[Sca-cooks] Candy Thermometer

Gretchen Beck grm at andrew.cmu.edu
Thu Dec 17 08:00:57 PST 2009

Odd question -- how would one of those "inside/outside" digital oven
thermometers work?  You could stick the display at eye level out of the
steam, and use whatever means you like to hold the measuring tip in (big
bundle paperclip, for example, or just toss it in...)

This is all theoretically, of course, my candy making experience is

toodles, margaret

--On Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:53 AM -0600 "Pixel, Goddess and Queen"
<pixel at hundred-acre-wood.com> wrote:

> I have about...six...different cooking thermometers, one is specifically
> reserved for deep-frying.
> Looking on Amazon, I have two along the lines of the CND TCF400 Candy and
> Deep Fry Thermometer. I am kind of iffy on this one--the clip makes it
> fairly easy to attach to the pan but because of the way the clip is
> attached to the body of the thermometer, it can obscure the temperature
> scale and make it hard to read. Also this model is prone to getting
> moisture inside the body and the condensation can also make it difficult
> to read the temperature. The big advantage is that it is cheap ($3.99 on
> Amazon). With this style of thermometer it is very easy to accidentally
> touch the side or the bottom of the pot which is going to skew your
> temperature measurement a bit.
> I have two lab thermometers of the red-alcohol variety that I got from a
> surplus store. They're only 0-234F, so I can't really use them for
> cooking sugar but they work fine for cheese and chocolate and other low
> temperature things. They do not have clips.
> I have at least two of the metal-plate-with-thermometer-attached variety
> (also called paddle style), one of these is my deep-frying thermometer.
> These are the most accurate, although the one has the clip permanently
> attached at the top of the thermometer which makes it very hard to clip
> to a pot. This style of thermometer protects the bulb from touching the
> pot, but it is not as easy to clean (which is why the one is a dedicated
> oil thermometer).
> I would recommend either the paddle style with a sliding clip or a
> digital with a sliding clip on the probe--it's going to be the most
> flexible in terms of usage.
> Margaret FitzWilliam
>> On Dec 16, 2009, at 6:32 PM, Sharon Palmer wrote:
>>> I need a new Candy Thermometer and wondered if anyone had a model to 
>>> suggest.  I don't make candy often, and don't want to spend much, but
>>> I'd  like one that is easy to connect to the pan, that won't break too
>>> easily.
>>> Ranvaig
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