DEDICATED TO TP SKAARUP AND HIS RECIPES
FOLKLORE ABOUT WEATHERFUDGE WEATHER FOLKLORE
LINK TO YOUR LOCAL WEATHER
WARNING: NEVER MAKE FUDGE WHEN IT'S RAINING
Traditional wisdom states that fudge shouldn't be made while it's
raining. And for the most part I agree.
Skaarup's First Rule of Fudge:
- WATER IS THE ENEMY OF FUDGE -
When it's raining outside the relative humidity (% atmospheric
saturation with water) is very high... the air just can't hold ANY more
water, so it rains.
When you make fudge, the make or break stage is the creation of a
setable sugar syrup. The whole purpose of the boil is to precisely
control the water content of the sugar-milk mixture. When the
atmospheric water is high (high relative humidity) then boiling
based upon TIME clearly won't work. Color won't be a good
indicator either. Only the Soft-Ball Test or Candy Thermometer will
For example, while in Texas I made several identical batches of
fudge in a row during a torrential Texas downpour. While the faulted
FANTASY FUDGE calls for a 5 minute boil (and my modification
calls for an 8 minute boil), I actually ended up boiling for 11
minutes and 17 minutes respectively using the Soft Ball Test as my
test of when to stop the boil. Both fudges set nicely and were
smooth and not grainy.
So while you can make fudge during a rainstorm, it requires more
work and a keen eye. If you're just learning to make fudge then
making fudge in the rain may not be a good idea.
It is my own personal opinion that the weather fickleness of fudge
can explain the geographic success and failure of fudge. In the
high-humidity environment of the Southeastern US fudge making is
quite difficult. In the rainy forests of the Northwest fudge is rarely
made. In the deserts of the Southwest mistakes can be made and
the fudge will still set. Perverse eh?
SNOW: MAKE FUDGE WHEN IT'S SNOWING
WHAT ABOUT SNOW? CAN I MAKE FUDGE WHEN IT'S
SNOWING? In general, yes. The cold air causes the water in the air
to freeze and form snow and ice. As a result the relative humidity is
LOW even while snowing. Snow should pose no special problem
to fudge making.
Fudge should be stored in an air-tight container between layers of
waxed paper. For a very arid environment (like the inside of a
refrigerator) it keeps the moisture in the fudge and maintains a
smooth, velvety texture. For a very moist environment it keeps the
excessive moisture out.
WEATHER MAP - YOUR LOCAL AREA
You can find your local weather report at Intelicast.com, click here.
If you don't know your elevation above sea level - call your city hall or
your local librarian. Adjustments to boiling temperatures and times
depend upon the altitude.
Or, Click this link to go to WorldAtlas.com to find your local elevation
above sea level.
Once you have your elevation, click here to go to csgnetwork.com
for a calculator to get the boiling point of water at your altitude.
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