings, timer settings and alarms to let you know when your settings have been reached. This frees me up to do other things without having to run back to check on things. I also bought the submersible thermometer which make the unit even more versatile. And it comes in fun colors - I have lime green!



    I have used the ChefAlarm for 2 seasons of cheese making and I love it. The high and low temperature settings with an alarm allow you to monitor the curds without have to constantly stand over the pot. The alarm is loud and can be heard across the house. The built in timer keeps everything in one device. The ChefAlarm is not waterproof but the buttons are sealed so splashes wipe off with no damage.