In most cooking applications, you will require two types of thermometers: cooking timers and instant-read thermometers. An instant-read thermometers display the temperature at a particular point of the food. A cooking timer reads the temperature changes at the point where the tip of its probe is placed.
Consequently, are digital thermometer probes interchangeable?
Since the probes are technically interchangeable, and many can be purchased separately, we were curious about whether the brains in the base unit or the quality of the probes was more responsible for a thermometer being accurate and precise.
Also, how accurate is a digital thermometer?
A good thermometer is generally considered to be accurate to within 0.3°C. Our top-rated digital probe thermometers can meet their claimed accuracy of within 0.1°C. Ear and forehead thermometers are generally less accurate, but our testing has found that the better models are still accurate to within 0.2°C.
How do I know if my meat thermometer is working?
To test your thermometer:
- Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold water.
- Place and hold the thermometer in the ice water for 30 seconds without touching the sides or bottom of the glass. …
- If the thermometer reads 32°F, it is reading correctly and can be used.
Insert the stem of a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the food, or in the centre of the food if the food is even in thickness. If the food is liquid (e.g., stew or soup) stir it to make sure the heat has been evenly distributed before inserting the thermometer in order to get an accurate temperature reading.
To gauge the temperature of a large piece of meat, insert the thermometer probe through the center of the thickest part of the meat, avoiding any bones, fat, or gristle. Leave the thermometer in the meat for about 10 seconds to allow the temperature to register.
Types of thermometer
- Digital thermometers. Digital thermometers are quick to use, reasonably accurate and can be used under the armpit (always use the thermometer under the armpit with children under 5). …
- Ear (or tympanic) thermometers. …
- Infared thermometers. …
- Strip-type thermometers. …
- Mercury thermometers.
There are four types of temperature sensors that are most commonly used in modern-day electronics: thermocouples, RTDs (resistance temperature detectors), thermistors, and semiconductor based integrated circuits (IC).
No-touch or non-contact infrared thermometers measure temperature through the forehead from a close distance in seconds. They may be used on newborns and older people. They’re easy to use and may reduce the risk of spreading disease by allowing more physical distancing.
Digital thermometers are the most accurate way to measure body temperature. There are many types, including oral, rectal, and forehead, plus many that are multifunctional. Once you decide on the type of thermometer you want, you can think about design, extra features, and price.
Of all the thermometers we considered, for most people we can recommend the iProven DMT-489, a dual-mode infrared thermometer that takes fast, accurate readings from either the forehead or the ear.