Can I Use A Meat Thermometer For Oil – FAQs with Bourbon O

Can I use a meat thermometer for oil” is a typical question when it comes to different uses of meat thermometers. If you have a large pot of oil, it might be more difficult to tell if the oil reaches the required temperature for cooking or not. Let’s find out if it’s possible to measure oil’s temperature using a thermometer in the article below.

What are the types of meat thermometers?

Instant-read meat thermometers

This kind of thermometer can measure the internal temperature of meat in an instant. Simply pierce the thermometer’s probe end into the thickest part of your meat and the reading will appear. The accurate result is given somewhere between 3 to 30 seconds. Instant-read thermometers can give best results when they’re used for smaller cuts of meat.

Oven-safe meat thermometers

Oven-safe meat thermometers need to be inserted into the meat before cooking. It’s designed to be left in the meat during the whole process of cooking so you can keep track of the temperature. Once the right internal temp is reached, you can remove the thermometer out of the meat.

If you’re cooking big cuts of meat, oven-safe meat thermometers are the perfect choice. Some products are equipped with extra-long probes, which allows you to measure oil temperature when frying.

Oven-safe meat thermometers need to be inserted into the meat before cooking
Oven-safe meat thermometers need to be inserted into the meat before cooking

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Can I use a meat thermometer for oil?

Nowadays, almost every quality meat thermometer is able to measure up to 400°F and even higher. Nevertheless, boiling cooking oils can reach up to and over 450°F. That’s why not all meat thermometers can withstand such high temperatures.

For those who need to keep track of the oil’s temperature when deep-frying food. It’s best that you use candy, oil or deep-frying thermometers. These thermometers are made to cope with much higher temperatures compared to meat thermometers.

With a candy, oil or deep-frying thermometer available, you can tell if the oil reaches the ideal temperature (usually between 350°F – 375°F) or not before cooking. It’s important to know the exact temperature of oil when deep-frying. Because the food will be greasy if the oil is not hot enough and on the other hand, the food will burn if the oil is too hot.

If you’re wondering “Can I use a meat thermometer for oil”, it’s best to use a candy, oil or deep-frying thermometers instead
If you’re wondering “Can I use a meat thermometer for oil”, it’s best to use a candy, oil or deep-frying thermometers instead

How can I know if the oil is hot enough without a thermometer?

There several ways which allow you to tell the right temperature of the cooking oil:

  • Throw a kernel of popcorn into the cooking oil. If the popcorn pops then the cooking oil’s temperature is somewhere between 325°F and 350°F. This is the perfect temperature range if you need to fry your food.
  • Use a wooden spoon and stick the end of the spoon into the cooking oil. If bubbles start to form around the end of the spoon and then float up to the surface, you know the oil is hot enough for frying. In case it’s bubbling hard, it indicates that the cooking oil’s temperature is too high. Then you should wait until the oil cools down a little bit before adding the food in.
  • Adding 1 – 2 drops of water into the cooking oil also tells you if the oil is hot enough. However, this method is not advisable as you might get burnt if the oil splashes up.

Frequently asked questions about meat thermometers

What are the other uses of meat thermometers?

Meat thermometers are usually used for measuring the internal temperature of different kinds of meat, such as steaks, roasts and many other dishes. However, it’s also possible to measure the temperature of liquid using meat thermometers.

Aside from can I use a meat thermometer for oil, many people wonder if meat thermometers can be used for other purposes
Aside from can I use a meat thermometer for oil, many people wonder if meat thermometers can be used for other purposes

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How many types of instant-read meat thermometers are there?

There are two variations of instant-read meat thermometers: the analog types and the digital types.

  • Analog instant-read meat thermometer: When measuring temperature with this thermometer, you need to insert it into the food with the minimum depth of 2 inches. For thinner foods like pork chops, burgers… the stem needs to be pierced through the side of the meat cut. This way the reading will be more accurate. After 15 – 20 seconds, the temperature should appear on the thermometer.
  • Digital instant-read meat thermometer: With this type of instant-read meat thermometer, the temperature will be registered after about 10 seconds. The probe end of the thermometer should be inserted at least 1/2 inch into the food.

When should an instant-read meat thermometer be used?

You should measure the food’s temperature with an instant-read thermometer toward the end of the cooking process. If you’re following a cooking recipe, it’s best that you start examining the temperature around 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Don’t wait until the right temperature is reached. Remove the food from heat around 10°F lower and the carryover heat will do the rest of the work for you.

Now you already know the answer to “can I use a meat thermometer for oil”. As Bourbon O suggested above, it’s best to measure cooking oil’s temperature with a candy, oil or deep-frying thermometer rather than a meat thermometer. Because meat thermometers are not able to withstand high temperatures of the cooking oil.

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I have been an artist and journalist for many years. I am a food blogger who is crazy about food, drink and specially kitchen gadgets.

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