"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories > Cook's Tools
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-05-2016, 04:48 PM   #11
Head Chef
 
RPCookin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Logan County, Colorado
Posts: 2,048
Quote:
Originally Posted by jd_1138 View Post
Yep, having the proper tools is especially important for beginners. Using junky tools makes things harder, and you'll end up replacing them more often than a quality tool.

I am not a professional mechanic, but I have a toolbox of SK Tools because they feel better in the hands than Craaftsman/HF stuff. Did you keep all your tools when you retired as a machinist?
The machinist specific tools I sold to guys in the shop, since I wasn't going to need them any more. My 3 Mitutoyo micrometers (0-1, 1-2, and 2-3) were bought in 1975, and were as good when I sold them in 2006 as when I bought them new. They were top of the line when I got them. I kept my hand tools and a few others that can be used outside of the shop.
__________________

__________________
Rick
RPCookin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 04:56 PM   #12
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Moselle MS
Posts: 408
I don't now a lot but I know some stuff. The correct tool for the job makes your life easier and your results better.
__________________

__________________
LizStreithorst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 07:02 PM   #13
Sous Chef
 
kitchengoddess8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 873
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sir_Loin_of_Beef View Post
I have an instant read thermometer in my kitchen tools crock, a clip on the edge of the pot thermometer in the utensil drawer that can be used for candy making or deep frying, and two of those 'the probe goes inside and the readout stays outside' thermometers in the bottom drawer next to the stove (one for the turkey and one for the stuffing).

Which brand and model do you have?


Sent from my iPhone using Discuss Cooking
__________________
kitchengoddess8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 07:04 PM   #14
Sous Chef
 
kitchengoddess8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 873
Thermometer, use one for all or have 2?

Quote:
Originally Posted by RPCookin View Post
To be honest, having good tools can help to make you a better cook. I was a journeyman machinist before I retired, and I learned the value of good tools. You can often make do with less, but having better tools usually means they are more accurate and more durable, as long as you don't abuse them too severely.

Maybe so but $59 is a bit much for me to spend on one tool right now.


Sent from my iPhone using Discuss Cooking
__________________
kitchengoddess8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 07:19 PM   #15
Sous Chef
 
kitchengoddess8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 873
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
The glass candy thermometer is a specialized tool. It's made specifically for making candy. Not sure of the reason it's "better". Specialized tools usually are.

That's helpful to know, Andy. I noticed that most of the thermometers online that are described as made specifically for candy are glass.


Sent from my iPhone using Discuss Cooking
__________________
kitchengoddess8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 07:44 PM   #16
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,893
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
RP, I have a Chef Alarm too and love it. (Mine is blue). I actually use it most as a timer. I love that it tells me how long it's been since it started making noise.

An instant read thermometer is not ideal for candy making or deep frying, because you can't really leave it in the candy or oil. Sure, you can use one in a pinch, but the ones you can leave in are more useful.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 07:56 PM   #17
Sous Chef
 
kitchengoddess8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 873
Quote:
Originally Posted by taxlady View Post
RP, I have a Chef Alarm too and love it. (Mine is blue). I actually use it most as a timer. I love that it tells me how long it's been since it started making noise.

An instant read thermometer is not ideal for candy making or deep frying, because you can't really leave it in the candy or oil. Sure, you can use one in a pinch, but the ones you can leave in are more useful.

Basically I'm going to be using it to make sure my cocoa butter doesn't exceed 100 degrees when melting. Why wouldn't the thermometer I bought work for that?


Sent from my iPhone using Discuss Cooking
__________________
kitchengoddess8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 09:55 PM   #18
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,893
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitchengoddess8 View Post
Basically I'm going to be using it to make sure my cocoa butter doesn't exceed 100 degrees when melting. Why wouldn't the thermometer I bought work for that?


Sent from my iPhone using Discuss Cooking
It will work just fine. You even bought a thermometer that can be left in the butter. I'm just saying that the kind you can leave in the liquid are handier. Instant read will work too, but you will have to keep sticking it back in the butter or hold it in the butter with your hand.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 09:27 PM   #19
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Seattle
Posts: 185
My main thermometer for the last 30-odd years is the Taylor Precision Products Digital Cooking Thermometer/Timer. I first reviewed it on Amazon more than 20 years ago, and I've updated it several times.

My review is easy to find, because it's the first of thousands, but in short, once you know its limitations (and have a spare probe on hand: they sometimes don't last long), it's a reliable tool. I can't understand why they haven't yet come up with a probe cord that can handle more than 392F, because I often exceed those temperatures. I like to stick it in the centre of what I'm cooking and leave it there ready to alarm me when it reaches the temperature I set.

I've tried cordless remote thermometers, but have never found a reliable, simple one. I don't use "instant-read" thermometers, because the Taylor only takes five seconds to give an accurate temp. The only other thermometer I use is a $20 infra-red one that is accurate up to 900F, but I've pegged even that one with my pizza oven. It also has the great advantage of coming with a laser pointer, so I can also literally drive the cat up the wall.

Oops: I sometimes also use my $200 Auber PID controller as a lab-quality thermometer, but its main job is running my smoker. (While getting that link, I discovered they now also make a thermocouple dual-probe thermometer for less than $200 in which the probe is rated up to 900F. I's gonna git me one of dose, ya betcha.)
__________________
outRIAAge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 09:36 PM   #20
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Seattle
Posts: 185
Hah! As soon as I posted the above, I went back to look at the new themocouple controller, and found that they have a photograph of the exact setup I will be using it for.

__________________

__________________
outRIAAge is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.