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RE: CJV: "most thermometers are not accurate across their entire measurement range"

For purposes of measuring oven temperatures this doesn't matter much. The reason we need an oven temp gauge at all is because the dial settings aren't accurate. It's all relative.

Like you say, most thermometers aren't accurate accross their entire range, so knowing that an oven thermometer is accurate at 212 is pretty much irrelevant since we rarely use our ovens at such a low setting anyway.

To a scientist im the lab the accuracy of the measurements is critical. To a cook, they're just relative. The idea is for the food to get properly cooked, the method of measuring notwithstanding.

SB (has a cheap 12 year old GE oven and a $10 thermometer and no problems)

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