askyermom

Can I use a meat thermometer if I don’t have a medical thermometer?

Scroll down to content

I know what you’re thinking. That’s genius, right? We’re made of meat, after all, so why shouldn’t a meat thermometer be able to measure the temperature of our very own meat?

It can measure your temperature and you don’t have to skewer yourself to get a reading. The trouble is a matter of accuracy.

Now, I have a pretty decent digital meat thermometer, so when I realized that I didn’t have a medical thermometer, I decided to test the meaty one. I carefully placed the end under my tongue and began to worry. The probe is sharp, because it’s meant to spear a roast duck leg, or whatever, and had I fallen over I wouldn’t be typing this now due to my DIY lobotomy.

I did not stumble, but when I checked the temperature, it read 102.5! That’s a lot of Fahrenheit. I knew I didn’t have a fever, because moms know stuff like that, but it seemed pretty clear that the thing had precision rather than accuracy.

Because the tongue business is reeediculous, I repeated the armpit method several times. Each time I got 100 point whatever, which tells me the decimal is there to offer either false confidence or the tiny zing of pleasure we get from watching moving numbers. You’ll be pleased to know that my armpit is a steady 100 point whatever degrees every time. So this meat thermometer is not accurate, but precise.

My new best pal at the pharmacy assures me that thermometers will be coming in any day, but in the meat-time I have an adequate substitute.

Note: do not stick a thermometer anywhere dangerous. Even if they don’t have shattering glass and mercury skittering everywhere, they are delicate instruments for serious people, and cooks, who may or may not be serious.

love,
yermom

LINKS!!       Hey, buy my book!!

Yes, it’s on amazon, too.

If you want to fire me, you have to hire me first!!

More book info!!

Subscribe to my newsletter, schmooze-letter!!

Feel free to add a question below in the comments!!

Help buy mom a glass of wine

She needs it. You know she does.

$1.00

Waddaya think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: