If you don't use a thermometer on a regular basis you should get in the habit of using one. A thermometer can be used for all meals, not simply hamburgers and hot-dogs. It measures the internal temperature of your casseroles, poultry, homemade breads, and covered dishes to ensure that a secure temperature level has been attained so that dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli have been destroyed. Furthermore, cooking thermometers allow you to cook meats to different levels of “doneness.” Without a cooking thermometer it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a rare and medium burger. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, temperature is the only way to assess whether food is sufficiently prepared. A USDA study uncovered that the "color test" could give consumers deceiving evidence concerning the safety of the foods they are making, considering that food shades differ considerably. Making the decision to use a cooking thermometer is the first step to preparing the perfect foods. The next step is to choose what kind of cooking thermometer is best for you!