There are several types of meat thermometers
available in the market. They are available at the grocery, hardware or
kitchen supply stores. The most common types of meat thermometers
Microwave-safe types which are designed to be used specifically only
in a microwave ovens.
oven-proof types which go into the food at the beginning of the
cooking time and can be read easily. Stays in the oven while
Instant-read and digital types which are not intended to be left in
the food while cooking in the oven. It gives you a quick reading
when inserted into the food and can be read easily.
types which are commonly found in poultry but may be purchased for
other types of meats too.
purchasing a thermometer, ensure that your purchase is designed for meat
and poultry. There are other types of thermometers available too like
candy thermometer. Read the manufacturer's packaging label carefully to
ensure than you are buying the type designed for use with meats and not
something else. Also look for an easy to read dial, made with stainless
steel and a shatter-proof clear lens. Meat thermometers that can be
calibrated for accuracy and digital thermometers are also available.
To check for
the accuracy of the thermometer, dip it into boiling water for 20
seconds (instant-read thermometer) or 3 minutes (for regular meat
thermometer). It should read 212oF, which is the temperature
at which water boils. If you are not getting that reading, you will need
to adjust or calibrate the thermometer.