As much as I love throwing ingredients together without measuring, I hate guesswork when it means my end result is lacking.
I use a kitchen thermometer nearly every day, and the quick minute or two it takes is well worth the effort!
Kitchen Tip: To see if your thermometer is accurate, place it in boiling water. If it's accurate, it should read 212 degrees Fahrenheit! :)
Why do I love my thermometers? Here's a few of my top reasons! :)
#1. I can make the perfect coffee or tea, every time. I'm particular about my coffee and tea, and the water temperature makes a big difference to me. For my coffee, I like to use 185 degree water in the AeroPress coffee maker. For tea, it depends on the kind (see this post for the best water temperatures for various kinds of tea!).
#2. I don't have to guess about whether meat is fully cooked. When I was first learning to cook whole roasted chickens, using a meat thermometer helped me perfect the process. Especially when I'm learning to prepare a new cut of meat or kind of fish -- having a meat thermometer allows me to know the meat is done without over-cooking it.
#3. I can check to see if homemade bread is done inside. Use a meat thermometer to check bread for doneness: it should be about 190-200 degrees Fahrenheit. (Poke thermometer into the bottom of the loaf if you want it to still look perfect on top!)
Kitchen Tip: If bread isn't done, immediately return it to the oven to finish baking. I've found that when bread (or pizza crust!) isn't fully cooked but is allowed to cool for even 10 minutes or so, when I try to finish baking it it just doesn't get done right.
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