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Maverick CT-03 Digital Oil & Candy Thermomter

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  • Digital thermometer with 14 pre-programmed settings for hot oil and candy
  • Signals with beeps and flashes when ideal temperature is reached
  • Large LCD monitor; splatter/heat shield; pivoting stainless-steel probe
  • Automatic shut-off after 3-1/2 minutes
  • Runs on AAA battery (included); wipes clean with damp cloth
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User Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.6 x 1.8 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000AQL25
  • Item model number: CT-03
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,510 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Equipped with 14 pre-programmed settings, this digital Maverick thermometer helps you achieve ideal results for both candy confections and fried treats. Plus, the simple operation means that you no longer have to stand by the stove and make estimates. In addition to helping get candy textures just right, the thermometer ensures that fried food cooks for the minimum time, so results are more crispy and less fatty.

Sturdily built with a stainless-steel splatter/heat shield, the thermometer features a 10-1/2-inch pivoting probe and a large LCD monitor. Simple icons guide pre-set use, while a handy temperature guide on the back helps out with measurements. Readings can be displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, and when the ideal temperature is reached, the monitor beeps and flashes. The unit comes with a sturdy clip for the side of the pot and wipes up clean with a damp cloth. Maverick also includes automatic shut-off and a low-battery indicator. The unit runs on a AAA battery, which is included. --Emily Bedard

Product Description

Digital Candy & Oil Thermometer


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Customer Reviews

Love this thermometer for candies...very accurate and easy to use.
Carla Herrmann
Beyond that, it appears the clip has been widened so even though this is very top-heavy it feels fairly stable on the pot I use for all my candy making.
Holy_Handgrenade
The designers need to ditch 14 presets, allow setting of alarms for any user-defined high and low temperature, and increase the text size.
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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful By George Seymour III on January 4, 2007
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As a professional chef, I get the opportunity to use a lot of cooking equipment. Most of the time I am somewhat disappointed with the limitations of certain items, especially digital thermometers. Usually they have too narrow a range, or only give numerical temperature or candy type. The Maverick, however, gives the user a lot of options for a great price. The extra long stem allows use in many types of vessels, the temperature can be read in either candy type or numeric (making the thermometer useful for frying also), and the heat shield protects the display from steam and splashes. Of course, there is the ability to switch between fahrenheit and celsius, and an overheat alarm that sounds when the oil is getting too hot. As you can see, this thermometer has a lot of extras that you don't often find in other products (at least not for this price). I certainly recommend it, as it is the best candy thermometer that I have ever used.
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382 of 422 people found the following review helpful By - on July 20, 2004
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This seems to be a well made product, and if not for one tremendous flaw I could somewhat recommend it.

The manufacturer got a the hardware design and functionally right. The temperature readings are very accurate. The view-screen tilts for easy reading, even on pots with sloping sides. And having the 14 most common candy and oil temperatures stored in the unit for easy selection is a nice addition, unfortunately it's also the Maverick's Achilles heel.

Because if you ever want to cook something at a temperature 'other' than those 14 presets, you may as well use a cheap analog thermometer. Unlike any other digital thermometer I've ever used, the Maverick does not permit setting of custom temperature alarms. You'll either use their 14 alarm presets or nothing at all.

Certainly the unit will display whatever temperature it is currently reading, but so can any $3 analog candy thermometer. In my mind, the primary purpose of a digital thermometer is to alert a cook when a specific temperature is reached. Not allowing the cook to set alarms at their chosen temperatures is a ridiculous and fatal defect.

The unit does have some issues even aside from that major flaw. The 14 available temperatures are selected from an LCD display, unfortunately the text on the display is very tiny it's awfully difficult to read. I have good eyesight, those suffering even moderate nearsightedness will be unable to read this display unassisted. This tiny-text problem seems also to a consequence of those 14 presets. If this thermometer worked like most other digital thermometers, the display would be more than big enough show 3 digit temperatures in huge lettering.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By ELB on December 5, 2004
I used this thermometer fewer than 10 times before it stopped working. For the most part, it no longer registers any temperature, and when it does it reads 75-100 degrees too cool. While it was working, I definitely preferred it to my analog candy thermometer because it was less bulky, but I certainly can't recommend it now.

The clip still works, though, and coupled with my wonderful Polder probe thermometer, I've got the best candy thermometer ever.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Improve It Now on August 22, 2009
If you're making fondant creams or fudge, which require cooling to 110 degrees F before stirring, this thermometer is USELESS. Per product instructions, "The unit turns off after 3.5 minutes if no buttons are pushed and temperature is below 130 degrees F". So how do you monitor the temperature as it cools below 130 degrees? By continually pressing the "on" button every 3.5 minutes, which is senseless and VERY inconvenient. Any company that knows the slightest thing about candy making knows that many candies need to cool to 110 degrees F before stirring. Producing a "candy" thermometer that shuts off below 130 degrees F is just plain stupid. You also cannot use this thermometer to temper chocolate because a range of 88 degrees F to 110 degrees F is required for chocolate tempering. Final note: thermometer is a bit top-heavy and tends to fall sideways.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By sweet dreams on May 18, 2005
I bought this thermomter after watching Goods Eats with Alton Brown, because when I make buttercream frosting I wanted to be able to clip on the thermometer to the pot and get an accurate reading. Well this themometer did a lousy job at staying clipped onto the pot, it kept falling off no matter how I put it on. I even tried using other pots, but no luck. I am so mad that I paid so much money for this crappy gadget, it sucks!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chef Fred on March 16, 2009
Yes, this is the thermometer Alton Brown used in his fudge episode. My first shock after getting this device was why Alton, king of single-tasker hatred, would use this when he uses his Polder digital thermometer for everything else? All you need is a clip to hold any typical digital probe in the pot. Plus, having a separate probe from the device, like the Polder, allows you to unplug and replace the probe if it breaks and the electronics stay safely away from the heat and moisture of what you are cooking. Also, the CT-03 is top heavy. Having a separate probe means with the Polder, you can leave the unit on the counter and have just the light probe in the pot with the heat resistant wire running off to your display unit.

My first Maverick CT-03 was off by 7 degrees as measured by boiling water and comparing all my thermometers. Being near sea level, they all measured within 1 degree of 212 degrees F. The first CT-03 measured 205. Also, when cooking bubbling candy, the bubbles and evaporation gave it a lot of trouble, the temperature was wild and often went down! I did keep the tip off the bottom and used a narrow pot to keep it properly submerged. Needless to say, the first batch of fudge was overcooked and ruined.

Other major limitations:

You can not set the temp alarm to a value you choose, you can only select from the small presets that some might find difficult to read. With carry over, you often want an alarm that is a few degrees below a certain temperature.

The presets just say things like "soft ball" instead of also listing the temp. If you want to know what they think "soft ball" is, you have to consult a sticker on the back.

There is a "max temperature reached" alarm, but no "minimum temperature reached".
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