Learn how to calibrate your stick thermometer to ensure properly cooked meats and easily improve the quality of the meals you serve.
Are you frustrated that you took the time to cook a dinner meal including chicken breasts, only to have your family push them around their plates? Are you unsure of how long to cook pork chops? Maybe you're concerned about food borne illness?
Then stick around because you are going to solve this problem.
I need you to open your kitchen drawer, the one with all the utensils you never use.
Now go ahead and pull out the long stick like object with numbers on it. Yep, the thermometer.
If you don't have one, head to the store and grab a stick thermometer. They cost about $4.00. This is your life saver. This tool is what will fix your dinner disasters.
Watch this video to learn how to use a thermometer and also how to calibrate a thermometer.
You want to make sure the thermometer is accurate, so you need to calibrate it frequently.
It's simple, I promise!
There are two main reasons to use a thermometer.
A thermometer ensures you are cooking your meat to a high enough temperature to kill any potential bacteria in the food, avoiding foodborne illness. A thermometer also ensures you do not overcook food, which makes meat much less flavorful, juicy, and can ruin a meal quickly.
Let's go over what the safe internal temperatures of meats are:
Beef, pork, veal, and lamb (steaks, chops, and roasts): 145 degrees
All ground meat: 160 degrees
All poultry: 165 degrees
Fish and shellfish: 145 degrees
Leftovers: 165 degrees
Casseroles: 165 degrees
I hope these tips help you in your kitchen TODAY!