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13 Common Cooking Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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Whether you’re a professional chef, or are still learning to boil water properly, everyone makes mistakes while cooking. Some mishaps will go unnoticed, but others can spoil a dish and will leave you ordering take-out.

We’d like to help take your cooking skills to the next level. We’ve compiled some of the most common cooking mistakes and how to prevent each of them from happening in your kitchen.

Mistake #1: You didn’t read the entire recipe before cooking

Before you prepare a dish, you should confirm that you have the correct ingredients and verify the proper cooking time. If you don’t read the full recipe, you could miss critical marinating or resting times for your meal.

Follow this tip: Be prepared before beginning your meal. It’s not worth dirtying the dishes if you’re pressed for time or don’t have the correct ingredients to perfect your meal.

Mistake #2: You boil instead of simmer

Stews and soups benefit from a slow simmer rather than an intense boil. Don’t try to hurry your meal along by bringing it to a boil. Boiling dries meat out and makes the vegetables too soft.

Follow this tip: Simmering helps make the meat tender and allows flavors to blend. Allow enough time for your meal to properly simmer on the stove or utilize your slow cooker. Adding your ingredients to your slow cooker in the morning lets your stew or soup simmer throughout the day, eliminating the need to rush in the evening.

Mistake #3: You don’t know your oven’s real temperature

Not all ovens heat evenly or accurately – even the pricey brands. You may think you are baking your cake at 350 degrees, but your oven’s true temperature is actually lower or higher. Even a slight difference could lead to a cake that’s raw in the middle or burned on top.

Follow this tip: Use an oven thermometer to ensure an accurate oven temperature reading. Then you will know if you need to raise or lower the heat to hit the proper cooking temperature.

Mistake #4: You don’t accurately measure ingredients

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Depending on the dish, this isn’t always a big deal, but when baking this can ruin your cake or cookies. Packing flour into your measuring cup causes cakes to be dense and tough, while using too much butter can make cookies flat.

Follow this tip: The most accurate way to measure your ingredients is to measure them by volume with your EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scale. Using your kitchen scale, weigh food items and recipe ingredients directly on the scale platform or utilize the scale’s tare (zero) function, which eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl and makes cleanup a snap. You will get superior results when you have the correct ratio of ingredients.

Mistake #5: You put cold meat in the oven

Cooking very cold meat leads to uneven results. The chicken may be perfectly browned on the outside but pink and raw on the inside.

Follow this tip: Let the meat sit out a few minutes to take the chill off.  Your meat will cook much more evenly when it’s closer to room temperature.

Mistake #6: You overcrowd the pan

Overcrowding leads to soggy and unappealing meats and vegetables. Meat won’t brown and vegetables won’t crisp or caramelize if there isn’t room for moisture to evaporate.

Follow this tip: Give your food some space by either cooking in smaller batches or using more pans. Spreading the food out will give you the texture you’re longing for.

Mistake #7: You keep poking the meat

Repeatedly flipping your burgers while grilling or constantly poking your meat lets the juices escape, resulting in dry meat.

eatsmart-food-thermometerFollow this tip: Leave your meat alone during the cooking process. Use a food thermometer, such as our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer, toward the estimated end of your cooking time to determine when the meat is cooked to perfection. The 1.5mm probe leaves a very small puncture so juices stay within the meat, and it records the temperature in seconds.

Mistake #8: You don’t heat the pan enough

Adding cold oil to a cold pan and topping with cold food can throw off texture and lead to gummy results.

Follow this tip: Food should sizzle when it hits the pan. Be sure to adequately heat the pan and the oil before adding your ingredients.

Mistake #9: You don’t get your ingredients together

You have to stop prepping the meal to find an ingredient and then you need time to chop it up. Or, worse, you are missing necessary items to complete your recipe.

Follow this tip: Gather, measure, and prep your ingredients beforehand to make cooking and assembling meals quick and effortless. It takes much less time to prep ingredients than to chop them up as you go along. It also ensures you have the ingredients you need while cooking.

Mistake #10: You use a non-stick pan for everything

Non-stick pans are great for breakfast foods such as eggs, French toast, and pancakes but they don’t get as hot as a regular pan. You cannot properly sear a piece of meat in a nonstick pan, nor will your vegetables get that crispy edge.

