Choosing a Meat Thermometer

Whether you’re cooking a Boston butt or a piece of fillet, a meat thermometer is your best friend and best kitchen companion in taking out the guesswork. If you’re looking to achieve the perfect temperature for the perfect meat product every time, here’s what you should look for in a quality meat thermometer. 

General thermometer features

The purpose of a meat thermometer is to display the internal temperature of your piece of meat to ensure you achieve the perfect cook for rare or medium-rare, depending on your preference. These are the things you should look for when choosing the best meat thermometer:

  • Responsiveness
  • Accuracy
  • Ease of use 

If you aren’t a seasoned cook, a leave-in meat thermometer will do the job perfectly. However, if you’re looking to up your game, a digital probe thermometer is a fun tool to add to your cooking arsenal!

An analog thermometer is the more affordable option and works perfectly, however, it can be slower to read temperatures and slightly harder to read. Digital thermometers with instant-read features give you an easy-to-access probe where steam and grease aren’t able to interfere with the grip and will display temperatures on a digital screen. 

Some thermometers can come with up to four probes. This way you’re able to cook a wide variety of meats and measure them all with the same thermometer. 

Best meat thermometers

Here are our top picks for the best thermometer that will ensure accuracy and a seamless cook, achieving the perfect temperatures every time. 


How to use a meat thermometer 

Before you start cooking and using your thermometer, place it in a bowl of ice and water for 20 seconds. Once it shows 0 degrees, it has been calibrated properly. Also, be sure not to remove the meat you’re cooking from the oven or pan when measuring the temperature otherwise you may have an inaccurate reading. 


Stick your thermometer in the center of the thickest part of the meat and leave it in for approximately 10 seconds to measure its temperature. Once the meat has reached the desired temperature, you are ready to enjoy your meal! 

If you’re looking for further guidance on how to read a meat thermometer or the best thermometers to use, get in touch with our team! 

Van Wyngaardt’s delivery policy

Our delivery policy requires a minimum order amount depending on the region. You may order from Monday to Thursday. Should you place an order before 12:00, we assure you of next-day delivery. If you order after 12:00, the order will be delivered to you the following working day. This is only valid for Gauteng stores. Outer Gauteng stores delivery period may vary. At Van Wyngaardt, we pride ourselves on always providing exceedingly good meats.

Should you have any queries or require more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and one of our sales representatives will gladly assist you. 

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