We use our cooking thermometer on a regular basis for yogurt, home brewing, roasting meats etc. At times I have wondered if it is accurate. Have you? Well, now you don’t have wonder it is super easy to calibrate a dial thermometer yourself!
(Written instructions are below the infographic with a photo of the process.)
Written Steps for Calibrating your Dial Thermometer.
- Fill a glass with crushed ice water and water. Let it sit a minute or two until the slurry is a consistent temperature throughout (32F/0C) OR Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil (212 F/ 100 C)
- Insert the thermometer a minimum of 2 inches for the type with the dial. Keep the metal probe away from the bottom or sides.
- Allow time for to complete the temperature reading. It should be 32 degrees. If it’s within +/-2 degrees that’s close enough, you have an accurate thermometer!
- If you thermometer reading is off more than that, keep the probe in the slurry of ice and water and use a wrench to hold and turn the hex bolt below the dial until the temperature reading is correct.
TIP: Calibrate your thermometer when it’s new, been dropped or just once a year.
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