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New thermometer takes the 'hands-off' approach

Touch-less thermometer by Fluke helps the user maintain safe storage and cooking temperatures faster than contact units with with no cross-contamination

Hands-off touchless thermometer reads the surface temperature without spreading germs. Le Sanctuaire

In a world where mad cow disease infects beef and E. coli infests tomatoes, a conscious eater can never be too safe. Freak disease outbreaks aside, perhaps the most preventable method of preventing unsafe food is to store and cook food at the right temperature.

Although there are plenty of thermometers out there that can do the trick, it seems counterintuitive to use the same thermometer to check the temperature in the refrigerator the inside of a rump roast, and the surface temperature of a griddle. The spread of food cooties would undermine the thought of trying to make cooking safer in the first place.

That being said, it seems like it would be overkill to buy a thermometer for each of those applications. Besides, who wants to have to navigate a 'thermometer drawer'--and who has the kitchen space for one of those anyhow?

This is the type of problem that led to the creation of the Fluke FoodPro Plus Safety Thermometer. It's a touchless thermometer that uses infrared technology to read the surface temperature of, well, anything. A light shows you the measurement area as you're reading the temperature of your griddle surface, freezer, newly brought food deliveries, or food as it's cooking, with no messy cross-contamination.

The thermometer can be used in restaurants to check temperatures at almost every stage of food storage, preparation, and service, including fryers, warmers, grills, freezers, food receiving, and hot storage, and it has green and red indicator lights to let you know instantly if your hot or cold storage temperatures are appropriate to preventing the spreading and growth of bacteria. If you do need to check down inside your food, then it also comes with a probe thermometer too (just make sure you wash it afterward.)