Double boiler is used for melting a substance where we do not want to provide direct heat for fear of getting the substance burnt or scorched. It is usually used for melting chocolates. Depending on the recipe, it can be used for a variety of uses. Although there are store bought double boilers that are flooding the markets, but this is one such arrangement that can be easily made at home. If you use it quite regularly then it is best to buy one. But if you use it occasionally, then it’s better to learn to make one up at home. This is how a double boiler looks like.
Now we will replicate the same at home. All you need is a pan with water and a Pyrex glass bowl that fits inside the pan.
Steps to making a homemade double boiler:
1. Take a pot with a little water, preferably 1/4th – 1/2 cup depending on the size and fit of your glass bowl. The distance between the bottom of the glass bowl and the water should be around 2-3 inches. Our aim is to heat using steam.
2. Let the water boil.
3. Now reduce heat to minimum, and place the glass bowl onto the pot of simmering water.
4. Add the ingredients required for melting.
It is very important to see that the glass bowl fits perfectly and isn’t loose on the pot.
There you go! Your homemade double boiler is ready.