Today I want to show you TAG ladies another indispensable member of my cooking staff.
It is tall, dark, and digital with some bling-bling to dazzle your star-struck eyes.
Now, what could this be?
OK. I give...It's my kitchen thermometer, which by the way, I use at least three times a week, while wearing an apron of course.
This thermometer is such a simple little device, but it makes cooking decisions much easier and gives me indescribable peace of mind. When cooking meats I check temperatures. ESPECIALLY CHICKEN or TURKEY. This simple extra step allows me to sleep peacefully at night knowing I have not exposed my kids to salmonella or any other bacterial scourge that can be carried on undercooked fowl. The thermometer is really a cheap safety device to prevent some common food poisoning from meats. My thermometer has meat "doneness" temperature ranges printed on it so I never have to go an look it up!
Other uses I employ the thermometer for include checking the temperature of water and milk for baking, since I make bread a couple times a week. To properly activate the yeasts I make sure to have my water temperature between 120 and 130 degrees. This warm bath makes for happy little yeast cells and get them to party in my flour. (That's what the thermometer in the photo above was showing.)
There are many models to choose from, and here are a few I found on line at Amazon. However, they are found anywhere kitchen supplies are sold. I really like the digital read out instead of the dial since it seems quicker and easier to read.
The simplest thermometer below is like the one I have in my arsenal of kitchen gadgetry:
I kind of like this one too since it is water proof. I'm always worried that I will ruin my "non-water proof" one so I am seriously considering the upgrade here:
Finally, this thermometer is for the ultra kitchen gadget geek who must have the state of the art for everything. A hand held infra red sensor to just aim and shoot for an exterior temperature and a probe are found on this model. Maybe when I have some extra change I'll pony up for this one.
Now go and "Gitya self a gadget" and sleep better at night, but take your apron off first. I think it would twist under the covers... Hee hee.