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The Story of a Food Thermometer

by Gab Billones


Each one of us is concerned enough with our health. As a result, we find ways and keep ourselves updated as to what would be good and bad for ourselves and our families. We tend to avoid those that incorporate GMOs in their ingredients, as well as those that have harmful preservatives and excessive amounts of harmful substances.

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The best way to monitor what we eat is by following the basic protocols of “do-it-yourself” cooking. With such concept, we can be assured that what we are eating are the very food that we needed. The good thing upon doing this is it gives us total control on how it should taste or how we can capture the common pleasurable taste of that certain dish without the trouble of incorporating too much salt, sugar, trans fat and the like. When cooking, there are also some safety precautions that we must be concerned of and that is the presence of bacteria and other microorganisms.

You might easily say that an ample amount of heat coupled with the length of time you keep on top of your stove is enough to kill those nasty microorganisms. Sadly though, it doesn’t easily work that way. Other than the fact that bacteria could die in a certain temperature, the dangers of overcooking goes to the extent of destroying the configuration of the nutrients in your food that you are very concerned of. This is precisely the main reason why this is resolutely indifferent from buying anything processed.

Another fact to ponder on is that these organisms thrive in different temperatures and some of them could even thrive in higher temperatures than the usual. What we’re talking about are the so-called thermophiles. These are bacteria that are known to be survivors of the hot temperature and the dire chances are, they may even be able to thrive in your food. Not only can they survive in extreme hot conditions but they could also thrive in extreme cold conditions – alarming, isn’t it? So how can we get rid of all of these?

It leads us to the best way we can monitor the temperature in maintaining the nutrient and warding off of the harmful bacteria – using a food thermometer. A food thermometer is a very useful device for your kitchen concerns. This is used to test the temperature of meats, poultries and other dishes that contain eggs, casseroles and soups. This will indicate whether a certain type of food has reached the proper temperature to kill the bacteria that it might be harboring.

This could greatly aid to avoid cases of food poisoning and other health concerns that we might have in consuming such dangerous bacteria. Each food thermometer is designed with the proper information on what best condition can the food be safely eaten. These devices are also able to withstand such high temperatures. There are many types of food thermometers out there and are properly classified for public’s use.

They could come in forms like that of a barbecue fork which is inserted into the food’s thickest section. This is best used to provide a quick temperature read which can be removed right away. The downsides with it is that this type of food thermometer isn’t designed to be used while you’re still cooking the dish.

The other type is the oven-safe food thermometer. This is designed to be left longer with the food for proper temperature reading which is lacking in the fork-type. The downside with it is that it needs to stay with the dish for a longer time to provide an ample amount of temperature reading. These devices also need to be inserted into the thickest portion of the food.

Other high-tech types of these food thermometers are also available such as the bimetallic-coil thermometers which make use of the probe made with different metals to properly and accurately guide you in the temperature of your food. It could also come in oven types, instant read (like the fork-type) and a lot more. Some of these thermometers are even able to use pop-up timers and are even disposable to greatly serve every customer’s needs.

With the ongoing innovation of technology, such devices are very much possible and still has a lot of rooms for improvements. So don’t be surprised if the next generation of food thermometers will become much more convenient than the current one. But nevertheless, the need to have one is already being noticed. So if you still haven’t gotten yours, then better go to that favorite commercial store of yours and get yourself a food thermometer to ensure the safety of the food that you’re eating.


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