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You want a clean ThermoPro TP19 for food safety purposes, but how do you clean it? A lot of other thermometers require tedious amounts of washing by hand to properly clean them. Do you have to do all of that with a TP19?
You don’t have to. The TP19 is constructed to be easy to clean, and it’s nowhere near as delicate as other thermometers. We’ll break all of that down for you, now. It’s really a very simple process.
How To Clean A ThermoPro TP19 After Use
There are two parts that you have to clean every time you use your ThermoPro TP19 food thermometer. Failing to do so can cause some unwanted side-effects, but we’ll get to those later.
How To Clean ThermoPro TP19 Probe
The probe of your TP19 is the part that actually goes into your food. So, you want to make sure you clean it after every reading. It’s not hard to clean it, though. Simply rinse the probe with warm water, wash it with warm and soapy water, and rinse off the soap. You’ll have to let the thermometer rest for a few minutes before re-inserting it into food, though. The cleaning process will make it inaccurate until it acclimates to its surroundings.
This process might be a little more difficult if you’re reading something with a lot of fat or grease. You want to scrub off any food particulates that stick to the probe, or they’ll end up in your food when you use it again.
How To Clean ThermoPro TP19 Cover
It’s important to do this properly. Don’t submerge the ThermoPro TP19 into your dishwater. You want to use warm water and soap to wash the cover by hand, and then rinse it off before drying it with a clean towel. Luckily, you can utilize running water for this step. If you submerge the unit in water, you’ll flood its internal parts, and it won’t work properly.
Why You Should Clean A ThermoPro TP19 Often
Why should you clean your TP19? Well, not cleaning it can make you extremely sick. Uncooked meats can contain dangerous pathogens, and those pathogens can end up on your thermometer when you’re taking your meat’s temperature. If you re-insert it into the meat once it’s fully-cooked, you’ll put all of those pathogens back into your food.
Here are some of the illnesses that can be passed from animals to humans by improper thermometer use:
- E. Coli
You don’t just have to worry about those major diseases, though. Some smaller and less serious illnesses can be passed along, too.
It’s important to clean your thermometer every time you insert it into a food item. If you’re cooking a medium-rare steak and a pork chop at the same time, and you don’t clean it between readings, you can pass pathogens from the pork to the beef very easily. That’s called cross-contamination.
You may not be too worried about cross-contamination and food illnesses if you’ve never been affected, but you’re rolling the dice every time you don’t wash your thermometer.
According to the CDC, 48 million people are affected by food illnesses every year, and over 3000 of those people die. Even if you don’t die from it, you can end up hospitalized like 128,000 other people are every year.
Can A ThermoPro TP19 Be Washed Under Running Water?
Yes, you can wash your ThermoPro TP19 under running water. You don’t have to set aside dish water to wash it by hand. A simple faucet and some soap will do just fine.
This is due to a waterproof seal that protects the TP19’s internal parts. However, it isn’t advised to soak the TP19, or water can get through the seal.
You should also refrain from throwing it in your dish washer. While it has a waterproof seal, it can’t withstand the heat of a dishwasher, and water might get inside of it when it’s exposed to that environment.
Still, that’s a lot better than most other food thermometers. With other thermometers, you’re stuck washing each part by hand, and even a little running water can destroy them.
This makes the TP19 a much faster and more reliable option.
Your TP19 food thermometer will serve you well for years to come, but you have to properly clean it. Following our instructions will keep your TP19 in working order, and it’ll keep you from coming down with a dangerous illness.
It’s not even a complicated process. You can freely rinse the TP19 under running water, scrub it with some soap, and rinse it off.