POPSUGAR Food Poll Poll: Do You Use a Meat Thermometer? Do You Use a Meat Thermometer? by Food 7/10/09 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Read More Meat ThermometersMeatPoll POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get inspired with our daily newsletter DIY Home Tech Vegetarian Love and Sex Food Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Reactions victork 5 years I've always used the el-cheapo method of sticking the knife in, and then judging whether the meat is cooked. Same fundamentals as a thermometer, just no dial. That and visual cues (chicken: clear juices). melabelle 5 years I use visual cues but I'm not really that good at it. I've been meaning to invest in a nice digital one forever (as the cheap dial ones I've previously owned never worked and got tossed). PinkUnicorn 5 years I only use one for roasting chicken/turkey. wunami 5 years I usually use visual cues. I suppose I should get a thermometer...haven't had one since I moved to a new apartment. I'd be nice to have a probe thermometer. Nadia24gv 5 years Don't eat it and one of the reasons happens to be because you need a thermometer. I was always so scared to eat meat. It was such a hassle and worry for me, lol. sugar_me_sweet 5 years I use a meat thermometer because I don't want to eat undercooked meat. I can't tell if it's cooked by looking at it either. CiaoBella2 5 years I use mine mainly when cooking poultry, roasts and especially when I have company over for dinner. My mother-in-law always asked if the meat is cooked at the proper temp. simplyfab87 5 years Yes. Even though I've been cooking for years, I'm terrible at visual cues. Marci 5 years Depends on what I'm cooking. My mother never used one in her entire life, though, so I'm not sure why it's suddenly so important. ellieb 5 years I always use it! It's the best thing to make sure that meat is properly cooked- and not yet overcooked! My fiance and I also really like the kind with a probe that stays in the meat and the electronics on the oven door, since it'll beep at a certain temperature. I also use it for breads and cakes, since it not only works like a toothpick, but tells you how done it is.-- I'm bad at guesstimating. (My cakes are usually good to go when they register 207-210 degrees fahrenheit and the stick comes out clean.) Akpril 5 years Oh yeah. I had food poisoning a couple of years ago and ever since have been diehard about cooking chicken to 170 degrees. I love my little meat thermometer. fuzzles 5 years Chief, But what about the hot dogs? chiefdishwasher 5 years I always use one for my bacon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ilanac13 5 years i'm sure if i cooked/ate meat i would use one but since i don't - it's really not all that relevant for me chancleta 5 years All the time! They rock! tinyflame 5 years I only use a meat thermometer for turkey. hottpink 5 years No, I don't eat meat and I don't cook it for others. My husband uses one when he grills (which is rarely)! LoL Magycmyste 5 years I use visual cues, mostly because I don't really eat a lot of meat, and therefore, haven't bothered to buy a meat thermometer yet. I do think I'd like to get one in the near future, though. I'm tempted to start moving towards bigger cuts of meat (for entertaining purposes), and I think it would be very helpful for me then. Elizabeth1981 5 years That last choice is a tricky one... I don't eat meat, but I do cook it for others. Spectra 5 years I only use mine for chicken and turkey. Otherwise, I'm pretty good at gauging doneness visually. Liss1 5 years I only use one when i'm cooking/roasting a whole chicken. Some seem to take longer than others and i like to make sure it is done.