How to Choose the Right Thermometer for Baking, Candy-Making and Grilling
How Do Oven Thermometers Help you Bake and Roast Better?
Have you ever noticed that your current oven seems to heat differently than the last oven you had, or that different spots in the oven seem to have their own temperature zone? For example, do your cookies bake more quickly on the bottom rack, and does one side brown more quickly than the other? According to testing done by Cook’s Illustrated magazine, ovens set to the same temperature may vary by as much as 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) in their actual temperature.
To use an oven thermometer efficiently, set it on the same shelf as the food you are cooking. Allow the oven to preheat, and then check the oven thermometer. Adjust the oven dial up or down to achieve the correct heat setting.
AcuRite oven thermometers feature large, easy-to-read dials with ranges for warming, baking or roasting, and broiling. They have an integrated hanger for easy mounting or can stand upright on their base. Stainless steel construction and a protective glass lens add to the durability and easy cleaning. You can use these food thermometers in a barbecue grill as well. Be sure to remove from the oven before using the self-cleaning cycle.
Candy and Deep Fry Thermometers for Sweet Confections and Mouth-Watering Fried Foods.
Candy thermometers and deep fry thermometers are essential to safe and accurate monitoring of temperatures when you make candy or jellies, or when you deep fry foods. A difference of a few degrees can mean your candy becomes a blob instead of a lovely shape, or your fried food is burned instead of beautifully browned and crispy.
AcuRite’s candy and deep fry thermometers include a clip to keep the tip of the device off the bottom of the pan. They are designed to withstand the high heat of candy making and deep-frying, and they are marked with optimum temperature ranges for each use.
Candy & Deep Fry Thermometer 00723 — clear, spirit-filled tube; clip that slides up and down to adjust to different pan sizes; protective sheath with recommended temperature markings; measures from 100-385º F, 50-196º C
Do You Know the Thermometer Built Into Your Grill May be Useless?
Many outdoor grills come with a dial thermometer built into the hood or dome. And that would be great if you actually cooked your food just under the hood. Since the grate on which you do cook is several inches away, those built-in thermometers (even if they are accurate) tell you very little about the level of heat where your food is cooking away. Holding your hand above the grill to determine the temperature is not very precise and may not even be safe!
It makes sense to check the temperature at the surface where your food is being grilled. AcuRite’s grill surface thermometer sits on the grill and measures from 50-600º F. Made of durable stainless steel with a protective glass dome, it includes tabs that allow you to lift it from the grill with a barbecue utensil. Every serious barbecue chef should have one!