Whether you do it as your profession, or as a hobby, for your business or even to de-stress, cooking is and has always been a way of life. It is something that everyone has done at least once in their lifetime. Knowing the food’s temperature plays a vital role in the kitchen – it is used for telling if the food is ready to be served. The right temperature gauge could also be used for prepping the food for the next steps or just by simply knowing if the food is cooked well.
While many of today’s chefs and chefs-to-be use their gutfeel and experience in checking if the food is ready to be served to its respective hungry recipients, it will not hurt to use a proper temp gauge for the perfect dish that you are about to whip out. It doesn’t matter if it is for home or commercial use – here is a list of what we think is the Top 5 Most Used Kitchen Thermometers.
In a real kitchen, time is of the essence and the Thermocouples just needs as little as 3 to 5 seconds to know if the dish is of the right temperature. Have you seen the British reality cooking show, Hell’s Kitchen? If so, then you should know the old saying ‘Time is Gold’. Here’s a disclaimer though, Thermocouples are known to give out inaccurate results – so we suggest that you use one if you feel like the dish you are about to send out is nearing its perfect cooking and serving temperature.
Have you ever tried grilling food but ended up wasting all the precious juice? Well, here’s a lifesaver. This temperature gauge is literally what it is – a fork with a thermometer or a thermometer with a fork whatever you want to call it. It’s very simple to use because all you must do is to place it in once your food is almost done cooking to check its correct reading and according to your liking. From there, you can now enjoy your food with all the oozing juices.
3. Pop-up Timers
This temperature gauge is a classic because you can take it anywhere with you while cooking. If you hear the timer “pop”, then you know your time is up and off you go back to your station.
4. Disposable Temperature Indicators
No need to explain further as this temperature gauge is for single use only. This thermometer can be easily set up and is designed to change its colors depending on its temperature reading.
5. Instant-Read Thermometers
Commonly used in most kitchens, the instant-read thermometers provide an easy and quick reference to the temperature. They are sized appropriately and are widely available in your local kitchen supplies store.
There you have it! A list of temperature gauges you may want to consider on your next kitchen supply run. Do note, however, that these devices will vary in accuracy, usage, and warranty. It is still strongly suggested that you do your own research in finding the best temperature gauge according to your usage and liking as most of the thermometers provided above must be properly calibrated and used to be able to maximize their ability to read temperatures and their accuracy.
Now that you have the knowledge, wear your apron on, sharpen those knives, prepare the ingredients, and start cooking the dishes you love! Always remember this from Gerard Depardieu, “Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it. Even if you are not a great chef, there’s nothing to stop you from understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn’t.”