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October 24, 2014

Digital Food Thermometers take guesswork out of holiday dinners

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It’s time to start thinking about holiday feasts and according to experts, the only way to know with 100% certainty that the meat you are serving is safe or that it is not dry and overcooked, is to use the new breed of digital food, oven, or grill thermometers.

Undercooked meat can give your guests tummyaches (or much worse), and dry overcooked meat is unappetizing, embarrassing, and a waste of money. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that in 2011 roughly one in six Americans got sick from foodborne illnesses. In February 2014 the cover story of Consumer Reports said that they had tested chicken breasts from supermarkets across the nation, that 97% contained bacteria that can make you sick, and almost half contained antibiotic resistant strains. “A meat thermometer doesn’t cost much, but it can save hundreds of dollars in medical bills” they said. Common techniques for testing meat such as cutting into it to check the color, waiting until the juices run clear, or wiggling the legs have all been proven to be inaccurate.

Because there are now scores of new high tech digital thermometers on the market,, the world’s most popular BBQ and grilling website, has hired an electrical engineer and equipped him with equipment to test more than 100 of the devices. The site has published their test data in a searchable database, with reviews and ratings, and also written a buying guide that explains how thermometers work, how to select them, and how to use them. In addition the site has published an award winning meat temperature guide that you can print. The thermometer and meat temperature guides are must-reads for home cooks and professionals alike. “After my knives, my thermometers are my most important kitchen tools,” says test kitchen chef Ryan Udvett.

About is all about the science of BBQ, grilling, and outdoor cooking, with scores of tested recipes, food science, tips on technique, and unbiased reviews of hundreds of grills and smokers, accessories and equipment, and thermometers. Edited by Meathead Goldwyn, is by far the world’s most popular BBQ and grilling website, audited at more than 1 million visitors a month.

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