Follow this tip: Cook your stir fries, meats, and vegetables in a traditional pan, especially if you desire a crispy texture.

Mistake #11: You don’t allow the meat to rest

Cutting your meat immediately after taking it out of the oven or off the grill allows all the juices to run out; resulting in dry and tough meat.

Follow this tip: Let your steak or chicken breast rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to distribute evenly throughout the meat. A roast, pork loin, or whole chicken will need 20 minutes, so keep it warm by loosely covering with foil.

Mistake #12: You use the same knife for each task

A paring knife is great for smaller vegetables but isn’t up to the task of cutting open a butternut squash. On the other hand, a large knife can be awkward when mincing small items, such as garlic cloves.

Follow this tip: Chose the correct sized knife for the job. You will be more efficient and reduce risk of cutting yourself.

Mistake #13: You didn’t taste the dish as you go

Neglecting to taste the dish can lead to bland, boring food or over-seasoned, inedible food. More than one cook has grabbed salt instead of sugar, used too heavy a hand with spices, or forget to add pepper.

Follow this tip: Taste your dish while cooking to ensure a perfectly seasoned meal. And, please, wash your spoon in between tastes.

Some of these common mistakes are the result of bad habits. By making a few tweaks to your cooking routine, you can serve consistently delicious meals to your family.

Do you have a cooking question? Tweet it to us at @eatsmartscales.

15 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

esp_easy_slow_cooker_soup_recipesThere is nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day. Did you know you can actually make a delicious soup in your crockpot? Simply add the ingredients in the morning and come home to a ready-to-eat soup simmering in your slow cooker! Homemade soup tastes so much better than canned and these 15 recipes are healthy and easy to make. Dig out your crockpot and get ready to enjoy a nutritious homemade dinner.

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

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Get the recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod.


Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Squash

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Get the recipe from Rachael Cooks.


Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

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Get the recipe from Little Spice Jar.


Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup

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Get the recipe from Melanie Makes.


Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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Get the recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen.


Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

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Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.


Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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Get the recipe from I Wash You Dry.


Slow Cooker Recipe for Easy Thai Coconut Soup with Lemongrass

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Get the recipe from 365 Days of Slow Cooking.


Turkey and Brown Rice Soup

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Get the recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker.


Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup

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Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.


Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup

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Get the recipe from The Recipe Rebel.


Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

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Get the recipe from Making Thyme for Health.


Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Squash

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Get the recipe from Running in a Skirt.


Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup

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Get the recipe from The Lemon Bowl.


My Mom’s Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

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Get the recipe from Smile Sandwich.


Do you have a favorite soup recipe for your slow cooker? Tweet it to us at @eatsmartscales.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Appetizer and Side Dish Recipes

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Do you have to bring a side dish for Thanksgiving? Did you put off picking out your recipe until the last minute? If you’re still searching for something fun (and healthy) to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, we have picked out several Thanksgiving Appetizers and Side Dishes that are sure to be crowd pleasers!

Loaded Sweet Potato Bites

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Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks

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Get the recipe from Closet Cooking.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

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Get the recipe from The Food Charlatan.


Fennel and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

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Get the recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.


Easy Garlic Herb Butternut Squash

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Get the recipe from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.


Feta & Herb Cantaloupe Truffles

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Get the recipe from The Fit Fork.


Grain-Free Homestyle Stuffing

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Get the recipe from Mommypotamus.


Warm Harvest Salad with Honey Walnut Vinaigrette

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Get the recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.


Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

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Get the recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen.


Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

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Get the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.


Creamy Broccoli Salad

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Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.


Chipotle Lime Grilled Corn

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Get the recipe from Life’s Ambrosia.


Gluten Free Stuffing

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Get the recipe from Officially Gluten Free.


Greek Feta, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Pistachio Truffles

feta tomato truffles Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.


Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites

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Get the recipe from Well Plated.


Which of these recipes will you try?  Share with us @eatsmartscales.

The Beginner’s Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

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Is it your turn to host Thanksgiving this year? If hosting a holiday stresses you out, we can help. Whether your dinner is a large family gathering or small get-together, you can pull off a stress-free turkey feast.

