Types of Candy-Frying Thermometers
another type of thermometer is candy
thermometers now these are typically
used just for candy type products this
one has a glass type tube and the
readings are on either side this is
Celsius on this side is Fahrenheit on
this side and the other nice thing about
this is it gives you the stages in candy
making there’s different stages such as
softball hard ball soft crack hard crack
these aren’t typically used for taking
meat temperatures because it’s hard to
get the probe inside the product these
are best used for liquid type products
this is another style of candy
thermometer that can be used in the same
way the other thing about using a candy
thermometer is they have these little
clips on here to help hold the
thermometer off the bottom of the pan if
your end of your thermometer is touching
the bottom you’re going to get an
inaccurate reading these thermometers
can also be used for frying for deep fat
frying because the temperature does
range from a hundred degrees to up up to
four hundred degrees so the same thing
you want to clip this to the side of
your pan and keep the bottom the
temperature point off the bottom of the
pan so that you get an accurate reading
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Candy Thermometer Buyers’ Guide
A candy or sugar thermometer is a cooking device that helps you measure the temperature and stage of a cooking sugar solution. Ranges held by different types and brands of candy thermometers may differ but generally, they lie between 100F and 400F. The material of candy thermometers is usually a glass tube and helps you measure a sugar solution while cooking. There are two types of candy thermometers: liquid-filled and digital. The liquid-filled type of thermometers is the most traditional type and provides an easy reading temperature scale to understand the stage of cooking. The digital one can give much quicker and accurate results. Some of these thermometers also have alarms to inform you when a certain temperature is reached.
Candy thermometers can help your recipe to work out really well only in case of correct usage. First of all, stick your sugar thermometer to the side of the pan and make sure that its bulb does not contact the bottom. After it, add water and bring it to full boiling temperature. It is very important to put the thermometer first and only after that start boiling because extreme temperature shocks can break it. After using it you should wash it by hand and never put it into the dishwasher. Both metal and digital thermometers work the same way and provide accurate results. The only difference is glass thermometers require extra care as they can be easily broken.
For checking the accuracy of your candy thermometer insert it into a pot of water and bring it to the rolling boil. The bubbles at the boiling level should be constant. The boiling point for water is 100C, which will also be our baseline. Leave it in the hot boiling water for 5 minutes for an accurate reading. Make sure the bulb is fully in the water and is not touching any sides of the pot, which may also provide a false reading. Inspect the temperature after 5 minutes and make sure you are correctly seeing the number on it (in case of glass thermometer make sure you are eye level with it) if it is 100C than your thermometer is accurate.
After testing your thermometer let’s say you’ve put it into the water and it started boiling indicating 100C, now your thermometer shows 102C, meaning you need to subtract 2C to get the accurate result. Now if your cooking recipe says boil at 120C you will want to ensure your thermometer shows 122C to get the accurate result. It is always good to test your thermometer at least once a year to be able to follow the recipe and cook under the right temperature.
Now that your candy thermometer is ready to help you make your favorite batch of candies and have a great appetite!
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