The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that Salmonella bacteria cause more than 1.2 million illnesses in the United States each year.
The result is approximately 23,000 hospitalizations and over 450 deaths every year from this Very Preventable Illness
Sure, the vast majority of people are able to fight off the illness without any serious health complications.
But even those people have to deal with a laundry list of symptoms including:
This isn’t your run of the mill food poisoning either. According to the MAYO Clinic, symptoms generally last from 4 to 7 days and it can take your bowels Months to Return to Normal!
The primary causes of Salmonella are eating raw eggs or undercooked poultry. Almost everybody knows the dangers of eating undercooked poultry. That’s why the majority of Americans use a digital cooking thermometer when cooking in the kitchen.
It’s just common sense to always make sure you reach the proper internal target temperatures for your meat so nobody gets sick.
But There is This Weird Mental Lapse That Occurs When Cooking Goes From The Oven To The Grill
It’s almost as if people expect the presence of natural fire to kill off any bacteria even if the meat isn’t fully cooked inside. Even if this isn’t a conscious thought process, it’s real and now that we’re bringing it up, you’ll probably start to notice it more often.
How many times have you been at a tailgate or backyard barbecue. You know the food isn’t quite done yet, but you’re next up on corn hole so you grab your plate anyways and don’t think twice about it.
I know in my younger days I was guilty of this on more than a couple occasions. I also caught food poisoning a few times and can tell you spending the day curled over next to the toilet is not worth it!
Also, never rely on those little pop-up thermometers that come pre-inserted into your turkey. They are inaccurate and most of the time are set to pop up at 180 degrees. I guess overcooked is better than nausea and diarrhea, but at 180 degrees your looking at a pretty dried out and tasteless bird.
The first step to avoiding Salmonella is just being aware that it is a real issue. Hopefully by this point, you understand the importance of not eating under-cooked meats and will think twice next time you feel like you can’t wait 30 more seconds for your meat to finish up cooking
The most practical solution is to pick up an instant read digital cooking thermometer. It can and should be used every time you are cooking in the kitchen or outside on the grill. The good news with the Cave Tools thermometer is that it only takes 4-6 seconds to get a temperature reading and it’s extremely accurate. It’s also very affordable and comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you really can’t go wrong. See More Details
If you already have an instant read thermometer that’s great. Now make sure to actually start using it on a regular basis!
Just in case you forget the correct temperatures, we put together this Free Downloadable Meat Temperature Guide for you.