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Can you measure the oven temperature or room temperature for things like proofing bread when better alternatives are not available? How accurate will it be?

I have a TheromoWorks Thermopop which I heard good things about. Just writing this to know if it matters.

  • This? amazon.com/… -50 to 300°C (+/- 1°C) It should be good for both purposes However, the plastic, the battery and the circuit board will not hold up to oven temps. The device is for poking, measuring, and removing from your roast, not leaving in until it's done. – Wayfaring Stranger Feb 12 '16 at 16:27
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A meat thermometer is a device that can be left in food in the oven, the thermapop is not a meat thermometer because the plastic casing and electronic are not oven safe. If you put your thermapop in the oven and left it there you'd destroy it. You could use it to measure air temperature outside the oven without a problem, although you'd use up the battery quickly if you left it on constantly.

The two most widely available meat thermometer types are mechanical ones which stick into the meat and have a dial you can read, and electronic ones which have a probe on a wire which goes into the meat in the oven. Either type can be used to measure oven temperature, you just put the probe in the oven without being in meat.

Given how dirt cheap oven thermometers and room thermometers are these days there's not much net gain though, you may as well invest a small amount of money in the right tool for the right job.

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  • Could I however measure low temperatures like 60c and lower just to see if my yeasts wont die? – Bar Akiva Feb 12 '16 at 10:25
  • I'd think so, you may want to look at the manufacturer's recommendations. It's the body of the thermometer you need to be careful of, not the probe. The probe is designed to take high temperatures. You could put it in cooked meat without any problem, just not in the oven itself – GdD Feb 12 '16 at 13:15

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