Many households do not realize that they are missing a lot in the kitchen when they do not have an instant read thermometer. No modern kitchen can be complete without it. To many homemakers, not having one is but a thing in the past. And this somehow makes sense. You can not just stare at your frozen (or cooking) food and do the estimation in your head, right? That’s too ancient and could even get unsafe!
These days, using a kitchen thermometer is a must. If you always have a one handy, you can easily prevent food-borne illnesses, overcooking, and you can hold your foods at safe temperatures so they will not get spoiled nor lose their tastiness.
These digital kitchen thermometers enable you to monitor the internal temperature of your steak or roast and since they are often handy, you can carry them around or even outside when you are on a barbecuing trip. This way, you can always make sure that you are cooking your food in the right temperature.
Now, what makes a good instant read thermometer?
A good digital kitchen thermometer must be able to determine the food temperature fast no matter of its state—whether frozen or being cooked. Its reading range must fall between -58 degrees Fahrenheit and 302 degrees Fahrenheit. It must have an on and off switch so its battery life can be prolonged. It must also have an LCD which has at least one-third of an inch face. The face must be protected by a rugged polycarbonate cover for displaying the temperature.
It is also important that your digital quick read thermometer must have a stainless steel stem that has a temperature sensor that is at least eight inches in length. It will make it easier for you to check the temperature of the food inside it or near its surface without getting hurt from too much coldness or heat.
The good thing about digital kitchen thermometers is they are a lot easier to use and read. As you know, readability must be top priority. A thermometer that is hard to read can never be user-friendly at all and should not be bought. Of course, response time is also a very significant part of the equation when purchasing a digital kitchen thermometer. The faster you can get a reading, the better the gadget is. When measuring boiling water for instance, a reasonable reading time is not more than twenty seconds.
A good instant read thermometer should not only be readable and fast in responding but also accurate. What would you do with a wrong reading, right? A good kitchen thermometer is regarded as precise when it gives you an exact reading of 212 degrees Fahrenheit when the water is boiling and an exact 32 degrees Fahrenheit when you put it in a water glass filled with crushed ice. Other things you may want to consider in choosing a quick read thermometer is its shape and its screens or dials. They must be comfortable to the grip and easy to clean.