Health Tip: Choosing a Food Thermometer10/15/13
(HealthDay News) -- Food thermometers are essential tools to
help you cook food to the proper temperature, reducing your risk of
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers information about
the different types of food thermometers:
- An oven-safe dial thermometer gives a reading within a minute
or two when inserted about two inches into food. It's inserted at
the start of cooking, and is best for deep casseroles or thicker
meats, rather than thin dishes.
- An instant-read digital thermometer gives a reading in about 10
seconds, but isn't designed to be used while foods are
- An instant-read dial thermometer gives a reading within 20
seconds and is most appropriate for deep dishes. It isn't meant to
be used during the entire cooking cycle.
- A pop-up internal thermometer often is inserted by the poultry
producer, popping up when the food reaches the appropriate
- A fork/thermometer combination tool is useful for grilling. It
should be inserted at least 1/4-inch into meat, and will give a
reading in less than 10 seconds.
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