Best Thermometer for Boiling Water?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by gatrapper, May 11, 2016.

  1. gatrapper

    gatrapper Out Of The Brooder

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    What would be the best thermometer to use to check the temperature of my scalding water?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Any metal thermometer that is designed for that temperature range. Check it's accuracy with boiling water. My digital is 2 degrees low not that that would mean much but they can be off by a lot. No big deal as you know what to add or remember what temp that thermometer works best at plucking. You've got to be 155 F or it's a losing battle. I get the water 155-160 F and dunk, swish, lift and repeat until the largest feathers pull with no effort what so ever.
     
  3. gatrapper

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    Is there a specific brand? I have been reading reviews on Amazon and there isn't one with great reviews.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    It doesn't really mater. I have a digital Accurite meat thermometer I'd bought at Wallyworld years ago. Also have a longer analog that came with the turkey fryer and pot combo. I use the Accurite as it's closer to actual temp and shorter and just easy to carry around. I don't even remember the calibration of the analog as it's been so long since I used it. Will need to use it again eventually as the digital is on it's way out. I use it for maple sugaring and it's having a hard time turning on now that its well coated in sticky residue. Lasted me four years now and was only $9. Would have lasted longer if I'd only used it to check meat temp and water. The other will do fine once calibrated again so I know how far off it reads but not as exacting for sugaring. And that doesn't matter anymore as I finally broke down and purchased a syrup hydrometer.

    Long story short: I recommend a dirt cheap Accurite digital meat thermometer from Walmart. Calibrate it to boiling water. Looks like they are $10 now.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Digital-Meat-Thermometer-00641W/14913168
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2016
  5. MichaelZ13

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