There are a few things to take into consideration when buying a thermometer.
There's no mistaking that a good thermometer is the key to safely cooking foods to your desired temperature. There are many thermometers to choose from but these are two of the best thermometers for the Ninja Foodi Grill that I own.
The first is the calibration
Going with a modern digital thermometer over analog is going to give you a much more accurate reading. Digital thermometers identify temperature much quicker than analog thermometers.
Most of them either self calibrate or can be easily calibrated with the push of a button.
The second thing to consider when buying a digital thermometer is durability
The motto "you get what you pay for" is spot on when it comes to thermometers.
You may save a few dollars getting the cheapest thermometer on the market but from experience, I can tell you they are often poorly built and seldom last more than a few uses.
Nothing is more frustrating than having dinner like a delicious steak smelling amazing, almost ready to serve and have your thermometer malfunction.
I recommend owning two styles of thermometers
Instant Read Thermometer
The instant-read thermometer is just like it sounds. You get immediate gratification and instantly learn what temperature your food is. This is great for monitoring temperatures during the cooking process. I also like this, slightly more portable instant-read thermometer to bring along for tailgating or camping trips.
Instant read thermometers are also wonderful for when you're cooking larger cuts of meat and want to check temperatures in various places
Take a whole chicken for example. The white and dark meat cook at different speeds based on how close they are to the heat source. With an instant-read thermometer, you can easily take temperature readings quickly and easily in different locations on the food. This will make sure the bird is cooked safely and to your desired doneness.
One of the most popular designs is the Classic Thermapen by ThermoWorks.. The ThermoPop is another solid offering from ThermoWorks and sells for around $ 30 dollars.
Leave-In Digital Probe Thermometer
The leave-in digital probe thermometer is one that is tethered to a small monitor. You insert the probe to the meat in a central location not touching any bones and simply leave the probe inserted during the cooking process.
What's great about the leave-in digital probe thermometer is that you have the ability to monitor both the temperature while the meat is cooking, and the carry-over temperature after the cook cycle is completed. Another cool feature for the leave-in digital probe thermometer is that you can set alarms so you know when the food has reached the desired temperature.
This leave-in digital probe thermometer is quite simple and uncomplicated.
Infrared Digital Thermometer
The Infrared Digital Thermometer is less about testing the internal temperature of the food. It measures the temperature of the cooking surface. This is important for a couple of reasons.
- If the cooking surface is too hot foods can burn quickly on the outside and be raw on the inside
- If the cooking surface is too cool foods will often steam when you are trying to sear leaving you with a wilted exterior instead of a deliciously flavorful crust.
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