Momma Told Me: Food Safety + Proper Temperatures, EATSmart Precision Thermometer Giveaway 9/3

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Food Safety + Proper Temperatures, EATSmart Precision Thermometer Giveaway 9/3

**I received the following EATSmart product in hopes I would share my honest thoughts. All photos and opinions contained below are original and copyright Momma Told Me Blog 2014.
Food Safety Cheat Sheet: Use a Digital Thermometer Like EATSmart's Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer To Monitor Cooking Temperatures
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Along with the basic lesson of  Hot Versus Cold, Momma was quick to teach me some important kitchen safety rules from a young age. As soon as it was safe for me to reach the counter without 'toppling' dangers, I rarely left her side when she was cooking. I'll admit, I rather preferred the fun foods (things with ingredients where bowls could be safely licked prior to being cleaned, or recipes that could be taste tested as they cooked.) However, not all foods were 'fun' to make, and many of our main entrees required several tedious steps of sanitizing and separation. I suppose I would have cared a lot more for these practices had I ever experienced a bad case of food poisoning; luckily Momma was not that hands on with her lessons.
Use a Digital Thermometer Like EATSmart's Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer To Monitor Cooking Temperatures
Naturally, as an adult with my own kitchen, I have since learned about food safety the hard way through a series of horror stories. Rarely can one pinpoint a single poor food handling choice to illness, but when that stomach virus hits, there's always those questions in the back of my mind. Then there's the fact that I seem to have the immune system of an amoeba, which makes me doubly concerned about safe kitchen practices. Every time Sabrina and I touch eggs we recite a little rhyme to remind ourselves of the importance of sanitizing and seperation:


Salmonella loves chicken and duck
If you don’t cook it well, you’re out of luck
Raw eggs and turkeys too
If you don’t wash up, it’s gonna get you
Use a Digital Thermometer Like EATSmart's Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer To Monitor Cooking Temperatures
And, because cooking raw meats to a safe temperature is one of the most common and important food safety practices in my kitchen, I have been through countless food thermometers over the years. I always seem to buy the manual punch-style units that tend to be temperamental to read and slow to average out. When I received the EATSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer for review here on Momma Told Me I was tickled by the cherry red finish (which matched my appliances) and the complimentary carry case with easy 'grill belt' attachment. And, because the probe folded down against the unit for compact storage, I was sure I wouldn't be losing it among the clutter of my kitchen drawers.
The Precision Elite Thermometer has a standard LED display readout with quick illuminating blue back-light. This makes the readouts incredibly easy to read outdoors and in direct lighting, though I did find a little frustration in the lighting disappearing before I could note the final temperature. Using the 'Hold' button will help remedy this, placing the unit in a sort of standby mode, to help take prolonged or building readings. And, thanks to it's unique thermocouple technology the Precision Elite can read out accurate temperatures ranging from -40F to 572F in a matter of seconds.
One of the things I especially liked about using this digital food thermometer was the fine, graduated 1.5mm step-down stainless steel tip, that even allowed for controlled temperate readings on smaller and more delicate items. Because it's battery operated I can take my EATSmart thermometer outside to the grill, and back inside to the oven for a complete meal with safe cooking temperatures all around.

What are some of your best food handling practices?

What Daughter Says: Keep your food safe and your tummies full with simple kitchen aids and practices.

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32 comments:

  1. I would also like to try the Precision Digital Bathroom Scale.

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  2. I honestly don't use a food thermometer for much other than 7 minute frosting making or cheese making. I seem to have a weird sense of knowing when things are done. But then I grew up cooking in the era of non-electronic, hard to read kitchen thermometers.

    I just always wash my hands after handling any raw meat.

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  3. I totally admit to not even having a digital thermometer. I should probably get one. I've been cooking for 20 years and just do it the way I always have. I always encourage the kids to use separate cutting boards for vegetables and meat.

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  4. We used to have a meat thermometer but it got lost somewhere in the depths of my kitchen drawers. I'd love to use this because we grill often; I'm a freak about having NO pink in the meat.

    I noticed that EatSmart has a luggage scale and this is on my must-buy list. I've had to fill up many airport trash cans due to being over limit.

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  5. I would also love to try the EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale.

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  6. They have excellent products. I like their Nutrition Pro Scale also.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. I would love a digital food thermometer like this. We have a dial one that I don't think is very accurate.

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  8. I would love the EatSmart™ Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale.

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  9. We could use the Voyager Luggage Scale

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  10. Instead of using bleach which has poisonous chemicals to the human body try white vinegar to sanitize your cutting boards. I also had a request can you put what countries your giveaways are for? I'm from Canada and I love your blog but I have noticed a good bit of times that you don't put who can enter your giveaways. Thanks for all you share with us. My wife loves trying your recipes. And they are mm mm good :9

    sousasurveys@hotmail.com

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  11. love to try the percision digital bathroom scale. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  12. We could definitely use one of these. It would take a lot of guesswork out of cooking.

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  13. I'd love to have the EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale. It would help a lot with my weight loss goals!

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  14. Seems like lots of great products, but my first pick would be the EatSmart™ Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale.

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  15. I got really bad food poisoning from bad chicken at a restaurant once and it was the WORST thing ever. I'm so anal retentive not because of it. We have little meat thermometers for each meat type. I don't want a repeat incident!

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  16. Ah I need one of these! I don't cook much but would come in handy when I do!

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  17. I'd like to own an Eat Smart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale.

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  18. I would like to try the first thing I see on their webpage---
    EatSmart™ Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale. I need a new scale and my eyes are starting to go, so this will tell me the awful, awful truth :)

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  19. I would like to try the EatSmart™ Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale.

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  20. Would LOVe that digital scale-very stylish

    Margie papetti
    mpapetti@live.com

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  21. I would love to own their EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

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  22. I need the digital food thermometer. Ours just bit the dust.

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  23. I would like to have EatSmart™ Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. I'd like to own the EatSmart Travelwise™ Packing Cubes 3 Piece Set. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I'd love the EatSmart™ Precision Voyager Luggage Scale

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  26. I would love to own the Precison CalPal scale by Eatsmart.
    heymissvirginia at embarqmail dot com

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  27. I have the EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale and I love it. I have found weighing ingredients for baking produces much more consistent results. And since I often buy in bulk, it helps me portion items, such as when I grate a 5# block of cheese, so that I can then freeze for later use, which I find very convenient.

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  28. I also would love to try the EatSmart Precision Voyager Luggage Scale
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N

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  29. right now I could really use the Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale

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  30. I'd like to try the EatSmart™ Precision Digital Bathroom Scale.

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