Sponsored review, but all opinions shared are my own.
If you’re anything like me, cooking was a mysterious art form when you were growing up. Meals appeared on the dining room table three times per day, and if you were lucky, there was a fun after school snack waiting when you got off the bus. Cooking was foreign to me, and I think it was around middle school before I realized that there was a doneness when it came to meat. I mean before then my Mom always ordered every meat I ate well done, burnt to a crisp.
Now that I’m older and wiser that blackened, charcoal taste just doesn’t do it for me. I want my steak to be medium, my chicken not pink but moist, and after hours of cooking, I just want the Thanksgiving turkey to be edible.
My ability to cook is equivalent to a mother bird chewing up worms and feeding them to her children. Seriously, my food is a hodge podge of tossed together everything that I feed my family. Some how it works and no one’s complained. Hear that hubby – NO COMPLAINTS! Whether you’re cooking your meat on the stove top or your outdoor gill, it doesn’t take a chef or any real cooking skill to get the desired doneness, texture, or taste. All you need is an instant read thermometer!
Cave Tools provided an Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer for me to try out and facilitate my real-life experience on my cooking temperature guide. With their product’s help, I was able to check the internal temperate on my chicken tenderloins to ensure that my family would be consuming a safe meal. Thanks to USDA recommendations there are a few key temperatures you need to remember in order to best doneness for your meat.
USDA Safe Minimum Temperatures for Meats:
Medium Rare – 145°F with a 3 minute rest period
Ground – 160°F
Medium Well – 145°F with a 3 minute rest period
Ground – 160°F
All Cuts (including Ground) – 165°F
Internal temperatures are usually the least of your worries when cooking because it’s so easy to cross contaminate or store your meat at the incorrect temperatures. But, it’s the best indicator of doneness first and a way to kill bacteria second. Think of the amount of people you know who consumer Medium Rare or Rare meat that haven’t gotten sick. In my honest opinion, I like to be sure that my meat has as little bacteria as possible, and I can only get that peace of mind by getting a reliable internal temperate read from my instant read digital cooking thermometer. My friend has told me that he has used this with his microwave because microwaves can be used for complicated cooking purposes such as ensuring the meat is cooked to exactly the right temperature.
The Cave Tools Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer is super fast when it comes to reading the internal temperate of meat. You’ll get your read out in 4-6 seconds, and it’s accurate within 1°F with a range of -40°F to 450°F. The stainless steel design makes it extremely durable so you don’t have to worry about it shattering or malfunctioning because moisture gets trapped inside any part of the thermometer. Never cook away from home without it thanks to the convenient pocket size making it extremely portable.
I think the large digital display has to be my favorite part! It’s so easy to read even without my glasses on. The buttons are spaced in a way that makes them easy for everyone to push, and I like the 5-inch probe length, so I can use it on thicker slices of meat. It’ll come in handy this Thanksgiving for our turkey. It’s up to the standard of commercial kitchens and is great for tailgating, parties, or for a backyard barbecue with your family. Plus, I don’t have a huge data pool with handling cooking thermometers, but this one is sturdy and feels like a quality product.
Start keeping a check on the internal temperature of your meat while cooking by investing in the Cave Tools Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer. Make note of the safe temperatures in the Safe Cooking Meat Temperature Guide as recommended by the USDA. You’ll be well on your way from well done to delicious tender medium well in no time!
You can even get this handy cooking thermometer shipped directly to your door fast by purchasing through Amazon.
Disclosure: I received a product from Cave Tools to facilitate this editorial review. All opinions shared are my own. No additional compensation was received for this review. Please check for the most up-to-date information on safe meat consumption temperatures from the USDA. I cannot be held responsible for cooking incidents, accidents, or sicknesses related to use of this thermometer or cooking temperatures listed.