Yogurt is easily one of the healthiest snack options that you can eat. It is packed with protein (great for those who count their macros), usually low in sugar, and rich in healthy fats.
My choice? Spirit’s digital thermometer at Amazon.
Because of that, it is no wonder that yogurt has become such a popular snack option.
Unfortunately, yogurt is becoming unbelievably expensive, so it isn’t really a snack that everybody can spend the amount of money it costs to eat it on a daily basis.
An acceptable alternative to purchasing yogurt by the boatload is to make your own yogurt at home. Personally, this is an option I like a little better for a couple of different reasons. First, it cost much less money than the packaged stuff. Second, and more importantly in my view, it gives you more control over what you put into your body.
In order to make yogurt properly, you will need some tools, one of which is a thermometer to make sure you have the milk at the proper temperatures during the different steps of making yogurt.
Today we will look at a few different thermometers that are perfect for making yogurt.
PBKay Digital Cooking Thermometer
Sure, this is billed as a meat thermometer, but it will work just as well for making yogurt. It has a stainless steel clip on the probe so that you can connect it to your pot to monitor the temperature of your milk the entire time you are making your batch.
It has an added benefit of being able to measure external temperatures as well (in case you ever need it). The PBKay thermometer is a digital thermometer that uses a single LR44 battery, which comes included with your purchase.
The LCD display is easy to read and shows the temperature of your milk quickly; it is also water resistant (no need to worry about the display being damaged from the steam). The probe is the perfect size for medium to larger sized pots and reads temperatures ranging from -58 degrees to 572 degrees Fahrenheit. The thermometer can read both Celsius and Fahrenheit.
Should you get this thermometer?
This is clearly a good thermometer for multiple uses, and that is why I would recommend it to anyone needing a thermometer for making yogurt. It is capable of reading a wide range of temperatures making it useful in several different moments.
Spirit Digital Cooking Thermometer
This thermometer from Spirit has an instant-read probe that is perfect for extra large pots because of how long it is. It uses an AG13 1.5V battery that comes included with the thermometer when you purchase it. It also has a battery saving feature that will automatically shut the thermometer off after 10 minutes of inactivity.
It has an LCD screen that is very easy to read and measures temperatures ranging from -58 degrees Fahrenheit all the way to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, with the ability to switch to Celsius. The probe on this thermometer is an incredible 5.9 inches and will easily fit in even the largest of pots. This also means that you won’t have to put your fingers anywhere near the heat, so you no longer have to worry about burning yourself when measuring temperatures.
It is made from high-quality stainless steel, making it extremely durable, and not at all sensitive to heat (in the sense that it won’t melt). It will also have a tidy clip included so you can clamp the thermometer to the pot you are using, making it easy to keep constant track of the milk temperature.
This thermometer also has a 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed.
Should you get this thermometer?
I would say this thermometer is one of the better ones you can find for what we are using it for. I really like that it has such a large probe because it allows you to use deeper pots, even if you aren’t making that much yogurt. The fact that you never have to worry about burning yourself to measure the milk’s temperature is nice as well.
Euro Cuisine TM26 Thermometer
This is a great thermometer for measuring the temperature of yogurt. It is small, compact, and will fit into any pot you are cooking with. It even has a pocket case included with your purchase.
It has a dial on the top that will display temperatures ranging from 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also re-calibrate it by simply twisting the hexagonal hub using a pair of pliers.
This also has a clip that you can use to hold the thermometer to the pan the yogurt is being cooked in.
Should you get this thermometer?
The Euro Cuisine TM26 is a thermometer that is specifically geared toward making yogurt. It isn’t capable of reading a large range of temperatures compared to the others we looked at, but that isn’t necessary for what we are using it for.
I wouldn’t say that the clip is handy on this because the probe is a little on the shorter side. Because of that, if you do use this thermometer I would recommend making your yogurt in a shallow pot.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the measurement range?
This depends on the type of the thermometer you get.
The battery powered thermometers are able to read a higher temperature because they are not restricted by the space on the display in the same way.
Some argue that the dial on the non-digital thermometers like the Euro Cuisine are more accurate, so if you don’t trust the technology inside the digital thermometers like the Spirit the Euro Cuisine may be for you!
The digital thermometer listed here can measure temperatures from -58°F to +572°F, while the non-digital one can only read temperatures from 60°F to 220°F.
Do I have to hold the thermometer?
Holding a thermometer over a pot of hot liquid can be dangerous, uncomfortable, and tedious.
The Spirit Thermometer comes with a clip to hold the thermometer to the side of the pot so you don’t have to hold it yourself, unfortunately the Euro cuisine does not and you have to hold it.
If this is a big deal to you, then go with the Spirit Thermometer for your convenience.
I was told metal will kill the bacteria in the yogurt, but every thermometer I find is metal it seems. Is this a myth?
This is 100% a myth. Most thermometers are going to be metal to be able to withstand the temperatures you want to measure.
I’m not sure where this yogurt myth came from, but it’s false, so don’t worry about your yogurt getting killed by the metal thermometer.
It’s important to keep an eye on the temperature of the yogurt, as if it overheats it can ruin all the hard work you put in to making yourself a tasty treat!
Is it dishwasher safe?
Never put a thermometer in the dishwasher, digital or otherwise.
Of course a digital thermometer will get ruined in the dishwasher. If you put the non-digital thermometer in the dishwasher it can ruin the dial and its ability to read temperature accurately.
Simply wash the thermometer with a bit of soap and hot water, wipe it dry and put it away!
What are the dimensions?
The Digital thermometer is a 9.4 inches long! This one will work best with a deeper pot and provide a more accurate temperature. The handle is less than an inch in each direction.
The Euro Cuisine is 6 inches long, a few inches shorter than the Spirit thermometer and better for shallow pots. If you try to use this on in a deep pot you have the issue of it not reaching the center of the liquid. The dial is about 2 inches across, making it easy to read.
Wrap – Up
Making yogurt from home is a good way to save money and have more control over what you put into your body. There is a steep learning curve, but getting a thermometer that is accurate and consistent enough to keep track of the milk temperature will make it much easier for you.
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