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    Spins a thread......What does this mean?

    paula giles
    Thu Dec 20, 2001 1:08 pm
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    I'm making candy, and thank all of you who gave me candy recipe, but, am having trouble understanding something. I am making pecan brittle and it says to cook sugar, syrup, and pecans until thread spins. I dont know what to do. Help!!!!Paula
    Miss Erin
    Thu Dec 20, 2001 2:07 pm
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    I got out my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cook book and checked out the pictures. These are the definitions that concerned "threads"

    Thread stage is 230-233F: when a teaspoon is dipped in the mixture then removed the candy falls off the spoon in a fine, thin thread.

    Soft-Crack stage 270-290F: when dropped into cold water, the candy separates into hard but pliable and elastic threads

    Hard-Crack stage 295-310F: when dropped into cold water, the candy separates into hard brittle threads that snap easily

    The recipe for peanut brittle in this cookbook tells you to cook it until the hard-crack stage.
    Hope this helped!
    paula giles
    Fri Dec 21, 2001 9:07 am
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    Erin,
    Thank you so much, you are a sweetheart, your info clears this up for me. Thanks again. Paula
    Miss Erin
    Fri Dec 21, 2001 9:09 am
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    You are very welcome.
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