Posted 9 years ago
A piece of Americana in Australia?
American Precision In The Kitchen!
I love the packaging of this item. I also love the enamel flag on the thermometer that accurately shows the 'doneness' of the meats. There are individual levels for "Fresh Pork", "Lamb", "Veal & Cured Pork", "Rare Beef", "Med. Beef" & "Well Done". Bring on MasterChef!
"The real secret to great cooking is a Taylor thermometer. Thermometers are the only way to ensure that foods are cooked to the proper temperature, your oven is calibrated to the correct degree, and that your refrigerator is keeping your food cold and safe. Taylor is and has been the leader in food thermometers, with expertise over 150 years strong. You can count on Taylor for accuracy, superior performance, and dependability. That is why Taylor is tools chef’s trust."
I suppose it is the bright orange of the thirties that caught my eye at the Salvo's in the first place.
The box gives details about the Patent 1984825 granted in 1934 and inside the clever articulated box are the printed instructions and spaces for thermometer and the metal testing skewer. I actually thought it was complete until I discovered researching it that I am missing the booklet that shows other thermometers in Taylor's line of instruments.
I love cooking and have lots of kitchen gadgets. This one I have actually never used. I don't believe it ever was used. Certainly I am reticent to use that skewer (that sometimes goes missing) and the condition of the enamel on the thermometer itself is too perfect to use. The red fluid used in the thermometer is Permacolor, a liquid vastly superior to colored spirit usually used. It is guaranteed to 'never fade'.
It seems that the Taylor Company still exists today and is known as Taylor Precision Products. The Taylor part of the company goes back to 1851. The company site says:
"What is known as Taylor Precision Products today actually started out as two separate companies that joined together in the 1990s.
In 1851, George Taylor started Taylor Instruments in Rochester New York. The company started out making instruments for the professional market, in a very small factory shop. They started out small, but their motto was (and still remains) “Accuracy First.”
It made altitude barometers for the fighter aircraft, and was also the standard of any aircraft made during this time. During WWII, the company became a critical supplier of their precision instruments, such as compasses, with all of their thermometers, hygrometers and barometers going to the war effort, none for consumer use. Although, the most interesting point of history for Taylor was its part in designing and manufacturing ultra-secret pressure instruments for the Manhattan Project (the atomic bomb)."