We’ve organized our planning tips chronologically, beginning one month from Thanksgiving. By following the right steps, you’ll be able to enjoy the holiday – and your company – when the big day arrives.

1 Month Prior

Get a head count. Call or email those on your guest list and see who will be attending. It’s the perfect time to see who will be able to bring a side dish or dessert.

Plan your menu. Are there family favorites that are a “must-have?” Be sure to add those in and any new sides that you might like to try. Don’t forget to include some easy appetizers and beverages.

3 Weeks Prior

Review your recipes. Create a list of what you will need to purchase and what you already have. This is the time to see if you need to order any specialty items. If you plan on having a fresh turkey, order it now.

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Check your cooking supplies. Do you have the necessary pans and tools to make the day go as smoothly as possible? Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale makes it easy to measure recipe ingredients for a crowd. Plus, the handy tare feature allows you to use one bowl rather than having to wash several measuring cups and spoons. Are the batteries working in your Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer?

2 Weeks Prior

pie crustPrep dough for pies and rolls. Are you planning on baking pies or rolls? Make batches of pie dough, wrap tightly, and freeze. Make rolls in advance, freeze, and defrost Thanksgiving morning.

Decide on set up. Will you do a buffet or a sit down dinner? Knowing this lets you plan your set up and décor for the day.

Pick up beverages. This is the time to pick up wine, beer, liquor, and soft drinks. They can be stored without being refrigerated.

1 Week Prior

Go food shopping. Pick up your turkey and non-perishable items, including paper goods and baking supplies, a week prior. Perishable items, such as fresh produce, can be picked up a couple of days before Thanksgiving.

Buy some containers. Have inexpensive containers on hand if you plan on sending your guests home with leftovers. Don’t hand out your favorite storage containers since you may not get them back!

Make soup and broth. Planning on a non-dairy soup course or need stock for your meal? Make it now and freeze until Tuesday, allowing enough time to thaw.

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Make a cooking plan. Figure out which dishes can be made in advance and how long dishes need to be cooked or reheated on Thanksgiving Day. Do you know how long your turkey will take? It takes about 13 minutes of cooking time for every pound of turkey. Our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer gives you an accurate temperature reading in seconds, so you know when your turkey is perfectly cooked.

3 – 4 Days Prior

Defrost your turkey. It takes 24 hours for 5 lbs of turkey to defrost in the refrigerator. If you choose to defrost the bird in cold water estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb. You will need to change the water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey cold.

2 Days Prior

pieMake pies. Get your pie filling together and fill your crusts. Wrap and set in your fridge until Wednesday.

Clean the house. Don’t wait until the last minute to straighten your house, or you will be too exhausted to enjoy the holiday.

Defrost frozen items. Put frozen items in your fridge so they are defrosted for when you need them.

The Day Beforechop veggies

Prep ingredients for tomorrow. Wash and chop vegetables, salad fixings, and herbs in advance.

Make your side dishes. Make and cook any sides that will keep overnight, then reheat them tomorrow.

Bake pies. You’ll be glad you did the prep work yesterday – just pop them right in the oven!

Bake desserts. If you’re making brownies, cake or cookies, get this done the day before.

Set the table. You can assign a family member to do this for you. Take a quick walk through to make sure the house looks the way you want it to.

Thanksgiving Day

Preheat your oven and cook the turkey. It’s time! Depending on the size of the turkey, it could need anywhere from 2.75 hours to 5.25 hours of cook time. Use this guide from Real Simple.

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Defrost the rolls. Leave them on the counter until they are ready to go in the oven.

Chill beverages. Put wine and soft drinks in the fridge to chill.

Prep salads. Toss your freshly chopped vegetables with other salad fixings in a large serving dish.

Reheat the sides. Once your turkey is finished, let it rest while you reheat side dishes and make the gravy.

The Day After

Take a rest and enjoy your leftovers. Pop on Netflix and try this Thanksgiving Turkey Soup. It’s a great way to use and enjoy your leftovers in new way.

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Do you have favorite tips for Thanksgiving? Tweet them to us at @EatSmartScales.

