Sunday, 24 July 2011

How does using a meat thermometer reflect on me?

This is a funny little post about a funny little conversation I had with my Mum.

My Mum is an excellent cook.  She is an intuitive cook, which is quite the opposite of her rather extreme ISTJ personality.  Thinking about it my cooking style also differs quite radically from my personality type which is ENTP.  But I digress (nothing new there then...).

Anyway the conversation went something like this:

Mum- How long do you think I need to cook this piece of beef for?
Me- Use a meat thermometer.
Mum- I don't have a meat thermometer, I don't use a meat thermometer, they are for amateurs, I KNOW when meat is cooked. (this was pretty well screeched at me across the kitchen bench)
Me- Why ask me then, if you know when meat is cooked??

I found her attitude towards the humble meat thermometer rather ridiculous.  She was unimpressed that I finished the conversation by going back to the newspaper I was reading and chuckling quietly to myself.

image from here

I use a meat thermometer when I am roasting meat.  It idiot-proofs the process.   In fact I'd go as far as to say that I consider it a pretty useful little kitchen tool.  I have two.  Does this make me some kind of lessor cook?  Is my Mum a cooking snob?

What are your thoughts?


  1. I honestly hadn't thought about it. I know my mum uses one for the Christmas roast turkey. I usually just use a fork to check if things are done. I fear this is going to nag at me now isn't it?

  2. I don't use a meat thermometer. I just cook the crap out of everything...I suspect a meat thermometer is in my future.


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