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  1. #21
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Dec 23, 12:41*pm, Christine Dabney <artis...@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
    > On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:39:24 -0700, Pennyaline
    >
    > <norwegianb...@beatifulplummage.huh> wrote:
    > >On 12/23/2011 12:29 AM, DanS. wrote:
    > >> I should not have to go to a specialty store for a candy thermometer. I
    > >> had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get one. None at Wal-mart or Meijer's.

    >
    > >> They /should/ be at the local grocery store. All things food do not stop
    > >> at 212 degrees.

    >
    > >I've taken to using my battery powered probe thermometer for almost
    > >everything. I used to have all kinds of thermometers in my kitchen
    > >drawers, but they all varied widely in reliability and they took up a
    > >really astonishing amount of space. Now I have the probe and an instant
    > >read, and I find that I'm set for whatever I encounter.

    >
    > David Lebovitz has a newish post on candy thermometers...
    >
    > http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/12...-thermometers/
    >
    > Christine
    > --http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com


    The "Taylor" type is the kind I rely on too, only my current
    thermometer (and backup) are branded CDN. But they are the metal frame
    type.

    John Kuthe...

  2. #22
    DanS. Guest

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    On 12/23/2011 1:17 PM, John Kuthe wrote:
    > On Dec 23, 12:06 pm, "DanS."<dslaughREM...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > ...
    >>
    >> I'm probably only going to use it once or twice a year myself. But, I
    >> do something different for the family every year, and this year it's
    >> going to be different types of caramels and fudges. I'm definitely not
    >> not a candy magician.
    >>

    >
    > With an accurate thermometer, you don't have to be either! Before I
    > use my candy thermometer each year, I "calibrate" it by boiling pure
    > water and seeing what my thermometer reads. Should read 212F/100C, and
    > this year it did! Well, barely under, not even 0.5F!
    >
    > John Kuthe...


    That's how I've used my meat thermometer every time in the past. You
    calibrate the maximum temperature of the meat thermometer under 15-20
    degrees in boiling water. Then when it gets to 220, you know its 235.
    But, I hate screwing up my meat thermometers. You always have to check
    to see if you forgot to recalibrate it, and since they aren't designed
    for those temps, you have to wonder about accuracy.

    --
    Yours,
    Dan S.

  3. #23
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Dec 23, 1:13*pm, "DanS." <dslaughREM...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    ....
    >
    > That's how I've used my meat thermometer every time in the past. *You
    > calibrate the maximum temperature of the meat thermometer under 15-20
    > degrees in boiling water. *Then when it gets to 220, you know its 235.
    > But, I hate screwing up my meat thermometers. *You always have to check
    > to see if you forgot to recalibrate it, and since they aren't designed
    > for those temps, you have to wonder about accuracy.
    >
    > --
    > Yours,
    > Dan S.


    I cook my English Toffee to 310F. So I need a thermometer accurate to
    those temps.

    John Kuthe...

  4. #24
    Brooklyn1 Guest

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    On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 02:29:55 -0500, "DanS." <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I should not have to go to a specialty store for a candy thermometer. I
    >had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get one. None at Wal-mart or Meijer's.
    >
    >They /should/ be at the local grocery store. All things food do not
    >stop at 212 degrees.


    Often candy and deep fry are combo thermometers:
    http://www.walmart.com/search/search...h_constraint=0

  5. #25
    Julie Bove Guest

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    John Kuthe wrote:
    > On Dec 23, 12:06 pm, "DanS." <dslaughREM...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > ...
    >>
    >> I'm probably only going to use it once or twice a year myself. But, I
    >> do something different for the family every year, and this year it's
    >> going to be different types of caramels and fudges. I'm definitely
    >> not not a candy magician.
    >>

    >
    > With an accurate thermometer, you don't have to be either! Before I
    > use my candy thermometer each year, I "calibrate" it by boiling pure
    > water and seeing what my thermometer reads. Should read 212F/100C, and
    > this year it did! Well, barely under, not even 0.5F!
    >
    > John Kuthe...


