Using a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure that roasted meat or poultry is thoroughly done. Instant-read thermometers are versatile and fast, and provide a temperature reading in just a few seconds.
Things You'll Need
- Instant-read Meat Thermometers
- Pot Holders
- Roasting Pans
- Roasting Racks
- Pot holders
Read the instructions that came with the instant-read meat thermometer.
Prepare meat or poultry as desired and put into oven or microwave, but do not insert the thermometer.
To test doneness, pull roasting pan out of the oven or microwave and insert instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, without touching bone.
Wait a few seconds for the reading to appear.
Remove thermometer and put meat back into oven if more cooking time is needed.
Repeat until meat is done according to temperature on the thermometer.
Tips & Warnings
- Instant-read meat thermometers come in a variety of styles, including digital and dial-type thermometers. Digital thermometers generally require a battery.
- Buy a dishwasher-safe meat thermometer for easier cleanup.
- Expect to pay between $15 and $20 for a good instant-read meat thermometer.
- Meat thermometers can be used for more than measuring the temperature of meat. Some can also be used - for example - to measure water temperature before you add yeast, or to measure the temperature of warmed-up leftovers to be sure they are safe to eat.
- Check your meat or poultry recipe for correct temperature ranges.
- Meat thermometers are generally used for larger cuts of meat - roasts, whole turkeys, and so on. The thermometer needs to penetrate the meat thoroughly without touching the bone. For smaller cuts, cut into a piece to check for doneness.
- Most instant-read meat thermometers are not ovenproof, so be sure you do not leave one in the meat while it is cooking.
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