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When using a meat thermometer, do I just put the tip in, and it gives an accurate reading for only the tip portion of the thermometer???

Or does the rest of the metal rod that is sticking out in the cool air going to affect the outcome, and cause it to read a lower temperature??
I've always wondered.

 
Destiny13

Asked by Destiny13 at 5:21 PM on Apr. 8, 2009 in Food & Drink

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Answers (9)
  • I use mine for chicken breasts and it reads it as hot enough. It should give you an accurate reading.
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 5:48 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • the whole thing and you need to stick it in tothe middle of the meat.
    chefjen

    Answer by chefjen at 5:27 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • what do you mean "the whole thing"? what if the meat is only a half inch thick?
    Destiny13

    Answer by Destiny13 at 5:34 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • Well, if it's super thin, you don't need a meat thermometer. A meat thermometer is reserved for larger pieces of meat or like large chicken breasts.
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 5:38 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • What kind of meat is it?
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 5:38 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • pork chops
    I saw them say on tv to use the thermometer, so I thought I'd try it.
    Before, my method of making sure they were done, was to over-cook them but I'm tired of dry pork chops, lol.
    Destiny13

    Answer by Destiny13 at 5:40 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • aahhh . . well just poke it at the fattest part, because that will take the longest to cook.
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 5:42 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • And just the tip of the thermometer being in there will give an accurate reading? I always thought they were for roasts and whatnot.
    Destiny13

    Answer by Destiny13 at 5:43 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • Thanks! Time to cook!
    Destiny13

    Answer by Destiny13 at 5:53 PM on Apr. 8, 2009