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How to Test the Accuracy of Your Thermometer

An accurate thermometer is crucial to your cooking and baking success! Thermometers come in handy for all types of recipes, from frying and testing meat for doneness to baking bread and making candy. Here's an easy way to test your thermometer for accuracy—no special equipment required!


Check the accuracy of your thermometer by testing it in boiling water. Insert the thermometer stem about 2 inches into a pot of boiling water (don’t touch the bottom of pan). It should read 212°—the boiling point of water. If you live at a high altitude, the boiling temperature will be about 2° lower for every 1000 feet you are above sea level.

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