What should you do after using a food thermometer?

Chef's answer
Immediately after each use, wash the probe of food thermometers with hot, soapy water, and wipe down the rest of the thermometer so grease doesn't build up. For candy thermometers, clip them onto a pot of boiling water to boil off any caramel or sugary residue.18 Sep 2015
Frequently asked Questions 🎓
While you may not be a world famous chef you don't have to be to turn out a really great roast or broiled meat all you need is a handy digital meat thermometer.
As the probe of the thermometer will be inserted into food, the probe must be cleaned and sanitised before it is used to measure the temperature of a different food. If the probe is not cleaned and sanitised, food poisoning bacteria may be transferred from one food to another food.
The sensitivity and specificity for the non-contact thermometer is 97%. The negative predictive value is 99%, which is especially important to rule out fever and avoid unnecessary laboratory work-up.8 Jun 2011
A properly calibrated meat thermometer is key for achieving both meat safety and quality. When considering meat safety, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service states that the only way to accurately measure if a product is cooked to a safe temperature is to use a food thermometer.6 Aug 2020
In fact, most professional chefs use a meat thermometer, and they'll suggest you should too. Once you start using a thermometer, you'll never want to cook without one again.28 Oct 2020
Most phones have a thermometer for the battery. It's mainly used to shut the phone down if it gets too hot. It's not really accurate for air temperature since it picks up heat from the phone, by design. Samsung Galaxy S4 had a thermometer but Samsung has chosen to remove this sensor from following Galaxy S devices.12 Jan 2017
Temporal thermometers provide quick readings, within several seconds. ... Some research indicates that temporal thermometers may be as accurate as rectal thermometers in children, and provide better readings than ear or armpit thermometers can.15 Dec 2020
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