I picked this oven thermometer from Pantry Magic, the day when I was there to attend an ice cream demo.
I had read from the bakery books the inportance to have a calibrated oven so that we know we are baking our stuff at an appropriate temperature. Mine is the Brandt oven so I never doubt its ability to churn up the right amount heat. Given the mindset, this thermometer was more of a novelty to me then a necessity. It's time to affirm my trusty oven, I thought.
When I chucked it in my oven for play-play last week, I came to realised that the temperature of my oven was actually lower than it actually is. The knob says 180C but the reading on the little round face says 165C... surprise surprised.
How I managed to get away in the past is anyone's guess.
Apart from the lower actual temp of oven, I also get to the exact amount of time taken for the oven to reached the designated temperature. Now I no longer need to tikam-tikam when come to heat matter.