By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaBe sure your Christmas dinner is properly cooked. Calibrate your food thermometer so the reading is accurate.Elizabeth Andress, an extension service food safety specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, warns cooks of the risks associated with an inaccurate thermometer.”Be sure to calibrate your thermometer before checking temperatures, or they don’t mean anything,” Andress said.There are two ways to check the accuracy of a food thermometer, she said. The preferred method uses ice water, the other boiling water. Many food thermometers have a calibration nut that can be adjusted.Method 1: iceAndress suggests using an ice-water slush to calibrate your thermometer. “The ice method is a much easier process to manage than boiling water and very accurate no matter where you live,” she said. “Boiling temperatures will vary with altitude.”She lists five easy steps that can make your holidays safer. For example, water boils at 212 degrees, so if the thermometer reads 214 degrees, it’s 2 degrees too high. So when you’re cooking ground-beef patties, which must reach 160 degrees, add 2 degrees and cook the patties to 162 degrees.Digital food thermometers don’t have a calibration nut under the head. But their accuracy should still be checked by one of these methods.Some digitals have a means of calibration described on their package. If they can’t be calibrated, try changing the battery. If that doesn’t make them read accurately, replace the thermometer. More informationFor specific information on how to calibrate or use your food thermometer or on recommended safe food temperatures, call your UGA Extension Service county office (a href=”https://testsecure.caes.uga.edu/personnel/countydistrict.cfm”>https://testsecure.caes.uga.edu/personnel/countydistrict.cfm). Or call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-800- 535-4555) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or e-mail [email protected]). The boiling method may not read accurately due to varied atmospheric conditions.”Remember that water boils at a lower temperature in a high altitude,” Andress said. “Check with the local Cooperative Extension Service or health department for the exact temperature of boiling water in your area.”If you have a food thermometer that can’t be calibrated, it’s still important to check it for accuracy.”Small inaccuracies should be taken into consideration when using the food thermometer,” Andress said. “Replace the thermometer if it’s more than a few degrees off.” Method 2: boiling waterThe United States Department of Agriculture suggests boiling water as an alternative method for checking accuracy. Make a 50/50 ice and water slush — at least half ice. The more ice the better, but you need water to fill in all the air spaces around the pieces of ice. Make it deep enough to stick the whole sensing area (tip) of the thermometer into the middle of it.Immerse the thermometer stem into the slush, making sure the tip doesn’t touch the container side or bottom.Wait until the temperature reading stops changing. This may take 5 to 10 minutes. Once you think it has stopped, make sure it stays the same for 3 full minutes.The temperature should read 32 degrees F. If it doesn’t, turn the calibrating nut under the dial or face until it does read 32.Clean and sanitize the thermometer and its case before using to check food temperatures. Bring a pan of clean tap water to a full rolling boil.Immerse the stem of a food thermometer in the boiling water, at least 2 inches, and wait at least 30 seconds. Make sure the reading on the thermometer isn’t still changing.Without removing the stem from the boiling water, hold the adjusting nut tightly in place under the head of the food thermometer with a suitable tool and turn the dial head so the thermometer reads 212 degrees F.
Bibby Offshore has signed a contract with the oil firm TAQA for subsea construction works in the Eider field, located 184km north-east of Shetland, UK.With offshore operations to be completed this summer, the six month contract will see Bibby Offshore adopt a multi-vessel approach, utilizing its subsea support and construction vessel Olympic Ares, and its diving support vessel, Bibby Polaris, the UK-based offshore services company said.The project comprises the connection of the existing Otter Production pipeline to the existing Eider Oil Export pipeline, and connection of the existing Tern-Eider water injection pipeline to the existing Otter water injection pipeline using subsea bypass spools.Bibby Offshore will provide spool piece metrology, barrier testing, removal of existing production and water injection spools and pre-commissioning support. The team will also manage procurement, fabrication and installation of new bypass spools.Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore said: “Our multi-vessel approach enabled the project team to tailor our capabilities to TAQA’s requirements, which plays a key role in demonstrating our ability to successfully deliver a variety of workscopes.“We have supported TAQA’s operations previously and are delighted to have been selected to continue and strengthen this relationship throughout 2017.”
Press Association The 30-year-old was due to rejoin his international team-mates for the United States leg of their summer programme after a trip to Dubai when he was laid low by a mystery virus. Doctors even prescribed medication for meningitis as a precaution as they looked for a cause before eventually attributing his symptoms to a bug. He said: “I was trying to get over but Alan, the doctor, said to stay away for a couple of days and see how your daughter is first, make sure everything is okay. “I was desperate to get over really. I came over on Friday, which was a long day. I just made the bus to get to the Costa Rica game.” Walters warmed up with his team-mates at PPL Park, but did not play any part in the game, and he is keen to get his chance against another of the World Cup finalists, Portugal, in New Jersey during the early hours of Wednesday morning. He said: “I would like to be involved – hopefully I will be. There are a lot of lads who want to play, so we will see what team he [manager Martin O’Neill] picks. But I’d like to be involved. “It’s their [Portugal’s] last game before the World Cup starts, so depending on who plays, I’m sure there will be players who will want to impress. “It’s great. They are the games you want to be involved in.” Walters endured a frustrating end to a good season for club Stoke when a red card and subsequent three-match ban cost him his place in the team. He was dismissed for a high challenge on Norwich’s Alex Tettey on March 8 and two months on, still feels the decision – or at least the punishment – was harsh. The frontman said: “I took a bad touch off my chest and it bounced. We have both gone for it and he’s literally just nicked it before me. “Yeah, it was harsh, like as if I head-butted him. I got sent off for violent conduct – that’s what I got marked down for. “I think the scream got me sent off. I went in to see the referee after and he just said he had to put it down as violent conduct.” Ireland striker Jon Walters will hope to face the might of Portugal barely a week after finding himself on a drip in hospital. Walters said: “I had woken up in Dubai and started to get headaches and my eyes got worse. “By the time I landed, I was struggling to drive home from the airport. I got a good night’s sleep, but the next morning I woke up the same, just really, really bad headaches. “My eyes were really sore and I couldn’t look up at the light. I was struggling all day and went to hospital that night. “Because I had headaches and the like, they put me straight through and put me on a drip and gave me antibiotics for meningitis just in case. “They have to take it as a worst-case scenario, so they gave me that on a drip and then a few hours later, I had a blood test. Then at 1am, they said it had all come back clean and it could be a migraine. “But that evening, my daughter had the same thing, headaches and she was throwing up all night, so it must have been a bug. But they don’t know, all the blood tests came back clean.” Walters’ condition – and that of his daughter – improved so rapidly that he had a flight booked to America for the day after he was released from hospital. However, Ireland doctor Alan Byrne advised him to remain at home for a couple more days, and he arrived in Philadelphia on Friday just in time to board the team coach for the friendly clash with Costa Rica.