Infrared Kitchen Thermometers
To avoid cross contamination, non-contact infrared kitchen thermometers are one of the best choices when it comes to checking food temperatures. Using infrared technology, infrared (IR) thermometers quickly provide temperatures without actually touching the food surface.
Infrared thermometers are designed to pick up infrared waves from the electromagnetic spectrum. Gamma rays, x-rays, visible light and radio waves are all parts of this spectrum, each at a different range of frequencies. The length of infrared waves is longer than those of the visible spectrum, and shorter than radio waves.
Selected Infrared Thermometers
Maverick Digital Laser Thermometer
Fluke 62 Infrared Thermometer
Raytek Foodpro Thermometer
Uses of Infrared Kitchen Thermometers
Check the temperature of foods stored in the refrigerator and in the freezer. You can test foods in different locations of the icebox to determine if there are dangerously high hotspots.
The surface temperature of foods can be checked, but for testing the internal temperature, a probe type thermometer will have to be used. For checking the temperature of liquids, stir the food before checking.
These are very handy at picnics. To be safe, hot foods must be kept at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, and cold foods at 40 degrees or less. With an IR thermometer, it can be immediately determined that the food being served is at a safe temperature.
Check cooking surface temperatures. Grills, smokers, saute pans and ovens can all be checked with IR technology. The best temperature for cooking pancakes is between 350 and 370 degrees Fahrenheit, while meat sears best at or near 450 degrees.
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