5 reasons not to use a cheap thermometer

As anyone in the Food Service or Catering industry will know, a food thermometer is a day to day tool you can’t go without. Whether it is for checking the temperature of meat, poultry, or egg products, using a thermometer is the only sure way of ensuring both safety and the food is cooked to the desired taste (i.e. rare, medium, well done etc.).

From a food safety perspective these types of foods must be cooked at a minimum internal temperature in order to remove any harmful bacteria. A food thermometer is also required to make certain prepared food is kept at the appropriate temperature prior to being served.

 

5 reasons you shouldn’t use cheap thermometers

Since a food thermometer is such an important tool in food preparation, making sure you have a fully functioning, reliable thermometer available at all times is crucial. There are a number of factors which differentiate a high quality thermometer from their cheap and nasty counterparts. Below we outline the 5 key reasons you shouldn’t be tempted by the low price point, and encourage you to stay well clear of the poorly manufactured brands.

 

  1. Lack robustness – cheap models are flimsy and often break easily leaving you without an instrument and putting you and your customers at risk.

 

  1. Not accurate – by using a cheap thermometer you can’t be certain you are even getting the correct measurements and of course when using a measurement device accuracy can be critical.

 

  1. Not user-friendly – as anyone who’s used a low quality thermometer will know, they can be a real pain to use, not offering much in terms of usability such as a poor display making the readings hard to see.

 

  1. Low functionality – cheap thermometers will only offer very basic functions whilst top quality thermometers can offer more than one measuring function, for example infrared for non-contact measurement as well as a penetration probe for core temperatures.

 

  1. More expensive in the long term – if you have to replace your thermometer every couple of months because of it being dropped or getting wet, it may make sense to buy a robust waterproof thermometer which could last 3 to 4 times longer.

 

Only by using a top quality thermometer like those from testo can you guarantee both accuracy and longevity

 

We hope the above reasons help you understand the importance of a top quality thermometer when preparing food. As with so many things in life, in essence you get what you pay for!

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your HACCP requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and much more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testolimited.com or give us a call on 01420 544433

 

Free tickets to Old Trafford! Come see testo at PHEX Manchester

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When: October 5th – 6th, 2016

Where: Old Trafford, Manchester

Stand no: 36

 

About PHEX Manchester

Testo are exhibiting at Plumbing and Heating Exhibition in Manchester at Old Trafford on the 5th & 6th October 2016.

This 2 day event is for gas engineers working in both the domestic and commercial markets and offers a free seminar programme alongside the exhibition, featuring presentations from Gas Safe Register.

PHEX is the only exhibition of its kind in the UK and is completely FREE to attend.

 

Walk away with a testo on the day!

Testo will be exhibiting at PHEX 2016 and you can find us on Stand 36. Over the years testo have built up a reputation as the premier brand for all areas of HVAC instrumentation. Come and talk to our specialists to get the latest news, hands on experience with testo products and find out about our special offers.

At PHEX testo will be showcasing some of our newly released products, including the much-publicised testo Smart Probes, our full range of Flue Gas Analysers, as well as our best ever value thermal camera, designed specifically for contractors – the testo 869.

We are also offering visitors the opportunity to purchase products on the stand, with a limited amount of stock available at the event. This means if you see something that could benefit you, you don’t have to wait – walk away with your new recruit on the day!

Below is some more information on what we will have on display at the show:

 

Testo Smart Probes

Introducing the New range of Testo ‘Smart Probes’. These pocket-sized, professional measuring instruments are operated directly from your smartphone or tablet. Each instrument has been designed for its own specific application, measuring temperature, humidity, pressure or flow velocity.

Eight compact measuring instruments which can be connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and are operated entirely via the Free Smart probes App. Competitively priced, Testo Smart Probes are the ideal instruments for contractors with an enthusiasm for technology. However, thanks to the user friendly App, even the least tech savvy engineer shouldn’t find them difficult to use.

All Smart Probes are operated via the ‘Testo Smart Probes’ App. It offers the user many practical functions including:

  • Ability to clearly read the measurement values
  • Option to display the measurement data in either graph or tabular form
  • Downloadable measurement data as a PDF report or Excel file, at the touch of a button
  • Application-specific measurement menus, depending on the instrument
  • Take readings from up to 6 Smart Probes at a time, making comparisons between multiple measurements easier than ever

The App itself is completely free and is available for iOS from the App Store and Android via Google Play.

 

Flue Gas Analysers

Our Flue Gas Analyser range can quickly determine and eliminate malfunctions, monitor legal limit values and spot check in daily work on servicing heating systems. The latest editions to our Flue Gas range include the testo 310 and the testo 320B.

The testo 310 combines simple functions with high level measurement accuracy and is perfect for all basic measurements on heating systems. It’s easy handling and compact design make the Testo 310 a robust tool for daily work- even when things get rough.

 

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Our Flue Gas Analysers provide precise and efficient measurement for all applications

 

Another new recruit, the Testo 320B has unique colour graphic display and built-in memory, making it fast and highly accurate. Whatever your requirements, we will be able to help you find the solution that suits you.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

Our thermal camera range have been designed in co-operation with building and heating contractors, service engineers and facilities maintenance specialists.  Their robust design and unmatched precision make them the perfect tool for any job.

Feel free to come by and have a go with any of our thermal imaging range and see how they might be of use to you or your business. Our thermal imaging specialists will be on hand and are more than happy to help with any queries you might have.

 

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Speak to our specialists and find out how Thermal Imaging can be used to help your business

 

Additionally, if you would like information on any of our other products including CO2 and CO monitors, gas leak detectors, thermometers and pressure meters, please come and see us at stand 36 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Interested in attending?

