So tonight i had a few thermometers i wanted to check because they have been around for a while and i do use them time to time for a quick check of things. But what i found was crazy! They were way off. More than i would have expected for sure. I had poached some brats to prep for the grill and i though to myself ....".man there is a little fat hanging out in my poaching water". I was using a thermometer that has a clip to hold on the side of the pot . Thats when it dawned on me that maybe i should check its accuracy. I placed two thermometers in the pot and also the digital one i use most of the time. They all read different. I braught the pot to boiling and inserted all three again. Only the digital one was close. The others read way lower. So its not a great pic but you can see one is at about 169 another at 172ish and the digital one is the closest at 210. So for any newbies out there this is really important. If i was using these my food would have been extremely over cooked! But the reason i posted this in the food safety section is because a thermometer can be off one direction but also the other direction. Just imagine....you have a few guests over and throw a few chickin breasts on the grill. You check the temp and you think your good to go and serve it up. Your guests are cuting little pieces off for there little ones and they are gobbling it up. And all this time you have no idea that you were 15° below a safe temp. Maybe nobody gets sick but maybe they do. Just a litle something to think about.