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Old 01-12-2009, 11:12 PM   #31
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I use my cellphone as my timer.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:48 AM   #32
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The only timer I have is the one built into my stove. There was the one on the microwave but when that went it went too LOL.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:59 PM   #33
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I'm "in the market" for a good, preferably magnetic, digital timer. But, it gets even more complicated. Where I work, we have a 4-way programmable digital timer. I'm spoiled by that thing. I'd love to have one, but they run $50US or more. Plus, it's HUGE, about the same size as the Gralab that Wart posted (I know, 'cause I have one of those on my station, just in different colors).

I would like to have a 3-way digital, magnetic, count down / count up, with a memory funtion. I used to have a couple, but freaking Wally-world quit carrying them! And, they only cost like $9US when I bought them. The best I've seen are some two-way digitals. The magnets come off in about a month. My kids break them easily. I'm totally fed up.

Luckily, my microwave has a timer. I'm pretty good about setting the time for the longest item, and starting the second item at the right time so that it will be done at the same time as the first. I also have a watch, and can mentally keep track of how long something has cooked. And, like some folks have mentioned, use your nose!
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:37 AM   #34
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QSi's - THANKS! I've been looking for a timer I could hear for years. All these ****ed electronic things just ding and I never hear them. Same goes for my phone. I just never answer it - probably a telemarketer (pardon me - a "surveyer") anyway. Grumble, grumble, grumble.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:39 AM   #35
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OK, so what is the benefit to having a stand alone timer as opposed to the one built into my stove? What is a two way or three way digital? And why counting up and counting down?
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:28 PM   #36
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OK, so what is the benefit to having a stand alone timer as opposed to the one built into my stove? What is a two way or three way digital? And why counting up and counting down?
I don't have one built into my stove. I'm lucky to have one built into my microwave. I prefer to have a stand-alone, battery-powered timer, for those rare times when we don't have power for several days and I have to cook (I'm still applying lessons learned from last winter's ice storm).

"2-way" means that it can hold two different times, and count down to 0 on both times at the same time. "3-way" can hold three different times. I've found that for most household uses, a 2-way timer is good. Since I'm used to cooking MANY different things at once, I can utilize a 3-way timer. Where I work, when it's busy, I've seen ALL FOUR times on the 4-way digital in use, the Gralab on my station in use, and people manually keeping an eye on stuff using a clock or their watch, all at the same time.

"Count-down/Count-up" is a handy feature for those things that have a given cook time like 18 - 21 minutes. Normally, on a regular timer, I try to shoot for something in the middle of the two times listed. With a "Count-down/Count-up" , you could set the timer for 18 minutes, and when it starts to beep, it automatically starts to count up, so that you know how long it's cooked AFTER the 18 minutes were up. This feature is not necessary, but does come in handy.

I will admit that while I want a timer that most folks just don't seem to carry, I am making do without. I accredit that to lots and lots of practice in my career, and the fact that I seem to have a "built-in" timer in my head. I am always catching myself wondering, "how much longer is that timer going to run?", and when I look at the timer, I've got about a minute before it goes off. I do not rely on this, however.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:30 PM   #37
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Ahhh I see, thanks for the info!
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:09 AM   #38
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Lux wind-up timer, with the long ring Amazon.com: Lux 60 Minute Timer - White: Health & Personal Care

Why? Well, every branch of my family had one growing up, and I inherited one of those. After about 40 years, it conked out and I bought another one.

Inexpensive, reliable, durable.

Lee
Ditto, I have a Lux timer and a digital timer. I prefer the Lux timer, it does not require batteries.
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:28 PM   #39
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The TV. When commercials come on, it's time to check.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:57 PM   #40
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The TV. When commercials come on, it's time to check.
LOL!!

I made some apple walnut topping for ice cream last night.

The above is the timer I used.
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