Ever thought of using a meat thermometer probe in your cooking process? Me neither. It seems like we were wrong all along; meat thermometers can get you one step closer to that perfect cooking experience you so desire. Meat's temperature before cooking can make such a huge difference in its properties; it can either enhance them or completely destroy them, so your meat can taste like heaven or like a piece of old garbage in your mouth. That's why professional chefs are called professionals; with their tools and equipment to support them in the kitchen, they perform food masterpieces. And since I know you too want to be a kitchen master and prepare food to die for, I'll elaborate on the meat thermometer probe's most important features:
There are generally three types of meat thermometers you can choose from: a thermometer probe, instant read ones and infrared varieties. Which one will you choose depends largely on the type of cooker you are and the food you plan on preparing. Are you a griller, a steamer or you like being ordinary in the kitchen?
Meat thermometers are tools for measuring meat's internal temperature. For most chefs, this data is very important, as they have certain rules as to when and how they prepare the food. A good thermometer probe will give precise information on the meat's temperature; for that purpose, a digital display would be the best thing you can choose.
Have in mind that meat has juices, so when you use your thermometer, it needs to be able to withstand under the juices' influence and don't change its purpose. This means the needle or the part you put inside the meat shouldn't rust, corrode or change in any way because of those juices. Look for good quality thermometers; you're placing them in your food after all. Also, you're going to have to clean the thermometer eventually; a good one should be able to withstand that as well.
A few examples of good meat thermometer probes:
The Digitron 1046T - Thermistor Digital Thermometer
You can actually get this one online! And it's a good one, worth for your money. The Digitron 1046T is a digital thermometer probe with a large liquid display which allows for easy measurement of data. Plus, the device has rugged waterproof casing for good ergonomics and protection from various harmful influences. Easy to clean and maintain.
The Digitron FM-35 Hand Held Digital Food Thermometer
This is how a real meat thermometer looks like. Or, what I believe is the best type of meat thermometer. It has a needle attached to it for putting into the piece of meat for measuring. That way the entire device doesn't get in touch with the meat, protecting it that way from bacteria. This device also features a large and easy to read LCD display and a rubber ON/OFF switch key.
CDN ProAccurate DTQ450X
It's made of stainless steel and has a 12.7 centimeters stem which you can put inside the meat especially if the piece is very thick. The CDN thermometer comes with a plastic sheath for storage and easy transport. It also has a printed temperature guide which is of great help if you're using it for the first time.