For more infomation on the show please Click here

 

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To find out more about Testo instruments why not visit our website www.testolimited.com or call us on 01420 544433

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Testo at the Catering Equipment Expo

When: October 3rd – 5th, 2016

Where: London Olympia, London

Stand number: CE24

 

About the Catering Equipment Expo

The Catering Equipment Expo is hosted alongside the Restaurant Show, Bar & Pub show and the Conscious Hospitality Show. By registering for one, you will have access to all four of the shows, meaning there will be more than enough to keep you entertained throughout. This will enable you to meet a huge number of suppliers (over 450 according to the Restaurant Show’s official website!) and talk through the latest trends and innovations in the food service industry.

The show itself is organised by our partners Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment, who you can be certain will bring their own ‘Trend Set’ innovations programme to the event to showcase the latest trends in the preparation of food and drink from around the world.

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The UK’s largest catering equipment show!

Hosted at London’s Olympia the Catering Equipment Expo will feature:

  • Expert advice on Tabletop, Back-of-House and Heavy Equipment
  • Technical demonstrations and cost-saving seminars from leading experts
  • Exclusive product launches from leading brands
  • Incredible show-only deals and special offers
  • Over 60 leading catering equipment manufacturers on display

For an interesting day out coupled with a chance to see all the latest products, solutions and cost-saving tactics in the industry why not pop over to the show next month.

 

Interested in Testo’s Food Safety Solutions? Come speak to us on stand CE24

Testo offer a wide range of instruments for food applications which will help you meet your HACCP requirements and give you the reassurance your methods are safe. Whether it’s for spot checks or long-term monitoring, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Here is some more information on some of the products we will have on stand:

 

Saveris 2 – Wireless Temperature Monitoring System

Testo’s new and improved Saveris 2 makes temperature and humidity analysis both easier and more accurate than ever before. By using a Cloud-based monitoring system it allows information to be stored and accessed remotely.

This means users can monitor and react to issues from anywhere in the world. This will help to reduce pressure, relieving the need to be constantly on-site to keep measurement values under control.

 

Cooking Oil Testing

The award winning Testo 270 Cooking Oil Tester allows you to determine within seconds whether oil needs changing.

 

This will not only make sure you’re cooking with clean oil, but is also proven to save you money on cooking oil costs.

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Our practical folding thermometers are your insurance between the kitchen and the counter. These handy companions are always ready to use and are ideally suitable for fast temperature checks at a buffet, for instance.

They are waterproof and dishwasher-safe, and therefore absolutely fit for use in kitchens.

 

Interested in attending?

Click here to order your Free tickets for the Catering Equipment Expo

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For more information on Testo’s food safety solutions please visit our website: www.testolimited.com/food-safety

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Testo Limited Supports Gas Safety Week 2016

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Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register with support from across industry including retailers, manufacturers, consumer bodies and the public.

Twenty three million households in United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

What can I do to stay gas safe?

There are a number of ways that you can make sure you stay gas safe. Here are some simple checks that you should do:

  • Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
  • Check the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, making sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work you require.

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  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm which will alert you if dangerous levels are present in your home.
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  • Get your gas appliances safety checked at least once a year and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire.

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It is important that as many people as possible spread the word on Gas Safety so please visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk for more information on Gas Safety week, and help by pledging your support today.

For more information on Testo instruments to help maintain Gas Safety please visit www.testolimited.com/heating

Testo at Takeaway Innovation Expo – London

When: September 27th – 28th, 2016

Where: London Excel

Stand number: 830

 

About Takeaway Innovation Expo

The show aims to help you boost profits, build your brand, and ultimately grow your business. Whether you’re a restaurant owner or an operator working within the foodservice and hospitality sector, attending the exhibition will provide a fantastic opportunity both to network and learn more about what’s new in the industry.

Hosted by London’s Excel there will be a number of benefits available at the show including:

  • 150 Free Seminars
  • 300 Exhibiting Suppliers
  • Free Masterclasses
  • National Scale Networking Features
  • Expert advice areas
  • Interactive Features

 

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“The UK’s Only Exhibition For Growing Your Takeaway Or Restaurant Business”

 

Interested in testo’s Food Safety Solutions? Come speak to us

Testo offer a wide range of instruments for food applications which will help you meet your HACCP requirements and give you the reassurance your methods are safe. Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Here is some more information on some of the products we will have on stand:

 

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Cooking Oil Testing

The award winning Testo 270 Cooking Oil Tester allows you to determine within seconds whether oil needs changing.

This will not only make sure you’re cooking with clean oil, but is also proven to save you money on cooking oil costs.

 

Saveris 2 – Wireless temperature monitoring systemSaveris2-visual-aid

Testo’s new and improved Saveris 2 makes temperature and humidity analysis both easier and more accurate than ever before. By using a Cloud-based monitoring system it allows information to be stored and accessed remotely.

This means users can monitor and react to issues from anywhere in the world. This will help to reduce pressure, relieving the need to be constantly on-site to keep measurement values under control.

 

 

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Our practical folding thermometers are your insurance between the kitchen and the counter. These handy companions are always ready to use and are ideally suitable for fast temperature checks at a buffet, for instance.

They are waterproof and dishwasher-safe, and therefore absolutely fit for use in kitchens.

 

 

Interested in attending?

Click here to order your Free tickets for the Takeaway Innovation Expo

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For more information on testo’s food safety solutions please visit our website: www.testolimited.com/food-safety

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