How to cook with a temperature probe

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How to cook with a temperature probe
Make sure your meat is cooked inside. (Hlib Shabashnyi/iStock/Getty Images)

A temperature probe consists of a steel rod wired to a thermometer. When used for cooking, the probe is inserted into food, typically poultry or a large beef or pork roast, to gauge the internal temperature and ensure the meat is cooked properly for safe eating. A temperature probe will also help you grill a perfect steak.

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Things you need

  • Oven-safe temperature probe

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  1. 1

    Insert the probe at least 2 inches into the thickest part of the food. You will not get an accurate reading if the sensor is not pushed at least this distance into a roast or turkey. Insert the probe away from bone and fat.

  2. 2

    Place the roast or poultry in a preheated oven or closed grill and cook for the prescribed time in your recipe.

  3. 3

    Check the reading on the temperature probe and adjust cooking time as necessary until the food has reached the desired internal temperature.

  4. 4

    Clean the temperature probe in hot, soapy water after each use.

Tips and warnings

  • Pork roasts should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 77 degrees Celsius (170 degrees Fahrenheit) for safety.
  • Poultry should be roasted or grilled to an internal temperature of at least 74 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit).

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