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|