A good candy thermometer is essential to making quality candies.
I dusted off my ancient candy thermometer and put it to the test.
Did you know you should test your candy thermometer EVERY time you make candy?
I didn't know that, so here goes....
Get a small pan with enough water to cover the tip of the thermometer bulb. Make sure the bulb is NOT touching the bottom of the pan.
Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes.
What you are looking for is the boiling point for water in your area.
Water boils at 212°F at sea level, so let's take a look at what my thermometer says ...
Get down at eye level and try to read it....
This candy thermometer reads in 5° increments, making it more difficult to get an accurate reading.
I'm gonna say 209°F is my boiling point, because of the altitude that I live in. (4500 feet)
All candy recipes are written at sea level (212°F), so I need to SUBTRACT 3° from all the recipes.
That little piece of knowledge may explain why I have not been successful in some of my candy making ventures...
Did you know that there are candy thermometers that measure in 2° increments, making it much easier to read and more accurate than 5° increments?
|Taylor Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer|
There's even digital thermometers ... I'm going to hunt down a new thermometer and let you know what I find!
|CDN Digital Candy Thermometer|