Review: Kitchen Craft Thermometer

KITCHEN CRAFT Home Made Cooking Thermometer, bought online 2 years ago, from an online kitchen and cooking supplies store.  At the time it cost R99 (± US $7.50 at current rates).
It is currently still sold on the site and has mix reviews, with an average of 4 stars. (Maybe I just got a dud?)

I  have only attempted to use it 2 -3 times. On all those occasions I had also uses the ball test for syrups, (Drip the boiling syrup into a bowl of cold water. The consistency of ball the syrup forms tells you whether the syrup has reached the desired state), just to be safe.


On the plus side,  design wise, the thermometer has both Celsius and Fahrenheit markings. There is a reference on the back for at which temperature certain items should be boiled/ fried/ cooked.  According to the site, this is a mercury-free thermometer.


The clip which is supposed to secure the thermometer to pots completely loose and just slips off the thermometer. I could probably just toss it in the garbage.

I tried testing the temperature gauge by placing the thermometer into boiling water (water boils at 100 ° C), but the not-mercury failed to rise to 100°.  Perhaps it only works with more viscous liquids, but I couldn’t see why I shouldn’t work in water.

The one or two times when I boiled syrups, the not-mercury level took ages to register… and when making something that merely has to reach a certain temperature and then has to be removed from heat, this could be a problem.

This thing now just sits in my pantry. The only reason I haven’t thrown it out, is because I’m not sure its safe for the environment to throw it in the trash.

Am I missing something about glass thermometers? Should I try a different brand or a different type of cooking/ candy thermometer?

Thumbs down.

©lowercase v 2017


Review: Rude Health – The Beetroot

A 35g  beetroot snack bar. Price R19.50 (± US $1.45)


The Beetroot is quite a nice tasting candy bar. It tastes like a date and nut bar. The beet doesn’t seem to add an distinct taste, which is fine by my. Beetroots are super healthy, but I hated them as a child.

What I like about this bar is that it contains 4 ingredients and doesn’t have added sugar. I would eat it again, but I probably won’t buy it on a regular basis. Like most health-food-snacks it is a bit on the expensive side, though it was not the most expensive snack bar in the store.

Best thing on the wrapper: “Gotcha. Caught you reading under the flap of a Beetroot bar. That’s hardcore. There’s a place for people like you.” (followed by social media info)


Selling points:

  • Gluten free
  • No refined sugars
  • Dairy free

Dates, cashews, beetroot, sunflower seeds.

Per bar: 135kcal, 5.2g fat (0.9g saturated) , carbs 18g ( 16.2g sugars), 1.9g fibre, 3.1g salt, 0.073g salt. 

©lowercase v 2017