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Digital Food Thermometers 101 – FAQs, Safety + Calibration Tips

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Are you sure your meat is fully cooked? If you want to guarantee your meal is prepared to perfection, you need to use a food thermometer. In addition to ensuring your meat reaches a safe minimum temperature, you can prepare meats rare, medium and well-done with confidence. The exterior color of meat is not a true indication that your meat has reached a safe internal temperature.

When you use your thermometer correctly, you protect your family from food borne bacteria and illness. We’ve compiled FAQs, safety tips and calibration instructions to help you get the most from your instant read thermometer, such as our Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer or our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer.

Top frequently asked questions (FAQs):

When should I use my digital food thermometer?

Instant-read digital food thermometers give readings quickly. Use the thermometer toward the end of the minimum cooking time and allow it to remain in the meat for 3-5 seconds. The quickness of the reading means less time for the oven door to be open, keeping oven heat stable.

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Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer

What’s the best way to get an accurate reading?

You can get the most accurate temperature by sticking the thermometer into the center of the thickest part of the meat or casserole. Also, make sure it’s not touching any bone or gristle. For whole chickens and turkeys, the thickest part is where the thigh meets the rest of the body. For thin pieces of meat like hamburgers, stick the probe sideways into the meat.

How do I clean my digital food thermometer?

To ensure their longevity, properly clean them after each use by washing in warm, soapy water and air drying. For very sticky jobs, such as making candy, stick the probe in boiling water to remove any residue.

Precision Elite Digital Thermocouple Thermometer

How many models of food thermometers does EatSmart Products sell?

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. Both models feature easy to read, bright blue backlit screens, splash proof designs, readings in Celsius or Fahrenheit with a resolution of 1 degree Fahrenheit and 1.5 mm step-down probes. There are a handful of differences in the food thermometers, which are broken down in this blog post. ESP_differences_between_thermometers_square

5 safety tips when using your digital food thermometer:

  1. Do not leave your EatSmart food thermometer in your food as it is cooking. Quick read thermometers are not designed withstand the heat of the oven for long periods of time.
  2. When you take a reading and the meat or casserole is not fully cooked, wash the probe before reinserting it into the meat again. If your food has any bacteria, washing the probe will prevent you from putting any of it back into the dish.
  3. Do multiple checks when cooking more than one piece of meat on the grill or in a microwave. Such heat sources can be uneven and not all of your foods may be cooked to the proper temperature.
  4. Be sure to fully insert the probe to get an accurate reading. Both of our food thermometers have a step down probe that shows how far to insert the thermometer into the meat.
  5. Do not submerge your digital thermometer into water. Our instant read digital food thermometers are water resistant but could become damaged when fully submerged in water.

GRILLINGWITH-food-thermometer2How to calibrate your digital food thermometer:

EatSmart food thermometers are pre-calibrated, but if the temperature appears off, there are three simple way to check the accuracy your thermometer readings.

  1. As a first step, we suggest changing the batteries, as low battery life may cause a temperature discrepancy.
  2. Try the freezing point method. Fill a glass with crushed ice, add cold clean water until the glass is full and stir. Wait for about three minutes before inserting the thermometer into the ice-filled water. Insert the probe, wait a few seconds, then check that the thermometer’s display reads 32 degrees F.
  3. The boiling point method uses heat to determine if your thermometer is accurate. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, then wait a few seconds to insert the thermometer. If everything is working properly, the display should register at 212 degrees F.

We recommend testing your food thermometer every six months, so that its ready to use whenever you need it. By following these safety and calibration tips, you can keep your EatSmart food thermometer in top condition and ensure that it provides accurate readings.

To learn more about our Precision Elite Thermocouple and our Precision Pro Thermometer, including some unusual uses for a food thermometer, read our blog post.

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Top Tips for Thermometers and Food Safety

Summer is coming to an end and Labor Day Weekend is the final weekend for celebrations and BBQ’s! We want to share with our EatSmart Fans how important proper food temperature is when safely grilling or roasting meat.

  • Refrigerate uncooked meat at temperatures under 41 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Always cook meat to proper temperature

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Take the guess work out of over or under cooking meat by using the EatSmart Precision Elite or Pro Food Thermometers.  Food Thermometers allow users to easily grill or roast food to just the right temperature.  Simply insert the stainless steel probe into the thickest part of the meat and in seconds, monitor accurate internal food temperatures.  The accuracy of the thermometer translates into cooked perfection.

