Our Favourite Things – Thermapen Meat Thermometer
As a brand new dietitian working in a hospital, I saw several very unfortunate cases of food poisoning caused by improper food handling and cooking. So I am pretty careful about ensuring that our meat is cooked to the appropriate internal temperature, especially with poultry and ground meats. Medium cooked beef and pork should be cooked to 160F (71C). This is the same for ground beef and pork. Ground chicken and turkey however should reach an internal temperature of 165F (74C). Whole poultry should be cooked to 180F (82C) and pieces cooked to 165F (74C). For a complete list of Health Canada’s recommended food cooking temperatures, check out the link below:
I found this Super-Fast Thermapen digital thermometer at a BBQ store that quickly reads the internal temperature of the meat we are cooking. It is easy to use and so handy to quickly check food temperatures. It gives me the reassurance and peace of mind to know that my food is safe for my family and me. It has become my favorite kitchen gadget and one that I find myself using often.
Have you found a kitchen gadget that improves the safety of your food handling? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!