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How to measure the surface temperature of my cast iron griddle?

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Is there a thermometer or gauge of some sort that enables one to know the the surface temperature of a cast iron griddle? If so, what is such a thing called? Do they work well?

Thank you!

~TDQ

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  1. infrared thermometer.

    http://www.safehomeproducts.com/shp2/...

    http://www.chefsresource.com/bonjour-...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Gee, that was fast! Why have I waited all this time to ask??? Thank you!

      ~TDQ

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Here's one infrared thermometer popular on Amazon that I saw mentioned as a good buy on a "deals" forum:

        http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          The one I use, on sale for $29.99, a weirdly handy thing to have around the house.

          http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invt...

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          But buy one from a tool supplier, not a cooking store, unless you want to pay 100 bucks for a 40 buck tool.

        3. Water and canola oil.

          It is generally ready to go for most uses when water sprinkled on the pan dances and skitters. If the water just boils away, the pan isn't hot enough, and everything will stick like crazy.

          The pan is just right for searing when the oil smokes. You could run the pan hotter, but you will just make lots of smoke and trash the seasoning.