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Let’s Talk Thermometers

Check whole poultry temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and thickets part of the breast.

There are a variety of thermometers to use for cooking. And they are not just for checking meat doneness. They can be use to check temperature of baked goods, stages of candy cooking, and more. They can also help with making good quality food.

There are choices. Here are a few.

  • Dial Oven-Safe. It can be left in the food while cooking large foods like whole poultry and roasts. Place in the thickest part of the food.
  • Digital Instant-Read. Good for thin foods and gives quick results. Insert at least ½-inch deep into the food. Not oven-safe.
  • Dial Instant-Read. Good for larger foods and soups. Reads in about 15-20 seconds. Place 2-2½” deep into thickest part of the food. Insert sideways into thinner foods. Not oven-safe.
  • Pop-Up. These are in whole turkeys or chickens. They are made of food safe nylon and are reliable within 1-2°F. Always double check doneness with a conventional thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh and thickest part of the breast.
  • Digital Oven Probe with Cord. These can be used in most foods and is oven safe. The base unit sits on the stovetop or counter.

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At-Home Safe Food Handling

Safe food handling doesn’t stop at the grocery store. It is equally or more important to handle food safety at home!

Shopping, storing, preparing, cooking, serving, and handling leftovers all have risks for food safety issues. Handwashing, temperature control, and other key steps help reduce risks of foodborne illness.

Learn more in this updated publication At-Home Safe Food Handling: It’s in Your Hands, MF2465.

A food thermometer is safest way to determine doneness for meats, poultry, seafood and eggs.


Grill with the Right Tools!

Grab the tongs, platters, spatulas, and don’t forget a food thermometer! Taking the temperature of food is the safest way to check for doneness.

The best types of thermometers for grilling are digital instant-read thermometers or the thermometer-fork combination. Both read temperature in less than 10 seconds. Insert it into the thickest part of the food, but work well for thin foods too.

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