I have always loved kitchen gadgets. I love wandering around a kitchen store and marveling at all of the fun and interesting products out there. But over time I have learned which gadgets are actually useful, and which have short-lived usefulness.
One thing I won’t go without in my kitchen, though, is a food thermometer. This is a tool I’m reaching for every week (or multiple times per week). A food thermometer is not just something for the accomplished chef but should be in the kitchen of anyone who cooks meat. It’s a matter of both food safety & food tastiness! Underdone meat can result in sickness and overdone meat results in a dry chewy meal. Below is a chart courtesy of Food.gov with recommended cooking times for meats. The rest time is the time you should let the meat sit after cooking.
|Category||Food||Temp (°F)||Rest Time|
|Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb||Steaks/Roasts/Chops||145||3 min|
I’ve always had a standard meat thermometer, but recently I received this digital one from Eat Smart. It is their Elite Thermocouple Digital Food Thermometer. I certainly love digital things! Here is some info about this thermometer:
- Measures between -40 to 572 °F in Celsius or Fahrenheit with a resolution of 0.1 degrees F
- InstaRead Technology: Readings in 7 seconds or less
- 4″ probe with 1.5mm step down tip and splash-proof design
- Easy to read large 1.5″ LCD Display with blue backlight
I was really happy with how it worked, and it came at just the right time as I was making all of the food for my Meal Planning 101 ebook! This thermometer got a lot of use testing those recipes and with the many meals I’ve made since.
Here’s what I love about it…
- The probe folds up nicely, which makes it more compact for storage. And you won’t end up poking yourself if you’re digging around in a drawer for it.
- The light up display is great to see the temp well.
- Its fast to give a result – no waiting for the dial to move up slowly to see what the temp is.
- The huge temp range and accuracy (see above) are amazing!
- Its very affordable (currently $19.95 on Amazon)
The only downside is that being plastic, this is not a thermometer that you can leave in the oven. So if you like to have a thermometer in all the time, stick with a non-digital, heatproof thermometer.
How about a giveaway?
The great people at Eat Smart want you to try one too, so they are sponsoring a giveaway for one of my readers. You can enter below, and get extra entries over on my Instagram profile. The winner will be chosen next Monday.