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Food Thermometers Buying Guide

Gone are the days when you stick a fork in meat to see if it’s done. Today’s accurate, easy-to-use food thermometers are gems for judging when food is done. There is no more dry meat or overbaked foods when you use a food thermometer to gauge your success. It’s the best way to ensure you’re serving a safe and thoroughly cooked meal to your family.

Types of Food Thermometers

Types of Food Thermometers

Food thermometers can be used for testing the doneness of various cuts and sizes of meat, poultry, egg dishes, candy mixtures, and more. Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge meat by its exterior color. The only way to know if a dish is safely cooked to an optimal internal temperature is to use a food thermometer.

Meat thermometers

Dial-type: A dial-type meat thermometer is oven-safe and inserted into meat before roasting, where it will stay for the duration of the cook time. Marked with proper doneness temperatures for various types of meat and poultry, this thermometer helps in achieving accurate meat doneness. Digital probe: Used for larger cuts of meat, this stainless-steel probe is inserted into meat before roasting. Its cord leads to a digital monitor that remains outside the oven and displays the meat's doneness. Grill thermometers: Depending on the brand, these small meat thermometers are sold in sets and perfect for checking the doneness of individual cuts of meat on the grill. Some can be left in the meat for the duration of cooking, while others give an instant read and should not be left in the heat.

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Norpro
$10.99

Looking for a quality meat thermometer for all your holiday cooking? Look no further , the Norpro Meat Thermometer is high quality... and heavy-duty with a very easy to read dial face. Accuracy is job one for Norpro since 1973, they use superior materials and craftsmanship which shows in every one of their products. Norpro Meat Thermometer Features: Measures 5 inches into the protien your cooking Quality stainless-steel construction Easy to view dial face Simple to use, accurate and dependable Meat Thermometer Weight: 1 lb Turkey Thermometer Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.2 x 3.2 inches read more

Norpro
$8.66

High quality, heavy duty thermometer. Easy to use. Accurate and dependable. Easy to read dial face. Stainless steel construction. ...Measures 5 inches/13cm long. read more

Polder
$4.99

Polder Dial Meat Thermometer. Solid bi-metal construction. Easy-to-read, large dial reads in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. Target t...emperatures are printed directly on the face of the unit. Temperature range of 140F/60C to 190F/87C. Dishwasher safe read more

ARG Manufacturing
$14.85

ARG removes the middleman allowing customers to purchase products at factory direct pricing. Producing the highest quality tools t...o suit any kitchen. ARG creates products from silicon, plastics, resin rubber, stainless steels, aluminum and other metal alloys in style designs. With the Chef Select Value Line to gadget you get great quality at ultimate value. See the wide array of value line products on Amazon.com. read more

Instant-read

This type of dial or digital thermometer gives an immediate read of food temperature upon insertion outside the oven. It can be used for checking the temperature of meat, poultry, casseroles, egg dishes, yeast mixtures, and more.

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KitchenAid
$8.32

Quickly read food temperatures with the KitchenAid Instant Read Thermometer. Each thermometer is packaged individually. The hand-w...ash only thermometer is constructed of a steel probe with the dial in a plastic housing. The thermometer accurately reads food temperatures in seconds. The thermometer is suitable for use at the grill, oven, or stove top. The precision dial is easy to read. A protective sheath is included for safe storage. read more

KitchenAid®
$14.00 $9.99

KitchenAid Instant Thermometer - KC126OHOBA. This instant read thermometer accurately reads food temperature in seconds. Perfect f...or using on the grill, oven or stove top, it features an easy to read precision dial and includes a protective sheath for safe storage.2-piece set includes:1 Thermometer1 Protective sheath read more

OXO
$10.99

Make sure you are thoroughly cooking your meat to the desired and safe internal temperature. Insert the stainless steel probe into... your meat away from the bone to get an accurate reading of the internal temperature. Large numbers and readings for poultry, beef, port, veal and ham make this Thermometer easy-to-read and easy to use. The storage sleeve has USDA recommended cooking temperatures and Celsius conversions, plus a convenient clip read more

Chaney Instrument
$13.32

Foldable probe provides accurate, reliable temperature readings, allowing you to monitor internal food temperature. Stainless stee...l probe folds and locks into place for safe pocket size portability and convenient storage. Insert probe into food, beverages, automotive, brewing, food storage, refrigeration and more. Thermometer measures temperature within seconds. Fahrenheit and Celsius selectable. Temperature range 32F to 450F. 1 year limited warranty. No. 00665EA1: Type: Digital, Temperature Rating: -40 F to 450 F, -40 C to 232 C, Probe Material: Stainless Steel, Size: 5 L, 3.3 Probe, Pkg Qty: 1, Package Type: Card read more

Candy

Marked with candy-making stages, these thermometers measure extra-high temperatures. Most have a clip that attaches to the side of a pan.