    We did not have a thermometer when I was growing up so I learned to use the
    cold water method. I do use a thermometer now but I still use the cold
    water method as a final test.



  6. #26
    Brooklyn1 Guest

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    On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:55:04 -0800 (PST), projectile vomit chick
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Dec 23, 4:26*am, "Giusi" <decob...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >> "notbob" <not...@nothome.com> ha scritto nel messaggio
    >>
    >> >> had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get one. *None at Wal-mart or
    >> >> Meijer's.

    >>
    >> > Strange. *I bought mine at Wallyworld.

    >>
    >> When I was in the US last winter I bought all kinds of thermometers for
    >> friends in Italy. *Target had a wall coverted with them... all types, all
    >> purposes.

    >
    >They are forbidden here in Nebraska because of the methamphetamine
    >thing.


    Is that the oral or anal version, makes a difference.

  7. #27
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Dec 23, 1:51*pm, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    ....
    >
    > Often candy and deep fry are combo thermometers:http://www.walmart.com/search/search...=candy+deep+fr...


    I NEVER buy anything from MalWart!! Ever!!

    John Kuthe...


  8. #28
    Julie Bove Guest

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    Judy Haffner wrote:
    > Dan S. wrote:
    >
    >> I should not have to go to a specialty
    >> store for a candy thermometer. I had to
    >> go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get one.
    >> None at Wal-mart or Meijer's.

    >
    > Strange place to buy a candy thermometer, but I've never been in one
    > of their stores, so maybe by "Beyond", the sky is the limit, and can
    > find a little of everything there? I swear by Taylor candy
    > thermometers, and the temperature readings were getting faded on the
    > one I'd been using for about 50 years, so I went to a kitchen store
    > in the mall and bought another Taylor last year. I didn't look in any
    > of our regular stores (such as Wal-Mart, or Fred Meyer, etc. to see
    > if they even had them.
    >
    >> They /should/ be at the local grocery
    >> store. All things food do not stop at 212
    >> degrees.

    >
    > A person definitely needs one for making candy, rather than rely on
    > the cold water test.


    I have a severe dislike for Bed Bath and Beyond! When we first moved back
    here, I went there for towels and bath mats to match our new bathroom. The
    wall paper is a medium pink, light blue and light green. Seem like pretty
    normal colors to me. But did they have anything in those colors? Nope. I
    wound up going to Fred Meyer.

    Got a gift card for them and since I dislike going into the store so much, I
    shopped online. Really didn't see anything I wanted or needed so finally
    settled on a Circulon pan that was far more money than I would normally pay
    for a pan. That turned out to be a good deal because I use it many times
    each week. But there was still some money left on the gift card. So I got
    a set of bath products that I had to give away because they smelled so vile.

    Then some years later I was given a double Crock-Pot as a gift. I have no
    need for one so was told to return it there which I did. But they would
    only give me store credit. By then they did have towels in those colors.
    They were expensive, so I bought them, thinking they would be better than
    what we had. Nope. They just shredded when I watched them.

    Mostly I feel they sell products that can be bought elsewhere for a lot less
    money.



  9. #29
    David Harmon Guest

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    On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:59:49 -0500 in rec.food.cooking, "DanS."
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >Even BB&B only had one kind. There were about 6 different kinds of meat
    >thermometers.


    Most of those you call "meat" thermometers work great as candy
    thermometers and also for deep frying. Digital only!

  10. #30
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Candy Thermometer

    In article <c1u4naa7tkbh$.[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 02:29:55 -0500, DanS. wrote:
    >
    > > I should not have to go to a specialty store for a candy thermometer. I
    > > had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get one. None at Wal-mart or Meijer's.
    > >
    > > They /should/ be at the local grocery store. All things food do not
    > > stop at 212 degrees.

