Items are showing up when you least expected them. Or should I say it slams in front of your face by surprise. I roamed around two department stores, spent half day, and never saw any thermometer. I’d been thinking of buying it from online store but the low balance of my debit card was holding me back.
After a week, I stopped via SM Hypermart Tagaytay looking for something else, an oven lighter and some hand tools. In this encounter, I found what I was previously looking for, a small dial type thermometer, which I am planning to use for chocolate tempering practice. Just when I was about to do a COD order from Lazada, I found a cheaper alternative for only 149 pesos – compared to 450 plus delivery fee.
It is a small Smart Chef’s brand thermometer. It has a magnified 1 inch diameter dial face for easy reading. A 5 inches pointed probe. A carrying case which could be easily clipped in clothing. Reads from 0 to 220 Farenheit only. Those who love the Centigrade will have to memorize the conversion formula or should have a conversion table in hand. What I never like is the lack of adjustment screw. It should be pretty accurate for the lack of feature.
I never tried doing the calibration testing yet but it seems the dial is fast acting.
The thermometer is now dormant on our kitchen wall. I stop using it for several reasons. The dial is at rest at 91 F. A reading somewhere near the tempering cycle. I have to be keen on watching every slight dial movement or the tempering cycle is screwed. It often result to bad batch. Maybe I was real bad with tempering before that I was blaming it on this poor device.
The dial movement was not as fat as I thought. Yeah, it was fast because I tested it before with nearly boiling water. However, for my application, the pointer only need to move a little, I found it too slow.
I needed to wipe the probe clean with every measurement. I must measure a lot so I must also clean it a lot. It was not convenient
Later, I bought infrared thermometer. It is fast and non contact. I can do measurement as many times as I want throughout the process.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.