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Old 12-16-2010, 05:36 AM   #1
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Needed good candy thermometer for fudge?

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Mom used to make fudge with the cold water soft ball method, she used the hersheys fudge recipe, very hard for me to make , then I tried the fantasy fudge recipe, much much easier recipe for success. I would like a good thermometer for fudge, I searched threads for candy thermometers and found none, I can't believe no one has ask, maybe I don't know how to search, when I did search candy thermometers, I came up with all kinds of stuff about candy ect, because everybody was telling others to use a good candy thermometer.

Can you recommend a good candy- fudge thermometer.

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Old 12-16-2010, 05:45 AM   #2
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Why make it hard on yourself?

Simple fudge takes 1 bag chocolate chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk and a dash of vanilla. Warm until chocolate is melted and pour into a greased baking dish or pan and chill.

There's no need to go through all that cooking, soft ball, hard ball stuff. You could, of course, but there are so many ways to goof it up.

The only way you could make the simple fudge better would be to buy more expensive chocolate to start with.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:47 AM   #3
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My go to Taylor cooking (50 to 550F) thermometer:
6087J12 Professional Kettle Thermometer

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http://www.taylorusa.com/restaurant-...ermometer.html

The 6084J12 from Wasserstrom is similar
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My go to Taylor cooking (50 to 550F) thermometer:
6087J12 Professional Kettle Thermometer

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Taylor USA | Professional Kettle Thermometer - Thermometers - Restaurant & Hospitality

The 6084J12 from Wasserstrom is similar
I have one with a similar clip. I can't figure out how to clip it to the pot so the end doesn't touch the side of the pot. Any ideas?
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:02 PM   #5
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I have one with a similar clip. I can't figure out how to clip it to the pot so the end doesn't touch the side of the pot. Any ideas?
So far, pairs of alligator clips and blue steel binder clips have been suggested.
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:12 PM   #6
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Perhaps you should retain the services of a local tin knocker?
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:54 PM   #7
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It's contact with the BOTTOM of the pan not the side that's uber critical:
When selecting a Candy and Oil Thermometer a few points to consider may be:
  • The ease with which the thermometer can be read
  • Types of display for the temperature readings such as centigrade, Fahrenheit, highest, lowest temperatures, and other relevant display options
  • The minimum depth of contents that can be read by the thermometer
  • The design of the thermometer so it can be kept from touching the pan bottom
  • Consider the potential for use in other cooking processes such as for cooking meats, baked goods, fried foods, jellies, jams, preserves, or other foods.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:34 PM   #8
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You may want to consider the paddle style thermometer. Paddle Candy & Deep Fry Thermometer - Thermometers & Temperature Probes

The benefit is in addition to temperatures, sugar cooking stages are marked - e.g. soft ball, hard ball etc.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:41 PM   #9
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I've read product reviews that complain about lack of permanence of the lettering / numbering on paddle types.
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It's contact with the BOTTOM of the pan not the side that's uber critical:
When selecting a Candy and Oil Thermometer a few points to consider may be:
  • The ease with which the thermometer can be read
  • Types of display for the temperature readings such as centigrade, Fahrenheit, highest, lowest temperatures, and other relevant display options
  • The minimum depth of contents that can be read by the thermometer
  • The design of the thermometer so it can be kept from touching the pan bottom
  • Consider the potential for use in other cooking processes such as for cooking meats, baked goods, fried foods, jellies, jams, preserves, or other foods.
Thanks Bill. I guess I'll just make sure it doesn't touch the bottom and quit worrying about it.
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