As you’re outfitting your commercial kitchen with the tools necessary for culinary excellence, thermometers should be at the top of the list. Temperature plays a critical role in food safety, food quality, holding times, even employee health screening. We know shopping for all the different thermometers can be a daunting task, so we created a list of the thermometers you need in your kitchen. Plus, we added a couple of bonus thermometers for those who want to cover every area.
1. Quality Digital Cooking Thermometer
If you haven’t made the switch from dial to digital, now is the time! Digital thermometers are faster, more accurate, and more reliable. Dial thermometers need constant calibration adjustments—a simple bump or drop will mess up the calibration. It’s time to make the digital transformation and get your hands on a quality thermometer.
Digital thermometers are used for line and quick spot checks, at the grill stations, in the hands of the head chef, and every little odd and end where you need internal temperatures.
Not every digital thermometer is equal in quality, accuracy, speed, and reliability. Some thermometer companies use sub-par materials that break down over time, publish misleading specifications, or just don’t take the time to develop their product with customers in mind. At ThermoWorks, we do our best to succeed in these areas! Our mission is to create unique and professional tools to help you do your job well. In fact, Thermapen has been the go-to standard for over twenty years and counting. Its speed and accuracy are second-to-none, and there’s a significant probability that when your health inspector comes in, they’re using a Thermapen. It’s simply the gold standard.
Bonus: Paperless HACCP Thermometers
There are serious time savings in taking the pencil whipping out of line checks. We have thermometers with Bluetooth wireless technology that pair with any smart device (see below for suggestions). You simply input your HACCP checklists into your smart device and start checking temps. As you move through your food items, insert the thermometer into the food, and the phone application will tell you the temperature. Next, you hit “Record,” and that temperature reading is saved directly to your device. That’s it! Your one click process immediately saves data leaving guess work, training, or new employee errors out of the question. If the recorded temperature reading is outside of the food-safe zone, a menu of corrective options is available, from which you can record what action was taken.
Another option is our Saf-T-Log Digital, Thermometer where all of that happens on the device, and you simply connect it to the computer to download your reports. It’s a great option if you don’t want to mess with phones or apps (even though our Wi-Fi and Bluetooth loggers are extremely easy to set up and use with the ThermoWorks App.)
2. Data Loggers for Refrigerator and Freezer Monitoring
We hear this request all of the time… the customer is looking for a fridge-monitoring solution after they’ve already lost a walk-in full of product. You spend thousands on refrigerators, freezers, and the product they are supposed to protect.. A power outage, door left open overnight, or a broken pump costs you thousands in spoiled product you’ll have to replace. With our ThermaData WiFi Data Loggers you can put all of these concerns to rest. With Cloud integrations, you can easily track all of your product temperatures and quickly be notified via email, SMS, or push notifications, whenever a refrigeration unit hits a critical temperature. Think of it this way, a one-time purchase is a life-long insurance policy on your livelihood.
3. An Infrared For Flat Tops and Miscellaneous Cooks
We find that many Chefs struggle to locate the exact hot spots in their working environment. Even after thousands of repetitions, cooks continue to misunderstand or incorrectly identify where the optimal workspace is, or how it might affect cooking times. A good infrared can easily mediate this issue and turn newfound knowledge into power on the line.
Implementing your new Infrared is as simple as a point and click. No training required, no extra steps or installation, just simplicity in your hand. Anyone in your kitchen can quickly find oil temps , walk-in temperatures, or even capture critical temperatures in the baking process.
Knowing the temperature range and item you’re measuring is key to choosing a thermometer. For instance, an infrared thermometer is ideal to check your pizza oven stone because of the distance at which you can measure. Need to check for cold spots in the very back of your oven? No problem, with a high-temp, long-range infrared. .
If you need help deciding which thermometer is right for your specific needs, call one of our Commercial Sales representatives and they’ll find the right solution for you.