The Probe Thermometer
Although most people are aware of the dangers associated with eating undercooked meat, most households still do not check that their food has been sufficiently cooked before consuming it.
Nowadays it is considered essential to use a food thermometer whenever cooking meat, poultry or eggs to ensure that they are safe to be consumed. Using a digital probe thermometer will ensure that the internal temperature of food has reached a safe level avoiding the risk of food poisoning.
In the past many people have been of the opinion that they can ascertain when food is sufficiently cooked through visible indicators. Recent studies have concluded that visual signs that food is cooked are not reliable. It has been proven that minced beef may turn brown and appear fully cooked before it has reached a temperature where pathogens have been destroyed. While the color may suggest that the minced beef was cooked there is a chance that micro-organisms may have survived but if the food had reached a temperature of 160°F it would be safe.
The Digital Probe Thermometer is widely used in a commercial environment to reduce the risk of food poisoning, yet realtively few are found in a household setting. Despite the fact that the devices are relatively inexpensive and simple to use, most people will still risk consuming undercooked food.
The use of a probe thermometer when barbecuing is particularly important as due to the high temperatures involved food may appear cooked on the outside but be raw internally. If the inner temperature of meat has not reached a high enough level then harmful bacteria such as salmonella or e-coli may still be active.
Probe Thermometer – Not Just For Food Safety
Although the use of these devices is usually associated with food safety they can also assist with improving food quality. They can help to prevent foods such as meat and poultry from overcooking which can result in food losing flavor and moisture.
There are numerous different types of digital probe thermometer which can range greatly in price and functionality. Please use the menu above to browse through some of the most popular models available to buy.