The Utility of Instant Read Thermometers and Remote Thermometers

by James Aphu

The cooking industry as a whole has grown rapidly and this is for obvious reasons – People love to eat. It has therefore increased competition among competitors in the industry and has pushed the limits of perfection farther and farther. Thermometers soon entered the kitchen scene.

 As part of the strive to attain perfection in meat cooking and barbecue, the use of Instant Read Thermometers and remote meat thermometers were introduced in order to cook meats to the perfect temperatures.

This yielded positive results, to say the least.

What is a thermometer?

Generally speaking, a thermometer is any scientific instrument used for the measurement of temperatures of matter.

A thermometer usually indicates the temperature by the expansion or contraction of the mercury or alcohol in a glass tube due to the heating of the substance along the lines of marking on the glass tube. For the purposes of this article, thermometers will be used in the context of measuring meats.

Variants of Thermometers

Various types of thermometers can be used to measure meats and other foods. They include;

1. Instant Read Thermometer

An instant-read thermometer is used to measure the temperature of the meat at an exact time. This is usually done by inserting it into the meat and getting the temperature displayed on the temperature indicator. It could be digital or analog. For you to get an accurate reading, you have to remove the meat from the oven and put it in thermometer.

2. Remote Thermometers

These types of thermometers measure the temperature of meats at the desired time. You attach the device that takes the temperature of the meat, and then the indicator would be put outside the oven.

This enables the chef cooking to know the temperature of the meat is and to know when the meat has gotten to the desired temperature. Some remote thermometers have alarms that can be set to beep when the desired temperature has been reached.

Some are also wireless and enable the chef to move around the restaurant which the temperature display indicator in order to know the exact temperature of the meats.

Differences between Instant Read Thermometers and Remote Thermometers

1. The Time Needed

Instant Read thermometers can only measure the temperatures of meats at a particular time while Remote thermometers can measure the changing temperature of meat over a period of time.

2. Convenience

To use Instant Read Thermometers, you have to bring out the meats every time to check the temperatures and this can affect the proper cooking of the meat whereas with remote thermometers, you don’t need to bring out the meat to check its temperature.

3. Flexibility

Instant Read Thermometers give the chefs less flexibility than Remote Thermometers


Deciding the thermometer that is better for your cooking escapades is up to you and we don’t want to make such an important decision for you. It is left for you to determine that but if you ask me, I will say that remote thermometer doesn’t sound bad at all.

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