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Does my electric oven need to be calibrated?

The advantage is not having to make adjustments in baking to compensate for how your oven is different than the one in the recipe (allowing for the generous assumption that the writer of the recipe ...
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Undercooked areas in chicken breast even though thermometer reads 165 degrees in thickest part

If the raw spot was in a thin area, I'd suggest that it was caused by the pan frying method. A thin spot could leave a gap between the surface of the pan and the meat itself, and so not absorb much ...
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Best method to determine temperature while heating sugar

IR thermometers are not accurate enough for sugar work. They make some assumptions (like reflectivity of the surface) which are not exactly met in real life. My way of making small amounts of sugar ...
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Undercooked areas in chicken breast even though thermometer reads 165 degrees in thickest part

The only way to accurately assess done-ness is with a thermometer (though it is difficult to measure the temperature accurately in thin pieces of meat). Chicken can be pink, and also be cooked. ...
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Is the green button on this frozen young turkey breast to be removed before being cooked in a slow cooker?

That looks to me like a pop-out turkey thermometer, yes; it's basically a spring-loaded plunger that's stuck to itself with a food-safe adhesive that, at a certain temperature, unsticks, which means ...
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How accurate should a thermometer be?

If they provide the tolerance, and the product measures within that tolerance, it is an accurate tool according to the manufacturer. There is always some error...or potential error... in any type of ...
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How should I read a thermometer when it's got an extra indicator line?

The problem is that such gas bubbles tend to affect the shape of the liquid around them in unpredictable ways, so it's not sufficient to just try to "add" the small bit of liquid to the large one if ...
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Am I still overcooking whitebait, how to prevent it?

Fat/juice release and overcooking are not the same thing. Release of liquid (including a bit of fat/oil) is not just a sign of overcooking. Sous vide fish, even down in the 110-125F (43-52C) range, ...
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Are hardware store themocouples food safe?

You are correct to be concerned. In all likelihood, the hardware store thermocouple is not suitable for food use as it would contain metals you don't want to ingest. Here is a table of industrial ...
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How do professional chefs keep food thermometers clean between uses?

Most of the time, an instant read thermometer is wiped with a towel. Remember, these folks do this every day, all day. In kitchens where they are used (they are not used everywhere...they are ...
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How can a dutch oven reach 400°C on an electrical stove?

The 300 Celsius you refer to are the air temperature inside the oven. The energy in your oven is quite sufficient to heat a piece of metal to much over 300 (in fact, judging from the color I have seen ...
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Do you leave the oven thermometer inside the oven while you are baking?

In your case it's definitely worth leaving it in, because it will help you get to the bottom of whether things are burning because the temperature keeps rising during cooking. Oven thermometers are ...
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I have a water-logged meat thermometer (non-digital) How do I dry it out?

If water got in you can get it out. Your thermometer is the circular analog type and it has more than one piece. There's one piece with the probe and dial, and then there's a circular cover with the ...
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Should I trust my Instant Pot or my ThermPro digital thermometer for temperature?

Your digital thermometer may come with a calibrate function where you place it in either ice cold or boiling water and adjust accordingly. Once you have done this, compare the temperature with your IP ...
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Will cooking meat with the thermometer in affect the cooking time?

When oven roasting a 9 pound prime rib, I want to remove it from the oven at 120 I used a leave in thermometer from start to finish. When it 120, I removed it from the oven and took a second reading ...
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Trouble Measuring the Temperature of Meat

I don't have enough reputation to put this as a comment. Have you checked the calibration on your thermopen? The instructions are here Briefly: in ice water your thermopen should read 32F in ...
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If strring a 65c soup causes small fish to tear up, does it mean it's overcooked?

No, it's pretty much just a sign it's cooked. One of the common tests for doneness for fish is that the layers flake apart. For something that small, that means the whole fish can break up. It could ...
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4 thermometers, 4 readings

First, did you calibrate the thermometers to ensure they were reading correctly? If so, I would set the oven 25 degrees higher than your desired temperature and call it a day. It's not really ...
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Usage of a slow thermometer for roasts

This kind of thermometer is intended to remain in the piece of meat (or whatever) and delivers an accurate 1 reading during roasting without further procedure. Just stick it in the part of your roast ...
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How to use and is there a good thermometer for very small small fish?

Whitebaits are thin. If you are putting them into hot water or hot oil, it should take under a minute for the whole fish to reach the temperature of the surrounding liquid, assuming they are no ...
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Is there a specific thermometer to check soup temperature?

This is fine, albeit inconvenient Don't make contact with the bottom of the pot, for the reasons described. Stirring can help make the temperature more uniform. You could try a candy thermometer. But ...
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How to determine whether oven thermometer is accurate?

Use a pot of water! Find out the lowest temperature of your oven (needs to be at least below 212 F for it to work). Preheat the oven to this heat Heat water on the stove to a temperature let's say, ...
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I have a water-logged meat thermometer (non-digital) How do I dry it out?

I would strongly suggest disposing of it and replacing it. It is a device that you depend on for food safety which has (perhaps due to poor workmanship, as the majority of analog meat thermometers I'...
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What does the "operating range" of a thermometer mean?

The operating temperature range is the ambient (surrounding air) temperatures under which you can have the thermometer on, and it'll function properly (give correct readouts) and not excessively ...
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What does the "operating range" of a thermometer mean?

Looks like it means that the thermometer will function between 32 and 122 F. So, don't expect it to function if it's in your freezer and don't expect it to function properly at temps greater than 122 ...
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What does the "operating range" of a thermometer mean?

It's the range at which it will display an accurate reading. Or in some cases, any reading. Update : I guess the terminology is different for this thermometer, as it says "Guaranteed accuracy ±2°F ...
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Can I use meat thermometers to measure room and oven temperature?

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 ...
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Undercooked areas in chicken breast even though thermometer reads 165 degrees in thickest part

(one of) The problem when cooking a chicken breast is that it does not have a consistent shape, one part is thicker than the other. This will often result in either undercooking (thickest part) or ...
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Undercooked areas in chicken breast even though thermometer reads 165 degrees in thickest part

It is absolutely normal that the chicken is not the same degree of doneness throughout. The people who write guidelines know that and have accounted for that in their guidelines. It is not that ...
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How to maintain oil temperature when deep frying at home?

My meat thermometer can bear temperatures above deep frying ones so I just use that and I keep the tip "suspended" in the oil with the help of the pot's handle and the thermometer's own cable. An ...
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