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Selecting Oven Thermometers
Oven thermometers, also known as kitchen thermometers, are an essential tool in the kitchen. Because cooking is a major part of a family's meals, it's important to have accurate temperatures at all times. While it is possible to use pre-programmed oven thermometers, nothing can be as precise as an electronic one. The good news is that you don't have to buy an expensive model to get great readings.
An oven thermometer is designed to measure the temperature of a particular oven, even if it's a small one. This type of thermometer is perfect for when you're baking foods like breads, cookies and cakes because it can easily be used to monitor the inside temperature of the oven. These devices come in different sizes and uses.
Size One of the most common sizes for oven thermometers is the tea-ball variety. The tea ball can be inserted into the oven and left there to cool while the digital display shows the exact temperature. Since a tea ball is so small, it can be difficult to see the internal heating elements. If you're baking a big meal, you may be able to see them better with the aid of a bigger thermometer. However, small food items tend not to heat as evenly as larger ones.
Uses Some home bakers use these types of thermometers to keep an eye on their oven's temperature. Once the oven has reached the pre-set temperature, these thermometers can be set to show the normal operating temperature. They are handy when using the oven for other purposes, such as baking pies, cakes and brownies. They are very convenient to have around the house because they can be taken with you on family outings and vacations.
Cost Generally, these types of thermometers are relatively cheap compared to other types of oven thermometers. You can easily find them for less than $30, especially if you shop around online. Since they come in a wide range of prices, you should be able to find a model that will fit within your budget. If you have a large oven, you may want to consider getting a multifunctional model that can also measure the temperature and humidity.
Additional Features Some models have additional features that are useful for those who are baking a lot of different foods. For instance, some of them can read different types of foods better than others. If you plan on baking cookies, cakes or breads, you'll probably want digital multimeters with an LCD display. Other types of thermometers are designed better for convection oven cooking. If you want to cook other specialty foods, such as fish, you'll probably need a model that can monitor this type of food more accurately.
Types of Oven Thermometers There are a number of different styles and types available when it comes to using oven thermometers. These include digital ones, which read the temperature directly from the oven and have additional features that allow you to monitor specific areas of the oven. There are thermometers that work with an infrared thermometer that can read the temperature of a hot surface without having to actually touch the surface. These thermometers can also measure the inside temperature of an enclosed container and alert you if the temperature has gone out of control. The infrared thermometers also have a special feature that will turn the heat up so that the container is heated to the appropriate temperature for baking.
It's important that you select the right type of thermometer for your specific situation. This is particularly important if you are going to be using the device a lot. You don't want to get a cheap digital thermometer that can only monitor the temperature of the air in your oven. Instead, you want to get one that reads the temperatures of various objects in an oven, such as breads and cakes. This way, you can ensure that you are getting consistent results and can ensure that your baked goods are correctly cooked.