A digital meat thermometer will take the guesswork out of cooking meat, poultry, seafood, egg dishes and casseroles. You will be pleased that your foods will be done to perfection – no more dry meats or undercooked chicken. Your meals will delight your family and friends and make life in the kitchen so much easier and stress-free. At one time, digital meat thermometers were used only by professional chefs, but with the rise of food related illnesses more and more people are looking to add this gadget to their kitchen resources.
A digital meat thermometer is very easy to use. Just stick the stem into the thickest part of the meat and the readout monitor will give you the temperature. Many of these thermometers come with built in timers. The instant read style works very well if you like to do outdoor barbeques – you will instantly know when your hamburger and chicken has been cooked to perfection. Anyone who has ever cooked out knows that it is not always easy to cook hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs and ribs all on the same grill and get them cooked to the proper temperature throughout. You will no longer have that worry with a digital meat thermometer.
Accuracy is the most important feature in a meat thermometer and response time is also important. The best meat thermometers are only off by one of two degrees while lower rated models are often off by four or more degrees. Response time can vary from three or four seconds for a top model that will cost you approximately eighty dollars to over thirty seconds on a cheaper model. You should also consider readability. Make sure that the LCD display screen has large numbers that are easy to read.
According to some online reviews one of the highest scoring digital meat thermometers was a Polder. They vary in price from around fifteen dollars to around fifty dollars. They include a model that has two heat resistant probes so you can actually keep track of two different meats at the same time. This is great during the holidays, for example when you cook turkeys and roasts and need to know the temperature of both. With some models, you can preset the temperature you want and the alarm will sound when your meat is ready. All of their models can be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Of course Consumer Reports does not test all brands of digital meat thermometers and there are many other great brands from which to choose. The Original Cooking Thermometer and Timer also received great reviews. This brand is equipped with a forty-three inch wire allowing the meter to rest outside the oven while the temperature of the food inside is measured. This is also a great model to use for grilling.
It is wise to check around online before you make a decision because of the many brands and model that are available. Many retailers offer free shipping, or very reasonable shipping, and a return policy. Just remember that accuracy and response time are two very important features.