Tool Tip: Get Yourself an Instant Read Thermometer!

I have a Taylor TruTemp with a 1″ dial and magnified lens.

The operational range is 0°F to 220°F. It comes with a pocket case with clip. Of course it is NSF approved. You can get high temperature models too. They relatively cheap, you can get on for around $6 to $8 most anywhere.

The beauty of these thermometers is that, like the name implies, they are instant read. So as soon as you stick it in something it gives you the temp. You may have seen the thermometer in my last post “Chicken Divan”.

It’d great for checking the temperature of what ever you are cooking. But what most people don’t thinks about is that it works great for helping you maintain safe temperatures when you are storing food or have it set out on a buffet.

In fact it is a crucial tool that is required by most health departments. They use it extensively for testing hot food in holding tables and soup bars and testing cold foods in storage and on buffet lines.

I prefer the instant read thermometer to any others I’ve tried, including the electric probe ones that Alton Brown uses on his show.

Another plus is that they are easy to recalibrate.

There is a nut on the back; if you hold it with a pair of pliers you can move the face to reflect a proper reading. Just be sure you are using a trusted temp for calibration. I usually use my home heating and cooling thermostat’s digital read out for a good base line..

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9 Responses to “Tool Tip: Get Yourself an Instant Read Thermometer!”

  1. i have a pyrex instant read thermometer,its been in the kitchen drawer since i purchased it 8 years ago,inever used it and i have been planning to learn to use it before the holidays.can you phone me to tell me how to use this on a turkey,and on baking a hen. sorry i dont know how to do e-mails,but here is my phone number 502/767-5457 mr trabue thanks

  2. Chef Benwa says:

    Hi Robert,
    I really don’t do phone calls but, if you go to this link they have a nice little video that shows how to use an instant read thermometer.
    http://astrology.yahoo.com/channel/food/how-to-use-an-instant-read-thermometer-298155/

    There is a short commercial, but after that it is very informative.

    Thanks,
    Chef Benwa

  3. Reader says:

    Great! Thank you!
    I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?
    Of course, I will add backlink?

    Sincerely, Timur I. Alhimenkov

  4. Chef Benwa says:

    No problem, a backlink would be great

  5. Hi, very nice post. I have been wonder’n bout this issue,so thanks for posting

  6. Chef Benwa says:

    Great glad it helped!

  7. This is a superb post, but I was wondering how do I suscribe to the RSS feed?

  8. Chef Benwa says:

    As with all blogs click on the RSS feed button that is in three locations on the page.

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