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Taylor Precision
$3.09 $2.28

This candy-deep fry kitchen thermometer provides handy cooking zones on easy-to-read Fahrenheit and Celsius scalesIt has a glass t...ube with adjustable pan clip read more

Taylor Precision Products, Inc
$46.99

The real secret to great cooking is a Taylor thermometer. Thermometers are the only way to ensure that foods are cooked to the pro...per temperature, your oven is calibrated to the correct degree, and that your refrigerator is keeping your food cold and safe. Taylor is and has been the leader in food thermometers, with expertise over 150 years strong. You can count on Taylor for accuracy, superior performance, and dependability. That is why Taylor is tools chef's trust. read more

Taylor
$21.06

Mechanical Food Service Thermometer, Candy/Jelly/Deep Fryer, Temp. Range (F) 100 Degrees to 400 Degrees , Temp. Range (C) 50 Degre...es to 200 Degrees , Accuracy 100 Degrees to 260 Degrees F +/-3 Degrees , From 260 Degrees to 400 Degrees F +/-5 Degrees , Dial Size 2-1/4 In., Stem Length 6 In., Standards NSF, Diameter 2-3/4 In., Length 6-3/4 In.Includes Pan Clip Food Service ThermometersAnalogHACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) color-coded for food service applications. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Different needs require different thermometers, so it’s important to know what food types you’ll be temperature-testing before you make a purchase. Factor in what foods you want to test for doneness and whether you’ll be testing during or after cooking. You may use a certain thermometer just a few times a year, but chances are that once you have a reliable way to check foods, you’ll become fairly dependent on the tool.

Purpose

Because some thermometers are designed to check the temperature of specific foods, be sure to know what type you are buying -- one specific to testing meats, steaks, poultry, or candies, or a multipurpose instant-read model.

Food thickness

Know whether the thermometer you are purchasing is designed to insert into thin or thick foods or both. There are thermometer types for each thickness, so make sure you are buying the type to best meet your needs. A thermometer with a long stem can be inserted sideways into a thin cut of meat, but one with a short stem will not reach the center of a thick cut of meat.

Cooking criteria

Besides temperature, details specific to certain donenesses are printed on meat thermometers, steak thermometers, poultry thermometers, and candy thermometers. Note whether the thermometer is to remain in the food while cooking or if it’s designed for use after cooking is complete.

Cleaning

While some thermometers can be immersed in water for washing, others cannot. Read the use-and-care directions to learn the specifics for each thermometer.

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Camp Chef
$31.25 $24.99

The Camp Chef Wireless Food Thermometer works very well with Dutch ovens, smokers and grills. The wireless food thermometer featur...es a 100-foot wireless range, an elapsed cooking time feature, and a stainless steel probe with a 48-inch lead. It is an... read more

Mr. Bar-B-Q
$24.94 $24.92

Handheld receiver with built-in timer. Programmable. Built in timer. Stainless steel probe. 5 meat selections. 5 taste settings. B...uilt in LED flashlight. Beeps when ready. Up to 10 foot range. Product Information Temperature Reading: Celsius,... read more

Maverick
$69.99 $48.63

The Maverick ET-732 Remote Smoker Thermometer for high heat monitors internal temperature of meat from 300 feet away!! The wireles...s receiver with LCD beeps and flashes when meat temperature goes above your programmed temperature. Now feel confident... read more

ONWARD MFG CO
$14.50 $8.29

This stainless steel mechanical meat thermometer features a silicone bezel cover to make it easy to remove from cooked foods.

MR. BAR.B.Q
$77.99 $38.95

Mr. Bar.B.Q 40145X Brand New Product # 40145X Handheld receiver with built-in timer. Programmable. Built in timer. Stainless steel... probe. 5 meat selections. 5 taste settings. Built in LED flashlight. Beeps when ready. Up to 10 foot range. 40145X... read more

Maverick
$35.00 $15.79

The Maverick Digital Kitchen Thermometer is designed for ease of use with a clear LCD temperature display. This Maverick Digital T...hermometer can show readings in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Designed to be an oil and candy thermometer, this product has... read more

Taylor
$29.99 $24.99

Find Kitchen Thermometers And Calculators at Target.com! Finally, a Taylor roasting and baking thermometer with a wireless remote ...pager. You can be up to 200 feet away from your oven, BBQ , or Smoker and still be alerted that your food is nearing the desired temperature and again when the food is done. The remote alarm is in the form of a sound alert, a vibrating alert, and even a visual light alert. You can see the internal food temperature on the base unit without opening your oven door or grill lid -keeps heat in and temperatures up for faster, more efficient roasting .The temperature range is 32 degrees F to 392 degrees F and switches to 0 degrees to 232 degrees C. The base unit has a... Color: White. read more

Taylor
$12.59 $9.99

Find Kitchen Thermometers And Calculators at Target.com! Taylor’s OMG button thermometers are ruggedly constructed from stainless ...steel. Button thermometers are great to use. You can use a different thermometer when cooking or grilling 4 different types of meat. For example if one person wants a rare steak and another person wants a medium well steak, two different thermometers can be used. This helps for cross contamination between types of meat. This set of 4 thermometers includes 2 beef, 1 poultry, and 1 pork thermometer. The dials are glow in the dark, which make the thermometers ideal for night or low light grilling. This 4 piece set is grill and oven safe, meaning that they can be... Color: Dark Silver. read more

KitchenAid®
$14.00 $9.99

KitchenAid Instant Thermometer - KC126OHOBA. This instant read thermometer accurately reads food temperature in seconds. Perfect f...or using on the grill, oven or stove top, it features an easy to read precision dial and includes a protective sheath for safe storage.2-piece set includes:1 Thermometer1 Protective sheath read more

CHARCOAL COMPANION
$60.00 $35.99

Grill up several cuts at once, each to perfect temperature and individual taste with this digital meat thermometer. keep track of ...four steaks simultaneously easy-to-read monitor eliminates guesswork use for grill or oven cooking Imported. read more

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