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Choosing and Using Thermometers
Thermometers are essential for food safety. When choosing an oven meat thermometer, look for an easy-to-read dial with a stainless-steel face and shatterproof lens. Check the thermometer for accuracy by submerging at least 2 inches of the stem in boiling water. It should read 212 degrees F. (or the boiling temperature of water at your altitude).
An instant-read thermometer, also known as a rapid-response thermometer, is designed to measure a wide range of temperatures, typically from 0 to 220 degrees F. It does not stay in food during cooking. When it's inserted in the food, the temperature should register in about 15 seconds.