Put this underrated kitchen tool to work with smart double-duty ideas.
It tells the difference between medium-rare and well-done, but this trusty gadget can do so much more. Here are four ways to put a meat thermometer to work.
- Check the water temperature for poached eggs. (It should be 180° F for intact but runny yolks.)
- Check homemade bread for doneness (190° to 200° F).
- Reach the right temperature for an ice cream base. (The custard should register 175° to 180° F for 1 minute to cook the eggs without scrambling.)
- Measure your refrigerator’s temperature. (Put the thermometer into any liquid, like milk; 32° to 40° F is a safe range.)
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