As its name suggest, this utensil combines a
cooking fork with a thermometer. In one of the tines of the fork, a
device is embedded for temperature sensing function. There are several
different styles and brands of the thermometer forks in the market. Some
using thermocouples and some using thermistors.
Depending on the type, the temperature can
be shown within 2 to 10 seconds on a digital display or by indicator
lights. These lights will tell if the food has reached rare, medium or
well done. They are particularly useful for grilling as the thermometer
fork will be able to measure accurately the internal temperature of even
the thinnest foods.
Thermometer forks are not designed to be
left in the food while in the oven or on the grill and they cannot be
calibrated. They should be used toward the end of the estimated cooking
time to determine the temperature of the food.