As most of you know by now I am a vegetarian and have been for most of my life. However, just because others don't follow my way of eating doesn't mean that I am going to deny them what they like. I love to entertain and I am not going to cheat people out of certain foods just because I won't eat them. However, I was very surprised to see that although I am religious about how I safely prepare my foods, that I was lacking one step that is extremely important.

Please read the below article and make sure that you aren't missing this step too.

If food is not cooked properly, not all of the bacteria and microbes will be killed. These can multiply and give a person food poisoning.

So, you’re using a meat thermometer to temp your meat as you cook. Good for you! But simply using the meat thermometer to be sure that food reaches a safe temperature won’t prevent your family from getting sick. There’s an extra step to keep in mind—one that may seem obvious, but that’s overlooked by many.

You have to clean that thermometer between temperature tests.

Why Do I Have to Clean My Thermometer?

If the meat you’re testing isn’t fully cooked, the probe of the thermometer could be contaminated. Any bacteria on it (like salmonella) can be transferred back to the meat if the thermometer isn’t cleaned. So, even when the meat later reads as fully cooked, it still has the potential to make you sick.

How to Clean a Meat Thermometer

To sanitize the thermometer, most home cooks should simply wash it with hot, soapy water. However, if you’re tailgating or at a campsite where hot water isn’t accessible, wiping it with a clean alcohol swab will also do the trick. It’s a good practice to clean your thermometer thoroughly both before you use it for that meal and after you’re completely finished. Go the extra mile here. You simply don’t want to take chances when foodborne illness is a serious possibility.

It seems like a little thing but those few bits of bacteria etc. sticking to the thermometer can especially affect those that are small or already are sensitive to tummy aches let alone something more serious. It takes such a little bit of effort to ensure that everyone stays as healthy as they can be, that it's truly worth it. I know that I am starting to do this today!

Source: Excerpt from Family Handy Man

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