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Old 06-01-2006, 07:25 PM   #1
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Candy Thermometer Question

Can I use a regular meat (probe) thermometer in place of a candy one? Thanks!!


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Old 06-01-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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Probably not. The temperature ranges are different. Meat thermometers typically go up to 220F. Candy thermometers need to go up into the 300s.

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Old 06-01-2006, 08:12 PM   #3
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Not to mention you need a candy therm. to be instant read and with something to clip it to whatever you're cooking.

Be glad for this. It gives you an excuse to go out and buy a new tool :)
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Old 06-02-2006, 06:40 AM   #4
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I have recently purchased two vintage candy thermometers on ebay. They are very sturdy, not like the ones at walmart. The vintage ones have the thermometer surrounded by a stainless steel tray and a sturdy clip to hold it on the side of the pan.
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Old 06-02-2006, 07:44 AM   #5
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I'm with Andy on this ... NOPE! As he noted, a meat thermometer only goes up to about 220-F .... too low for candy making. For making candy you're looking at temps between 235-F (soft ball stage) and 380-F (dark caramel). But, they are not expensive and double as deep-frying thermometers, too! They DO NOT need to be instant read ... because they are left in the candy/oil to monitor the progress of the temperature ... keeps you from over heating the candy/oil.
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