How to Use a Meat Thermometer To Cook Perfect Meat Every Time

A meat thermometer is a small gadget that you can use to check the internal temperature of the meat. This is useful for ensuring that meat is cooked to a safe temperature and gets the desired level of doneness.

To use a meat thermometer, simply insert the probe into the thickest part of the meat. The temperature will be displayed on the thermometer’s dial.

Meat thermometers are a valuable tool for any cook. They can help you to ensure that your meat is cooked to a safe temperature, and they can also help you to confirm the meat is cooked right through.

Medium rare steak

Tips for using a meat thermometer:

  • When using a meat thermometer, inserting the probe into the thickest part of the meat is essential. This will ensure that you are getting an accurate reading.
  • Do not leave the meat thermometer in the meat for too long. This can cause the meat to overcook.
  • Once the meat has reached the desired temperature, remove it from the heat source and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing or serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavourful dish.

Here are the ideal cooking temperatures in degrees Celsius for different meats:

  • Beef: 60-71°C
  • Chicken: 74°C
  • Pork: 71°C
  • Lamb: 63°C
  • Fish: 60-65°C
  • Seafood: 60-65°C

It is important to note that these are just general guidelines, and the actual cooking temperature may vary depending on the thickness of the meat and your personal preference.

It is always best to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the meat is cooked properly, especially when preparing dishes using minced meat such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken or turkey mince.

Pork belly slices

Cooking minced meat dishes

Minced meat is ground-up meat that has been mixed with other ingredients, such as fat, herbs, and spices. This makes it a convenient and versatile ingredient for various meat products such as sausages, meatloaf and burgers. However, it is essential to cook minced meat thoroughly to kill any harmful bacteria that may be present.

Minced meat needs to be cooked thoroughly because the grinding process breaks up the muscle fibres, allowing bacteria to spread throughout the meat. These bacteria can cause foodborne illness, leading to symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, and nausea.

To ensure that minced meat is cooked thoroughly, it is essential to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of ground beef should reach 71.11 degrees Celsius, while the internal temperature of ground turkey and chicken should reach 74 degrees Celsius.

Minced meat

Here are some additional tips for cooking meat safely:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling meat.
  • Cook meat to the recommended internal temperature.
  • Do not eat raw or undercooked meat.
  • Keep raw meat separate from cooked meat and other foods.
  • Clean and sanitize all surfaces and utensils that come into contact with raw meat.

By following these tips, you can help to prevent foodborne illness.

Choosing the best meat thermometer

Meat thermometers are relatively cheap to buy in the UK. You can find basic meat thermometers for as little as £5, while more advanced digital ones can cost up to £50. The type of meat thermometer you choose will depend on your budget and cooking needs.

Here are some of the most popular types of meat thermometers available in the UK:

  • Instant-read meat thermometers: These thermometers give you an instant reading of the internal temperature of the meat. They are ideal for quick cooking methods, such as grilling and pan-frying.
  • Probe meat thermometers: These thermometers have a probe you insert into the meat. The probe is connected to a display unit that shows the meat’s internal temperature. Probe meat thermometers are ideal for slow cooking methods, such as roasting and braising.
  • Thermocouple meat thermometers: These thermometers use a thermocouple to measure the temperature of the meat. Thermocouple meat thermometers are more accurate than other types of meat thermometers, but they are also more expensive.

No matter what type of meat thermometer you choose, it is vital to ensure that it is accurate and easy to use. You should also ensure that the thermometer is oven-safe if you plan on using it for roasts or other meat dishes cooked in the oven.

Beef burger with butter mayo

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Also available to buy: Everything You Need to Get Started on a Carnivore Diet: Tips on the kitchen, cooking, storage, tools and equipment you need to make following this healthy way of eating easy! (Kindle eBook). Also available on Smashwords.

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