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.

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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.

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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.


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Review: Rude Health – The Beetroot

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

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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)

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Selling points:

  • Gluten free
  • No refined sugars
  • Dairy free

Ingredients:
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. 

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