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Thermapen users: how do YOU clean the probe after inserting it in meat that's not done

kimeats Apr 25, 2014 05:46 AM

Just wondering if everyone uses the wipes they sell or some other kind of spray cleaner or sponge and dish soap or what.

I haven't yet come up with the perfect answer :(

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    rasputina RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 05:50 AM

    I use a sponge.

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      kimbers324 RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 06:29 AM

      I bought a box of wipes from the Thermapen web site...they were not expensive at all.

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        ccbweb RE: kimbers324 Apr 25, 2014 09:55 AM

        Did the same, they're really handy.

      2. pamf RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 06:50 AM

        For home use, I just run it under hot water, maybe a little dish soap, wipe with a paper towel. The probe is stainless steel, so it's not going to absorb anything.

        The wipes look like they would be a good idea if you are using it in a food service environment or outside away from a kitchen.

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          ellabee RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 07:17 AM

          I keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol under the sink, and use a paper towel dipped in it to wipe the thermometer probe after it's been in meat.

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            filtered RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 09:22 AM

            I don't remember cleaning if it's if it's beef or pork

            if it's chicken, I wash with fresh hot soapy sponge and rinse with water

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              ricepad RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 12:10 PM

              I lick it off.

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                nikkib99 RE: ricepad Apr 27, 2014 10:34 AM


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                John Francis RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 12:30 PM

                I just wipe it with whatever's handy.

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                  fldhkybnva RE: John Francis Apr 27, 2014 10:09 AM

                  Same here, I must need food safety lessons. I just wipe it with whatever I grab first usually the pot holder.

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                    sunshine842 RE: fldhkybnva Apr 27, 2014 10:26 AM

                    up to and including my jeans....

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                      DuffyH RE: sunshine842 Apr 27, 2014 01:14 PM

                      I've wiped a knife on my jeans in between veggies, to remove wet clingy seeds and pulp. Does that count?

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                        sunshine842 RE: DuffyH Apr 27, 2014 08:00 PM

                        you betcha.

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                  valerie RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 01:28 PM

                  Paper towel, dish towel, sponge, napkin....whatever is around at the moment. Haven't killed anyone yet.

                  1. DuffyH RE: kimeats Apr 25, 2014 01:36 PM

                    Soapy sponge, then dry on a towel.

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                      mcf RE: DuffyH Apr 27, 2014 09:16 AM

                      You might want to use something other than a sponge: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23...

                      OTOH, you could nuke them for 30 seconds to a minute to kill everything.

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                        DuffyH RE: mcf Apr 27, 2014 09:32 AM

                        I don't see the use of soap (or any other germ killers) in that abstract. Am I missing something?

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                          mcf RE: DuffyH Apr 27, 2014 09:37 AM

                          I recall a study decades ago that demonstrated that wiping a soda can top before drinking from it removed as much dirt/bacteria as washing with soap and water. It's the mechanical action that does it, and soap just facilitates detachment.

                          I still use soap, but make sure to make contact all along the surface and rub many times, with strong pressure. I don't want greasy yuck accumulating, not even a very fine coat of it.

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                            DuffyH RE: mcf Apr 27, 2014 01:11 PM

                            But what about the sponges? Nothing in the abstract mentioned using a soapy sponge.

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                              mcf RE: DuffyH Apr 27, 2014 01:46 PM

                              I don't think adding soap to a used sponge kills any germs, it just adds surfactants to do the job on the utensil.

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                                DuffyH RE: mcf Apr 27, 2014 01:58 PM

                                So you're saying that I'm transferring soapy live germs to all my plates and cookware? GACK!!

                                The cookware isn't such a concern, what with heating it and everything. But other things? Oh, yeah, that's a major yuck.

                                Okay, time to change my sponge regimen. I'm already cleaning it in the dishwasher with every load, but that's only every other day or two. I guess I'll add a daily microwave spa treatment. That's easy and should make it very happy and germ-free. :-)

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                                  mcf RE: DuffyH Apr 27, 2014 02:22 PM

                                  I spray mine in the sink with Clorox cleanup if they look dirty, rinse, then nuke. A daily nuke should keep things in check. I have one for the floor, one for counters, and different thingies for dishes.

                                  Make sure they're wet when you nuke them, and careful taking them out!

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                                    DuffyH RE: mcf Apr 27, 2014 06:10 PM

                                    <Make sure they're wet when you nuke them, and careful taking them out!>

                                    Tell me about it! I've done the "Ouch! That's Hot!" dance way too many times. :-D

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                      Bigjim68 RE: kimeats Apr 27, 2014 08:45 AM

                      I think you are looking for a solution to a problem you don't have. (1) It's a piece of steel. Treat it like you would treat a fine knife. Rinse it and wipe it down. (2) There is almost no chance of cross pollution. Any germs left on the probe and transferred to another piece of meat will be by killed by the same heat that will kill the germs in the meat.

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                        mcf RE: Bigjim68 Apr 27, 2014 08:54 AM

                        I wash my knives.
                        "Studies have shown the attachment of food-borne pathogens and spoiled microorganisms to stainless steel."



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                          DuffyH RE: mcf Apr 27, 2014 09:28 AM

                          Even if knives did need only a rinse to be bacteria-free, there's the whole yuck factor. Normally, urine doesn't harbor bacteria, but we still wash our hands.

                          I do agree that OP is over-thinking the cleaning. I don't normally cook more than one kind of protein per meal, so it's nothing to use the same soapy sponge that cleans the rest of my dishes.

                          Mine is the old non-splash-proof variety and it took 5 years for moisture to enter it and cause a short. Now I'm more careful when to make sure I only clean about halfway up the probe, then dry it immediately.

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                          sunshine842 RE: Bigjim68 Apr 27, 2014 09:42 AM


                        3. Uncle Bob RE: kimeats Apr 27, 2014 02:03 PM

                          I let the "Kill Dawg" lick it off. ~ Sometimes with what ever is handy. ~ Thumb and index finger works well too!

                          1. KarenDW RE: kimeats Apr 27, 2014 02:23 PM

                            Same way as the dishes and knives: hot water, soap, dishcloth/sponge/brush; rinse; air dry. Why would someone buy special wipes, unless using in a facility without dishwashing.

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                              mcf RE: KarenDW Apr 27, 2014 03:23 PM

                              Because maybe they're out by the grill and not near a sink? Only thing I could think of.

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                                ccbweb RE: mcf Apr 27, 2014 06:12 PM

                                Yep, I got them because they were like $4 on top of an order I was already placing and I do a lot of grilling in the spring/summer/fall months. Also, I'm post lung transplant and so a few bucks here or there that let me feel comfortable about possible infectious or bacterial things is worth it. I've developed quite the compulsion about it all that my nurse coordinator likes a lot.

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