Few things will decrease traffic to a restaurant faster than negative publicity following a food illness outbreak.  Undercooked food can be the source of salmonella and other bacteria that may cause illness, so restaurants must protect customers against these potential problems. Proper use of food thermometers will help prevent foodborne illnesses and ensure the safety of guests.

Foodservice Superstore carries a variety of thermometers critical for food safety and equipment monitoring.   Types of thermometers include infrared, pocket, thermocouple, meat, candy, deep-fry, and beverage styles. When choosing a food thermometer, consider purpose, accuracy, temperature range, and speed of use.

Key Characteristics

  • Infrared thermometers can read temperatures without contact by measuring the thermal radiation emitted from the food surface.
  • Pocket thermometers can be used for quick spot-checking of foods and provide relatively quick readouts. 
  • Thermocouple thermometers can stay in the food throughout the cooking cycle and be remotely monitored.
  • Standard meat thermometers have metal tipped probes which are inserted into the meat during cooking and typically use a dial readout.

Kitchen staff must be educated on the proper temperature required for each type of meat and on how to correctly use food thermometers to accurately determine food temperature. It’s a good idea to keep several instant-read or pocket thermometers on hand in addition to one or more commercial food thermometers. Foodservice Superstore offers a variety of food thermometers to meet your needs.