The first thing that should be done each day, before you start, is to TEST YOUR
THERMOMETER! To do: immerse therm. in cold water. Bring to a boil.

At sea level water boils at 212 degrees (on a sunny day.) If your water boils at 210 degrees, you should reduce the cooking time by 2 degrees. Most of the time, water boils here about 208 d. Try not to cook candies on a rainy day. The barometric pressure, when the air is heavy, holds the mercury in your thermometer down. "Make candy when the sun shines," motto of a good candy maker.

*I recommend a TAYLOR or WILTON thermometer. Use a thin (good quality) pan for candies that MUST STAY IN THE PAN for any length of time for cooling. If you leave the thermometer in the pan, you may notice the temp. rising even after the candy is removed from the stove.

<ul>[*]Your candy will burnif you usea heavy pan for candies. Use a HEAVY PAN for fudges, fondants, etc., that are to be dumped immediately.[/list]