Want a single piece of cooking equipment that can help you become a better cook? Invest in an instant-read thermometer and start using it when you’re cooking fish, poultry, beef and other meats. Not only will the food you cook be safer, because you’ll be able to check that it’s cooked to the temperature recommended by the FDA, but it’ll likely taste better because you’ll be able to better avoid overcooking it. Candy and deep-fry thermometers, meanwhile, are a must if you make boiled candies or if you deep-fry foods, to ensure that the proper temperatures are being reached so you’ll get the best results. Read about cooking thermometers to learn about how to choose and use the best cooking thermometers.