The correct cooking is important to keep meat safe from bacteria. On the other hand, overcooked meat tends to be dry and is difficult to chew and digest. USDA recommends cooking food to the proper temperature measured with a food thermometer.
Cutting into meat to check the color inside allows the juices to run out, resulting in dried out meat or poultry. Meat thermometer is a must-have item for any kitchen to achieve safe and delicious results.
What is the Best Meat Thermometer?
Instant read meat thermometers have an easy to read temperature display that provides accurate information in seconds. If you prefer to check the meat temperature instantly, you may want to invest in an instant-read thermometer.
If you prefer to insert the meat thermometer before you start cooking, you should try a leave-in meat thermometer. The console of digital leave-in thermometer stays outside the oven while the thermometer probe remains inserted into the meat inside.
Tips for Using a Meat Thermometer
To take a proper temperature, you must properly place your thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, so the tip of the probe does not touch any bone, fat or the pan surface.
For pork, beef, and lamb cuts insert the probe in the center of the thickest meat area, away from fat, bone, and gristle.
Steaks are thinner cuts compared to roast cuts, so be careful not to put the end of the thermometer onto the hot cooking surface.
When check the internal temperature of poultry insert the probe into the thigh area near the breast, avoiding the bone. The best place to insert a probe in a turkey would be in the high part of the thigh muscle.
Ground meat is more likely to contain bacteria. The probe should be placed in the thickest area of the meatloaf. Food safety experts recommend inserting the thermometer into the side of the hamburger, to make sure that the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F.
The internal temperature of stuffed and rolled meats should be checked in two different places.
After each use, wash the probe of the thermometer thoroughly in hot, soapy water. To sanitize the probe make a bleach water solution and soak the probe into it, then rinse it before each use.