There are five types of meat thermometers:
- Regular, ovenproof: Inserted in food at the beginning of cooking and remains throughout.
- Instant-read and digital: Not intended to stay in food while cooking; gives a quick read when the stem is inserted about two inches.
- Pop-up: Often found already inserted in poultry. Verify that meat is done by checking the temperature with a conventional thermometer as well.
- Microwave-safe: Designed for use in microwave ovens only.
- Disposable thermometer: Use once and toss. Meant for grilling at picnics and tailgate parties.
Using a meat thermometer will help ensure your safety and make sure your food is cooked to your liking.
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