How to Calibrate a Meat Thermometer

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The usual hard knocks of kitchen work can make an analog instant-read thermometer inaccurate over time. Make sure your trusty thermometer is showing you the right temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Short Glass
  • Small Pot
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil.

  • Fill a short glass with water and plenty of ice.

  • Remove the thermometer from its plastic guard and place it in the boiling water.

  • If it doesn't read 212°F (100°C), turn the nut behind the face with needle-nose pliers. Only tiny adjustments are required; recheck as needed.

  • Place the thermometer in the ice water.

  • If it doesn't read 32°F (0°C), adjust the nut. Once it is properly calibrated, the thermometer will read the correct temperatures of both boiling and iced water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid dropping or hitting your thermometer against hard surfaces.

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