Candy making generally requires the use of a thermometer. One of the biggest considerations when shopping around for the best sugar thermometer is the type of thermometer. While most people prefer to use a digital sugar thermometer due to many advantages it brings, a manual sugar thermometer also has its strong point over the digital one.
Although used for many years, the manual confectionery style thermometer has its issues. This post will show you the pros and cons of manual thermometer that may make your choice easier.
#1 The problems with manual sugar thermometer
The manual sugar thermometers contain mercury or spirit that goes up and down to indicate readings. They are either metal or glass made. The first drawback is that they are slow to come to temperature. You may have to wait for about a few minutes to get an accurate reading. By contract, the digital sugar thermometer should be able to render a reading in less than 10 seconds.
They are inaccurate and need to be calibrated frequently. After temperature range, you have to about the accuracy. The best digital thermometer will have a margin of error of 2 degrees or less.
Manual candy thermometers are often very hard to read as they do not contain display, especially when over a steaming pot of jam or attract steam and splatter.
They are clipped to the side of a pot, so they only measuring the temperature of your syrup at one point in the pot.
And the last one is most serious problems is that the glass can actually break, ruining your sugar.
#2 Advantages of manual sugar thermometer
Unlike digital, manual readout thermometers never need batteries to operate. A real plus if you consider about what happens if your thermometer dies during a crucial sugaring stage.
Manual thermometers are common and you can easy fine not only at confectionery store. One more advantage is that manual thermometers are much more cheaper than a digital one.
#3 Manual sugar thermometer using tips
Do not wash manual thermometers as it can knock your thermometers and throw them out of whack. It is better to hand wash them.
Since manual thermometer are cheap, you should keep standby thermometer in your kitchen. In the case if your thermometer is break when you are in the middle of a project, it’s always ideal to have a backup one.