Designed for easy forcing into meats and semi-solids. However, many buy this thermometer to read liquids and soft foods because it's tough and water resistant. Many like the large display that's easy-to-read even when the thermometer is inserted. It's also handy for measuring bottled liquids. The thermometer takes a lot of heavy plant useage, and the replacement rate is much lower than many products in this price range. Includes auto-off after 10 minutes.