Originally Posted by Starkie
I am attempting my first batch of hard candy. I have a mold in the shapes of jewels, and I want to make different colors of gems. After I make my candy, flavor and color, what is the best way to get it into the molds without spilling everyone everywhere? And how long will it take until I can remove the candy from the mold? Finally, what is the best way to store the rest of the (hot liquid) candy until my mold is free again?
Thanks so much!
1) Do NOT
use plastic unless absolutely sure it will not melt at the high temps that sugar is -- not mention very hard to hold with well oven mitten covered hands. -- the squeeze bottles are made of a soft low-temp plastic. if you check at the various sights on the net that sell them you will find that they are normally rated to 140 degrees -- not even half the temp the sugar will be.
don't be fooled by "dishwasher safe" -- max temp in most dishwashers (and that is commercial ones) is 180 degrees. Most home ones hit about 140-160. Still WAY below the temp the sugar will be at.
sugar at hard crack stage (one used for most hard candies) is at 300 to 310 degrees -- even hotter than boiling water -- can easily get a 2nd degree and even 3rd from it!
2) use METAL --- the metal basters will work as will a spoon or metal pot w/ a pour spout -- but again -- protect your hands --