The Beginner’s Guide to Fall Baking

beginner's guide to fall bakingDoes the crisp, cool air inspire you to bake some delicious fall treats? Fall is the perfect time to bake because seasonal produce is abundant and cooler temperatures make it easy to turn on the oven. As you prepare your favorite recipes, it’s important to remember that baking is more of a science than cooking. Unlike cooking, ingredients need to be measured precisely for the best results.

If you love to bake, but need some inspiration, we’ll help you make perfect pies and delicious cookies. Follow these tips to get great results for your autumn inspired baked goodies.

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Choose seasonal fruit. We know, summer gets all the glory when it comes to fruit, but fall produce is amazing. Plus, you need to do something with all of those apples that you picked! Other great choices for fall baking are cranberries, pumpkins, pears, and pomegranates.

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Gather the ingredients and tools needed. Gather all of the ingredients and tools that you will need ahead of time so you are not stopping and searching for necessary items in the middle of baking. It’s distracting and can lead to skipping an ingredient or missing a crucial step.

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Use complimentary spices. Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices are popular for a reason, but there are other tasty spices that work equally well in autumn baking. Nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice, mace, star anise, cardamom, coriander, fennel, five-spice and peppercorns all create a different taste experience.

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Add in purees for extra nutrition. Purees from seasonal vegetables such as pumpkin, sweet potato or squash will make any baked good moist. You can safely add 2 – 4 tablespoons of a puree without having to do a substitution with other ingredients. Want to replace some of the fat? Swap out half of the oil or butter for a puree or unsweetened applesauce.

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Choose easy to follow recipes. If you’re a novice baker, you should choose simple recipes that do not have a long list of ingredients or call for multiple bowls. You are more likely to produce delicious baked goods when the instructions are easy to follow.

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Skip the piecrust. Does the thought of making piecrust intimidate you? Make a crisp or a crumble instead. You get all of that juicy goodness and no crust required! Or, use an alternative to flour based crust, such as nuts, or make a low-fat graham cracker crust.

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Combine ingredients according to the recipe. It might be tempting to cut corners and dump all ingredients into the mixing bowl at once. For optimal results, always follow the recipe step by step.

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Properly measure out ingredients. When baking, quality depends on having precise measurements. It’s easy to use too much or too little flour with a measuring cup. We recommend using our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale to get the most accurate measurements and the best results. Using the scale’s tare feature will zero out the weight of the bowl, allowing you to measure each subsequent ingredient by weight. If you weigh everything in a mixing bowl on the scale, you won’t need a measuring cup, which means less dirty dishes. Visit Shane’s Killer Cupcakes blog for a video review on how to measure flour with an EatSmart Kitchen Scale.

With a little planning and experimentation, you can have yummy baked goods that are full of fall flavors.

To help get you started in the kitchen, we’ve chosen some seasonal, easy to follow recipes.

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins by Fueling a Fit Fam

Apple Crisp by Healthy Recipes

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies by Amy’s Healthy Baking

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Applesauce Bread by Food on the Table

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies by Leelalicious

Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Muffins by Celeb Baby Laundry

Do you have a favorite easy to bake fall recipe that you want to share? Tweet us at @eatsmartscales.

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Easy, No Cooking Required Summer Recipes

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Summer days are meant for having fun, not slaving over a warm stove. When it’s just too hot to cook, try a recipe that doesn’t involve turning on the stove. We aren’t talking about a bowl of cereal or a boring salad! The following no cook recipes are hearty meals and snacks that are perfect for hot summer days.


Four Bean Salad bean-salad-salad

Get the recipe from Miss Fitz NYC.


Shrimp Salad Bites

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Get the recipe from Happy Mothering.


Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad

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Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Chickpeas

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Get the recipe from Scrumpdillyicious.


Strawberry and Avocado with Tuna Salad Recipe

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Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.


Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

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Get the recipe from Easy Living Today.


Cucumber Avocado Basil Mint Gazpacho

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Get the recipe from Self Proclaimed Foodie.


Big Green Breakfast Bowl

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Get the recipe from Wholehearted Eats.


Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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Get the recipe from Power Hungry.


Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding

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Get the recipe from Blissful Basil.


Chickpea Salad with Artichokes and Pesto

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Get the recipe from Avocado Pesto.

Do you have a go-to no cook meal? Tweet it to us at @eatsmartscales.

The Differences Between the Precision Elite and Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometers

ESP_differences_between_thermometers_pinterestThe most accurate way to know if your meat is cooked is to check the internal temperature with a food thermometer. A digital thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat and you get to enjoy a meal that has been cooked to perfection. No more biting into too rare beef roasts or dried out chicken!

Cooking foods to proper temperature also cuts down on food borne illnesses. You cannot judge the internal temperature by looking at, smelling or even tasting food. We offer two options for you to monitor accurate internal food temperatures, our Precision Elite Digital Thermocouple Thermometer  and our Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer.

Digital food thermometers can be used to measure temperatures of items besides meat such as ravioli, bread and baked goods. New Mom? It’s perfect to use to test the temperate of warmed breastmilk or baby formula. You can also use a food thermometer to steep tea because certain teas actually taste better at different temperatures.

The similarities in our Digital Food Thermometers:

    • Easy to read, bright blue backlit screens
    • Innovative, splash proof designs
    • Readings in Celsius or Fahrenheit with a resolution of 1 degree Fahrenheit
    • 1.5 mm step-down probes (that leave a minimal puncture hole so all of the juices stay in the meat)
    • Auto calibration
    • FDA and NSF certified

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Here are the differences in our Digital Food Thermometers:

Our Precision Elite Thermocouple uses a proprietary thermocouple sensor that registers temperatures in 3 seconds or less. The Precision Pro reads temperatures in 5 seconds, but when you’re hungry every second counts! There isn’t much that the Elite can’t be used for with its temperature range from -40F to 572F. The Pro is able to measure temperatures in the range of -40F – 450F.

The Elite comes in a bold, red color and measures 9.75” long x 1.25” wide.  The probe is a generous 4” long and folds down for easy and safe storage.  It also comes with a nylon carrying case. The Pro is an always appropriate basic black and measures 7.25” long x 1.25” wide with a 3” long probe. It does not fold down but comes with an antimicrobial cover to inhibit bacteria growth. The cover has a handy list of the internal temperatures for different doneness of meat. The cover also snaps onto the top of thermometer to extend your reach, perfect if you are reaching into the oven to check your roast.ElitevsPro-Thermometers

The Precision Elite runs on 2 AA batteries while the Precision Pro runs on one CR2032 battery. Batteries are included with both thermometers!

Finally, the pricing! The Precision Elite Thermocouple can be purchased for $34.95 and the Precision Pro Digital Thermometer can be purchased for $14.95 on Amazon.

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Using a food thermometer can make all the difference between a perfectly cooked meal and one that’s over or under cooked.

What dishes do you rely on your food thermometer for? Tweet them to us @eatsmartscales.

How to Plan the Ultimate Backyard BBQ without Breaking the Bank

Plan a Backyard BBQ for Cheap

Throwing a backyard BBQ is one of the highlights of summer. It’s easy to enjoy good food and great friends when you’re sitting outdoors in beautiful weather. However, if you’re not careful, a BBQ can become a very expensive event.

The cost of a BBQ shouldn’t make you sweat. Here are our top money saving tips so you can host a fabulous BBQ without breaking the bank!

Skip the pricey cuts of meat

You can make a great meal out of less expensive cuts of meat. Chuck and flank steaks are less costly than a tenderloin steak. Choose chicken thighs and legs over chicken cutlets for a flavorful and inexpensive feast.

Dress up the old faves

Are you staying traditional with burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst? Try some new twists to standard fare. Stuff the burger with cheese or bacon, marinate the brats in beer or split the dog and stuff with cheese and sautéed onions.

Cook extra portions

Leftover barbecue is delicious, and who wants to cook again after hosting a party? Be sure you only make enough for an extra meal or two to prevent food waste. Our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale is an excellent tool for measuring portion sizes.

Make skewers

Kebabs are a great way to make the most of the meat you have on hand. To make a meal that’s filling and attractive, alternate chunks of meat on your skewer with a variety of bright summer vegetables.

