This is a guide to creating your own double boiler. Many cooking, baking and other projects (like candle making) that require heat use double boilers to apply this heat in a more balanced, delicate and indirect manner. There are double boilers available for purchase, but the truth is creating one is a very easy process requiring only basic household items.
So let’s begin!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1) A stove
2) A larger container for water to be heated in. Saucepans or large pots are ideal for this.
3) A smaller, interior container to house what you’d like to heat. Glass or metal bowls large enough to fit halfway into your larger pot are ideal when you want to increase the heat very delicately (sometimes needed in cooking practices). Coffee tins or smaller bowls that float in the water are fine if the heating process doesn’t need to be so delicate (like in candle making). It’s very important this container has no parts to it that are flammable or may melt.
4) Oven mitts, for handling your containers when hot.
USING YOUR DOUBLE BOILER
1) Fill your larger pot/saucepan with water. If you’re going for the delicate method, the water level should not touch the bottom of your smaller bowl when it’s in place.
2) Insert your smaller container into the bowl. In the delicate method, it will fit about halfway into your first container, never touching the water. In the less delicate method, it will float in the water but never touch the bottom of your large container.
3) Place your containers onto the stove.
4) Turn your stove up to medium heat, and heat until the water boils. Keep it at a low simmer, never getting too hot too quickly.
5) Put the material you’d like to melt into your smaller bowl. Gently stir until all of the material has melted into the same consistency.
6) Turn off the stove and remove the smaller bowl using your oven mitts. Use your melted material as needed.
Good luck and stay prepared!