Friday, November 11, 2011

Cooks Lie About Thermometers

Nancy Shute of NPR's Food Blog wrote in Why We Lie About Using Food Thermometers, "Just 20 percent of Americans say they regularly use a food thermometer to make sure they have cooked food safely, according to a new survey . . . And food safety experts say that a fair number of those people were probably fibbing."

          With the holidays coming, this is a good time to buy some good digital thermometers and give them to kith and kin. Some will give you an odd smile, throw it in the back of a drawer, never to see daylight again. Some will be prodded to cook safety, and the life you save could be your own.

          I like the CDN ProAccurate models, in particular the CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer. Whatever model you get, look for a fast read, accurate digital thermometer. Take multiple readings. It can be hard to find the coldest point. And make sure the coldest part reaches the temperature recommended by the USDA.

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