Home thermometers are popular, but can they accurately measure temperature?
According to this new paper, they can’t, even when you take into account the difference in the size of your hand.
It turns out that the larger the thermometer is, the more accurate it is at measuring the temperature difference between the meat you’re slicing and the meat in your fridge.
This is because the meat will absorb heat more quickly, so the smaller the thermometers you use to measure temperature will have a larger thermal gradient in the meat compared to the meat at the other end of the scale.
The paper also finds that smaller hands will be able to read a thermometer’s scale even when it’s in your kitchen.
And if you’re in a kitchen with lots of food, this could be a huge benefit.
In fact, it’s probably a good idea to take advantage of the smaller hand size.