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Thermometers for deep frying

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#1 BrooksNYC

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

I've a recipe that calls for deep frying the ingredients when the oil "begins to shimmer, but before it smokes." This being the first time I've ever deep fried anything, I'd sooner rely on the precision of a thermometer than risk screwing up the recipe.

My candy thermometer (steel, glass, mercury) handles temperatures up to 400 F:
Is there any reason I couldn't use a candy thermometer for deep frying? For that matter, what about my instant-read thermometer?

Common sense tells me that temperature is temperature, and that any cooking thermometer should work. If I'm wrong about that, I'd appreciate your input! Thanks.

#2 patrickamory

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:44 PM

I use both candy thermometers and instant read thermometers for deep frying.

Any cooking thermometer that can take the heat will work. Just be sure you have a steady hand.

#3 pbear

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:50 PM

FWIW, that's the kind I use. (Mine is a Taylor.) For deep frying, it's simple, reliable and easily clipped to the side of the pan.

#4 Paul Bacino

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

IR Gun.. its what I use all the time.. close counts in this one!! FOR ME..

I'm sure it depends on the color and refraction of the vessel..

But safe and works for me..

Edited by Paul Bacino, 15 November 2012 - 09:27 PM.

Its good to have Morels

#5 BrooksNYC

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:38 PM

Appreciate your help. Thanks kindly, all.