Nancy Shute of NPR's Food Blog wrote in Why We Lie About Using Food Thermometers, "Just 20 percent of Americans say they regularly use a food thermometer to make sure they have cooked food safely, according to a new survey . . . And food safety experts say that a fair number of those people were probably fibbing."With the holidays coming, this is a good time to buy some good digital thermometers and give them to kith and kin. Some will give you an odd smile, throw it in the back of a drawer, never to see daylight again. Some will be prodded to cook safety, and the life you save could be your own.
I like the CDN ProAccurate models, in particular the CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer. Whatever model you get, look for a fast read, accurate digital thermometer. Take multiple readings. It can be hard to find the coldest point. And make sure the coldest part reaches the temperature recommended by the USDA.