Buy seasonal vegetables

In season veggies are cheaper than specialty items. Zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and lettuce are economical, healthy and flavorful side dishes. Vegetables can also be tossed into a pasta salad for a fun and healthy side dish.

Make your own fruit salad

Watermelon, berries and cantaloupe are a light sweet treat at the end of a meal. Though tempting, skip purchasing the $25 pre-cut fruit salad and buy a full fruits and cut them up. This leads to instant savings!

DIY marinades and rubs

Don’t spend money on fancy rubs, sauces or marinades. You can easily make your own blends at home with ingredients you already have on hand. Rubs are just a combination of standard household spices. Here are four easy BBQ marinade ideas from Family Circle.

Don’t waste fuel

Most people use way too much charcoal when grilling. Three pounds of charcoal is enough when cooking for four to six people. When cooking with propane, be sure to shut the grill off after the debris has burned off.

Get to know your butcher

Not only do butchers know when meat will go on sale, they can offer you more affordable “butcher cuts” of meat. Butcher cuts are often not put on display, but they are tasty and less expensive.

Invest in a food thermometer

A quality food thermometer lets you avoid stabbing the meat repeatedly with a fork, allowing delicious juices to escape. Our Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer monitors the temperature of your meat with a 1.5mm step-down probe that keeps the juices in the meat. You will always be biting into food that’s cooked to perfection.

Bonus: The Precision Pro Food Thermometer is on sale for summer at only $9.95!

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Buy party supplies in bulk

Party supplies often go on sale at the end of May and the beginning of June. It’s a great time to stock up, especially if you entertain frequently or like the ease of disposable plates and cutlery.

BYOB

Provide soft drinks and let guests bring other beverages of their choice. You will save money and guests will have the beverages they enjoy best.

Do you have money saving tips for backyard BBQ’s? Tweet them to us @eatsmartscales.
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5-Minute Lentil Tomato Salad

Did you know February is Heart Health Month?  Here at EatSmart, we are dedicated to bettering the lives of our customers through encouraging a healthy lifestyle.  We encourage our readers to learn more about living a heart-healthy life by visiting and exploring the American Heart Association website.

To do our part in celebrating Heart Health Month, EatSmart will be sharing heart-healthy recipes throughout the month of February.  This 5-Minute Lentil Tomato Salad, developed by Kaitlin at The Garden Grazer, which is loaded with lentils, a high fiber food known to reduce the risk of Heart disease, is a great way to kick off the month.  Enjoy!

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Ingredients
15 oz. can lentils
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar)
1/8 cup chives (optional)
Salt to taste
Other additions: olive oil, basil, parsley, etc.

Click here for preparation instructions from The Garden Grazer.

The recipe is courtesy of Kaitlin at The Garden Grazer.  Kaitlin is vegetable enthusiast who loves animals, nature, matcha, positivity, kindness, and colorful food!  Stop by her website for lots of healthy recipes!

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe Round-Up

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Did you know January is National Oatmeal Month? This highly nutritious food is a perfect way to start your morning. If the thought of eating oatmeal for breakfast sounds boring, we’ll have you thinking again. Break out your crockpot and get ready for an oat-astic experience with the following delicious recipes. A little prep the night before (and we mean little – simply throw all ingredients into your slow cooker!) and you will wake up to a pot of creamy oats that tastes like dessert. Enjoy!

Banana Nut Oatmeal

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Get the recipe from The Lemon Bowl.


Creamy Coconut & Strawberry Steel Cut Oats

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Get the recipe from Domestic Superhero.


Overnight Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Get the recipe from The Yummy Life.


Overnight Steel Cut Oats in a Jar

Get the recipe from Making Thyme for Health.


Overnight Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Mel’s Kitchen.


Banana Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Get the recipe from Cozy Country Living.


Peach Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.


Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home.


Overnight Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Steel Cut Oats

Get the recipe from The Gold Lining Girl.


Blueberry Muffins Oats

Get the recipe from Dishing Out Health.


Overnight Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal

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Get the recipe from Boys Ahoy.


Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats

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Get the recipe from Table for Two.

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