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Poll: Do You Use a Meat Thermometer?

Do You Use a Meat Thermometer?

victork victork 8 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 melabelle 8 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 PinkUnicorn 8 years
I only use one for roasting chicken/turkey.
wunami wunami 8 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 Nadia24gv 8 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 sugar_me_sweet 8 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 CiaoBella2 8 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 simplyfab87 8 years
Yes. Even though I've been cooking for years, I'm terrible at visual cues.
Marci Marci 8 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 ellieb 8 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 Akpril 8 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 fuzzles 8 years
Chief, But what about the hot dogs?
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I always use one for my bacon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 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 chancleta 8 years
All the time! They rock!
tinyflame tinyflame 8 years
I only use a meat thermometer for turkey.
hottpink hottpink 8 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 Magycmyste 8 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 Elizabeth1981 8 years
That last choice is a tricky one... I don't eat meat, but I do cook it for others.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I only use mine for chicken and turkey. Otherwise, I'm pretty good at gauging doneness visually.
Liss1 Liss1 8 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.
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