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4 Best Uses for a Probe Thermometer

A probe thermometer is a versatile device, mostly used in the kitchen. The probe is inserted in something, whether liquid or soft solids, and the temperature reads out on a dial. Some probe thermometers simply show the temperature while others have batteries and can be programmed to sound an alarm when a specified temperature is exceeded.

Meat

The most common use of the probe thermometer is in cooking meat in the oven. For the sake of safety, meat needs to be cooked all the way through to a internal temperature of around 170 degrees Fahrenheit (be aware that the desired temperature will vary depending on the type of meat). If it’s not then there could still be harmful bacteria in the meat. Cooking to this temperature destroys them.

The probe is inserted into the meat. It’s necessary that it goes deep into the meat while not all the way through or touching any bone or gristle. Within a few seconds it should give an accurate reading of the internal temperature of the meat, indicating whether it’s ready or needs more time to cook.

Candy

When making candy it’s vital that the cooking ingredients are at the right temperature at different stages of the process. Using a probe thermometer when candy making means you can be completely on top of this. With an alarm set on the probe thermometer you even have a little more freedom so you don’t need to constantly monitor the reading on the thermometer.

As the probe thermometer can be moved within the mixture you can also check that the temperature is even throughout the mixture as it cooks.

Oil

When using cooking oil for deep frying, you need to have it at the correct temperature. If it’s too hot, the oil will begin to break down. To ensure the longest life for your oil, and not to have it too hot, don't allow it to go above 190 degrees. If you go above 190, it will also cause the outside of the food to cook long before the inside has been cooked, so the taste of the food will be wrong.

Many probe thermometers come with a clip that can rest on the rim of the deep fryer, allowing you to constantly check the temperature of the oil so you can alter the heat to the deep fryer and also know when to add the food to the oil for the best cooking.

Engineering

Within engineering there are often needs to monitor the temperatures of liquids. The advantage of the probe is that it can be inserted into small spaces, and with a quick readout it can be used quickly during the processes.

There are several areas of engineering, always involving liquids, where a probe thermometer is useful. You'll typically find these in chemical engineering, or where delicate lab work is being carried out. In some cases these will be far more specialized instruments with finer gradations to keep an exact temperature. In these cases the probe will be a great deal thinner and can extended much further.

There are also probe thermometers with flexible cords to allow temperature measurement from a distance. The probes are carefully made to allow for the measurement of temperature of acid without the destruction of the probe.

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