Meat Thermometer

This useful tool can tell the difference between medium-rare and well-done, but it can do a lot more. Here are four things you can do with a meat thermometer.

  • For poached eggs, check the temperature of the water. (It should be 180° F for yolks that are still whole but runny.)
  • Check 190° to 200° F to see if homemade bread is done.
  • Get an ice cream base to the right temperature. (The custard needs to be between 175° and 180° F for 1 minute for the eggs to be cooked without scrambling.)
  • Check the temperature of your fridge. (You can put the thermometer in any liquid, like milk. The safe range is 32° to 40° F.)

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