All meats, especially red meat, has to be cooked at a particular temperature. This is mandatory because the temperature is the factor that decides the level of food safety in meats. If it is not appropriately regulated, the meat will only have the microorganisms that were present in it already. These microorganisms can be pathogens to humans and cause different diseases and even infections. Hence, to avoid such atrocities, one must use a meat thermometer. Only owning a thermometer for this purpose is not enough as you have to know how to use them properly without any mistake.
Today I am going to discuss every little mistake that you must avoid while you use a meat thermometer whenever you are thinking of cooking meats such as – pork, beef, and chicken. Let us discuss all of them –
1. Never use an IR thermometer to measure the internal meat temperature: If you own an IR or Infrared thermometer, you must know how easy and convenient they are to use. But you must understand that these thermometers are only designed and manufactured to measure the surface temperature of liquids and foods. You cannot use them to measure the temperature of the internal parts of the meat you are cooking. We would recommend you to simply not buy these thermometers for the purpose as it won’t serve anything to you.
2. Never stop testing the thermometer in an ice bath: Testing thermometers, again and again, is the habit of a good cook. Nonetheless, this is a great habit. You should also keep checking the accuracy of your thermometer in the ice bath. But do you know? There is a way that you are supposed to prepare an ice bath; otherwise, it will all be useless. When you decide to make the ice bath, please make sure that the ice is at the bottom and not floating or slightly below the upper level. It will ensure accuracy in the entire process.
3. Never use the thermometer when you have not stirred the meat: If you simply dip the tip of the thermometer in the pot or pan where you are cooking your meat, you won’t get the correct reading. This is because the temperature might not be even in such situations. Hence, try flipping and stirring the meat many times and only then use the thermometer. Inaccurate reading is never beneficial when it comes to food and meat safety. Hence, always take extra care in situations like these.
4. Never use an unclean meat thermometer: After each use of the thermometer, you should clean it correctly again and again to ensure maximum safety. If you don’t, you will only end up contaminating the meat by the germs that might already be present on the unclean tip of the thermometer. You must also use high-quality cleaning liquids for this purpose and stick to cleaning the meat thermometer after each use at all times.
5. Never remove the meat thermometer too quickly: For the thermometer to measure the temperature, the tip will take some time. This is because the conduction of heat might not always be quick. Try holding the thermometer for a good minute or two to ensure it is at the right temperature. Doing this will also ensure thorough cooking of the meat. Additionally, you must also measure the temperature of the insides of the meat while measuring the surface temperature.
6. Try using meat thermometers with large dials and high conductivity: generally, meat thermometers are all made using large dials. Hence, they are straightforward to read. You can also leave these thermometers on the meat while you are roasting or cooking it in the oven. But, when you buy low-quality meat thermometers, this cannot be done, and you will only have to insert the tool again and again to ensure the meat’s safety. If you use the right meat thermometer, you will also be able to use it on different types of meat that you like to eat.
Meat thermometers help in ensuring food safety, but they also help you to cook your meat evenly. This is because the meat’s inner temperature does not always match with the outer or surface temperature. No one wants to see uncooked meat when they cut their meat dish or pieces. Hence, use these thermometers well and try to avoid all the mistakes that we have mentioned above.