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Got a meat thermometer
languishing in the back of the utensil drawer? Or never used one at all? Consider taking it out (or buying one) so you can create succulent, delicious meat that will have others envious of your ability to know just when the meat is cooked to perfection, all without having to cut the meat open to check! A meat thermometer, such as the Cave Tools Digital Cooking Thermometer
, will also help you make sure the meat has reached a safe enough temperature for harmful bacteria to be destroyed, so everyone walks away from the meal without food poisoning. Not only did I get one of these to check out, but you have a chance to win one as well! Just in case you didn`t know though, here`s how to use a meat thermometer:
Obtain a meat thermometer if you haven`t already got one. There are different types available, including ones with dials, ones with digital readers and even some that have a probe that relays a message outside of the oven so that you don`t even have to open the oven during cooking! Read the instructions for your make of thermometer carefully, as each one does differ. The following general instructions apply in all instances.
Before putting your meat into the grill, prepare the thermometer. It should be pushed into the center of whichever part of the meat that is thickest. This part is going to take the longest to cook, and once it is done, you can be assured that your meat is ready. Be sure to push in far enough and take care if any part of the thermometer is sticking out, to avoid catching this extruding part on any element of the oven as you place the meat dish in, or remove it.
- If your meat has a bone, do not push the thermometer to the bone. It is important that the thermometer goes into flesh completely. This might necessitate wiggling the thermometer around a bit.
- If you have an instant-read thermometer, it does not sit in the meat during cooking at any stage; rather, this is used immediately by inserting it into the meat at any stage wished during cooking. The meat must be pulled out of the oven in order to get a reading. Selecting this type of thermometer over the other types is simply a case of your preference and its affordability.
Set the oven to the temperature advised by the recipe. Place the meat into the oven and cook accordingly. The thermometer remains in the meat for the duration of the cooking (unless it`s an instant-read).
Check the thermometer 5-10 minutes prior to the end of cooking time. If the reading on the thermometer is close to the temperature required, allow the cooking time to complete as advised by the recipe (see note below on cooking time continuing outside oven). If the meat is already cooked, remove from the oven. If the meat is nowhere near the required temperature, adjust the cooking time for longer and keep a regular eye on increases in the meat temperature.
- Many recipes and guides advise that you pull the meat out of the oven a few degrees short of the desired temperature, as the temperature within the meat will continue to increase for a little bit even after you remove it from the heat as the meat continues cooking.
I had a chance to try out the ave Tools Digital Cooking Thermometer and honestly, I think it`s a nice thermometer. I wasn`t too impressed with the shipping packaging since my box arrived rather beat up, but the product itself was fine so it was no big deal. As far as the appearance goes I like it. It`s lightweight, easy to read and nothing complicated about it. Plus it works instantly! I`ve also noticed that it is fast and accurate as well. Personally, I like how the tip is designed so it easily inserts into the meat to get the reading without a battle. It even has a button so you can switch from either Fahrenheit or Celsius and there is an on and off button to prevent the battery from dying. As an added bonus you can go online to their website and access some great tasting recipes they offer. Yummy! This thermometer is well worth it`s price. Anybody that loves to cook or still learning how to cook should have this product. It`s just a kitchen must have if you ask me!
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