118 Modern Timers, Thermometers and Scales

Time, temperature and weight are crucial measurements in the culinary world. Kitchen timers will ensure you don’t burn your meal, while a food thermometer will let you know your meat is thoroughly cooked. A kitchen scale, another handy contraption, will measure out the perfect portions. Using these three kitchen-specific measuring tools together will help you master your favorite recipes, so read on to find out which digital timer, cooking thermometer or modern food scale will work best for you. More 
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What features are included in a kitchen timer?
Mechanical kitchen timers generally wind up and let you time anything up to an hour. They can be very basic looking or playful, like a cow or chicken, and always make a very satisfying “ding” sound when the time is up. If you are looking to time multiple dishes, try an easy-to-read digital timer that lets you set numerous countdowns, even to the exact second. Specialized options, like an egg timer or teatimer, are programmed to help you make a perfectly boiled egg or cup of tea.

What type of food thermometer do I need?
Undercooked meat can be dangerous to eat, so an accurate digital meat thermometer is a must if you cook lots of roasts or steaks. If you’re impatient, look for an instant-read thermometer to get quick results. If sugary sweets are your thing, a candy thermometer is super handy to know which stage the sugar solution is in. A sugar thermometer can also be used to measure hot oil in deep fryers. Older stoves, which can be less accurate in their temperature settings, benefit from an oven thermometer to guarantee accurate cooking temperatures. A BBQ or grill thermometer is ideal for knowing how hot your grill is getting — don’t burn those burgers!

What do I look for in a kitchen scale?
A digital food scale will be more precise in measuring dry ingredients than measuring cups or spoons. They are great for avid bakers who need to measure exact weights. If you’re going to use it to keep track of your food intake for dietary purposes, look for digital kitchen scales that provide nutritional information as well. For a less expensive option that doesn’t require batteries or electricity, mechanical food scales will get the job done.
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