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Meat_thermometer I always considered the instant-read thermometer to be a useful but slightly obscure tool. I had no idea that it is now essential for everyone's health.

According to a disturbing article on the front page of today’s Times, major frozen-food corporations can no longer vouch for the safety of their offerings. After a spate of illnesses related to frozen chicken pot pies and the like, the companies are insisting that the consumer check the internal temperatures of their reheated meal to make sure they've heated it sufficiently to kill any pathogens.

Apparently, even if you prefer to throw a frozen dinner in the microwave, you’re going to have to learn basic skills. I guess we’re all cooks now.

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