    >
    > I wouldn't expect to find a candy thermometer at Walmart or my
    > mainline grocer. Too fragile and too slow a mover to sustain much
    > shelf life.
    >
    > But my Polders and Taylors work just fine as candy thermometers. So I
    > see no reason to bring home and break yet another candy thermometer.
    >
    > -sw


    Are you kidding? My supermarket has them with the kitchen gadgets.
    The important part is to calibrate it before you use it -- check to see
    what temp water boils at -- at my altitude, that's 212?. If the
    thermometer doesn't say that, I adjust (mentally) accordingly when I'm
    checking the candy temp.
    --
    Barb,
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller September 5, 2011

  11. #31
    DanS. Guest

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    On 12/23/2011 10:10 PM, David Harmon wrote:
    > On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:59:49 -0500 in rec.food.cooking, "DanS."
    > <[email protected]> wrote,
    >> Even BB&B only had one kind. There were about 6 different kinds of meat
    >> thermometers.

    >
    > Most of those you call "meat" thermometers work great as candy
    > thermometers and also for deep frying. Digital only!


    They max out at 220.

    --
    Yours,
    Dan S.

  12. #32
    David Harmon Guest

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    On Sat, 24 Dec 2011 17:20:11 -0500 in rec.food.cooking, "DanS."
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >On 12/23/2011 10:10 PM, David Harmon wrote:
    >> On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:59:49 -0500 in rec.food.cooking, "DanS."
    >> <[email protected]> wrote,
    >>> Even BB&B only had one kind. There were about 6 different kinds of meat
    >>> thermometers.

    >>
    >> Most of those you call "meat" thermometers work great as candy
    >> thermometers and also for deep frying. Digital only!

    >
    >They max out at 220.


    Of the two corded-probe thermometers I have, the Oneida maxes out at
    400F and Redi Check at something above that. Both from BB&B.


  13. #33
    Damaeus Guest

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    In news:rec.food.cooking, notbob <[email protected]> posted on 23 Dec
    2011 08:16:22 GMT the following:

    > On 2011-12-23, DanS. <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get one. None at Wal-mart or Meijer's.

    >
    > Strange. I bought mine at Wallyworld.


    So did I. I got this one:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-...0723W/14913170

    There's a problem, though. I looked at a bunch of them on the peg hook
    and while most were registering temperatures that were close, a few were
    way off, by like 25 degrees or a little more. Then I noticed that the
    paper insert was not at the same place within each glass cylinder. And I
    also don't like that it's not waterproof. I can't just slosh it around
    really good in hot soapy water. I have to be careful not to get any water
    on the end or some gets inside the glass.

    Why did they design it that way? Seems like putting a watertight cap on
    it would be no big mystery or difficulty.

    Damaeus

  14. #34
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Dec 25, 1:29*pm, Damaeus <no-m...@damaeus.earthlink.invalid> wrote:
    > In news:rec.food.cooking, notbob <not...@nothome.com> posted on 23 Dec
    > 2011 08:16:22 GMT the following:
    >
    > > On 2011-12-23, DanS. <dslaughREM...@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get one. *None at Wal-mart or Meijer's.

    >
    > > Strange. *I bought mine at Wallyworld.

    >
    > So did I. *I got this one:
    >
    > http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-...Thermometer-Se...
    >
    > There's a problem, though. *I looked at a bunch of them on the peg hook
    > and while most were registering temperatures that were close, a few were
    > way off, by like 25 degrees or a little more. *Then I noticed that the
    > paper insert was not at the same place within each glass cylinder. *AndI
    > also don't like that it's not waterproof. *I can't just slosh it around
    > really good in hot soapy water. *I have to be careful not to get any water
    > on the end or some gets inside the glass.
    >
    > Why did they design it that way? *Seems like putting a watertight cap on
    > it would be no big mystery or difficulty.
    >
    > Damaeus


    Looks like cheap junk to me, sorry. Here's the kind I use:

    http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CD8Q8gIwAg

    Just a glass tube strapped to a stainless steel frame which is
    calibrated. The only thing I don't like is the glass tube is locked in
    place on the frame, meaning I cannot adjust it to calibrate it to the
    boiling point of boiling water, which I do every year before I make
    candy. The old thermometer I had like this one allowed me to move the
    tube relative to the temp graduations to calibrate it. Now I just
    mentally add or subtract the amount it's off, if it's off.

    John Kuthe...

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