I kept thinking roasting a 14-lb turkey for the first time is a daunting task so I started collecting recipes and tips 4 weeks prior to Thanksgiving. I also bought all the paraphenalia including this wonderful thermometer...anything to make the task easier. Remember, this is my first time to roast a turkey and I followed all the instructions. My husband read the instructions and I executed them. It was very easy to use. Once the probe was in the thigh, the thermometer gave it a read. We put the turkey in the oven and my husband had fun watching the temperature go up gradually and he kept reporting to me. The turkey turned out perfect. Our friends were very impressed.