What makes the Thermapen the best thermometer to use when working with sugar? How is it better than an old fashioned sugar thermometer? Is it worth the extra money just for a sugar thermometer? Today we’re weighing up traditional vs digital sugar thermometers.
You’ve guessed it; today we are talking about sugar! Working with sugar is something every keen baker may have to do from time to time. Whether you’re making a batch of homemade jam, toffee, hard boiled sweets, caramel or honeycomb – having a good thermometer is key to the process.
Here is an old fashioned sugar thermometer…
Although used for many years, the traditional confectionery style thermometer has its issues, for example:
It is slow to come to temperature, often taking upwards of 20 seconds to get an accurate reading
It is often inaccurate and falls out of calibration easily
The temperature gauge is often very hard to read, especially when over a steaming pot of jam
The glass can actually break, making your thermometer useless and ruining your confectionery in the process
The various nooks, crannies and crevices can easily cause seed crystal formation
Here is a Thermapen Professional. The Thermapen is the perfect modern thermometer for sugar temperatures and here is why…
Accurately measures temperature in just 3 seconds making it quick and convenient for time sensitive baking such as caramel
Patented 360° self-rotating display, can be used in any position, in either hand
The casing is washable and includes ‘Biomaster’ antimicrobroial technology that reduces bacterial growth
Motion-sensing sleep mode automatically turns the Thermapen on/off when set down or picked up
Waterproof to IP66/67 – perfect for quick washing up on the go
Intelligent backlit display sensing light levels, automatically turning the backlight on/off in varying light conditions (perfect for seeing the screen over a steamy pot)
Powered by a single AAA battery with a life expectancy of 3000 hours in normal use
Measures temperature over the range of -49.9 to 299.9 °C
Also perfect for measuring the temperature of chocolate, meat, sausages, oil, fish, egg dishes, puddings and more
Here is a quick video of Mary Cadogan teaching a group of food bloggers how to make modern small batch jam using our Thermapen Professional.
Here is a quick guide to sugar temperatures for you to remember when using your Thermapen!
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