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5 Reasons Why Watermelon Is Wonderful

Watermelon. It’s refreshing, sweet, light and low calorie. This juicy fruit is an excellent after dinner sweet treat and great in other ways too! I love it in salads, soups, drinks, smoothies, frozen treats! And what picnic or BBQ isn’t complete without this iconic bright pink piece of summertime?

I was in the grocery store with my guy the other day and honestly had no idea how to pick out a watermelon. I smelled it (that didn’t work!) and then tapped on it (then jokingly played them like bongos!). I came home and did some research and my intuition was right on! To pick out an ideal watermelon, knock on them. You want to hear a hollow echo.

Watermelon has always been a fun part of summer but the best part? It’s good for you too!

watermelon-wonderfulTop 5 Reasons to Slurp up Watermelon!

  1. High in Vitamins A & C as well as B6 and essential minerals, means it’s loaded with antioxidants which helps fight free radicals (that can lead to inflammation and illnesses).
  2. Besides providing 2 grams of protein and fiber, it’s also a good source of lycopene and beta-carotene (which gives it its beautiful pink color!) and helps fight cancer and heart disease.
  3. It’s a low-calorie sweet that helps lose weight and curb your sweet tooth. One slice of watermelon has about 86 calories and less than 1 gram of fat.
  4. It works as a great accent to savory dishes such as salads and soups.
  5.  There are so many fun ways to enjoy watermelon during the summer – just cut up in cubes or slices, in drinks (see my Watermelon Mint Cooler recipe below!), sorbets, granitas, popsicles, and even as a punch bowl or fruit bowl!

Bonus Tip!  It’s not just for your tummy! Use it as a body scrub for your skin too!

Watermelon Mint Cooler

It’s almost embarrassing how easy this specialty drink is. It’s a great drink to serve on a hot summer day that will really ‘wow’ your guests. Watermelon is hydrating and mint is great for digestion. This is truly a healthy and tasty drink!

INGREDIENTS: (Serves 2)

  • 2 cups seedless organic watermelon
  • 5 sprigs organic fresh mint (I used the wild mint from my folk’s garden!)
  • 3 ice cubes

OPTIONAL:

  • For a fizzy drink: Splash seltzer (I personally prefer mine without the fizz)
  • To get your cocktail on: ½ cup vodka (no comment!)
  • For a chilled version: serve over ice (which I prefer)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Blend watermelon, mint and ice in a blender. That’s it. No really, that’s it!

ENJOY!

About the Author: Abby Phon, a co-author of Balance for Busy Moms – Cook Your Way to Health, is a Certified Holistic Coach. She leads corporate workshops on nutrition and lifestyle, conducts food tours, cooking demonstrations and offers individual health and nutrition coaching around the world.

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Stay Safe on the 4th

starsWater Sports and Fireworks are two traditional pastimes enjoyed at Fourth of July celebrations. The sad truth is that both are linked to numerous deaths and injuries every year. Make this 4th all about FUN by following this common sense list of safety tips.

american flag bulletWater Safety – never swim alone. Always have a designated chaperone to supervise kid’s water play.

american flag bulletFireworks – If legal, store and use safely. Keep away from Kids and spectators –keep your distance! Better yet–attend a fireworks display happening near you.

american flag bullet Alcohol – Goes without saying–Drink Responsibly. Alcohol and fireworks DO NOT MIX!

american flag bullet Safe Boating -Do not exceed your boat capacity–do not overload with family and friends. Be sure to have a life jacket on board for every person on your boat.

american flag bullet Sunscreen – Lather up before going outside and reapply during the day.

american flag bullet Prescription Medications – Prevent drug reactions to the sun by reading labels before going out.

american flag bullet Tick Protection – Long sleeves and long pants will minimize exposure to ticks when hiking and -camping.  Check yourself from head to foot at end of the day–your pets too!

american flag bullet Stay Hydrated – In excessive heat, drink plenty of fluids–meaning H2O– to avoid heat illness. Alcohol consumption can promote dehydration.

american flag bullet Grill and Campfire Safety – Keep kids away –no explanation needed!

american flag bullet Don’t leave your picnic spread out all day – Foods that need to be kept cold should be kept in a cooler to prevent possible food poisoning.

In all the excitement of barbecue, parades, fireworks, family and friends be sure to take a moment to remember what it is we are celebrating–our Independence Day and all the freedoms we enjoy and cherish as Americans!

happy 4th of july

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