Cooking techniques

Meat Thermometers: Your Greatest Ally For Perfectly Cooked Meat

Quebec pork is even tastier when cooked to perfection.

There is no better or more accurate kitchen tool than a meat thermometer to ensure that the pork is cooked to perfection. It’s an easy-to-use, affordable utensil that ensures that meat will be cooked your liking every time. Any chef will tell you that a meat thermometer is essential.

There are many different thermometers to choose from and prices vary depending on their features. However, a reliable and efficient meat thermometer doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

To help you figure out which thermometer is right for you, we have prepared a detailed list of the different types available.

Types of meat thermometers

Digital instant-read thermometers (approx. $20)

These thermometers are by far the most practical models to use because the instant and easy-to-read display on the digital screen.

Remote-probe thermometers (approx. $30)

These models have a wire that connects the probe (inserted into the food inside the oven) to the temperature display (outside the oven). This thermometer monitors temperature during the cooking process without having to open and close the oven door.

Pocket digital probe thermometers (approx. $15)

These mini thermometers measure a wide range of temperatures. Most have a sensitive tip, which is simply inserted about ½ in. (1 cm) into the food, which is suitable for thinner cuts.

Dial thermometers (approx. $10)

These thermometers are left in the meat while it is cooking in the oven. They are handy for larger cuts, such as roasts, but they are slightly less accurate. To obtain the most accurate temperature, the stem must be inserted at least 2 in (5 cm.) into the meat.

Pocket-dial thermometers (approximately $10)

These thermometers are not oven-safe but are used to check the temperature of the food when it is taken out of the oven. They are more accurate than the larger-dial thermometers, but like those, they must be inserted at a depth of 2 in (5 cm.) to get an accurate reading.

How to use a meat thermometer

  • Insert thermometer into the centre of the thickest part of meat, away from the bones.
  •  For burgers, insert the thermometer into the side of patty.
  • Check the temperature of each piece of meat if you are cooking more than one.
  • Perfect doneness is a matter of personal taste. So, be sure to do taste tests to find out how you like your meat to be cooked.

The thermometer is an essential tool to achieve perfectly cooked meat. Easy to find, easy to use, precise, affordable… There are only upsides to using a thermometer.

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